One of the most romantic cities in all Rajasthan, Udaipur is better known as the City of Lakes and is often called the “Venice of the East”. The marble palaces, the beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes, enhance the beauty of this city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and is famed for its miniature paintings.
History: Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheatre of low mountains. Maharana followed the advice of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
Climate: The city has a tropical climate. The summer season runs from mid-March to June and touches temperature ranging from 23 °C to 44 °C. Monsoons arrive in the month of July heralded by dust and thunderstorms. The winter season prevails from the month of October till the month of March. The city observes pleasant sunny days and enjoyable cool nights with the temperature ranging from 5 °C to 30 °C.
Air: Dabok Airport, also known as Maharan Pratap Airport is 24 km from Udaipur city. Daily flights connect the city from Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad & Mumbai.
Road: The city lies on the intersection point of National Highway 76 & 08, midway between Delhi & Mumbai. The roads here are paved and fit for private vehicles.
Lifestyle: Udaipur dwellers are really friendly and good to be with. On your first look, you will find them rugged, but these people are really good at heart. Untouched by the pace of modern times, these desert people are well-built, simple and cheerful. People usually prefer wearing bright coloured clothes. The traditional attire of women is ‘Ghaghra choli’ (Skirt & blouse) and for men, angrakha (Kurta). To communicate, language is really important. Mewari is the primary language of Udaipur, yet Rajasthani, Hindi and English are also common in the city. Udaipur cuisine comprises vegetarian dishes as the place is highly dominated by Jainism. Food is usually made from lots of vegetables and lentils. It is seasoned with a great variety of spices that are unique to the lands of Rajasthan