Udaipur - The City of Lakes
Udaipur, the City of Lake has a magical romance ambiance, thanks to the tranquil lakes surrounded by the purple-tinted Aravalli Ranges. Starting from temples to Palace, these timeless structures stand as decorative icons of the cultural history of the land.
Apart from these, the ethnic charms of the land can be seen as souvenirs in the streets of the city. If you are looking for a nostalgic feel with a luxury element, this is the right place to visit.
This 16th-century capital city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II. However, the regions of Udaipur has been inhabited with ancient civilizations dating back to 2000 BC. This Mewar capital was thriving during ancient times with trade, prosperity, agricultural harvest, and culture. This beauty and wealth attracted many invaders into the region, leading to Udaipur being captured by many reigns and emperors.
Top Luxury Trains Covering Udaipur
Palace on Wheels Train
- Signature Itinerary : On Day Four - Tour starts with Udaipur city.
Maharajas' Express Train
- Heritage of India : On Day Two, The train reaches Udaipur by 10 in the morning.
- Indian Splendor : On Day Six - Udaipur Sightseeing starts in the morning.
Deccan Odyssey Train
- Indian Odyssey : Day Five, After Reach Udaipur you leave to visit city of lakes.
- Indian Sojourn : One Day Three, You Enjoy a boat cruise over the crystalline waters of Lake Pichola.
Highlights Of Udaipur In Luxury Train Tour
City sightseeing tour covering eminent destinations like City Palace, Saheliyonki Bari, Jag Mandir, and others.
Boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Shopping in the street lanes of the city.
Enjoying puppet shows.
Traditional lunch in Jag Mandir or Satkar Hall with traditional music entertainment.
Cultural programs inside the train.
Spa session in premium hotels.
High tea in any palace hotel.
Specialty of Udaipur
The traditional structure of Udaipur is built in unique Rajput architecture. Most of the major structures of the land are built with a courtyard, which gives pleasantness during harsh summer. The facade in the front regions of these building are engineer marvels to allow better airflow into the house. Top architectural beauties of the land are Lake Palace, City Palace, Jag Mandir, and others.
Udaipur is turning into a hassle cosmopolitan city and the only remaining serene places in this land are the religious destinations. Most of these structures have varying architectural styles and rituals. Top religious structures to visit here are Mahakaleshwar temple, Mahalakshmi temple, Bohra Ganesh temple, Neemach Mata temple, Jagdish temple, Karni Mata temple, Eklingji temple and others.
As mentioned before, each ancient structure of Udaipur had a courtyard filled with foliage for better aeration. The same goes for the city too. There are numerous gardens in this city, some were built during ancient times to create a paradise for the royal families to spend their summers. Top gardens to visit here are GulabBagh, Sajjangarh Biological Park, Nehru Garden, Rajiv Gandhi Garden, Sanjay Park, Pratap Park, Saheliyonki Bari, Moti Magri, and others.
The cuisine of Udaipur is very much linked with the general cuisine of Rajasthan. The cuisine is mainly vegetarian, with a lot of unique combinations of spices. Curries are generally made with lentils, yogurt, and dal. Dry mango spice adds a unique taste to Udaipur cuisine. Chilies are common spice used here and thus, most of the dishes are very spicy.
Ghee is the most commonly used cooking base and the dishes are traditionally cooked in firewood. This gives a charred taste to the dishes, which combines with the spices to give a tangy yet, tasty palate. Top dishes to try here are dal baatichorma, kadhipakoda, gatta curry, papad curry, and others.
The traditional Mewar culture of the land gives immense importance to the festivals. The most famous festival to enjoy here is the Mewar Festival, which is celebrated throughout the state. This is the right time to enjoy the cultural beauty of the land. If you are into art, craft, and shopping, you ought to visit Udaipur during the Shilpgram crafts fair. Other top festivals celebrated in Udaipur are Teej, Dussehra, Diwali, and others.
The local culture is a traditional Mewari culture. The common religions of the land are Jainism and Hinduism. Other religions found in this city are Christianity, Sikhism, and Islam. The folk dance and music forms of this land are linked with romance. After all, this is the romantic capital of Rajasthan. Top dance forms to enjoy here are Kacchi Ghodi, Bhawai, Ghoomar, Kalbeliya and others. Top music styles to enjoy here are naad, morchang, sarangi, and others.
A cultural land like Udaipur is obviously famous for its long list of souvenirs. The Hati Pol market of the land is famous for puppets, wooden articles, copper items, zinc articles, inlay works, home décor items, and others. If you are looking for traditional textiles and accessories including leather articles, you ought to visit Jagdish Chowk. Old city markets are the right place for miniature artworks. Visit Chand Pol for tribal articles. Other top market regions to visit are Bapu bazaar, Maldas street, and others.
Climate Of The Land
Although the land is filled with lakes, Udaipur has a climate similar to most of the destinations in Rajasthan. The summers are hot and humid and temperature can rise more than 40 degrees C during peak summer. Summer starts in March and ends in June. July to September is the monsoon season. Monsoon is a romantic time to visit the city. This is why Udaipur was considered as the monsoon capital of the land. Winter starts in October and ends in February. This is the peak tourism season with pleasing climatic conditions.
Not all itineraries showcase Udaipur in the same manner. Some prefer to express Udaipur in terms of culture and some highlight the architectural beauty of the land. Learn how your itinerary helps you explore Udaipur and choose the right one.