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Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge must be your next summer getaway in Udaipur!

Who doesn’t want to spend a day away from the hustle bustle of the city!? Certainly, -everyone does. The fact that everyone nowadays wants to experience the purest form of tranquility, we tend to find solace in the lap of nature. One such place to experience peace is the Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge in Udaipur. Situated outside of the city near Badi in Udaipur, this place clearly qualifies in offering us a peaceful, more calm kind of a feeling that is essential in today’s fast life.

Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge
Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge

Let us have a look at what all things do the Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge has to offer.

Why spend a day at Banjara Hills?Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge

Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge is a jungle themed resort in Badi encompassed by the lush Aravali hills. The greenery surrounding the resort makes the ambiance all the more strikingly beautiful. And why wouldn’t you be enticed to spend your day at the Banjara Hills when there is so much to indulge in. The entire place has wooden interiors that give it a rustic feel. The food served is multicuisine and offers a lip-smacking taste. There is a pool for pool parties and has attractive packages.

Amenities at the Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge UdaipurBanjara Hills Jungle Lodge

  • Big swimming pool
  • Kids pool also on demand
  • Poolside sitting area
  • Hall for DJ parties- ‘barefoot’
  • AC Indoor multi-cuisine restaurant- ‘daawat-e-khas’
  • Garden for birthday parties or wedding functions
  • Ample parking space and
  • A garden restaurant

Packages at Banjara HillsBanjara Hills Jungle Lodge

Pool party packages

1. Supreme package:

Veg Rs. 850 per person (minimum 15 people)

Non-veg Rs. 1000 per person (minimum 15 people)

2. Intermediate package:

Veg Rs. 700 per person

Non-Veg Rs. 850 per person

3. Basic package:

Pool Party Rs. 600 per person, Monday to Friday – 12 noon to 4 PM

Kitty party packages 

Rs. 400 per person (Minimum 10 Members)

Contact informationBanjara Hills Jungle Lodge

Address: Countryside Badi, Bada Hawala Road, Udaipur (Raj.)

Contact: +91- 94141 63250



Tell us in the comment section below if you want to spend a day at the Banjara Hills Jungle Lodge near Badi!

Places to Visit

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur

Udaipur is a green city which is a home to a lot of flora and fauna. Neighboring areas of Udaipur too are lush green have a lot of sanctuaries preserving an indigenous species of animals, birds, and plants. These sanctuaries are open for public and can be visited for exploring and learning about wildlife. Have a look at these strikingly beautiful and magnificent abodes of nature.

Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Monsoon Palace or better known as Sajjangarh, perched on a hillock, is encompassed by thick forest. It is gifted with rich indigenous flora and fauna. In the year 1987, the Government converted the area into a Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary has many wild animals like Panther, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Blue Bull etc. The sanctuary is also a habitat for a wide variety of birds and other terrestrial animals.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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How to reach: It is located not far from the city center Tourists can book a taxi or take a private cab to reach there.

Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM


Mount Abu Sanctuary

The Mount Abu Sanctuary is located across the Aravali range and covers a huge area. It is a habitat for a huge variety of wildlife- flora, fauna, and avian species. The sanctuary has a rich vegetation and is a home to a number of rare and endangered species of animals, like leopards, jungle cats, sambhar, wolves, Indian civets, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals, bears, wild boars, common langurs, pangolins, Indian hares, mongoose, hedgehogs, porcupines and so many more. With the over 250 species of birds, the sanctuary is also a preferred destination for bird watchers.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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How to reach: Take cabs or bus from Morthala railway station which is 18 km from Mt. Abu

Timings:  9 am to 5:30 pm



Kumbhalgarh National Park

Lying in the Rajsamand district, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is 100 kilometers from Udaipur. It spreads over a sprawling area of 578 square kilometers and covers the partial parts of Udaipur, Rajsamand and Pali districts. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary is home to animals like Leopards, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Sambhar, Chinkara, Chausinga, Hare and other Antelopes. Avian species such as Peacock, Doves, Kingfishers can also be seen. Further, birds like Red Spur Owls, Parakeet, White Breasted Kingfisher could also be spotted.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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How to reach:

By Air: Udaipur Airport is the nearest airport which is about 85 km from the Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Rail: Falna Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station.

