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Know the Reasons behind the Strange names of Places in Udaipur

There are many places in the city with weird and unusual names which will make you think about the reasons and the incidents that lead to these names. If you are also one of those who has the same questions about these places, then this article will reveal everything to you.

Below is the story behind some places in Udaipur with such unusual names


Rani Road

The locals say that during the earlier time, this was the place where the royal queens or Rani used to go out to stroll. Right on the opposite side which is the Fatehsagar road right now was used to be called by the name Raja road as it was the place where the Kings or the Rajas used to go out for a walk.


During the ancient period in Udaipur, walls were built to protect the kingdom. To enter the city, 7 major and huge gates were built which were given different names ending with ‘pol’ which translates to gates. It is possible that these names were given to them randomly whereas the locals come up with other different logics for the names too such as Hathipol was the place where the elephants of the kingdom used to be placed, the reason behind Surajpole might be because of the fact that it is facing the east direction which is also the direction from where the sun rises, whereas Chandpol is right opposite to the Surajpole and the full moon rises just above it, so the name.


Thokar Chouraha

‘Thokar’ which means to stumble has its name because in earlier times there was a railway line which ended right at the place. To stop the bogies from going any further, the railway used to place a stumbling block which used to stop the rail bogies. This made the place famous by the name ‘Thokar Chouraha’.


Hiran Magri

Before the urbanization took over in the city, the entire area of the Hiranmagri sector was simply forest. The place was basically made up of ridges or ‘Mangre’ in Hindi. These ridges used to home various deers which are called ‘Hiran’ in Hindi. Together, the place got the identity with the name ‘Hiranmagri’.

Malla Talai

Malla Talai is an area which is nearby Lake Pichola which used to be a boat manufacturing area. These boat operators in the place were called ‘mallahs’ and so the name derived was Mallatalai.


Maldas Street

Maldas was named after a famous businessman in Udaipur names Maldas. It is basically a street for apparel and cosmetic shopping for women. There are many places in the city which are named after some people who used to start residing there in the first place.

Bhadbhuja Ghati

The name Bhadbhuja Ghati was named after the local community ‘Bhadbhujas’ who used to reside there. These people used to roast cereals in Bhaad in the earlier days. Bhaad was the high-temperature oven.


Sindhi Bazaar

After the partition of India and Pakistan, many Sindhis migrated to different cities. Many of them came to Udaipur as well. During those times, they were in need of occupation. It was then that they were allotted a market in the city for their businesses. The market then got popular with the name Sindhi Bazaar. It is said that Sindhis are very good at business.


Saifan Chouraha

Saifan Chouraha is a circle ahead of Fatehpura circle. The term Saifan actually originated from the term Siphon which is actually a tube used to convey liquid upwards and downwards from a reservoir. The similar process was witnessed at the place also. Here used to be 2 gigantic reservoirs which received water from streams so that water from tank 1 was transferred to tank 2 and then circulated to houses and fields.



The name Ayad originated from the ancient civilization there named as Ahar. Various remains of the civilization have been excavated by the Archeological department and are showcased in a museum located in Ayad.

Bhaang Gali

This narrow lane is located inside Surajpole. As the name clearly suggests, the lane used to have Bhang shops. Bhang is the edible preparation of cannabis originating from the Indian subcontinent. Bhang Gali still owns some shops even now.


Foota Darwaza

The term ‘Foota Darwaza’ translates to the ‘broken gate’ in English. For now, you won’t find any broken gate but in earlier days, the place used to have a huge gate whose doors were broken. Today, the place has reduced to just door frames and that is the reason why it’s called Foota Darwaza.

The above information was gathered through the locals residing there. Although no authentic source can be provided, most of them make sense, don’t they?

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Budget traveling to Udaipur Under Rs. 800

Udaipur has gained a very good reputation amongst the travelers all around the world. It’s a fascinating and diverse city with a little pinch of historical flavors and modernization blended perfectly well.

While traveling to any place, the first thing that concerns any traveler is the budget. What if I say that you can spend an entire day in Udaipur for as little as Rs. 800 a day? Getting shocked by the above statement is quite natural as being a touristic city, the expenses in the city can be a bit high for the budget travelers. Though with a little amount of prior information before traveling to the city can save you a fortune.

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Accommodation is a major add up to the budget of your travel plans. So while you are at a budget travel plan, choose for hostels or dormitories instead of those heavy on pocket lakeside Hotels. Hostels or dormitories won’t just fall into your budget but will also give you the opportunity to connect to the travelers of your likes.

