5 Star Hotels of Udaipur can Cost you 14 Lakhs a night on 31st December

Are you also thinking about spending your New Year’s in style? Well here in the City of Lakes Udaipur, you can get all the leisure you want but the only condition is that you have to burn a giant hole in your pocket, a hole as enormous as 14 Lakh rupees a night. Shocked, aren’t you?

Well, don’t be. With New Year’s just around the corner, the tariffs of all the luxurious 5-star hotels of Udaipur have reached the zenith. Generally, the tariffs of the premium suites are much higher than the usual rooms but on the occasions such as New Year’s, the prices go up significantly.

Enough of the saying part, let’s get onto the real deal. Below are the charges for the premium suites of the popular 5-star hotels in Udaipur on the 31st December for those who want to celebrate a grand and extravagant New Year’s in Udaipur.


The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas- Udaipur
Source: Oberoi Hotels

The Kohinoor suite here in Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur will cost you around 14 Lakh rupees for a night where you can spend your day like royalty with private indoor pools, spa, restaurants, free wifi, and some extraordinary services. And in case you are wondering that who would want to spend so much on hotels, then let me tell you that Oberoi Udaivilas is absolutely sold out for New Year’s Eve.


Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace- Udaipur
Source: Taj Hotels

A grand celebration calls for a Grand Presidential suite at Taj Lake Palace situated amidst Lake Pichola in Udaipur. This suite will cost you around 11 Lakh rupees for a single night and include facilities such as Minibar, Data port, balcony, Lake View and an internet connection. The suite is furnished with high curved arches and has a European touch to its design.


The Leela Palace

The Leela Palace- Udaipur
Source: The Leela

To experience the royalty of The Leela Palace in the Maharaja suite of the Hotel, you will have to pay approx. 8 Lakh 80 thousand rupees this New Year’s. Additionally, if you are willing to attend the gala dinner you have to pay 34,000 rupees more.


RAAS Devigarh

RAAS Devigarh- Udaipur
Source: RAAS Devigarh

The prices of Devigarh suite at Devigarh, Udaipur on 31st December would be rupees 76,800 and in case you want to opt for the gala dinner you have to rupees 9000 additionally.


Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu- Udaipur

Presidential suite of Radisson Blu, Udaipur on the occasion of New Year’s may cost you approx. 70,000 rupees inclusive of taxes as well as Gala dinner.

 So, made your New Year plans yet?

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Bahubali Hill in Udaipur – A True Gem of Nature near Lake Badi

What is Bahubali Hill?

At a distance of around 12 km from Udaipur rests a Hill named Bahubali near Badi Lake. Badi Lake has always been a center of attraction amongst all the Udaipurites and Bahubali Hill simply adds up to the beauty as it provides a spot to all the wanderers to adore the magnificence of the Lake and the Aravali Hills surrounding the place.

The place was recently discovered by a bunch of Udaipurites and gradually it got very famous between the youngsters of the city and the travelers. It is popular with some other names as well such as Badi Hill amongst the citizens as it doesn’t have a defined name for the time being. It is said that the name Bahubali Hill was suggested by a Google user as he found it similar to the one in the Bollywood movie Bahubali.


What to expect at Bahubali Hill?

Bahubali Hill is situated some 1 km ahead of Badi Lake Pal towards the Silence Resort. To reach the top of the hill, a climb for some 10-15 minutes is needed. Unlike earlier, now a rough parking space is available there too for your two and four wheeler vehicles where a bunch of local villagers takes care of your vehicles against 10 Rupees.

Photo by: Khushwant Chouhan

Few tea stalls have been opened there recently where items such as chips, tea, water bottle, Maggi, etc. are available. It would be a bit expensive up there as compared to the city so it is preferred to carry your snacks and water bottle with yourself. Also, it is advisable to dispose the wrappers and empty bottles in the dustbin wherever it is available.


Best time to visit Bahubali Hill

You can witness an exceptional Sunrise and a Sunset from the hill. The Hill is situated in a forest area and there are no proper street lights, so it is not advisable to go there after it gets dark.