Timings: 7 am – 6 pm



Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary

Built in 1957, the sanctuary spreads over an area of 62 square kilometers and is a home to a variety of migratory birds. Crocodiles are also found in this sanctuary. Animals like Panther, Wild Boar, Deer and other Antelopes, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hyena, and Fox etc. are also there. The lake has various reptiles and amphibians like Crocodiles, Turtles and a wide variety of fish. It is one of the best and the nearest sanctuaries in Udaipur.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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How to reach: Best to go by your personal vehicle or a taxi

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm



Bagdarah Nature Park

Bagdarah Nature Park is situated 15 kilometers from Udaipur and is the nearest place to enjoy the beauty of nature. The nature park is famous for being a for a great number of crocodiles. It is sometimes also known as Baghdara Crocodile Reserve and is quite famous for the Crocodile Breeding Project of Rajasthan. The word ‘Bagh’ is the Hindi word means Tiger and as per the legends Tigers were also found in this area and thus it got the name Bhaghdara.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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How to reach: Best to go by your personal vehicle or a taxi

Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm



Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

situated near Bassi Village, the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by the Vindhyachal Ranges in the west. Due to an abundance of wild animals like panthers, wild boars, mongoose, and antelopes the place is a great destination for nature lovers. The place also attracts various migratory birds and a lot of avid bird watchers. Apart from the sanctuary, Orai Dam and Bassi Dam located within the sanctuary are also renowned attractions of the place.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
Antelope in Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

How to reach: Best to go by your personal vehicle or a taxi

Timings: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm



Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary

The farthest, Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is located 165 km from Udaipur. Situated in Pratapgarh district the sanctuary spreads over an area of 423 square kilometers. It was declared as protected forest by the Rajasthan Government in the year 1979. Having more than 100 varieties of medicinal herbal plants it has a wide variety of trees like peepal, bad, neem, kachnar, babool, amaltas, ashok, khejdi, semal, bamboo etc.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Parks Udaipur
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The sanctuary is famous for the Flying Squirrel and nearly 130 varieties of migratory and resident birds can be seen here. Herons, egrets, storks, spoonbills, partridge, quail, crane, peafowls, kingfishers, woodpeckers, sparrows, robins are some of the species found here.

How to reach: One can take a cab or go by bus

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm



Out of these wildlife sanctuaries, how many have you visited? 

Places to Visit

Pratap Gaurav Kendra | Places to visit in Udaipur

Udaipur has a lot of places to visit. The beautiful city has numerous gardens, centers, lakes, and so much more. One of the additions in Udaipur’s beauty is the Pratap Gaurav Kendra which is famous for its larger than life statue of Maharana Pratap. It has many attractions apart from the massive statue of Maharana Pratap.

Pratap Gaurav Kendra | Places to visit in Udaipur

Pratap Gaurav Kendra Rashtriya Tirth

Developed by the Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap Samiti, Pratap Gaurav Kendra Rashtriya Tirth is located at Manoharpura, Badgaon in Udaipur. This place is dedicated to the king of Mewar Maharana Pratap and is an ideal place to know about him and the ancient heritage of Mewar. Aiming at the belief that Maharana Pratap must be the youth icon, the project was envisioned by Sangh Pracharak Sri Sohansingh Ji. The park is built on an area of more than 10 acres and is beautifully adorned with sculptures, galleries, and structures.

Also Read: Difference between Mewar and Marwar

Major Attractions | Pratap Gaurav Kendra Udaipur

There are a number of attractions at Pratap Gaurav Kendra:

  • 57 feet high metal statue of Maharana Pratap
  • 12-feet metal statue of Bharat Mata
  • The presentation of the history of Mewar with moving figures, sound, and light
  • Galleries with statues and pictures
  • The Bhakti Dham nine temples
  • Water pond
  • Statue of Swami bhakt Chetak
  • Statue of Meera Bai

Timings | Pratap Gaurav Kendra Udaipur

The timings of Pratap Gaurav Kendra is from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

How to reach | Pratap Gaurav Kendra Udaipur

It is situated at a distance of 25 km from Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur; at a distance 9.30 km from Udaipur’s Railway Station and at a distance of 8.30km from Udaipur’s Bus Station. One can take a cab to reach Pratap Gaurav Kendra and enjoy a full day at the place.

Pratap Gaurav Kendra | Places to visit in Udaipur

Tickets | Pratap Gaurav Kendra Udaipur

National Tourists

Adults (12+ years):  Rs. 150

Children (5-12 years): Rs. 75

Children below 4 years: FREE

For School visit

Nursery to 12th class (Minimum 50 student):  Rs. 50 only including staff.

