I bet you didn’t know these things about Udaipur

Udaipur is a city of dreams and surprises. It is a city which known for its beauty in not only the country but in the whole world. There are a lot of places and sites which attracts a large number of people from all over the world so it is not needed to tell how beautiful Udaipur is to not only its residents but people from all around the world.

The city is rich in terms of History and Culture. It has a different story behind everything it has, be it forts or palaces, and be it festivals or people. There are lots of interesting and amazing facts about the city but we have gathered the most unheard facts about Udaipur for you which will leave you surprised and spellbound. So, get ready for the surprises.


Udaipur’s tree house is in Limca book of world records

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Once upon a time, a businessman named KP Singh proposed the idea of building a tree house upon a 65 years old Mango tree without cutting a single branch of the tree. The idea was so raw and difficult that when he took this idea of his to different architects and engineers around the city, none of them agreed to it.

One day his wish got fulfilled and the tree house got constructed just the way he wanted it to be without any damage to the tree and its branches. Surprisingly, the tree wasn’t made by some architect or civil engineer but a small artisan of Surat with the academic qualification of just grade seven. This tree house was later featured in the Limca book of world records.


The jungle book ‘Oodeypore’

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Udaipur is a city which inspires writers, artists, and painters. It is the home of imagination. And that is exactly why it inspired Rudyard Kipling to include the place in his famous book ‘The Jungle Book’. In this book, ‘Bagheera’, the Black Panther belonged to the placed called ‘Oodeypore’ which is actually Udaipur. If you pronounce both of these names, the pronunciation is the same. It is said that Kipling was inspired by the elegance and the beauty of the city and that’s why he thought to include it in his book. Just imagine, how great and wonderful the city would be to inspire such a great artist, isn’t it?


World’s most romantic hotel

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Udaipur is undoubtedly a city of romance. It seems like love multiplies itself in the huge white forts and palaces. But did you know Udaipur is the home of world’s most romantic hotel?

Lake Palace or Jag Niwas was once a summer palace of Sisodia rulers. Later it was converted into a hotel which is now a heritage hotel run by Taj group. The hotel is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and is voted as the most romantic hotel in the world. This luxury hotel has 83 rooms and suites which features amazing and splendid white marble walls. The aura and the view from the hotel are so spell bounding that it captures the heart of all the couples that seek love from the city.


Asia’s best solar observatory

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We all are familiar with the famous Lake Fatehsagar. Have you ever seen a white solar observatory situated right in the center of Lake Fatehsagar? And did you know this solar observatory is the best solar observatory in entire Asia? It is considered the best because it is situated at the center of a Lake and the air turbulence is low around the water as compared to land. Apart from that, the sky conditions of Udaipur are also favorable, thus it adds up as an advantage to study the movement of the sun. So now every time you look at the observatory, keep this in mind that you’re looking at Asia’s best solar observatory.


Second largest wall of the World

I bet you didn’t know these things about Udaipur

After the Great Wall of China, Kumbhalgarh fort near the Udaipur district has the largest continuous wall measured more than 38 kilometers surrounding the fort. Surprisingly, even after being the second largest wall in the world, you cannot see the fort and the wall unless you are within a half mile of it.

This way of construction was intentional and had a great strategy behind it. Back then, the kings and the rulers of Mewar used to reside in the fort. The fort was designed in such a way that it would not be visible to the enemies and thus, they kept themselves safe. The 38 kilometers long wall was constructed in order to protect the entire fort from the attacks of the enemies.


Second largest artificial freshwater lake in Asia

I bet you didn’t know these things about Udaipur
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Jaisamand Lake or Dhebar Lake which is situated at a distance of 48 km from the city, is the Second largest artificial freshwater Lake in Asia. In 1685, Maharana Jai Singh constructed the lake after making a dam at Gomti River. The Lake is 14 km wide and approximately 102 feet deep. It has the circumference of 48 km. There are total three islands in the lake which are inhabited by the Bhil Manas. The two bigger islands are known as Baba ka Magra and the smaller island is called Piari.


Udaipur is a city of wonder. Once you visit Udaipur, you never know what you will be able to see and know. You’ll never know which part of history will come flashing right in front of you through the palaces and forts that will tell you different stories every time you visit them.

Now, that you know these lesser-known facts about Udaipur, you can brag the fresh knowledge you have acquired in front of your friends. Meanwhile, if you have any other fact related to the city, please share with us in the comment section. We will be glad to hear them.