Source: On a Cheap Trip

Bahubali Hill is an ideal place for the photographers and the selfie lovers as it’s quite a photogenic place and one can get a bunch of stunning pictures there. But while clicking the pictures, one needs to be careful because there are no fences which create a risk of falling or getting hurt.


How to reach Bahubali Hill


Recent Controversies related to Bahubali Hill

Photo by: Ayush Devpura

In the month of June, a group of people spray painted the rocks of the hill disturbing the beauty of the place. The photos of the spoiled rock got viral on the Instagram within a day. A couple of days later, a bunch of youngsters from the city took the initiative to clean the paint off the rocks. In around two hours of hard work in the simmering heat of June, the group successfully cleaned the rocks giving a strong message to all the defaulters of the city to keep the beauty of the nature intact.

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Bird’s Paradise Menar Village is Famous for Some More things! Read to Know

It is possible that you might have heard of the village Menar which resides at a distance of around 52 km from Udaipur. And why wouldn’t you, the village is very well known not just in the city but entire Rajasthan for being the bird’s paradise. Menar Lake in the village witnesses many migratory birds especially in the winter season and that makes it the ideal destination for the bird watchers around the city.

Source: Patrika

These migratory birds include Greater Flamingo, White-Tailed Lapwing, Pelican, Marsh Harrier, Black Kite, Green Sandpiper, Wood sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Red-wattled Lapwing, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Crane, Bar Headed Goose and many more!

Well, that was about the Menar Lake. But there are some more things that make the village stand out.


The 52 feet Shiv Idol

Otherwise known for being the Bird Village, Menar is also very popular for its 52 feet high idol of Lord Shiv which becomes a point of faith amongst thousands of devotees who come here to worship this gigantic idol of Lord Shiva during Monsoons. The temple which homes the colossal idol is known as Thakur Ji temple. The famous Bollywood movie ‘Dhadak’ has also been shot here.

Temple in the song ‘Pehli Baar’ of movie Dhadak

According to the villagers, the idol has been constructed by the fellow villager, Prabhulal Joshi. The Shiv idol situated in Haridwar inspired Prabhulal to build one in his own village. The construction of the idol has given employment to more than 400 people of the village and the artisans of the idol were called from South India.


Lucky number 52

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It is also said that the village has some sort of connection with the number 52. Villagers say that several years ago, Maharana Pratap got so impressed by the bravery and courage of the villagers that he gifted a land of 52 Bigha (a measure of land) to this village. Also, the distance between the district headquarters and the village is also 52 km. This can be the possible reason why the height of the idol is kept 52 feet.


People of Menar village

The chain of amazement doesn’t stop yet! The people of Menar village are no less than anything else here. The credit of Menar being the Bird’s paradise doesn’t solely goes to the ecosystem of the area but also to its people. In recent months, Menar has been in the news for having set an example in community-driven conservation.

The villagers made some fair attempts to save the fishes of the lake. In order to ensure a healthy ecosystem people of Menar village have stopped using the water of the lakes for irrigation purpose, fishing has been prohibited and regular weeding is done to get rid of water hyacinth overgrowth.

Villagers relocating fishes | Source: Times Of India

They have also set up a group of volunteers known as Pakshi Mitra’ who ensure a safe stay to the flying visitors. From rescuing injured birds to conducting regular anti-poaching patrols, these volunteers have set a benchmark to conserve the ecosystem of the village.


Menaria – A Brahmin community originated from Menar village

Source: National Herald

As mentioned above, the history of Menar goes long back to the time of Maharana Pratap’s reign and even before that. After multiple wars taking place during the period of 1226 AD in Mewar, many people were martyred. The remaining people scattered to find a home in places. The people who went to Nagda (currently known as eklingji) became Nagda Brahmin, people who went to Pali were known as Paliwals and then the people who came to Menar became popular with the name of Menarias.


Many Menaria people from Menar have become cooks to India’s Millionaire

From Dhirubhai Ambani and the Hinduja brothers to Lata Mangeshkar and Juhi Chawla, the Menaria chefs have handled the kitchens of the multi-millionaires as well as many celebrities in the country.

