Udaipur is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, tinged with tones of local legends and folklores, an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan.
A fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences, this city of Dawn is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. Regarded as one of the most romantic cities in India, it is often called the "Venice of the East" or the "Lake City". The kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.
The tour of Udaipur begins with the exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. Later visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honour, which has numerous fountains embellished with delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. Also visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir or the Folk Art Museum.
Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India. It is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. The city is also famous for its colourful knick-knacks, leather bags, miniature paintings and other traditional handicrafts.
City Palace was built over a period of 400 years with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar Dynasty. The palace is a collection of several buildings with towers, balconies and cupolas. It is one of Rajasthan's largest palaces and offers splendid views of Lake Pichola.-->
The City Palace, located on the east bank of Lake Pichola, has several palaces built within its complex. The palace is considered to be the largest of its type in the state of Rajasthan. The City Palace, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, offers a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. City Palace Museum is located in the city palace complex of Udaipur. The museum has seven pavilions and halls and each with a different theme. The Museum houses an incomparable collection of court paintings of the Mewar School that flourished from the 17th – 20th centuries.
Jagdish Temple, built in 17th century by Maharana Jagat Singh, is located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe and is one of the largest temples in Udaipur.
Jagdish Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan also known as Jagdish), the preserver of the Universe. Made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, this three-storied temple comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. The main shrine houses the remarkable four-armed image of Lord Vishnu carved out of a single piece of black stone.
Jagmandir Island Palace
Built on an island in the Lake Pichola, Jagmandir is a historic 17th century palace redeveloped as a complete destination with its all-day café, stylish-dining restaurant, bar and spa. Jag Mandir Palace is a nice place to visit and explore, where once the royalty of Mewar used to reside.
Jagmandir Palace is a three storied structure made in yellow sandstone and marble. Its construction completed in the reign of three Maharanas of Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. The Gul Mahal, Zenana Mahal and the marble elephants on the outside of the palace are not to be missed.
The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a 19th century hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. Originally an astronomical centre, it became a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset.
Overlooking the magnificent Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Monsoon Palace (also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace), is a glorious residential palace situated on a hill top. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It provides a beautiful view of the sunset. This majestic palace is truly a sight to behold especially when it is illuminated in the evenings.
Saheliyon Ki Bari or Garden of maids is one of the most beautiful gardens in Udaipur. Designed as a peaceful retreat, the garden features fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants.
Located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, the garden was built by Maharana Sangram Singh in 18th century for the royal ladies. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. This small, quaint ornamental garden was laid out for the enjoyment of women attendants who came as part of a princess' dowry.
Eklingji is the beautifully sculpted temple complex, which includes 108 temples within its high walls. The temple complex was built by the Guhila dynasty of Mewar, in honour of their presiding deity Eklingji, a form of Lord Shiva.
Eklingji, a Hindu temple complex, boasts of a striking four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is made out of black marble. The main temple, which dates to the 15th century, was rebuilt from the ruins of an earlier destroyed temple. Its height ranges around 50 feet and its four faces depict four forms of Lord Shiva. The east, west, north and south facing parts are recognized as Lord Surya, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva respectively.
Nagda is actually famous for it's the unusual temples, Sahastra Bahu Temples and Adbudji Jain Temple, which dates back to the 10th century. Adbudji Jain Temple's dominant feature is a 9-foot-tall (2.7-meter) black marble statue of Tirthankar Shanti Nath, a revered Jain saint.
Sahastra Bahu Temples are locally referred to as Sas Bahu temples - a local corruption of the original name, meaning "One with thousand arms", a form of Vishnu, is widely known for its exquisite stone carvings, which are related to incidents in the great Indian epic Ramayana. Adbudji Jain Temple, dedicated to Shanti Nath, has a 'strange' idol and that's how the temple got its name 'Adbhud' (means strange). This strange idol of 9 feet in height is an attraction for people. The temples were destroyed by the foreign invaders to a large extent but still they boast of their exceptional artistic architecture.
Shilpgram, a rural arts and crafts complex, is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region.
Situated in the outskirts of Udaipur, Shilpgram is spread over 70 acres of land and surrounded by the Aravali Hills. It is conceived as a living ethnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of this region. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed incorporating traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing in this region.
