Udaipur Travel Guide

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Udaipur Things to Do

  • Ashwa Poojan: Festival of Worshipping...

    Ashwa Poojan is a festival performed each year at the City Palace Complex, upholding the traditions of the House of Mewar, the world's largest-serving dynasty. Ashwa Poojan is held on Navami, the ninth (and last) day of Navratri. It is on Navami that Rajputs honor and worship the horses who have played such an important role in their history. The...

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  • Celebrating Eid al-Adha

    Eid al-Adha - the Festival of Sacrifice - is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world at the end of the Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It is during the Hajj that Muslims honor Abraham. Allah had commanded Abraham to kill his only son. When Abraham was prepared to kill his son, Allah told him that his true sacrifice had been fulfilled by...

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  • Bond, James Bond OR The Octopussy...

    One of Udaipur's claims to fame is that the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy was filmed in and around Udaipur. Roger Moore played James Bond, Maud Adams played Octopussy, and Louis Jourdan played the villain, Kamal Khan. Bond's hotel was the Shiv Niwas Palace, Monsoon Palace was the residence Kamal Khan, and the Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace...

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Udaipur Hotels

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Udaipur Restaurants

  • So Good...We Went Back

    This restaurant is a pure veg restaurant located on the main City Palace road. It is likely that you will pass it a few times during your stay in Udaipur. Usually places that are right in the middle of the tourist trail tend not to be so great. Fortunately that was not the case here.We stopped in one afternoon for a late lunch. The food was very...

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  • Rooftop Restaurant With Great Lake Views

    The best thing about this rooftop restaurant is the views of Lake Pichola and the buildings around it including the City Palace and the Taj Lake Palace. Indian, Chinese, and Continental food is served. There is inside and outside seating. It's nice to sit outside whenever the sun isn't shining! Breakfast is a great time to kick back with some...

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  • Disappointing....Should Have Been...

    The Darikhana restaurant is part of the Jagmandir Island Palace, an HRH group hotel. After exploring Jagmandir Island we went to Darikhana for lunch. The interior - especially the marble columns - is very nice. The multi-cuisine menu was a la carte. There were a few tables of tourists including a large group - I usually don't think that's a good...

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Udaipur Nightlife

  • STREET LIFE

    the streets of udaipur coem to life with the advent of dusk. as the sun sets on the distant aravalli hill ranges creating a play of lights and shadows the streets come to life with common people of udaipur who venture out to shopping. mingling with them are the foreigner tourists who take to the bazaars to shop and get that elusive...

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  • RAJASTHAN THEME NIGHT

    The grounds of the trident hilton udaipur organised a theme rajasthan night. the concept wa to create the ambience of a rajasthani fair ground during evening.apart from the illumination and fireworks the "mela" or fair was complete with camels beautiful dressed up rajasthani ladies snake charmers astrologers bangle sellers puppet shows and...

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  • Everywhere, every night!

    Every evening at either 6pm or 7pm, you'll find most hotels will show the James Bond movie Octopussy. Why? Well a large part of the film was filmed here and helped put Udaipur on the tourist map. The obvious and most well known location that was used in the film was the Lake Palace Hotel which was Octopussy's island home but other scenes were...

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Udaipur Transportation

  • To Udaipur

    Rajasthan is the largest State (Area wise) of India. Its Capital City is Jaipur, which has the International Airport. Udaipur is situated in Western Part of Rajasthan. The International Airport is in Jaipur City, & from there Udaipur is conveniently accessible via. Airways, Railways or Roadways. There are several Direct Flights from Delhi, Mumbai,...

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  • MAHARANA PRATAP AIRPORT AT DABOK

    the new upgraded terminal of maharana pratap airport at dabok situated 22 kms south of udaipur is located bang in middle of nowhere. the recently inaugurated terminal is excellent in design and quality and built keeping in mind the need of future tourist growth in the area.the connecting road is absolutely superb with rugged scenerey welcoming you...

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  • Darjeeling Limited was filmed at Udaipur...

    If you happen to come through here, make sure you buy a tea at the stall in the far corner of the waiting area. You can claim that you've bought tea at the same place where Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) was filmed. A wonderful movie by the way.

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Udaipur Shopping

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  • Empowering Women

    After reading about this shop prior to our visit to Udaipur, we set out to find it while exploring the market. Sadhna trains women from Udaipur's rural, tribal, and slum areas as artisans. Each woman learns at least one skill and generates an income from the beautiful products she makes. The store we visited had garments, accessories, jewelry, and...

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  • Best heritage mall

    Celebration Mall is certainly the best place today to hang out with the family in Udaipur. You get everything you want, all under one roof. Be it food courts, Entertainment, shopping for cloths, shoes,toys,local handicraft,gifts, books,many daily usage items. you'll just find everything there.I love the place. The beautiful building, its external...