For instance, Yashwant Menaria from the village manages the kitchen of the Hinduja brothers in London. When he was in the age of 14, he took the contract of running the canteen of the multinational company near his village and this was the beginning of all.

Yashwant Menaria | Source: BBC

Poonamchand Aklingdasot is another Menaria has an interesting story himself. Poonamchand used to cook for Lata Mangeshkar’s family before which he managed the household of Dhirubhai Ambani in 1997.

The interesting thing about the Menaria chefs is that many of them have never attended a cooking course and yet they are preparing all the cuisine from Mexican and Italian to Chinese and Continental and earns a handsome six-figure salary (often in addition to free boarding, lodging, and air travel!)

Such is the glory of this village. When are you planning to visit Menar?

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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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Enjoy This Festive Season at These 5 Places in Celebration Mall

The festive season is just around the corner and during this time of vacation, all we want to do is spend some good time with our friends and family at some cozy and plush restaurant. Celebration Mall has always been the first place whenever someone thinks of a good time.
The mall has a wide range of places that can be your ideal choice for your next leisure time.

1)    Barbeque Nation – If you are one of those foodies for whom food is the most important part of your leisure time then this is the most perfect place to be. Barbeque nation has got some lip-smacking dishes both veg and non-veg where you can relish an unlimited meal including a wide range of dishes in starters, main course and dessert as well. It is the most preferred destination for all the non-veg lovers.

Source: tripadvisor

2)    Jaipur Jungle – this restaurant is the perfect combination of soothing ambiance and scrumptious food. It has impeccably incorporated the theme of a jungle which will make you feel like you are in a different world altogether. In addition to that, a plethora of mouthwatering dishes will surely add up to your quality time with friends and family.

3)    Brewz Rock Café – Stunning lights, rock music, booze, and good food, Brewz Rock Café has got everything that you need to have a rocking evening with your friends. The best time to visit the café would be during weekends when you can enjoy live concerts and hum the lyrics of your favorite song along with your friends.

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4)    Hari Vedas – the most amazing amalgamation of food and a comforting environment. But beware because the wide range of exotic food items will make you cheat your diet and overeat. With all this Hari Vedas guarantees a good time with your friends and family.

Source: Forum Malls

5)    Go Foodie – Is it a cheat day for you? Then Celebration Mall has got all the brands that can make your cheat day the best day. Mc. Donalds, Dominos, Subway, Belgian waffle, Keventers, Frozen factory, you name it. You can eat at your favorite brand and if you are confused, you can probably go everywhere.

Food and festivities go hand in hand when there are so many options you can choose from then it’s just a cherry on the top, right?

Places to Visit

Planning for a trip to Udaipur? Here’s the itinerary!

Udaipur is the most sought-after destination for tourist all around the world. And why wouldn’t it be? The city is full of historical places and natural beauty. And because of the same reason, one problem that most of the traveler faces on their visit to the city is that what all places should be and can be covered on a given number of days.

And so, we present different itineraries for a different number of days so that you do not have to worry about a single thing and you can enjoy the city of lakes at its fullest.

Places to cover on a one day trip to Udaipur:

Jagdish temple – Start your day with the worship of Lord Jagannath. The historical temple will take you back in time and the beautiful architecture will allure you for real.

Time needed to explore: 1 hour

Click here for a list of prominent temples in Udaipur.

Historical places in Udaipur and the history behind them
Picture by: Anil Vohra

City Palace – One of the major palace of the city. The palace attracts numerous tourists every day. It was built over a period of 400 years back by Maharana Udai Singh II.

Timings: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Ticket: Children – 100/Adult – 300

Time needed to explore: Around 3 hours

Click here to know the historical places of Udaipur and the history behind them.

Historical places in Udaipur and the history behind them
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Bagore ki Haveli – the museum is full of attractive and historical items. If you happen to visit it in the evening, attend the Dharohar show at the museum. It would be something you would never forget. Click here to read more about Bagore ki haveli.

