History and Culture

Miniature Art Culture in Udaipur

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Miniature Painting has significance not only in being beautiful, but also academically, historically, and religiously. These paintings were used to record the lives of royalty. For a long time, when people couldn’t read, this artistry acted as a means of spreading and recording information, education, notions, and anything that needed awareness. This particular field of art needs extreme precision and finesse in the final product. It’s an exceptional thing for a person of Miniature Artistry to get the faces with utmost accuracy. Importance of Miniature Painting in Rajasthan is massive and Udaipur dwells on Miniature arts. 

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The paint used in these paintings is mostly made from stones like Graphite, Lapis Lazuli, and many other natural resources. For colors like gold and silver, incredibly thin sheets of gold and silver are used called Varakh. Even while making the colors, the consistency of the color is vital. Details lie at the heart of Miniature Painting. Every stroke, fill, corner, and crevice of a painting demands a clean hand. So, naturally, the brushes used are excellent, they are made from the hair of a squirrel’s tails and it’s said, hair is also obtained from camel’s eyelashes. For mixing bowls, shells with smooth surfaces are used. For straight lines, wooden rod helps.

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The four steps included in making a miniature painting are Sketching, done in reddish-brown ink, followed by Tracing done on the main canvas or paper, then the coloring is executed and lastly Stippling is done, where small strokes and dots are made with a small fine brush. Both round and flat brushes act as tools for the artists.

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Sadly, more than sixty percent of the miniature artists are changing professions as they see a bleak future. Art comes from the intensive conversation between mind and soul. An artist simply cannot function if these two decide to not cooperate. Everyone is gifted with a little bit of art but not all are called artists. It takes recognition of that art, and practice every day to be respectably called an artist. Even after so much effort and passion, Miniature Art is a dying one. There are great miniature artists in Udaipur who follow this art with all their might, but they don’t wish to pass it down to the generation.

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Miniature art is being kept alive by exhibitions, tourism, and a very small number of art lovers. If you are are someone who appreciates art, these paintings will amaze you. Visit the old city of Udaipur to support and appreciate local artists. Appreciating art is also an art.  


Souvenirs from Udaipur: Shopping in the colorful markets of the City of Lakes

Shopping is always a fun and stress-relieving errand. While you’re on your voyage in the City of Lakes, you might as well like to shop for some Souvenirs from Udaipur. All you need is an eye to catch hold of some different stuff and mindset to bargain- there you go! You are so ready to dive into the shopping retreat. Udaipur has great markets and they retail some authentic Rajasthani products.

A quick tip: Binge on some roadside snacks to keep yourself full, you are gonna need energy to negotiate ladies!


Hathi-Pol and the markets of the Old City of Udaipur are perfect for finding souvenirs that will always be reminiscent of your visit to the City of Lakes. you can buy beautifully carved wooden toys, puppets, copper and zinc metal showpieces. In addition to this, you can also get silver coated furniture, jewelry boxes, figurines, also glass inlay work (lanterns, hangings, small chandeliers etc.) which can serve as impeccable decoration pieces for your home.

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The market selling Handicrafts is huge in Udaipur and one can actually shop a lot from the bazaars here.

Price Range: Depends what you are buying; can go up to several thousand.

Buy From: Antiques from Old City and handicrafts from Hathi-Pol


One thing to give you that ultimate Rajasthani feel is the Mojaris. They are usually made from using tanned leather. The embroidered and embellished are the ones you might swoon over! The market at Hathi-Pol has a number of shops adjacent to each other, in a row, having a variety of Mojaris.

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From Plain to textured, embroidered and with several designs, the Mojaris is a must buy item from Udaipur. Both for ladies and men, these serve as beautiful footwear that looks great when worn with ethnic apparels.

Price Range: Ranging from Rs. 100-120 it can go up to Rs. 500-700 or more depending on your bargaining skills.

Buy From: Hathi-Pol is the best place to buy Mojaris.

Miniature paintings

Udaipur has a huge number of miniature Rajasthani painting artists in the market. Pichwai and Phad paintings are also popular. As the name suggests, Miniature art is an intricate form of painting done on sheets as well as on ivory plates. These can be a great addition to your collection.

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You can have an in-depth knowledge of Miniature Paintings by clicking here

Price Range: From a mere 100-150 Rupees for small ones they can range up to lacs of Rupees.

Buy From: From Hathi-Pol to the entire Old city to other markets as well, you can find miniature art at art galleries, art houses etc.

Leather journals

There are a lot of people who love collecting journals from where ever they tour. For all such people, leather journals from Udaipur can be a great pick as a souvenir. From small cute ones to actually large journals, you can get them in various shapes and size. Some are embellished and have some kind of cutwork.Souvenirs from Udaipur

Price Range: From Rs. 80-100 to 1000 above

Buy From: Old City, Jagdish Chowk Market

Tribal Jewelry

These pieces of eccentric jewelry will be an apt gift for her. The tribal jewelry of Rajasthan is quite famous. The ones found in the Markets of Udaipur are really cool and authentic. You can buy massive and bold rings, neck pieces, anklets, bangles, bracelets, earrings and so much more. The similar ones can be found in Silver metal as well, but those are quite expensive.

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Put in simpler words, the jewelry is one we say ‘Boho-Chic’ and Bohemian Jewelry and can be paired with any ensemble to get an eye-catchy look!

Price Range: The metal imitation ones start from some 100 bucks

Buy From: Old City, Jagdish Chowk Market, Hathi-Pol, Chand-Pol


When in Rajasthan you gotta buy Bandhej. Bandhej is the outcome of the tie-and-dye process of coloring fabrics. These fabrics are then sewn into clothes and other forms of apparels. From the inexpensive Bandhej scarfs or ‘Dupattas’ they can go up to quite expensive cloth materials, sarees, bedsheets to many more.

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The authentic Bandhej can costs you a lot, while a bargain would not make a huge hole in your pocket.

Price Range: Scarfs/Dupattas are a good pick and can be bought within Rs. 500

Buy From: It is available in all the markets, especially, Bapu Bazaar, Maldas Street, Hathi-pol, Chand-Pol

Loads of photos and memories

The one thing that won’t cost you anything is the memories you make here. The city is beautiful and extremely peaceful. The scenic landscape can serve a picturesque backdrop for your snaps that you will cherish forever. Get yourself some memorable moments or things that keep your Udaipur visit alive.

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I am sure, you will return home with lots of beautiful pictures and memories.