Udaipur Travel Experiences: Beyond Expectations

Culinary and Restaurants in Udaipur
Whistling Teal
This restaurant with superlative curries and exemplary service is entered through the foyer of the Raj Palace Hotel. Set well back from the street in a putting-green-perfect garden, here you can drink cocktails or smoke a hookah in saddles at the bar. The espresso coffee is the real thing – there is also a small coffee bar fronting Bhattiyani Chohtta.Whistling Teal
This restaurant with superlative curries and exemplary service is entered through the foyer of the Raj Palace Hotel. Set well back from the street in a putting-green-perfect garden, here you can drink cocktails or smoke a hookah in saddles at the bar. The espresso coffee is the real thing – there is also a small coffee bar fronting Bhattiyani Chohtta.

 Jaiwana Haveli Roof Top Restaurant

Jaiwana Haveli was once the private residence of the Thakur of Jaiwana, one of the jagirdars of Maharanas of Mewar. Located in the historic city of Udaipur, the hotel has an unbeatable location. The twenty-four room Jaiwana Haveli hotel is located on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola, and possesses unparalleled views across the sparkling waters and island palaces, to the Aravali Mountains beyond. The hotel is equipped with modern facilities for the modern visitor, with a touch of the Rajput tradition that makes Udaipur one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world.

 Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Udaipur
Hotel Fateh Garh
Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur perched on a hill within the very heart of Lake city Udaipur is yet blissfully away from the familiar drone that one travels to make distance from; Hotel Fateh Garh is heritage hotel with lake view and has derived from the Urdu word for victory ‘Fateh’, and ‘Garh’ or fortress in Sanskrit. Hotel Fateh Garh is based on vaastu principles which is vedic architectural style for balance and harmony of natures forces,it has interplay of the male and female aspects which is found more obviously in the spaces referred to as the Mardana Mahal, bold and exhibitionist – traditionally, the palace of the gentry; and the Zanana Mahal, intimate and delicate – traditionally, the palace of ladies.

 The Leela Palace

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and managed by Hotel Leelaventure Limited. The Leela Palace Kempinski, Udaipur offers option to choose from 80 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites with exquisite amenities and picture perfect views of Lake Pichola and its majestic palaces. Various options include Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Duplex Suites, Luxury Suites & Premiere Rooms. Graceful and elegant. Soothing and rich.

The Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace is managed by “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces”, one of Asia’s largest and finest hotel company. Accommodations at Taj Lake Palace, are as delightful as the exterior. The decorative gilt moldings, sculpted marble columns, and fine fretwork screens impressed even the Maharaja who held court in this very room in the 1930s. There are countless unique experiences to be had. Indulge in royal Mewar fare at the Lily Pond, where courtesans once welcomed royalty into the folds of the palace. Or sail into a purple sunset on a 150-year old ceremonial barge complete with candlelight and resplendently dressed oarsmen. Indulge in a heritage walk with a royal escort armed with caviar, pate and a bottle of bubbly. Soak in the sounds and sights of the city as your royal butler accompanies you on a shopping trip.

The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur is located on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflection pools and verdant gardens. Grand architecture inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan present a picture of majesty resplendent with pavilions and domes that lead you to a journey of discovery. Interiors embellished with decorative domes, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artefacts create an ambience of regal splendour.

 Sightseeing Options In Udaipur
City Palace
The well-fortified City Palace is a majestic white monument perched high up on a hill. The main entrance, a triple arched gate named the Tripolia, built in 1725, is a marvel worth seeing. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is another fascinating monument. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari

A spot once reserved for the royal ladies who strolled here, this well-planned garden is blessed with extensive and shady lawns on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake. The garden’s lotus pools and fountains show ancient science since they’ve been placed at a lower level than the Lake, thus being gravity-driven. The main fountain lies in the center on a white marble deck with black marble marking its four corners. On the western face are pavilions, delicately sculptured of black stone that are embraced by more fountains on all sides.

Fateh Sagar

Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded on three sides by hills and the Pratap Memorial on the north. One can enjoy boat rides on the rippling waters, and row across to the Nehru Park – an island garden.