Entry ticket – 70

Dharohar show ticket – 90

Timings – 10 am to 8 pm

Show timings – 7 am to 8 pm

Time taken to explore – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Historical places in Udaipur and the history behind them
Bagore ki Haveli

Lake Pichola & Daiji footbridge – one of the prominent lakes of the city and would give a picturesque sight from Ganghaur Ghat situated just next to Baghore ki Haveli. After visiting the Ghat, go on a walk at Daiji footbridge near the Ghat and click some amazing pictures to be insta ready.

Time taken to explore – 1 hour

Source: @jake_hateley

You may also want to read: A list of the Best Hotels and Resorts of Udaipur

Ambrai ghat – Another Ghat situated in the old city. It will give a magnificent view of the palaces and the city. You absolutely cannot afford to miss the place in the city.

Time taken to explore – 30 min to an hour

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Fatehsagar – the heart of the city. The place is frequently visited by not just travelers but also the locals.

Time taken to explore – 1 hour


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Moti Magri – Moti Magri or pearl hill is a memorial of the great Rajput hero Maharana Pratap. The place overlooks the entire Fatehsagar Lake and gives a mesmerizing view. The place has a museum and hall of fame which can be visited. Click to read a list of museums in Udaipur.

Entry ticket – Rs. 75 for adults and Rs. 35 for children

Time taken to explore – 2 hours

Historical places in Udaipur and the history behind them
Source: Trip advisor


Places to cover on a two day trip:

Visit all the places above on the first day and on day 2, you can consider the options below:

Shilpgram – It contains lifestyle, history, and art of rural and tribal people of Rajasthan. One can witness various art and crafts inside. If you are here at the time of December, visit the Shilpgram Utsav.

Entry tickets: Rs. 30/- for Indians and Rs. 50/- for foreigners

Time taken to explore: 2 hours

Source: Oh My Rajasthan!

Ahar Cenotaphs and Museum – Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of cenotaphs located in about 2 km east of Udaipur. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over approximately 350 years.

Time taken to explore: Max. 1 hour

Rarely visited places in Udaipur that you need to visit right now
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Monsoon palace – Also known as Sajjangarh, is situated at a distance of 5 km from Lake Fatehsagar. It is a huge palace overlooking the entire city.

Entry tickets: Rs. 60/-

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Time taken to explore: 2 hours

Source: twitter

Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary Sajjangarh Biological Park is a zoological garden with a variety of animals such as leopard, crocodile, birds etc. Click here to read a list of wildlife sanctuaries and nature parks in and around Udaipur.

Entry fees: Rs. 30 for park and 20 for the zoo

Time taken to explore: 2 hours

Karni mata temple – Begin your day 2 with a trek to Karni Mata temple. The view is simply amazing from the temple. If you do not wish to climb up, you can opt for ropeway as well. Click here to read about the history of Karni Mata temple.

Price of the ropeway: Rs. 100/-

Time taken to explore: 2 hours


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Pichola Pal – Pichola pal is situated right opposite to Dudhtalai. One can have a wonderful view of Lake Pichola. There’s also a boating point at Pichola pal.

Time taken to explore: Max. 1 hour

You may also want to read: Rarely visited places in Udaipur


Places to cover on a three-day trip:

On the third day of your tour, you can go to some outskirt area of the city such as –

Pratap Gaurav Kendra – Pratap Gaurav Kendra is located at a distance of 6 km at Tiger Hills. It has a huge statue of Maharana Pratap. It has an exhibition which aims at providing information about Maharana Pratap and the historical heritage of the area with the help of modern technology.

Entry ticket: 50/- for children, 100/- for adult

Time taken to explore: 2 Hrs

Source: mewarblog

Lake Badi – One of the prominent Lakes in the city at a distance of around 9 km from the city. Don’t miss the Badi hill there which will give a mind-blowing view from there.

Source: @curvywanderer

Ubeshwar Ji – Ubeshwarji is a village at a distance of 23 km from Udaipur. It has a famous temple and a major waterfall behind the temple. It looks good in monsoon and is a good picnic spot.

Peepliya Ji – Peepliya is a village situated at a distance of approx. 30 km from Udaipur. One can see the entire landscape view from here. The foggy surroundings here in monsoon is a must visit. It is a bit ahead of Ubeshwarji.

