The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings.The Shilp Gram festival is a center of attraction during the season.
Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The legends says that Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on this very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable than Chittorgarh.
The city of Udaipur is a lovely land around the Azure water lakes hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravails.
A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights sounds and experience-an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writen.
Its kaleidoscope of fairy tale palace lakes temples gardens and narrow lanes strew with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past. Epitomising for 1200 years.
The foundation of the city has an interesting legand associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh the founder was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditaing on a hill overlooking the lake pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an the advise of the hermit and founded the city in 1959 A.D.
Overlooking the aquamarine xpanses of the lake Pichhola stands the splendid city palace-a marvel in granite and marbel. Of the original eleven gates of the Udaipur City, only five remain. The suraj pol or sun Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city.
Exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur shimmering like jewels on lake Pichhola are overwhelming in splendour.
Several palaces of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic Chittaurgarh the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful jain temples of Ranakpur, Eklingli and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mr.Abu make the visit to udaipur a memorable one.
Udaipur is known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the finest example of its architectural and cultural explosion.
This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork.
After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.
The haveli now stages delightful evening's entertainment; the pleasurable performance of Rajasthani traditional dance and music in the moody surroundings of the haveli. It is an ideal place for an evening entertainment while enjoying the view of Lake Pichola.
An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite and loyal horse, who was fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till his last breath, stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar.
Local people climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger 'Chetak', who was killed in the battle of Haldighati. There are the ruins of one of the first Udaipur's forts and there is also a charming Japanese rock garden not faraway .
Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.
Situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre's Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. Spread over an undulating terrain of 130 bighas (70 Acres) of land and surrounded by the Aravallies, the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is conceived as a living enthnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the West Zone. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed incorporating traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing within the West Zone of India comprising of five Federal States.
One of the important objectives of Shilpgram is in the sphere of increasing awareness and knowledge of rural life and crafts, specifically, for the younger generation. Special emphasis is laid on workshops for children on arts, crafts, theatre and music.
The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex - Shilpgram - would also provide an opportunity to rural and urban artists to come together and interact through the process of camps and workshops. It is hoped that through intimate observation of different styles and experiences, urban and rural artists would learn from one another and enrich their skills and art forms. The Centre promotes contemporary urban ceramists, potters, designers, visual artists etc. to work with their traditional counterparts in creating works of everyday art which would then be put up for exhibition and sale for visitors.
The Center developed two Museums in the Shilpgram where simple objects of day-to-day use, that represent the sense of wonder and aesthetics in rural and tribal life are put on display. In addition, a Crafts Bazar in the fashion of a traditional 'haat' was made where visitors could buy traditional crafts from the Zone. Craftsman were invited periodically to demonstrate their skills and sell the crafts to the visitors at the Shilpgram.
An attraction no less of the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is the open air Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of approximately 8000. Besides the major theatre festivals which the Centre hold here, it is hoped that this facility would motivate the local community as well as outside visitors to take a keener interest in theatre and the traditional folk performing arts.
Shilpdarshan is a continuing activity at Shilpgram in which traditional performing artists and craftsmen are used to draw from the interior villages of the member states. They are regularly invited to exhibit their skill and to demonstrate their crafts, and sell their masterpieces in order to have direct access to the buyers. This programme has encouraged the rural craftsmen and performers in a big way. The Shilpgram has become an important landmark in India and Government of India has decided to replicate them in all the Federal States of India.
In these traditional huts, household articles of everyday use - whether terracotta or textile, wooden or metal, along with decorative objects and implements - agricultural or craftsmen's tools, etc. are featured with appropriate signages and explanatory details. The objective is to give a realistic glimpse of the people and their belongings representing Unity in Diversity and National Integration.