Jagdish Temple

Built in 1651 A.D, by Maharaja Jagat Singh I; it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum

This Indian folk arts museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls musical instruments and paintings.

Pichhola Lake

The legendary lake that entranced Maharana Udai Singh, is surrounded by hill palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments.

Festivals in Udaipur
 Mewar Festival
Mewar festival marks the advent of spring. It is held in March/ April suring the Gangaur festival in Udaipur. The two-day festivities are marked by boat processions – as well as a Shobha Yatra’ wherein elephants, camels, horses and folk artists are out on the streets.

Shilpgram Utsav

Shilpgram Utsav is a 10-day festival in December where visitors can buy an array of exquisite art and crafts.

 Shopping In Udaipur

Udaipur is known for its stylish paintings and delicate handicrafts. It is a paradise for Indian especially Rajasthani art and crafts lovers. You can find items like paintings, statuettes, marble carvings, metal furniture, silver jewelry, colorful fabrics and saris with traditional Batik or tie-and-dye prints, carpets, wooden stuffs, etc.

 Chetak Circle

Chetak Circle is a prominent shopping area of the city of Udaipur. Chetak Circle is visited by a large number of foreign and local tourists throughout the year. Covering a wide space in Udaipur, Chetak Circle makes a wonderful display of traditional Rajasthani items and goods. The shops of Chetak Circle perfectly combine the traditional and the cotemporary Rajasthani items and products.

Lake Palace Road

Many interesting textile stores line the busy Lake Palace Road, along with a good choice of local gift shops, selling colorful wooden statues of much-loved Hindu gods.

Bada Bazaar

Those shopping for either gold or silver jewellery will find that Udaipur’s popular Bada Bazaar is the place to come, also being well known for its extensive selection of fabrics and beautifully worked saris.


Hathi Pol

Hathi Pol (Elephant Gateway), is the south gateway of the City Palace. It is a good example of ancient Rajasthani architecture. It houses samll shops rich with traditional items which essentially grabs visitors attention.

Arts Galleries, Handicraft Emporiums, Museum

Rajasthali

It is a Rajasthan government emporium and promotes and markets the traditional handicrafts and artifacts of Rajasthan. You name any handicraft item and it is available here. You get here exquisite lamps, gems and jewelry, carpets, furniture, textiles and furnishings, blue pottery, “Sanganeri” and “Bagru” block print bed sheets, exquisite paintings. So if you are short of time and want to explore more, then for sure visit Rajasthali.

Sadhana Emporium

Sadhana Emporium is a Women’s Handicraft Enterprise. You can find here hand-stitched garments like Kurtas, Duppatas, Sarees etc. Homeware items like Bed Covers, Cushion Covers, Table Covers etc. Also other accessories like, bags, bangles, anklet, ear-rings, necklace etc.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

It is one of the most famous museums of Udaipur, exhibiting the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan. This rare compilation varies from typical rural-dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. The museum is comfortably located in the building of Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal near Chetak Circle in Udaipur city.

City Palace Museum
City Palace Museum has a remarkable collection of ancient sculptures, curios, antiques and inscriptions of the bygone era. Located inside the complex of City Palace, this museum is also known as Pratap Museum. As you enter the City Palace, the straight way will take you to this museum of artifacts. The entrance gate of the City Museum is known as Ganesh Deori, which means “Door of Lord Ganesha”.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Udaipur

   

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary

Located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 sq Kms in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300m. It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.


Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Feel your adrenalin rising as you set out on adventure safaris to the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary Udaipur lies around the ancient Sajjangarh Palace, perched atop the Bansdara Hill. This wildlife reserve was established with the objective of preserving wild animals like Nilgai, Sambhar, Wild boars, Hyena, Panther, Jackal and a large number of birds and reptiles.
Visit the Jhar water hole or the Jiyan Sagar Lake to get a glimpse of the bustling wildlife at the Sajjangarh Wildlife Reserve in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. A great way to enjoy wildlife safaris at the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary Udaipur is to embark on a nature trek through the forested and craggy Aravalli’s from the Gorilla Point to the Jiyan Sagar or the Bari Lake.

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