Jaisamand Lake – It is India’s second largest artificial lake also known as Dhebar Lake. It is at a distance of 58 km from Udaipur.

Source: Wikipedia


Eliminate the places you do not wish to visit from the itinerary with the below places:

In the city –

  • Goverdhan Sagar Lake & Panna Dhai ship
  • Saheliyon ki Badi
  • Gulab Bagh – No entry fee and visit the library there if you wish to.
  • The largest aquarium in India – Under the sun (Entry ticket: 118 inclusive of GST)

Outskirts of the city –

  • Haldighati – Haldighati is a museum of Maharana Pratap, the ruler of Mewar. It is situated at a distance of 47 km. (Entry ticket: 30/- per person)
  • Bagheri ka Naka
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Tidi Dam – Read about Tidi dam and other dams around Udaipur, here.
  • Chandni village
  • Udai Sagar Lake – One of the major 5 lakes in and around Udaipur. Its distance from Udaipur is 11 km.
  • Ekling Ji temple – It is a very old temple of the deity Ekling Ji. It is at a distance of 30 km from Udaipur.
  • Sas Bahu temple – It is situated near Eklingji. It is a remain of sahastra bahu temple. The temple is now in partial ruins but one can still marvel at their original splendor, the artisan and the perfect geometry of it.

You may also want to read: Weekend getaways near Udaipur

And even at the end of all this, go where your heart leads you to. If you are willing to stay at a place for a little long just because it soothes your soul, stay there. If you feel like talking to a complete stranger, do it. At the end of your trip, it is just these crazy experiences and memorable moments that are going to count, not the money you spend, not the places you see.

You may also want to read: Mistakes a Tourist Makes while Visiting Udaipur

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gulab bagh, udaipur
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वहाँ आए एक-आध लोगों से बात करने पर पता चला कि उनकी सुबह तो कब की हो चुकी है। कोई अकेला गुलाब बाग़ के चक्कर लगा रहा था, कोई किसी अपने का हाथ पकड़ क़दमों की ताल को बांधे हुए था, तो कोई ग्रुप में बैठे अपने स्कूल/कॉलेज के दिनों को याद कर गुलाब बाग़ में अपने बचपन को तलाश रहा था।

gulab bagh, udaipur
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अगर आपको असली उदयपुर देखना है तो यहाँ आइए। मुझे पूरी उम्मीद है यहाँ दिखने वाले दृश्यों को आप शायद ही कभी भुला पाएंगे। इन बूढ़े पेड़ों और लुप्त होते गुलाबों, जिनकी वजह से इसका नाम गुलाब बाग़ पड़ा था, उदयपुर की पहचान बचाने की पूरी कोशिश कर रहा है। आम और जामुनों के पेड़ों के नीचें लगी बेंचों पर बुज़ुर्ग अपनी महफ़िल जमाते हुए नज़र आ जाते हैं, इन्टरनेट की दुनिया से बिलकुल एक अलग दुनिया की बातें करते। वह दुनिया जिसे हम यंग्सटर्स कभी की भुला चुकें है।

gulab bagh, udaipur
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हालाँकि कुछ नयी जिंदगियां यहाँ नज़र ज़रूर आती हैं लेकिन वो भी दौड़ती हुई, बस। हम सभी दौड़ रहे हैं, न जाने किस चीज़ की तलाश में? अगर कोई रुकता भी तो बस हाफ़ने भर के लिए और एक सांस भर फिर से दौड़ पड़ता है।

गुलाब बाग़ वहीँ रहे, ऐसी उम्मीद करता हूँ। वहाँ चलती महफ़िलें कभी लुप्त ना हो, जैसे गुलाब बाग़ से गुलाब लुप्त हो चुकें है। अब वो सिर्फ् एक बाग़ बनता जा रहा है।gulab bagh, udaipur

Places to Visit

Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination

Dark clouds covering the wide blue sky causing heavy winds at daytime and cool breeze during night time are the signs that monsoon is approaching. And monsoon comes along with the vivid memories of a picnic with friends and family. Hot steaming Pakoras prepared fresh along with homemade chai looks like the best combination of the world while you gaze at the tiny droplets coming from up above. This time that you spend with your loved ones becomes the memory of a lifetime and to make it more special, we have jotted down the names of some places that can be your next picnic spot this season.