In order that the above is vested with its own internal dynamism, the huts are constructed around an interlocking occupational theme. Traditional village life was said to have been, to a considerable extent, self-contained and self-sufficient with a potter, a carpenter, a blacksmith, often a weaver, living alongside one another. The Centre's Rural Arts and Crafts Complex adopts this cellular approach such that each individual hut is at once an organic entity and at the same time nourishing and husbanding a series of such transactions.
In this integrated pattern are 5 huts from Rajasthan, representing weaver's community from Marwar. There are 2 huts named after the two sand bound villages of Rama and Sam from the desert region of western Rajasthan. From the hilly region of Mewar, is a potter's hut from the village Dhol, 70 kms west of Udaipur. Two huts represent the tribal farmer communities of the Bhil and the Sehariyas of the Southern regions of Rajasthan.
There are 7 representative huts from the state of Gujarat. A cluster of six huts from Banni area and one from Bhujodi have been selected from the arid wastelands of Kutch. the Banni cluster consists of two huts each of the Rebari, Harijan and Muslim communities famous for their weaving, embroidery, bead & mirrorwork, wood work and rogar work. Equally well known for its valiant horses, Lambdia village near Poshina in North Gujarat is represented with a potter's hut. Adjoining to the Lambdia potter's workshop at the Shilpgram is the weaver's hut from Vasedi village in Chota Udaipur area in western Gujarat. Two huts represent the Dang and Rathwa tribal farmer communities of southern Gujarat. In addition to these, there is an ornately carved wooden house from Pethapur near Gandhinagar.
Selected after an exhaustive survey of the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, the Koli hut is from a seashore hamlet in Raigarh district. Close to the Koli hut stands one from Kolhapur - representing leather chappal craftsmen from southern Maharashtra. From Thane district in north Maharashtra is aWarli hut replete with its wall paintings. The tribal farmer community of the Kunbis is also represented along with two huts of the Gond and Maria tribal communities from eastern Maharashtra famous for their 'dokra' work.
From the member state of Goa, there are 5 representative huts. A potter's hut from Bicholim stands in close proximity to a Hindu hut and Christian hut made of local laterite stone. From the lush green taluka of Canacona is a typical hut of the Kulumbi tribal agriculturalists renowned for their grass and cane weaving work. A hut chosen from the Mandovi riverside represent the traditional fisherman's way of life.
Thus each member state of the West Zone has huts derivative of certain basic occupations fundamental to the way of life of the people of the area. In addition, certain occupations feature a commonality so as to offer a basis for comparison. For example, three member states have a potter's hut since working with the earth is fundamental to all our cultures. What is interesting to highlight is how Indian people have fashioned and reshaped this basic element to suit their environment, needs and aesthetics. Similarly, two member states of the West Zone feature weaving, again as an affirmation of how geography and needs have given rise to such a variety in this most basic of occupations. Also while the above are illustrative and not exhaustive, the occupations and crafts to be shown will differ so as to cover a wider variety of our crafts heritage.
In order to ensure that a visit to Rural Arts and Crafts Complex - Shilpgram - becomes an educative and enriching experience, the hut from Sam (Marwar) is planned as the Activity and Documentation Section where workshops, seminars etc.can be organised. Similarly the cluster of Banni and Bhujodi huts from Gujarat would comprise of Guest Room facilities for the visiting master craftsmen, researchers and scholars. A Goan mainstream hut and Mewar potters hut can accommodate children and students.
The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts. Down steps from the entrance is the armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of protective gear, weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword.
The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told him to find a city here. The rooms of the palace are superbly decorated with mirror tiles and paintings.
Manak Mahal or the Ruby Palace has a lovely collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas display a rich collection of miniature paintings. Moti Mahal or the pearl palace has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over.
The Surya Chopar or the sun square depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Mewar dynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with view of the city. Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal or the ladies chamber, which leads to Lakshmi Chowk a beautiful white pavilion.
Located about 2 kms east of Udaipur is an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas cremated there.
The most striking cenotaph is that Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery. Some sculptures and other archaeological finds. Some pieces date back to 1700 BC and a tenth century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction.