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  • Best Silver Jewellry in Udaipur

    This shop is small, but the service is excellent.Prices are negotiable. The owner is helpful and friendly. You will be offered a cup of chai while you look at the vast array of high quality silver on offer. I never miss a chance to buy good silver here. The rings and earrings are beautiful. Silver, handcrafts, leather sandals, books, silk scarves,...

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Udaipur Local Customs

  • Observing & Respecting Cultural...

    There are certain cultural differences that have to be observed. The observance of these is appreciated- but not enforced.Important things to rememberDo not wander around half naked- modesty is observed by Indian women, and showing miles of naked skin will naturally draw unwanted attention.It shows disrespect.Mini-shorts and midriff are NOT ON!Do...

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  • TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

    the fateh prakash palace is a marvel in itself. but the traditional ethos is well maintained with well attired guards at gates.even the people serving you at the hotel and conference venue are attired in traditional royal attire.it consists of a turban with decorations signifying the importance you have in royal service.a traditional full length...

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  • Shilpgram - traditional...

    Along with the huts and houses, Shilpgram also has a lot of local art and craft on display to buy as well as traditional dancing, music and a puppet show. All of this is going on whilst you're walking around so keep an eye out or an ear open!

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Udaipur Warnings and Dangers

  • For First-Timers, Women Travelers, Etc.

    I have several Warning/Danger tips on my India page. Rather than repeat them all here, click here to read. It's important to understand a bit about the culture as well as how to keep safe and healthy.You'll find specific information about/for:Traveling Within IndiaWomen TravelersTaking PhotosHealth & EatingRespect and Common...

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  • Beware of guides

    You may find any person offering for guide at tourist place and be careful before going with them. Check with Rajasthan Tourism if you require any guide or help assistance and don't trust on strangers as now a days Udaipur has been changed a lot

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  • Beware of Hungry Elephant!!!

    One afternoon, after exploring the lanes around Lal Ghat, we found a little teashop that was virtaually on the pavement-(it had a large open window, facing the lane) . While enjoying our chai and apple crumble, this elephant, with his mahout on his back, comes trundling slowly past us.Elephant stops RIGHT IN FRONT OF US - casts a beady eye on my...

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Udaipur Tourist Traps

  • pricey paintings!

    As part of our tour of Udaipur on our tour of Rajasthan conducted by Hi Tours and booked through Indus Travels of Canada we stopped at a shop for demonstrations of miniatures painting. This was followed by offers of beer, tea or soft drinks, then the hard sell of their miniatures. We saw one that we liked but couldn't negotiate down from the...

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  • Commission on tickets

    Once you would need the service of an agency, for example to book a train ticket or whatever, before to agree for somehting, ask them which is the % or value of their services. So, before to confirm something, bergain also about the provvision!!!!

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  • Rickshaw commisions

    Another very common thing that will definitely happend to you during your stay in India is this: You will take somewhen a rickshaw or whatever to reach a site, and they will definitely bring you in some shop (a shop of a friend or a brother or whatever). Keep in mind that the owner of the shop will pay the driver a commision cuz he brought there...

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Udaipur What to Pack

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    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    Luggage and bags: So much more is available in India than used to be including a wide selection of imported products. I would not worry about forgetting to pack anything and I wouldn't overpack!

    Customize your list to when/where - and how - you'll be traveling. Minimize the number of suitcases (a 360 wheely is a good choice). If you're backpacking make sure you have a good, solid backpack that you can carry. I like to take a backpack as my purse and to carry my camera equipment. I can always "feel" it on me and it leaves my hands free.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes, especially, are so inexpensive in India, whether you shop at a local market or have clothes tailor-made.

    For women, keeping in mind that you should dress conservatively everywhere except Goa, I'd suggest wearing light-weight (cottons are good) capris. Flowing skirts and Ali Baba type pants are available for a couple of hundred rupees in the markets. Salwar Kameez is the Indian wear most foreigners wear. Tops should be short-sleeve (avoid sleeveless and anything low-cut). Bring/buy a shawl/scarf to cover your head (good for entry into religious places) or wrap around your breasts the way Indian women wear a dupatta.

    For men: light weight cotton pants/trousers. Shorts are not commonly worn in most places. T-shirts or polo-type shirts are fine. Jeans are also acceptable but unless you are traveling to a cool area or during a cool time of year, they will be very hot.

    Cont'd. below under Misc...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I would pick up all personal care items once you get to India - shampoo, razors, deodorant, etc. (I love the Himalya Herbal products.)

    Most medicines are easily available and doctor visits are very inexpensive. I always recommend bringing some meds that you know work for you for a stomach bug in case you have a bout of Delhi belly. If you are on daily medication, bring enough to last for your entire trip if possible. If not possible, you'll have to find the Indian equivalent once you arrive since some medicines will not have the same name.

    Bring extra reading glasses and an extra pair of prescription glasses (or at least the prescription!). Bring extra contacts if you wear them.

