Residing on the banks of Lake Pichola, also known as the, “Jewel of Mewar”, Udaipur is one of the most popular cities in Rajasthan. It was found by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553 and is quite famous for its lakes and palaces. This city vaunts of quaint locations and its beautiful surroundings propound an amazing vacation possibility. Asserted as the most romantic city of this regal state, it is a perfect blend of classical beauty and contemporary charisma.
Every year an insane number of tourists visit this city. It is also a popular wedding destination for Indians and foreign nationals.
Festivals of Udaipur
Gangaur Festival- This festival is celebrated in some or the other form in Rajasthan. It is one of the most important local festivals of the state in which the women of this place worship clay dolls of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvarti in their house. There is also a ghat named after this festival, the Gangaur Ghat, one of the prime locations of Udaipur.
Shilpgram Utsav- A village 3 kilometers away from the Fateh Sagar Lake, Shilpgram in which this festival is organized for 10 days. This village showcases conventional houses from Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan itself. A treat for the visitants to an impressive display of art and culture.
Haryali Amavasya- This particular festival marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Rajasthan. The natives worship Lord Shiva for bountiful rain and a good agricultural season. Fairs and fests are also arranged in the different areas of the city.
Culture of Udaipur
By getting enthralled by the vibrant culture of this city, a huge number of tourists visit this place. It still has inhabitants of the Bhil tribe, the reason you will see many women wearing the traditional Ghagra-choli with a lot of silver jewelry even today. It is also known as the hub of cultural activities, art, music, and folk dance as well.
The people of almost all religions live here and are very welcoming and extremely friendly. Shopping can also be interesting in this town as there are big showrooms, small shops, and roadside stalls presenting pottery, finely crafted jewelry, handicrafts, and antique items.
Tourism in Udaipur
City Palace- On the eastern bank of the lake Pichola lies a series of enormous structures built in different years for different reasons after the year of 1559. It has a main entrance at the triple-arched gateway called the Tripolia, leading to a sequence of partitions, corridors, courtyards, and terraces. It is now a museum to showcase all the antique and royal artifacts, paintings, furniture, articles, etc.
Jag Mandir- The Lake Pichola has few islands and on one of them this edifice is built. It was constructed by the three Maharanas of the Kingdom and now is also known as the “Lake Garden Palace”. It was used by the royal family for their fun times with the family.
Kesariyaji Temple- This temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabh Dev, the first Jain Tirthankara. Has 52 pinnacles visible from a distance, beautifully carved in black stone in a Padmasana Posture and is about a metre tall.
Lake Pichola- This is an artificial waterlake and one of the abutting lakes in the city. Its surroundings and many islands in the lake have been evolved over the years, with marble temples, palaces, bathing ghats, mansions and so much more.
Events in Udaipur
It is a destination which organizes National as well as International Events. A few months back Udaipur hosted “World Music Festival”, in which artists and musicians performed from more than 12 countries of the world, including Spain, France, Italy, Venezuela, as well as India.
For the visitors there is the serenity of the boat rides on lakes, vibrant colors in the bazaars, feel of its heritage hotels, vivacious artistic scenes, and also an extravagant countryside to explore on the back of a horse. The best time to visit this city is between November and March and I would say, it is definitely worth a visit as it is so scenic. A royal city with palaces, lakes, and gardens will give you an amazing experience of its superiority and nobility.
“The Venice of the East” will make you understand all the intricacies of art, culture and of course romance.