Some of the budgeted hostel and dormitories in Udaipur are –

  • The Journey Hostels

Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 249.00

Address: 60/9, Hanuman Ghat, Opp. Udai Kothi Hotel, Chandpole, Udaipur


  • Moustache Hostel

Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 249.00

Address: 44, Panduwari, Gadiya Devra, Near Jagdish Chowk, Girwa, Udaipur

  • Banjara Hostels

Basic 4 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 240.00

Address: 83, Banjara Hostel, Udai Niwas Hotel, Gangaurghat Road near Jagdish temple, Udaipur

Want to read more about the Hostels and Dormitories of Udaipur? Click here.



Food is one of the major components of a city which let you come across the culture of the place. While you are in the city, you would want to have a traditional scrumptious meal which doesn’t even burn a hole in your pocket.

One of the golden rule related to food for all the budget travelers is ‘Find good street food joints’. Street food will offer you a wide range of food items at a minimal cost. Udaipur has an umpteen number of street food joints where you can give a genuine treat to your taste buds in your budget.

Read about the Best Street food markets in Udaipur

Or if you want to have some of the best dishes in the city, click here


Places to visit

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Udaipur is filled with a number of places which attracts a lot of tourists every day. Some of these places require a nominal amount of entry charge while most of them are absolutely free. Choose what all destinations you want to cover on your trip. Skip the idea of visiting all the places if you have a defined number of days for your trip.

You may want to read: Planning for a trip to Udaipur? Here’s the itinerary!

Some of the recommended FREE places to visit in the city of Lakes are –

Lake Fatehsagar

Ganghaur Ghat

Lake Dudhtalai

Jagdish Temple

Lake Pichola and Daiji footbridge

Ambrai Ghat

Karni Mata Temple

Neemuch Mata Temple

Saheliyon ki Badi

Gulab Bagh

Goverdhan Sagar Lake

Sukhadiya circle


Mode of Transportation

The mode of transportation within the city completely depends upon your budget. Hiring a personal cab or auto could be expensive while if you opt for a public transport such as bus or auto can really save you some money. Public transportation charges as less as Rs. 5 to Rs. 20. The only condition for choosing public transport is that you might have to walk a certain distance as it won’t drop you right outside your destination.

The public tempos are usually the large ones which has the capacity of around 12 people. Look for the large tempos or nowadays TATA Magic is being run in the city for the same purpose. The route of these tempos is specified. Below are the routes of different tempos being run in the city.

Route No. 1 City station To Rampura

Railway station – Bus stop –  Surajpole –  Delhi Gate –  Hathipole – Chetak Circle – Shiksha Bhawan – Fatehsagar – Radaji Chouraha – Mahakaleshwar Chowk  – Malla Talai Chouraha – Rampura


Route No. 22 City station To Badgaon

Railway Station – Bus stop at Udiapole –  Surajpole –  Delhi Gate –  Hathipole – Chetak Circle – Panchwati Chouraha – Sukhadiya Circle – Fatehpura Chouraha – Syphon Chouraha – Badgaon


Route No. 20 Krishi Mandi to Bedla

Reti Stand –  Railway Station Gate No.2 – Police line – Bus Station at Udiapole –  Surajpole –  Delhi Gate –  Hathipole – Chetak Circle – Panchwati Chouraha – Sukhadiya Circle – Fatehpura Chouraha – Syphon Chouraha – Bedla

Route No. 7 City station to Amberi

Railway Station – Bus stop at Udiapole –  Surajpole –  Delhi Gate –  Hathipole – Chetak Circle – Panchwati Chouraha – Sukhadiya Circle – Fatehpura Chouraha – RK Circle – Celebration Mall – Bhuwana chouraha – Sukher – Amberi


Route No. 9 Chetak to Savina

Chetak Circle – Court Chouraha – Shashtri Circle – Delhigate – Surajpole – Udiapole – Policeline  – Reti Stand –  Hadi Rani Circle – Titardi – Savina


Route No. 4 – Chetak To Sector 4,5,6

Chetak Circle – Meera Girls College – Sardarpura – Court Chouraha – Shashtri Circle – Ashok Nagar Road – Durga Nursery Road – Bhatta Chouraha – Sevashram Chouraha – Sector 4,5,6