Haldighati Museum
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The place has topped the list because it has been one of the favorites for people of all ages, and gender. Remember the times when we all went to Haldighati from our school. When we and our friends used to shriek at the top of our voices on the bus on the way to Haldighati. And for the first time when we came to know so much about the warrior Maharana Pratap. Since then the place is admired by everyone especially the people of Mewar.

To know more about Haldighati Museum, click here

Thoor ki Pal

Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination
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Udaipur is blessed with a lot of rivers flowing through, lakes, ponds, dams etc. and thus when such glorious places around them capture the eyes of the people, it becomes the ideal spot for them to spend their leisure time at. One such place is Thoor ki Pal. It is a dam situated at a distance of 11 km from the city and is the favorite getaway for Udaipurites during monsoons.


Ubeshwar Ji

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During monsoons, it seems like Ubeshwar Ji is the second home of people and when you actually go there in this season, you wouldn’t be surprised by the fact at all. A large number of people with their friends and family all with their happy faces enjoying there would bring a feeling of joy inside you too. There is a temple of Ubeshwar Ji Mahadev which is the center of attraction there.


Nandeshwar Ji

Rarely visited places in Udaipur that you need to visit right now
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The place is rich in lush green vegetation all around. And in monsoons, it seems it is being cleaned by the water of the rain and the view becomes so splendid that you would not want to get up from there and go back to your home. There is a river flowing through Nandeshwar Ji which is widely enjoyed by the people visiting it. It has a temple of Lord Shiva also called Nandeshwar Ji which is why the place is named so.


Bagheri ka Naka

Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination

Bagheri ka Naka is a dam situated at a distance of 50 km from Udaipur. According to me, Dams are the best place to go to when you are thinking about picnics. You will get a perfect natural treat there that combines stretches of water, lush green trees, fresh air and a perfect mood to start your picnic. During monsoons, water flowing at the great speed from the height is one marvelous sight to look at.

To know more about Bagheri ka Naka, click here.


Tidi Dam

Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination
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Udaipur is rained with beauty all around and one example to justify the fact is this place, Tidi Dam. This is one of the great options to go for if you are looking for a beauteous place to spend time with your family and friends. It is at a distance of 34 km from the city and is widely visited by locals and tourists.


Chandni Village

Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination
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The place has captured the attention of locals recently a few years back. And now it has become quite popular among the citizens of Udaipur. As soon as rain showers on the city, Chandani Village shows its true beautiful color where nature is at its best, water flowing from the river and greenery all around is one thing that no one should miss this season.



I bet you didn’t know these things about Udaipur
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The city of Lakes is surrounded by some breathtaking sites and amongst them, one is Jaisamand Lake. Also known as Dhebar Lake, it is the second largest artificial lake in Asia. Looking at the wide stretches of the Lake, sitting under one of the Chattris on the Pal and munching on our favorite snack, isn’t it everything we would want to do on our picnic day?

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Ideal places in and around Udaipur that can be your next picnic destination
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If you have a curious mind and a keen eye for the culture of Rajasthan, then it is the ideal place for you to visit. Shilpgram is a complex of rural arts and crafts that depicts the culture and lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the west zone. It contains various paintings, clothes, instruments and written records of those people which can be explored on a perfect day by you and your loved ones.

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Udai Sagar lake

Evenings at the pal of Udai Sagar Lake is so pleasant and soothing for your eyes that it will take away all the worries from your life. The place will offer you magnificent amount of solace that will be cherished by you and your family for the rest of your lives.

Look at Udai Sagar Lake overflowing by clicking here.

Now that you have the list of all the places, get ready to welcome monsoon in the city. It is time to set up the mood with the earthy smell after the rains, wet hairs, and with a handful of hot snacks.