The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of classic and interestingly rare transportation vehicles; some stately and vintage like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are sleek and fast .
The Maharanas of Udaipur once possessed and used these regal splendours of automobiles as their luxuries but most of the other models are gradually being added to the collection ,since it provides a unique aristocratic safari for the exclusive guests.
There are numerous Udaipur shopping destinations. Shopping tours to Udaipur offer you the perfect opportunity to shop till you drop. Famous things are Saris, dress material, hand woven carpets with traditional designs, block-printed quilts and durries looks very beautiful and its better to buy this type of beautiful things while shopping during the visit to Udaipur . The silver jewellery, wooden toys, cloth lanterns, colorful puppets, crafts, handmade paper crafts are also available. These items are totally different from the other things of the any other City.
Location :: 26 kms from the airport, located on the banks of the Lake Pichola.
Rooms :: ---
Room Facilities :: Room Service H/C Running water, Telephone, TV, Private butler service, In-house laundry and dry cleaning, Complimentary fruit and flowers, mineral water and newspapers, 24 hour in-room dining.
Other Facilities :: Restaurant, World-class Spa, Swimming Pools, Bar, Private Helipad, Ayurvedic Center, Tennis Court, Doctor on Call, Money Exchange, Safe Deposit, Credit Cards, Jogging Track.
Details :: A legendary palace standing on a peaceful island "Bramhapuri" on the western Banks of Pichola Lake, Overlooking the magnificent city palace. The oldest jagdish Temple ,Bathing Ghats and Embankments. West Zone culture Center of India which happens to be historical Bagore ki haveli is also situated on the opposite ghat.
Location :: 4 kms. from the railway station.
Rooms :: 31
Room Facilities :: Room service, Laundry service, Money exchange, Safety Locker, Doctor on call
Other Facilities :: Swimming pool, squash, billiards, boating, Horse riding, Restaurant
Details :: Fateh Prakash Palace is yet another Wonder in the City Palace Compound in Udaipur. The original Palace converted Hotel is Classified as a Grand Heritage Palace and has won national tourism award for best hotel in its category.
Owned and managed by hospitality masters- HRH Group of Hotels, the imposing lakeside Fateh Prakash Palace recapitulates royal traditions and lifestyles in its antique furniture, original paintings and opulent interiors.
Location :: Hotel Udai Kothi is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, near to the main city destination like Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Ghangaur Ghat etc. This area is quite popular among the foreign tourist, who loved to ramble on old city roads, looking for old Havellies to Enjoy their wonderful stay in the Heritage City.
Hotel Udai Kothi, Haridas Ji Ki Magri, Udaipur -313 001, Rajasthan, (India).
Rooms :: The accommodation comprises 16 rooms with attached bathrooms, and 8 luxurious suits.
Room Facilities :: Rooftop Swimming Pool, Multi Cuisine Restaurant , Boat rides & Cruises on Lake Pichola , Garden (approx. 1800 sq. ft.) , Health Club , Rooftop Jacuzzi & Steam Bath.
Other Facilities :: Sunset Point Travel Desk , Room Service , Doctor on Call, Credit Cards acceptance.
Details :: The location of Hotel Udai Kothi in Udaipur amidst the serene environment of the Ghat assures a relaxed stay at this 3 Star Hotel in Udaipur. Hotel Udai Kothi in Udaipur is a traditional and charming Hotel. The Hotel architecture clearly reflects the bygone era of the Rajput Kings who ruled this magnificent state.
Location :: 22 kms from Airport, 4 kms from Railway Station.
Chandarlok Hotel, Saheli Marg, Udaipur 313 001.
Rooms :: 14, Double: 14.
Room Facilities :: Room Service H/C Running water, Telephone, TV.
Other Facilities :: Conference Facilities.
Details :: The Rangniwas Palace was built during the reign of Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-84) as a platform to watch the ceremony of Sithala Asthami and later dancing performances.
