On the periphery of the great Indian Desert State of Rajasthan is the City of Lakes – Udaipur. Founded in 1599 by Maharana Udai Singh, son of the legendary Maharana Pratap of Mewar; this "Venice of the East’ is a jewel tucked away in the Aravalli hills. Its places and forts, interesting bazars put Udaipur on the "must see" map of tourists to India. Its places in the lakes have been the location for many films and fashion magazines and a destination for honeymooners. Udaipur’s palaces speak of a by-gone age when chivalry was above life and royalty and culture flowered.
Miniature paintings an offshoot of the Mewar school, are prized souvenirs from Udaipur. Small shops selling tie and dye fabrics, brightly coloured toys, pichwais, ornamental swords, enamel jewellery and terracotta (a variety of clay pottery) are must buys here. The main shopping centres of Udaipur are Chetak Circle, Bapu Bazaar, Hathipol, Palace Road and Bada Bazaar.
- Area: 37 sq. km.
- Altitude: 577 metres
- Best Season: September-March
- Languages: English, Hindi, Mewari
- Kankroli 64 km
- Eklingli 21 km
- Haldighati 42 km (RSTDC Rest House)
- Jaisamand Lake 50 kms (RSTDC Hotel Jaisamand)
- Nathdwara 42 kms (RSTDC Hote Gokul)
- Ranakpur 90 kms (RSTDC Hotel Shilpi)
- Rishabhdeo 65 kms (RSTDC Hotel Gauri)
HOW TO GET THERE?
Air: I. A. connects Udaipur with Bombay, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad.
Rail: Udaipur is connected by rail with Ahmedabad, Chittorgarh, Bombay via Ahmedabad, Delhi and Jaipur.
Road: By road Udaipur to Ahmedabad 262 km, Bombay 739 km, Delhi 670 km, Jaipur 407 km, Chittorgarh 115 km and Mount Abu 185 km.
Bus: Regular bus services connect Udaipur to Ahmedabad, Chitorgarh, Eklingji, Falna, Jaisamad, Kankroli, Mt. Abu, Nathdwara, Ranakpur & Rishabhdeoji.