The City Palace houses a crystal gallery, which boasts of royal artefacts and the world's largest private collection of crystals.
Crystal Gallery in City Palace houses the largest and attractive private collection of crystal in the world. The artefacts exhibit in the Crystal Gallery is primarily created by F&C. Osler, the foremost manufacturers of monumental cut glass luxury objects in the Victorian era. Crystal gallery was opened for public viewing in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Major attractions includes dresses, dining table, fountains, washing bowls, mirrored table tops, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel encrusted carpet.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Built in 18th century by the Chief Minister of the Mewar Royal Court, Bagore Ki Haveli is an old building at the Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The architecture of the mansion boasts of delicate carved work and excellent glass work.
Bagore Ki Haveli, built in 18th century, features more than 100 rooms with well-arranged balconies, terraces, courtyards and corridors. Among the many precious and unmatched articles, Bagore Ki Haveli contains the costumes of the royal king, premium mural paintings of Rajasthan designed in Mewar, exclusive stuff of Rajputs like jewellery boxes, dice-games, hukkas, pan boxes, nut crackers, hand fans, rose water sprinklers, copper vessels and other items of the erstwhile rulers.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal in Udaipur is engaged in studies of arts and crafts of Mewar region of Rajasthan.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal exhibits the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan. The institution has a museum known as the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum which showcases rare compilation of different ornaments, rural dresses, masks, puppets, paintings as well as different musical instruments which reflect the true Rajesthani culture.
Vintage Car Museum
Vintage&Classic Car Museum in Udaipur displays some of the rarest classic and vintage car collection. This museum is owned by Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar.
The collection is housed in the original former Mewar State Motor Garage in Udaipur, which currently serves as this museum. All the vehicles on show have belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar both past and present. It also houses one of the original Shell petrol pump, which is still assumed to be in usable condition. Despite some vehicles being over seventy years old, each one is still kept in working condition.
Boatride on Lake Pichola
The boat ride on Lake Pichola that offers the best scenic view of the lake and the mountains in the city, along with some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside.
Take a boat ride on the Lake Pichola, which is fringed with hills, palaces, havelis, ghats, embankments and temples and offers spectacular views of the city. Visit the Jag Mandir Island with its exquisite Gul Mahal Pavilion.
Mewar Sound&Light Show
The sound and light show, conducted every evening at the magnificent Manek Chowk in The City Palace, brings alive the rich history of the House of Mewar.
Sound and Light Shows are a really great way of making people acquainted with the history and culture of a place and its people. This sound and light show, titled "Legacy of Honour", presents glimpses of 1,500 years of history of the Kingdom of Mewars. The Mewar Sound-and-Light show is held in Manek Chowk and commentary is in English between September and April and in Hindi for the rest of the year.
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Explore the Quaint Village of Samal
Explore the quaint village of Samal near Ranakpur that still stands rustic and has retained its rural character intact.
The best part about this one is that it is conveniently located between Udaipur and the Ranakpur Jain Temples. It is very convenient for all guests passing through this route to stop here for a couple of hours and walk around. Especially for those guests who have not had enough time to explore rural areas of Rajasthan. The village walk is also convenient for those guests going to the Ranakpur Jain Temples which opens by only noon. This walk gives guest the opportunity to stretch their legs, closely interact and observe rural life. The village walk at Samal can be easily offered to FITs and Groups travelling from Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur or those travelling from Udaipur to Jodhpur via Ranakpur. A part of the income from this walk goes to improving public sanitation and hygiene facilities in Samal Village.
Udaipur By Cycle
See Udaipur beyond lakes&palaces. Contribute towards responsible travel&help reduce the carbon footprint when peddle the way through Udaipur&explore it on bicycles.
Taste the real flavour of Udaipur's rich cultural heritage. Live few special moments from the golden era. This tour is very special as it gives a chance to peek into the hustle bustle of Udaipur's city life in a short span of time. Get ready to explore the heart of Udaipur&absorb the dedication of the local craftsmen&artists of various specialties. See Udaipur beyond lakes&palaces. Contribute towards responsible travel&help reduce the carbon footprint when peddle the way through Udaipur&explore it on bicycles.
Meet Rare Textile Artists
Meet the textile artists of Udaipur - a rare opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse world of textiles up and close.