If any other picnic place which is not mentioned above pops up in your head, feel free to share with us in the comment section below or write to me at

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Today is International Day for Biological Diversity | Know about Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur

With the aim of creating awareness about the importance of preservation of biodiversity among the public, Biodiversity day is celebrated on 22nd May every year. In the year 1992, Earth Conference was organized in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and a policy for conservation of biodiversity was framed that is being followed by 193-member countries of the world. India has been following it since 18th February 1994.


Biodiversity means the diversity that exists in different forms of life in the universe and includes all forms – man, animals, and plants. In other words, it consists of all sorts of plants and trees (vegetation) wildlife, pet animals, and birds, bacteria etc.

The main reasons for the need of conservation of biodiversity include the right of all the species to survive. Every species givers products that no other can. India is one of the 17 countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, United States, Venezuela that are known for their biodiversity. In spite of its uncommon climate, Rajasthan is a rich state so far as biodiversity is concerned. The province has been divided into arid and semi-arid zones by the Aravalli ranges. At present Rajasthan has three national parks, twenty-five wildlife sanctuaries and ten conservation reserves. Where all ecological systems and the animals and plants that inhabit them are being protected.

Outside the protected forest areas rich biodiversity areas have been converted into medicinal plants areas. Gochar, Oran, Ban, Kho, lakes and water bodies, pastures and agriculture land are other treasures of biodiversity.

For the poor the biodiversity is extremely important as it provides basic necessities such as nutrition, clothes, energy, building wood, houses shelter. The position of biodiversity in India and Rajasthan is respectively- flora (45000 and 2500) birds (1200 and 450) mammals (350 and 67) reptiles (453 and 58) and amphibians (182 and 40).

Udaipur, the city of lakes, is rich in biodiversity and has a park dedicated to it. Let’s read about it.

Mewar biodiversity Park, Udaipur

Udaipur has the distinction of having both, a biological park at Sajjan Garh and a biodiversity park on Nathdwara Udaipur NH8 in the densely forested Amberi area spread over 165 hectares. This area showcases the rich biodiversity of Udaipur region. That is a part of Aravali range.

Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur
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The height of the hill ranges in the north-west parts increases 1200 meters then decreases in the northeast and in south-west part the shape of the mountains goes from gentle to steep.

The area is ideal from the point of view of biodiversity due to its slope, height, soil, humidity and geo-scientific factors. The rich biodiversity includes 63 species of trees, 33 types of shrubs, 37 kinds of creepers, 117 variety of under shrubs and herbs, 38 species of grasses, 3 types of parasites and 2 species of pteridophytes and one variety of bamboo.

Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur
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Also, can be seen here 300-400 years old mango, ‘mahua’ and ‘bargad’ tree. In addition to this, the park is home to several species of birds, reptiles, and animals viz birds (129), reptiles (17) and amphibians (6). One can also see ‘Neelgai’, jarakh, etc and also lizards, snakes, spiders and so many more.

Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur
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Due to its congenial conditions, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and 3-4 panthers can be seen wandering here. In this way, the site provides it is an attractive site for students, researchers, bird lovers, bioscientists, nature lovers, and environmentalists.

When looked at separately, the factors that harm the forest do not look very important but together they seem to be extremely harmful. The first set of such factors include natural occupancies such as flood, storm, frost, extreme heat and scant rain or drought.

Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur
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Other types of factors include fire, heat an illegal cutting, farming, and encroachment, arming over-grazing, mismanagement, insects, fungus, parasites etc.

The main development work done in the park includes a wall fencing, measures for the preservation of water and soil, beautification of roads, and construction of viewpoints, eco trails, entry gates, tickets window, park office, and cafeteria. There are attractive signages at proper places. So also, facilities for eco-tourism and swings for children. For tourists, there are basic facilities such as interpretation center and display of biodiversity. Grooves of different kinds namely orchids groove, tuber groove, endemis groove, cactus groove have been developed. So also climbing and arboretum butterfly home, bird viewpoint, frog pits etc. are also being developed. Adventure sports have included, ground obstacles, zip line, valley crossing, and tree walk. After the failure of all the terrain vehicle that some other kind of vehicle is to bring. Amidst the dense forest and smell of sandal trees, the visitors are able to watch dancing peacocks and groups of frolicking monkeys. For the night stay of the tourists, there is a provision of tents.

