Udaipur was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh, father of Maharana Pratap.
Places to Visit
This artificial fresh water lake was created in the year 1362 AD and named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake's surroundings and the several islands within it have developed over the centuries with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats. The famous Lake Palace (now converted into a heritage hotel) is located in the middle of the lake. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake.
Udaipur City Palace
The splendid City Palace Complex, standing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful structures in Udaipur. The elegant palace was originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II and has a number of palaces, museums and gardens enclosed within. The unique aspect of this conglomeration is the architectural design (a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture) that is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching.
The palace of mirrors and glasses was built in the year 1716. A shrine of Dhuni Mata is also located in the complex. This location is considered as the oldest part of the City Palace, where a sage spent his entire life meditating.
The Ahar Cenotaphs are located about 2km east of Udaipur. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over a period of 350 years. There are 19 chhatris that commemorate the 19 maharajas who were cremated here.
An important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40 kms from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that looks like haldi (turmeric).
By Air : Dabok airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport, is 24km from the city centre.There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur on Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, and Kingfisher Airlines. Taxis to the city cost INR 500 and are the only means of transport to and from the airport. You pre-pay for the taxi inside the airport. Come prepared with cash since they don't take credit cards and there is no ATM at the airport.
By Rail : Train service has improved over the last few years after Udaipur was converted to broad gauge railway line. There are now daily trains from New Delhi and Jaipur.
By Road : Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service with most Rajasthani towns including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Mount Abu. Buses also head south to Ahmedabad with connections to Mumbai but it is not a short journey. There are comfortable sleeper coaches available for longer trips.
The climate of Udaipur is tropical, with the mercury staying between a maximum of 42.3°C. and a minimum of 28.8°C. during summers. Winters are mild with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C. and the minimum dipping to 2.5°C.. Best time to visit is during the winters preferably September to March.