The city of Udaipur is a lovely land around the Azure water lakes hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights sounds and experience-an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy tale palace lakes temples gardens and narrow lanes strew with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past. Epitomising for 1200 years.
Udaipur is a part of royal Indian state of Rajasthan, extending from latitude 27°42' in the North to longitude 75°33' in the North. It is well connected through air, rail, and road to other important cities of India like Jaipur, Delhi, and Mumbai.
The climate of Udaipur is tropical with the mercury staying between a maximum of 38.3°C and a minimum of 28.8°C during summers. Winters are a little cold with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 11.6°C. The annual total rainfall is 61 cm.
Winters (September–March) are the best period for visiting Udaipur.
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 on the advise of the hermit he founded the city in 1568 A.D.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum
Saheliyon Ki Bari
About three kilometers from the town of Udaipur lies Ahar, the ancient capital of the Sisodias, which boasts of numerous chhatris or cenotaphs that commemorate Mewars royal personages.
Nathdwara, 48 kilometers from Udaipur, is an important Hindu pilgrim center, also famous for nurturing the glorious tradition of Pichwal paintings.
Ranakpur, 98 kilometers away, boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country. These are but a few of the several places of interest in and around Udaipur.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
The Mewar festival in March-April is the ceremonial welcome to spring and is dedicated to goddess Parvati. A procession of colourfully attired women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichhola is the major highlight songs dances and firework displays mark the festivals.
Gangaur Festival in March-April is popular among women who pray to the goddess Parvati. A procession comprising horses and elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva is the major attraction. Teej in july-Agust is the festival celebrating the advent of monsoon.
Udaipur has wares on offer that can convert the most unwilling of shoppers into avid buyers. The better known items include folk toys, brightly colored garments, hand printed textiles, batiks, dyed saris, metal images, silver jewelry, and the Pichwal wall hangings.
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