Udaipur is also known as the “City of Lakes,” the “Venice of the east” is a major city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the historic capital of Mewar Kingdom. It was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh of the Sisodia Clan of Rajput. Located in the southern part of Rajasthan State, near to Gujrat border. Surrounded by Aravalli range, which separates it from the Thar Desert. Udaipur is a very popular tourist destination and known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput era Palaces. Udaipur has a very sophisticated lake system which is why it is also called the City of Lakes. Besides lakes and the palaces, Udaipur is also famous for Museums, Galleries, Natural locations and gardens, Temples.
Things to do in Udaipur
The Udaipur Lake system is divided broadly into three categories
- Upper Lakes: Lake Badi, Chhota Madar & Bada Madar
- City Lakes: Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rang Sagar Lake, Kumharia talab, Goverdhan Sagar
- Downstream Lakes: Udaisagar lake
The Magnificent Lake Pichola is the biggest attraction in Udaipur. The lake contains four islands namely, Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas. Taking a boat cruise is one of the most blissful and relaxing things to do in Udaipur.
Saheliyon ki Bari Garden
It is a popular garden and tourist visiting spot in Udaipur. The garden is beautifully constructed with fountains, marble elephants and lush green lawns.
Bagore ki Haveli
A mansion turned into the museum in Udaipur is known as Bagore ki Haveli. Situated in Gangori Ghat, Bagore Ki Haveli has 138 rooms. The Mansion is also home to many cultural attractions like the longest turban.
Karni Mata Mandir
A must visit the temple in Udaipur. Located on the Machla Magra Hills in Udaipur, it is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Karni Mata.
Nathdwara is a small town in Rajasthan, situated at a distance of 48kms from Udaipur. Nathdwara is famous for its 17 th century temple that is dedicated to Lord Shrinathji (Lord Krishna). The Shrinathji Temple is also known as Haveli of Shrinathji. It’s a prominent pilgrimage spot for Hindus.
How to Reach Udaipur
The city has its own airport known as Maharana Pratap Airport. The airport is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Jaipur via Air India, Jet Airways and Indigo
Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities like Jaipur, Kolkata, Delhi, Indore, and Mumbai. The famous Palace on Wheels also has a scheduled stop in Udaipur.
There is a very well established bus service network to Udaipur. There is the number of options available for deluxe buses, air-conditioned coaches, Volvo and sleepers. Udaipur is linked to major cities like Dehi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmedabad.
Distance from Major Cities
- Delhi to Udaipur by road is around 660kms
- Mumbai to Udaipur by road is around 760kms
- Ahmedabad to Udaipur by road is around 260kms
- Jaipur to Udaipur by road is around 390kms
- Jodhpur to Udaipur by road is around 260kms
Climate in Udaipur
The three main seasons, summer, monsoon and winter respectively dominate the city. The summer season runs from mid-March to June and touches temperature around 44°C. Monsoon starts in the month of July and enhances the beauty of the city with lush greenery and enchanting lakes. The winter season prevails from the month of October till the month of March. Udaipur winter climate is the best time to visit the city.