Mewar Biodiversity Park Udaipur
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In Amberi area, exists Purohito ka Talab that was built in the time of Mewar state and is full throughout the year. It is home to huge variety of birds especially migratory ones during winter. The pollution free, serene and natural ambiance attracts a lot of tourists.

The park is a paradise for visitors and at the same time is a source of income for the local community.

The park timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry ticket: Rs. 40/- per person | Over student ID Rs. 20/- per person

Distance from Udaipur: 15 km


Have you ever visited the Mewar Biodiversity park? Tell us your experience in the comments section below!

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Do you know about the Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair?

A battle between the armies of Maharana Pratap and Mughals took place on Vijaya Dashami at Dewair valley. Both the Generals of the Mughal army Sultan Khan and Bahlol Khan got killed in the battle and as a result, the hill was captured by Maharana Pratap, which is now known as “Meva Ka Mathara”. This place is situated around 1 km north-west of the village of Dewair.Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair

In remembrance of this historic victory of Maharana Pratap, the State Government had constructed a huge National Victory Monument at Meva ka Mathara under Mewar Complex Plan. This monument was inaugurated by first female President of India her Excellency President Madam Pratibha Devi Singh Patil on 10th January 2012. Dedicated to the historic victory achieved, this monument is a humble tribute from the Nation to Maharana Pratap.Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair

History of Dewair

In the olden days, Dewair was ruled by various people, from Mair Caste to Deveda Rajputs. Dewair’s geographical location is very important from the strategic perspective as various ways to Marwar, Mewar, Gujarat, and Malva pass from Dewair.

The Battlefield “Dewair ki Naal” (Dewair Valley) is situated around 2 K.M. South West to the village Dewair. The famous battle of Dewair had started here on Vijaya Dashmi, 1582.

After Haldighati battle Mughal King Akbar established various Mughal posts in Mewar through Dewair Route. During his establishments, he continued to invade Mewar through his representatives Maan Singh, Bhagwan Das, Todar Mal and Shaah Baaz Khan etc. But Maharana Pratap continued to diffuse his invasions by using Guerrilla warfare. Maharana Pratap in this duration started re-uniting and strengthening his army and collecting weapons with the help of his allies from Sirohi, Ieder, Jalore etc.Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair

He spread a rumor that he had left Mewar and surrendered all his operations. By this diplomatic step, he deceived the Mughal emperor and attacked the strongest Mughal post situated at Dewair.

In this Epic Battle Maharana Pratap and his Son, Kunwar Amar Singh displayed extreme valor and courage. Maharana Pratap chopped Mughal Commander Bahalol Khan into two pieces including his horse in one strike of his sword. Whereas, his son Kunwar Amar Singh had killed Sultan Khan in one strike of his Spear.

Battlefield of Dewair Valley and Meva Ka Mathara are the evidence of the historic win of Maharana Pratap in Dewair.  Due to this historic win, Mughal forces had automatically left 36 posts in Mewar Region. Through this battle, Maharana Pratap took the revenge of Haldighati and undoubtedly, this war is the brightest milestone achieved by him during his lifetime.

Chapli Nature Trail at Dewair

To encourage the tourism in Dewair area both Tourism Department and Forest Department have together built this Nature Trail which is 6 km long. This Nature Trail is built from Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak to Shiv Mandir, Chapli. It passes from a Game Sanctuary which renders a wonderful opportunity to the tourists to see the nature and wildlife in its purest form.Maharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair

Surrounded by the wildlife and forest, it also renders an opportunity for Horse and Camel safari. People who like adventure motorbike will find this place suitable for their ride.

Location of DewairMaharana Pratap Vijay Smarak in Dewair

It is situated on the northern front of the Aravali range between Madaria and Kumbhalgarh. It is situated on National Highway No. 8, consequently, 118 km and 50 km North of Udaipur and District Headquarter Rajasmand and 300 km south of the Capital Jaipur.

Article By: Puneet Upadhyay