Udaipur is no less a city of temples than of palaces, and the sanctuaries on the Pichola Lake are unforgettably impressive. Best selling Udaipur tours essentially incorporate visit to at least one of the famous temples. The city is home to several historical temples like Jagdish Temple, Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple, Neemach Mata Temple, Amba Mata Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Sahastrabahu Temple, Bohra Ganesh Temple & Eklingji Temple. Eklingji Temple holds immense reverence and prominence. The temple of Eklingji, about fourteen miles distant from Udaipur, was constructed about the year 728 AD by Bappa Rawal. The original temple was destroyed by the Muslims and the present elaborate building dates only from the fifteenth century. The design is uncommon and extremely effective with a double-storeyed porch surmounted by a pyramidal roof and a lofty and peculiarly ornate tower over the sanctuary proper.
Even in an account of the shrines and temples, one cannot forget the cenotaphs of the Maharanas—so full of memories of the glory and greatness of Udaipur enshrined in magnificent memorials. Customizable Udaipur tour itineraries may include a visit to the site of these chhatris. Only a couple of miles from the city is Arh or Ahar, studded with what are called the splendid chhatris. With their wealth of white marble, these chhatris are quite arresting monuments in terms of number as well as in quality. The chhatris exist literally in hundreds of all sizes, from the little domical canopy supported by four columns to the splendid chhatri whose octagonal dome is supported by fifty-six.
The ghats on the banks of various lakes in the erstwhile Mewar capital are also highlights of Udaipur tourism. Gangaur Ghat in Udaipur holds special significance. The sight of Gangaur Ghat suggests the great spring festival when the image of the goddess Gangaur clad in gold, silver and precious stones is ensconced on a sumptuous throne close to the lake. The procession of boats in which the Maharana and his suite participate, the multifarious beauty of the garb assumed in honour of this fete by the fairest city in India baffle both the brush of the artist and the pen of the writer.
Popular Udaipur holiday packages essentially include sightseeing of
City Palace , Lake Palace (Jag Niwas),
Jag Mandir Palace,
Saheliyon ki Bari,
Bagore ki Haveli, Lake Pichola etc. Several excursions to nearby attractions can also organized as part of Udaipur tours. Prominent among those places are
Chittorgarh. Udaipur tour is a cherished part of real, royal and cultural Rajasthan tour packages. If there is a city that expresses all the magic and spell of Rajasthan, that is Udaipur. Udaipur, earlier capital of the principality of Mewar, is a perfect combination of sumptuous palaces and forts where the proud warrior & aristocratic Rajputs resided. In addition to hosting a dazzling historical and artistic heritage, the city is ideally located on three lakes, among green hills and surrounded by beautiful gardens. For luxury travelers, Udaipur is an ideal place to relax and explore in sheer profusion of luxury. World renowned premium hotels like Oberoi Udai Vilas, Taj Lake Palace and The Leela Palace are epitome of the coziest dwelling.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Udaipur Tour Packages
A tourist can thoroughly & leisurely explore Udaipur, the most romantic city of India in a couple of days.
2 Days Udaipur tour itinerary ----
Day 1: Visit Mayur Chowk (where lies the entry gate of the palace), City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Lake Pichola, Jag Niwas (the Lake Place, watched from a short distance while enjoying boat ride in the lake), Jagdish Temple & local market.
Day 2: Visit Ahar (famous for royal cenotaphs), Eklingji Temple (visited by the members of royal Sisodiya clan) and Monsoon Palace (offers great view of to enjoy the sunset.
A tourist can explore the best of Udaipur and nearby region in three days as per following plan….
Day 1: City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple & Bagore Ki Haveli
Day 2: Full day excursion to Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur.
Day 3: Ahar, Eklingji Temple, Vintage Car Museum & Shilp Gram,
Dal Baati Churma, Gatte Ki Sabji, Makke Ki Roti, Papad Ki Sabji, Laal Maans (Red Meat), Khari Daal, Raab, Rajasthani Mithil Rabri, Khoa (Maava) Kulfi, Pyaj Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Ghevar, Kulhad Coffee, Rajasthani Thali and Dahi Kachori Are some of the popular and famou dishes of Udaipur.
Udaipur is famous for its glorious history of Sisodiya Rajput; beautiful royal buildings like City Palace, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Jag Mandir Palace, Sajjangarh Palace (Monsoon Palace); enchanting temples like Jagdish Temple, Eknathji Temple; serene lakes like Lake Pichola, Jaisamand Lake, Fatehsagar Lake; museums like City Palace Museum, Ahar Archaeological Museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Vintage Car Museum, Crystal Gallery; colourful markets, diverse lineage of crafts and natural scenic beauty.
Udaipur is famous for its markets. Though all kinds of products are available but handicrafts, jewelry, traditional clothes, fabrics, bangles, leather goods, paintings shops are found abundantly. Bapu Bazaar is famous for shops of electronic gadgets, books, fabric, crockery etc. Bada Bazaar is known for Rajasthani products like traditional costumes, souvenirs, finely carved jewelry etc. Bada Bazaar is located in old city and historically exists from quite olden days. Mochiwada Bazaar, famous for handmade leather ‘juttis’, is a segment of Bada Bazaar. Hathipole Bazaar is home to outlets related to Rajasthani miniature paintings, handicraft articles, hand-made wooden products, embroidered ‘nagara’ and camel leather bags etc. Shilpgram attracts tourists and buyers to watch artisans working and ethnic products. City Palace Road Bazaar, Jagdish Temple Road Bazaar and Ghanta Ghar Bazaar are popular for traditional handicraft products of wood, camel leather and metals.