Route No. 2 Dhudhiya Ganeshji to Goverdhan Vilas

Dudhiya Ganeshji – Malla Talai Chouraha – Mahakaleshwar Chowk – Radaji Chouraha – Fatehsagar – Shiksha Bhawan –  Chetak Circle  – Delhi Gate – SurajPole – Udiapole – Railway Station – Patel Circle – Paras Circle – Goverdhan Vilas


Route No.  25 Pratap Nagar to DelhiGate

Transport Nagar – Pacific University – Pratap Nagar – Thoker Chouraha – Ayad – Lakecity Mall – Ashok Nagar Road – Shashtri Circle – DelhiGate


Court Chouraha to Bohra Ganesh Ji

CourtChouraha – ShashtriCircle – AshoknagarRoad – DurgaNurseryRoad – UniversityRoad


Apart from that, you could also rent a bike if your budget allows you to. There are some city buses too that run in the city in around the same cost.

Don’t let anything stop you from discovering places, not your budget at least. Whether you’re headed to the historical places in the city or the temple, one thing is for sure that you won’t be able to forget your first trip to the city.

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Your Camera Is A Waste If You Haven’t Clicked These Places!!!

These Places are the Perfect Escape for Shutterbugs This Monsoon in Udaipur

Love nature-Got a camera- Thinking where to go for clicking? Well, we are at your rescue.

Udaipur is indeed picturesque, and with the onset of Monsoon, the city is drenched with colors of the Mother Nature. The lush green hills surround the city; the small brooks flowing making the peaceful sound of the water. Udaipur is at its best in Monsoons and there no doubt about it.

While you want to capture every little detail about this beautiful season in Udaipur, you ought to be aware of the places where you can get the perfect shot. Here is a list of locations in and around Udaipur where you can practice taking matchless snaps! Check out the list!

Purohito Ka Talab

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Among the picturesque mountains of Aravali, ‘Purohito ka Talab’ is being developed as a new destination for tourists. It is located at a distance of about 12 kilometers from Udaipur, in Amberi Panchayat which is also known as Mini Jaisalmer.

The work to develop it as a new destination for Udaipur is being carried out by UIT and Forest Department here. The Reddish-Orange Chattris are a major clicking muse!

Peepliya Ji

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This one place is all over the internet for Udaipur. Peepliya village gets flooded with nature lovers and photographers all round the year. But when it comes to the Monsoon season, the place becomes not anything less than Heaven. The clouds come down to touch you and height at which you are, gives a superb view of the hillocks surrounding you.

Peepliya ji is a must for any shutterbug loving nature photography.

Karni Mata

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To view Udaipur from a different angle, one can travel to Karni Mata which is the sunset point of Udaipur as well. Your camera will surely love what it’s capturing! Motor boats running on one side, and a view of the whole city with misty sun setting is like a dream landscape. Karni Mata should be on your list this Monsoon.

Ambrai Ghat

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Famous for its panoramic view of the Lake Pichola, Ambrai Ghat is seriously a place to be considered when going for a clicking session in Monsoons. Go there, chill, capture some vibrant colors and bring home a card full of excellent environs.

Badi Lake

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This is somewhat a new place discovered in Udaipur near Badi. Although not many people know about it, many people have taken breathtaking photos of the Badi Lake from this location. The heightened point gives you a full view of the Lake making it irresistible, admirable to capture in your camera.


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Yet another place on a hillock is the Monsoon Palace. The name of the place itself is enough to make you aware why going up to Sajjangarh is a must in Monsoons. Cold breeze on a rainy day, clearing and washing away every bit of dust giving you a canvas full of the color green! The view of the city from Sajjangarh is not less than a painting.

Nimach Mata

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Nimach Mata Temple is situated near Lake Fatehsagar, on a small Hill. It gives an ultimate view of the Lake and is a great option in Monsoon for clicking. One must visit this place, situated in the heart of the city.

Chirwa Ka Ghata

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Want to go a little out, away from the hustle-bustle of the city? Then Chirwa ka Ghata is your destination. It shall offer a fantastic view of the city from a distance, and the lush green hills will take your breath away!


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A series or range of hills will surround you as you enter the road that leads to Raita. The famous Snake road is where you wanna take your pictures. The Place has immense beauty and must be on your checklist this monsoon.

Loved our list? Tell us about your experiences at these places and also let us know if we have missed any location that is ideal for photography in Monsoons in Udaipur. Your suggestions are valuable to us!

