City Information

MaharanaUdai Singh laid the foundation stones of Udaipur as early as 1557 AD. With the magnificent Aravalli mountain range acting as a natural barrier, the city remained out of reach to the fiercest warriors including the Mughal armies. It remained the capital of Mewar until 1947, when Mewar province became a part of Rajasthan.

The city of Udaipur is famous for its calm surrounds, pictorial lakes and shimmering palaces. The city is also called ‘Venice of the East’ because of its beautiful lakes.

The city has a white aura, foras pink is to Jaipur, white is to Udaipur. Besides handicraft like paintings, marble articles, silver arts and terracotta, the city is also known for its temples, gardens and museums. The City Palace and Museum is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with a stunning collection of objects belonging to different Maharanas of Udaipur.

It’s most pleasant to visit Udaipur during winters. The temperatures in the evenings and nights dip, and the daytime temperatures usually stay a little above 22°C (68°F).

Get to tourist attractions in Udaipur in state-run buses, cabs and autos, or the luxury sedans provided by The Leela Palace Udaipur, on request.

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Take a boat ride on the Pichola Lake, UdaiSagar and PratapSagar, definitely among the most beautiful lakes in the state. In fact, the Pichola Lake was formed when MaharanaUdai Singh flooded Picholi village while establishing the city of Udaipur.

Other places to see in Udaipur include SajjanGarh, the monsoon palace of the Udaipur royalty, perched on a hilltop, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jag Mandir, BhartiyaLok Kala Mandir, Pratap Memorial and Ahar Museum. Also catch the City Palace Museum and learn about the aristocratic history of Mewar, which resonate from its rooms, extravagantly decorated with mirrors and paintings tiles.

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Art and Culture

The desert region of Rajasthan is famous for the color and vibrancy of its folk forms. Each region in Rajasthan has its own form of folk dance. Tribal areas have maintained these folk dances which are often performed for special occasions.Colors of Thar Desert comes alive when its dancers take the center stage. The dancers, the dances and costumes had even enriched Thar the dignity of being the most colorful desert in the world. Each region flavoring its own form of dance styles and performers to the state. There are dances that follow a lineage of age old traditions, adhere to religious significance, display their daring attitude as well as complimenting various fairs and festivals. 

Udaipur is also known for its stylish paintings and delicate handicrafts.

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Some of the must-try dishes in the city include Gatte Ki Sabji, made from spiced balls of gram flour rolled and cooked in a spicy curry; Papad Ki Sabji, roasted papad cooked in spicy tomato curry; Kadhi, a gravy dish made using gram flour in butter milk and garnished with fried red chillies; Laal Maas, a popular preparation with chunks of red meat cooked to perfection in red simmering gravy and DilJaani, a favourite sweetmeat preparation of Udaipur.

These dishes can be found in any restaurant in the tiny lanes of the city. You may even ask the chef at The Leela Palace Udaipur to serve you these.