Udaipur Speaks

9 Myths about Udaipur you should clear up!

Udaipur is one of the most beautiful Cities of India, but being in Rajasthan people have so many myths about Udaipur. So takes this initiative to clear them all up.

1. Udaipur is not a Desert:

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Yes its true…!! Udaipur is a part and parcel of Rajasthan but its not at all a Desert. The only sand you will see in Udaipur is outside the new construction sites and no where else. Udaipur is a Green City surrounded by beautiful Aravali hills with beautiful Gardens, Lakes and Water Reservoirs.

Udaipur is “The City of Lakes” and “Venice of East” – Mind it…………!!


2. Not everyone wears a Pagri/Dhoti or Colourful Clothes:

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Unlike in movies and mindless daily soaps Udaipurites do not wear a Pagri (turban) and dhoti or wear colourful clothes all around. Yes Pagri or Paag as it is called is a traditional wear but not a common wear among the citizens for their daily routine. It is only on the special occasions like marriages people of certain communities wear a paag or pagri.


3. Moustache – “Not every men has it”

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It is not necessary that men from Rajasthan need to keep a moustache. Most men do not keep a moustache. Specially the younger men in their 20’s and 30’s love being clean shaved as other men from various states do.

So next time you see a  Happy Men from Udaipur with no moustache, then do not wonder if there is anything wrong with him – “He is just alright without a moustache and He is loving it”


4. “Balika Vadhu”

They Exist but only in TV Programmes.

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It is just a TV Series. Balika Vadhu or Baal Vivah is a thing of past and has no relevance in the current times. Udaipur is a modern City with strong uproots to tradition and culture but its far away from the misdeeds of past.

So next time you visit Udaipur and see a cute/pretty young girl in a traditional dress then please don’t misunderstand her as “Balika Vadhu” she might just be ready for some cultural fest and festivities but she is not a “Balika Vadhu”.


5. “Khamma Ghani” – Not everyone does it

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Khamma Ghani and Ghani Khamma are not a part of daily greetings to the average citizens.

Yes its true and unfortunate that the famous Greetings in Mewari “Khamma Ghani” is not a part of daily greetings for most of the citizens. Hello, Hii and all other English slangs and greetings are what the younger generation prefers. But this one word “Khamma Ghani” has a magical impact and still sounds the most auspicious greetings of all times.

So next time somebody from Udaipur greets you with a just a Hello …. Hi… or Namaste don’t get disheartened.


6. “Daal Baati” – we do not always keep on munching Baatis

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Yes its true that one of the traditional food is Daal Baati and we love it like everybody does. But we do not always keep on munching Baatis every day. We have all sorts of fresh veggies and herbs which we eat regularly. Udaipur is no exception than any other place and we have a lot of variety to eat.

So next time when you come don’t be surprised to see people enjoying all sorts of food stuff from Rajasthani, Punjabi, South Indian, North Indian to Continental, Chinese or others.


7. We are Literates – “Yes almost all of us”

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The Literacy rate of Udaipur is high as compared to other cities of Rajasthan and India as well. We have the best of colleges and Universities since the time Udaipur was a Princely State and ruled by the King. The Visionary King Maharana Bhopal itself laid the foundation of providing good education to its citizens the MB College/Science College/BN Sansthan as we know it are all there since very long.

And Yes most of us can speak three languages namely 1. Mewari  2. Hindi and last but not the least English.

So next time when you visit Udaipur and see someone speaking fluent English or clear Hindi then possibly he is from none other place than UDAIPUR.


8. Jeeps and Bullets are not the ONLY Vehicles we posses.

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As popularly seen on TV channels and International Broadcasts we do not just drive in Jeeps and ride Bullet Bikes. We have a lot more happening on the roads of Udaipur. The Roads of Udaipur are particularly better than most 2-tier towns of India and we have all sorts of Vehicles and four wheelers ranging from Maruti 800 to Land Rovers, Audis, Mercs, BMW’s, Porsche, Bentley and other High end sedans and convertibles. With almost all the popular two wheelers and four wheeler companies having their Showrooms and sales in Udaipur, Udaipur also tops the list amongst two tier town with the highest number of vehicles according to population.

So don’t be too surprised  next time if you see so many High End cars and two wheelers with their number plates starting from RJ – 27 , Yes RJ – 27 means its from Udaipur


9. Last but not the least

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“Not every guy is called a BANNA and not every girl is titled BAISA

Yes its true the titles of Banna and Hukum exists but not commonly every guy from Udaipur is called or titled a Banna or Hukum.

Dudes are many, but –

“It takes something special to be titled as Banna Hukum or Baisa”

Do visit once and experience it  😉


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