    Photo Equipment: and Electronics: Bring enough camera batteries/photo cards. I always travel with my laptop, but depending on your needs you might want to bring an iPad (good for reading books too) or another light tablet, especially if you'll be traveling from place to place. You will likely need a voltage converter/plug adapter - those are also easily available.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to Goa or a hotel where there is a pool, bring a swimsuit and a coverup. Bikinis are more acceptable in Goa.

    Miscellaneous: Continued from clothes above:

    I like to wear sandals/chappals because it's so hot but your feet tend to get very dirty and you need to be very careful to watch where you are walking! Sneakers/trainers are good. Whatever shoes you choose, be sure they are worn in and comfortable! They should also provide good support. Roads are often rocky and uneven.

    If you're traveling during monsoons, I'd avoid sandals. Bring an umbrella (which is also good to have to use in the hot sun) and a light waterproof jacket.

    If you're traveling in colder weather, you can buy hats, gloves, etc. but might want to bring sweaters or sweatshirts, a jacket, and warm socks & shoes.

    Misc:
    A lock/chain (especially for traveling by train).
    A flashlight/torch (periodic outages are not uncommon in most places).
    If you're budget traveling/backpacking you might want to consider bringing a towel. I've been in enough places with threadbare grey towels (that used to be white!).
    I'd also bring a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower and in your hotel room. Bathrooms frequently have marble floors and showers tend to be just part of the bathroom (no separation). That means those floors get damn slippery. I once slipped and broke my elbow. Not a pleasant experience!
    Don't forget sunglasses and a hat.

    These should go with you daily: anti-bacterial hand wipes, toilet paper/tissues, and socks (to put on when you go into temples/Taj Mahal, etc. since shoes must be removed). For woman travelers, I'd bring a whistle or some kind of small alarm (similar to the kind on a key fob).

    And bring a journal to help you keep track of your daily experiences (and make notes for VT!).

    Don't Over Pack!
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Udaipur Off The Beaten Path

  • Ranakpur: Jain Temple Complex

    Ranakpur is well worth a visit to see the Jain Temple Complex. It is one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith. The highlight of the complex is Adinath Temple with a staggering 1,444 pillars. The temple is considered the single most impressive example of Western Indian temple architecture.Non-Jains are only allowed to visit Adinath...

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  • Amazing Views from Kumbhalgarh Fort

    Beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting high on a hilltop at an altitude over 1000m, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important fort of the Mewar Kingdom (after Chittorgarh/Chitaurgarh), although it is considered the most impregnable fort in Rajasthan. It has seven fortified gates and the amazing ramparts are wide enough...

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  • Sahastrabahu temple, Bagela lake, Nagda.

    About 22 kms to the north of Udaipur lies Nagda on the Lake Bagela where you'll find the twin Vaishnava temples of Sahastrabahu, more well-known locally as Sas Bahu. Set up on a podium the "Sas" is the larger of the two having rather thicker columns at the entrance , with a magnificent sculpted ceiling. It also has 10 seperate shrines around it....

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Udaipur Sports & Outdoors

  • by anouk1712 Written Sep 8, 2009

    Horseback Riding around Udaipur is the perfect way of escaping the hustle-bustle of the Indian city for a while. I booked a ride with Princess Trails and they collected me in the morning from my hotel and brought me to their farm about 10 min drive from the old city.
    Already there it was very peaceful and green. The owner questioned me about my riding abilities and finally I set out on a beautiful Marwari mare called Kumari into the Indian countryside for a half-day ride. The whole business was amazing as we crossed little villages and went through the hills which I would have otherwise never seen. There was not traffic here, no noise and no pollution. We had a number of trots and a canter but I felt safe all the time. Finally we came to a most stunning lake situated in the middle of lovely green hills.
    When we came back to the farm I was almost disappointed to pat my horse goodbye and go back to Udaipur.
    This was definitely one of the best experiences in India so far!

    Equipment: I did not bring anything in particular but did wear a pair of jeans and closed shoes. At the Princess Trails Farm I was provided with a helmet and chaps free of costs.

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Udaipur Favorites

  • Surpises around every Corner

    Take a stroll along the winding lanes of Udaipur, and you will encounter a surprise around every corner. Because the lanes are very narrow, cars cannot drive though most of them There are, however, auto-rickshaws,motor -cycles & bycycles everywhere. A profusion of animals join this melee. Goats ,donkeys carrying building-rubble in sacks on their...

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  • lacks & mountain

    Hi, Udaipur to Mount Abu is five hour drive. ( Now dayes four lane work going on ) No train Udaipur to Mount Abu. If you like to hire car & driver try them www.heritagejourney.com have a good trip Beautiful lacks in city

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  • Jag Mandir Island - Seats

    On the roof of the pavillion that faces the lake on Jag Mandir island are several nice relaxing seats to sit in and take in the views of the lake, Lake Palace Hotel and the City Palace. Nice spot. Also, there are some floor seats in the pavillion below.

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