Location :: Overlooking the famous Lake Pichola, close to the city centre.
Rooms :: 15 well furnished rooms.
Room Facilities :: All rooms have attached bath situated around a central courtyard in 17th Century Old Haveli, Terrace Restaurant on the Lake, sit-outs with view of the Lake.
Other Facilities :: Travel Assistance, Currency Exchange.
Details :: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel is a early 17th century haveli with its charm and aesthetics, situated in the heart of the most romantic city, nestled in the fertile valley on the eastern banks of the famous Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Location :: 25 km from the airport, 3 km from Railway Station, on the western banks of the lake Pichola, close to Jagdish Temple.
Rooms :: 27 rooms and 2 well appointed suites with balcony providing view of the lake.
Room Facilities :: All rooms and suites provide attached bath, direct dial telephones, cable TV, 24 hours room service.
Other Facilities :: Conference Hall, doctor on call, money exchange, shopping arcade, special cruise by boat accompanied with drinks, folk music, Travel Assistance and cultural shows.
Details :: One of the magnificent resorts on the western banks of Lake Pichola, Lake Pichola Hotel Udaipur is the ideal place for the tourists. It stands on the island of Brahmapuri on Pichola Lake.
Location :: 24 kms airport.1 km downtown area.
Hotel Hilltop Palace, 5, Ambawargh, Fatehsagar, India.
Rooms :: 65 AC rooms.
Room Facilities :: The Chandra Mahal, accomodates 200 guests for cocktails
Other Facilities :: The Chandra Mahal, accomodates 200 guests for cocktails
Details :: Beautifully situated on top of Ambavgarh hill, The highest point of Udaipur over looking lake Fatehsagar, Swaroopsagar Pichola and the town. The view is difficult to describe....impossible to match.
Location :: 24 km from airport, 4 km from Railway Station and .5 km from downtown, overlooking Lake Swaroop Sagar.
Rooms :: 52 centrally airconditioned rooms.
Room Facilities :: Attached bath, direct dialing, colour TV, Coffee Shop, Multi cuisine restaurant.
Other Facilities :: Shopping arcade, garden, swimming Pool, currency exchange and travel desk.
Details :: Rajdarshan is located on the banks of Swaroop sagar lake near the old city area. The deluxe hotel is rated under 3 star category and well know for its wonderful services. All the major tourist spots are very very near to the hotel. The hotel offer a wonderful view of the lake & the old city.
Location :: 25 kms from Airport, 3 kms from Railway Station, 3 kms from Bus Stand & from Down Town area.
Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel, Udaipur. India.
Rooms :: 29 - Deluxe: 29.
Room Facilities :: Overlooking the blue waters of famous Pochola Lake, Attached Bath with H/C Running Water, Telephone, Cable T. V.
Other Facilities :: Boating Facility, Folk Music, Locker Facilities, Dance and Puppet shows on request, Shopping Arcade.
Details :: Lakshmi Vilas Palace is one heritage hotel in Udaipur among all other heritage hotels in Udaipur, located in Rajasthan, India, so that their accommodation at the heritage hotels in Udaipur can be arranged for.
Location :: 30 km from airport, 4 km from Railway Station.
Shikarbadi Hotel, Goverdhan Vilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan - 313001 India.
Rooms :: 21 deluxe rooms, 1 family suite and 3 deluxe suite overlooking the Deer Park.
Room Facilities :: All rooms are air-conditioned, with attached bath, colour TV with satellite transmission, 24 hours room service.
Other Facilities :: Swimming pool, Imperial stud Farm, Horse riding, jeep and horse safaris, nature walks in the Deer Park, Travel Desk and Money Exchange, Safety Lockers at reception, internet services, conference and banquet services and Doctor on Call.
Details :: An old hunting lodge of the Mewar rulers, the Shikarbadi Hotel, Udaipur is snuggled on the Aravalli Hills. It is close to the city centre and only 15 minutes drive from the City Palace Complex.