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Lake Rajsamand : A Meadow of Azure Depicting Rusticity

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Rajsamand Lake is an epitome of didactic work done by the princely states for the well concern and revampment of society and economy, which could be easily traced by its sun gold essence of gleaming ethics and serenity. This is a massive lake with well built Ghats. It is one of the largest artificial lakes of medieval period. It is a place of small gust of pleasure, where sun shades the waters the lake, precisely pedestrianized and stuffed with beautiful arrays of silver linings is bestowed to the town Rajsamand. The lake contours about 1.75miles wide, 4 miles long and 60 feet deep, having coordinates 25°4’14″N 73°53’15″E.

The fabulous site of this tarn was the result of a dam constructed across the river Gomati, Kelwa and Tali was debuted by Maharana Raj Singh I in the years 1662-1676 with elaborated structures of Jharokas and jettings. The catchment area of the lake is approximately 508 square kilometers.


Why was it Constructed?

The major reason for construction of Lake Rajsamand was to overcome the problem of drought and to render employment for victims of a widespread drought and famine in the year 1661, and to provide canal irrigation to local farmers. It is among the oldest relief works done in Rajasthan. The digging of this foundation began on January 1, 1662. Construction of the actual dam began on January 14, 1676. Mukund Jaggatnath was one of the main architects. It was built in Indo –Persian style and materials used for the construction were stone, rubble and masonry. River Gomti is the main supplier of water to Rajsamand Lake.

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Architecture & Design:

On the bank of the Dam three mandaps were constructed out of white marble, each mandap has three chokies. The first mandap has very interesting scenes where a newly wed girl is departing from her husband’s house. The villagers are seen in sad postures. It is shown that the husband is dragging the wife; the camel of the camel cart is also seen in a sad posture. The second mandap has a scene of animal fighting. The fight of Elephant with Horse is depicted.

On the southern end of this lake their lies a large embankment 183 m. long and 12 m. high, known as Nauchowki or the nine pavilions. It is believed that the dam measures nine hundred ninety nine feet in length and ninety-nine feet in breadth. Every step measures nine inches and there are nine white marble cenotaphs build on the dam. Each of these cenotaphs is nine feet in height and is at nine degree angle from each other. This embankment has marble terraces and stone steps touching the lake and is dotted with five toranas or weighing arches and chhatris (cenotaphs). The colonnaded pavilions are decorated with depictions of the sun, chariots, gods, birds and dancing girls, exquisite carvings that are claimed to be unique in India. It is overviewed by the Dwarikadhish temple and from the Kumbhalgarh Fort the vista it glitters with gushing water is as captivative as scarlet is. This place is also considered to be the one where Maharana Raj Singh and his descendents organized the event of Tuladan: they were weighed in jewels and gold, the cash value of which was distributed among Brahmans for the construction of temples and tanks for the welfare of the people. The history of Mewar is also inscribed here in 107 stanzas, on its 21 marble stones known as ‘Raj Prasasti‘ an epic by Ranchhor Bhatt. It has also been acclaimed as one of the longest etchings in India. The epigraph has given lot of historical, commercial, civil, educational, weighing system etc. to carve out the history and to bring the different shores of historical facts together. The Rajsamand was also the scene of a desperate battle in the late 17th century between Mewar and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Mugals destroyed the torans and ruined all the carvings on the mandap. During World War II, Rajsamand Lake was used as a seaplane base by Imperial Airways for about six years.

There was no provision for sluice gates, at the time of construction of the lake. Irrigation water was supplied by means of a lift irrigation system. The first sluice gate canal was built by the British people, it is 8 km long, and after independence in the 1960s, an ambitious second one was added, which was 35 km long.

Preposterously, in the year 2000, the lake came into the verge of its existence it was just a barren land of rocks and weeds and residents used the Nand Sagar Lake located about 15 km upstream as a substitute then fortunately on the passage of time the monsoon refilled it. Now the Lake Rajsamand has been used for irrigation and its canal network services are used to provide water to 42 villages covering an area of 7,284 hectares. The villages viz.: Peepli, Mohi, Kuwariya, Bhava, Rupakheda etc. are the regular connectors of this water.

The charm exuded by the unparalleled beauty of the Rajsamand Lake is infectious and the tourists are attracted to this place. It has genuine beauty of its own, especially when women clad in hues of yellow, green, purple accommodate the lake on the festive of Gangaur and Teej. The provocative thing of this place is its purity of water, the shimmering and dancing rays of sunbeams of the settling god and the colour changing water beckons the tourists to its charm by over whelming their hearts.

Photos By : Hemant Paliwal