For centuries artisans of Udaipur have created woven, printed dyed and embroidered textiles. These artists have practiced for generations preserving the identity of each art form. Variations in colour, print, texture and finish of these textiles are inherent to the handmade process that have changed little over the years and reflect the individuality of the artist.
Visit the homes of traditional artisans -who are our friends, some of whom are the last remaining in the line - to witness, understand and appreciate the subtle nuances of these art forms unique to Udaipur.
It is a rare opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse world of textiles up and close. An expert will be on hand to answer your questions and help interact with the artists.
Discuss Art with Contemporary Artists
Discuss art with contemporary artists. Visit their studios and get to know what elevates and inspires these artists.
Udaipur is experiencing a quiet revolution where there is extraordinary freedom, where there are no limits or boundaries to experience and to express. A handful of low key, but brilliant contemporary artist of Udaipur; widely travelled and sophisticated, is embarking on a mission to examine the precarious human existence that makes life intriguing and so special a subject for artistic scrutiny and artistic expression. Nothing is forbidden; all is to be explored. And in all possible mediums, forms, symmetry and colour.
This one-to-one with contemporary artist of Udaipur over cocktails and dinner allows you to gain first-hand knowledge of the contemporary art scene of Udaipur.
Visit their studios and get to know what elevates and inspires these artists who are our friends. Listen to stories of their struggle whilst they search for meaning and the awe-inspiring variety of materials, techniques, methods, style and theme in their quest for the universal that transcends all man made boundaries.
Walk for the Tongawallahs
The Walk for the Tongawallahs has been designed to help revive this once popular and eco-friendly mode of transport in Udaipur.
A Tonga is a light horse-drawn carriage used for transportation and an integral part of the culturescape of the Indian sub-continent. In Udaipur it was once the favourite mode of transport for the ladies of the royal house to travel between the City Palace and the Sahelio-ki-bari, the pleasure garden of the Queen, far away from political intrigues of the court. The Walk for the Tongawallahs has been designed to help revive this once popular and eco-friendly mode of transport in Udaipur.
The aim is to create awareness that their patronage will help stop this unique mode of transport from disappearing from Udaipur's culturescape and will result in the horses being treated fairly by their owners who will benefit financially from this walk.
The walk starts after your tour of the City Palace by taking in some of the "known" and "lesser known" of Udaipur in a thoroughly enjoyable half a day experience with a cause.
Meet the Women of Sadhna
Visit Delwara to interact with women artisans.
Visit the village of Delwara to gain first-hand knowledge about the lives of these women artisans. Some of the women of Sadhna are now members of the local self-governance body and hold important positions. Many have travelled to Europe and Asia to sell their products in international trade fairs. Chit chat over a cup of tea under an ancient tree in the village temple where these women often meet for team building exercises; they share wonderful stories about how their learning and confidence building within Sadhna has helped them evolve into playing an important role in their families and neighbourhoods. Should you want to know more about how these women artisans are transforming their own and their society's well-being, we would be happy to organise an interactive session in the village of Delwara. It is a 45 minute drive from the city centre. Highly recommended for exclusive all women groups.
Cooking Lesson at Dakshu's Place
Discover the delicious food and also enjoy an interaction with the hosts.
What would you say if, during your stay in Udaipur you could enjoy a unique cooking demonstration…Thanks to Rakshita and her husband Dakshu, who offers an incredible experience that you will never forget.
First visit the local market with Rakshita, in her original jeep dated from 1962, to choose the vegetables to be prepared for diner. Go back to their house to enjoy a cup of tea with them. After that, help Rakshita to prepare the diner and will finally be able to sit in the dining room to enjoy and try what have been prepared.
Appreciate the diner and discover the delicious food of your hosts and also enjoy a moment to interact with them.
An introduction to Indian Classical Music
Get a fascinating insight into the world of Indian Classical Music at the home of a scholar.
'The world by day is like European music; a flowing concourse of vast harmony, composed of concord and discord and many disconnected fragments. And the night world is our Indian music; one pure, deep and tender raga' – Rabindranath Tagore.
Head out to the home of Pandit Ram Krishna Bose, a maestro of the Sitar, Santoor and Tabla for a fascinating insight into the world of Indian Classical Music. The session will start with an introduction to Indian classical music followed by a short vocal recital and a demo on Sitar and Tabla.