Udaipur Travel Guide

  • Idyllic scenery -- but don't jump in!
    Idyllic scenery -- but don't jump in!
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    This is a humongous place!
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Udaipur Things to Do

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    by pontejos Written Aug 14, 2008

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    Fateh Sager Lake is a vicinity for young lovers. It was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678 AD, but later on reconstructed and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh, As lot of destruction was caused by heavy rains.In the year 1993-1994,the water vanished from the lake and again in the year 2005-2006, the lake regaind its water.The lake is tried directly to connect with mansivacal dam so that it doesnot suffer any type of water problem again in future.

    To be found to the north of Lake Pichola, Maharana Jai Singh as a medium-sized perennial storage reservoir originally built the pretty Fateh Sagar Lake of Udaipur in 1678. Hills on three sides and Pratap Memorial on the fourth surround it and thus it presents captivating scenery. Since it had been destroyed due to heavy rains, Maharana Fateh Singh took it upon himself to bear the pains and expenditure of reconstructing the dam and it was in honor of his contributions to the place that the lake was named after him.

    Today, in its present capacity, this lake serves as a second major source of drinking water of the city of Udaipur. One may opt to drive along the east bank while enjoying the scenic beauty of the lakeside or go in for a boat ride to any of the three islands of the lake that is a sure to be a pleasure with their distinct fervor and panoramic location. The largest of the three islands is indeed a lovely garden known as Nehru Park, which has been named after the esteemed first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Its focal point is the boat shaped café, which is a hot favorite amongst the visitors who love to sip coffee as they take in the reigning tranquility and serenity of the place. The second island is for more scientific-minded people, especially those who love astronomy, as this is the place where a high-resolution solar observatory is strategically installed. It is considered a prime site for obtaining good solar images because of its secluded location with clear skies above and clear waters below it. The smallest island to the west has proved itself useful by providing a site to support a jet fountain. Lake Fateh Sagar is connected to Lake Pichhola through a canal that has gates. The lake has shape of a pear but has scant vegetation surrounding it.

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    by Waxbag Written Jun 28, 2007

    Every want to see the world's largest turban? You can find it in the Bagore-ki-Haveli. See the Bagore-hi-Haveli for more info.

    Admission 10 rupies

    The World's Largest Turban in Bagore-ki-Haveli
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    by Waxbag Written Jun 28, 2007

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    Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, this is an interesting Indo-Aryan temple located right off Gangaur Ghat Rd just north of the City Palace main gate. Look out for the Garuda shrine in front of the temple. Around the temple are intricate carvings and sculptures. Look out for a student to give you a tour for some rupies. Leave your shoes at the top of the steps and pay a couple of rupies for the shoe tender.

    Jagdish Temple carvings Jagdish Temple Jagdish Temple flower seller
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Udaipur Restaurants

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    by Waxbag Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    This is a very chill place with a good menu and nice staff. The views of the lake are fantastic but nearly all restaurants have good views. Nearly all also play Octopussy every night at 7pm so on the roof you can get it in stereo from all the nearby restaurants.

    Mains from Rs35 to Rs50

    Good Food
    Good Service
    Good Price
    Great Views

    Favorite Dish: I like the Indian food here. The menu is quite extensive.

    Lake views Udaipur
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Udaipur Transportation

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    by Waxbag Written Jun 28, 2007

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    RSTC buses to Jodphur are 120 rupies and take about eight hours. Private bus companies are cheaper and cost about 80 rupies and six hours to Jodphur. Inquire at your local guesthouse. Buses to Mumbai and Jaipur also available and easier than taking the train.

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Udaipur Shopping

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    by Waxbag Written Jun 28, 2007

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    Shop around for the best price, friendliest group, and what hatches your eye.

    What to buy: Miniature painting is a distinct Rajasthani art and the Mewar (Udaipur) school is considered one of the best of the region. Layered with many small details and miniatures are made with mineral colors on paper, camel bone, wood, and leather. The schools were patronized by the Maharajas who commissioned works depicting court life, festivals, ceremonies, and hunts. You can buy this works already framed with glass and they will hand make a package and help you mail it. It should arrive home with no problem.

    What to pay: Be sure to go into the shops alone, without a tout, because you will save up to 40% on the price.

    Making of a Minature Painting
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