For college visit

Minimum 50 Student: Rs.  75 including staff.

Foreign tourists

Adults (12+ years):  Rs. 500

Children (5-12 years): Rs. 250

Children below 4 years: FREE

English Audio guide: Rs. 100

Pratap Gaurav Kendra | Places to visit in Udaipur

You can contact them at the below-given number:

Mobile: +91- 09602054510

Visit the website for more information:


Places to Visit

The Story Behind Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur

Jag Mandir Island Palace is an architectural marvel which in true senses contributes to the beauty of Udaipur. The property comes under HRH group (Historic Resorts and Hotels) which is owned by Shree Arvind Singh Ji Mewar. It is a beautiful Palace located on the southern island of Lake Pichola. It is a major tourist attraction especially for the foreigners and its famous hosting for big fat and lavish Indian weddings. Jag Mandir Palace is commonly called as ‘Lake Garden Palace’.

One can visit Jag Mandir only through a boat. The hotel includes few rooms, café, artistic restaurants, bar, and spa. You can enjoy your buffet dinner and get lost in the soothing atmosphere of the surroundings.

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A still of Jag Mandir in the night

But do you know how and when Jag Mandir Palace was built and who built it?

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maharana Amar Singh

The construction of Jag Mandir began in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh and later succeeded by Maharana Karan Singh (1620-1628) and finally the construction was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1652 and for this reason, it was named ‘Jag Mandir’ in the honor of Maharana Jagat Singh.

Structure of Jag Mandir

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Elephant statues at Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir is a three-storied deluxe palace made of marble and yellow sandstone in Mughal and Rajputana architecture. Life-sized carvings of Elephant statues add to the majestic beauty of Jag Mandir Palace.

The courtyard has a flower garden setup which includes bougainvillea, jasmine, palm trees, jasmine, and roses. The garden also has a marble fountain in the center.

The Palace also has a museum called Jagriti museum which showcases the royal history of Mewar.

Visiting hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Entry fees for Jag Mandir: Rs.400 per person adult (between 10 am to 2 pm).

Rs.700 per person (after 2 pm).

How to reach: Because Jag Mandir is located on an island, it is accessible only by boat. The boats depart from Jetty near City Palace.

Lunch: Rs. 1217 per thaali.

Dinner: Rs. 3200 for a couple (A-la-carte).

Contact information: 

Boat ride: 0294-2528016

For reservations: 0294-2424186/187/188


Every Udaipurite should visit this mesmerizing place once and for all the tourists out there, add this Palace on your Wish list so that you can visit it on your next trip to Udaipur.



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Gardens and Parks in Udaipur

Udaipur is a beautiful and picturesque city; having a backdrop of the Aravali Ranges and so many lakes in the city. Apart from this, the city is lush green and offers a lot of places to hang out. Family outings or a kids’ day out, Udaipur has a lot of Gardens and Parks to celebrate a day. Here, we are listing the major gardens and parks in Udaipur.

Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of Maidens)

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur

The Garden of Maidens, better known as Saheliyon ki Bari this is one of the major and large gardens in Udaipur. It is a famous tourist spot as well. Built by Rana Sangram Singh during 1710 to 1734, it has many beautiful fountains, a famous lotus pool, and marble elephants that define the royal architecture of that era. As per the legend, the king presented this garden to his queen. The queen with her 48 maidens used to come here for a walk and for having a leisure time.

Gulab Bagh (Sajjan Niwas Garden)

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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One of the largest gardens in Udaipur, Gulab Bagh spreads over 100 acres of land. It gets its name because of countless varieties of roses that it had. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1850’s and hence it is also known as Sajjan Niwas Garden. It is a beautiful place away from the bustle of the city. The area is lush green and experiences cool temperatures. It previously had a zoo as well, which is not functional.

Rajiv Gandhi Park

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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An addition to the parks in Udaipur, Rajiv Gandhi Park. It was built in memory of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi; this garden was inaugurated on 8th may 2008. It is situated overlooking Fatehsagar Lake, near the end of Rani Road. It is a well-maintained garden with children’s park and a food court. There is a nominal entrance fee for this park.

Nehru Garden

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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This beautiful island park, located in the middle of Fatehsagar Lake was inaugurated in 1967. This oval-shaped island covers an area of 41 acres and has a beautiful garden with a lily pond along with pyramid shaped water fountain which resembles Brindavan Garden of Mysore. The garden is accessible through a boat ride only.

Sajjangarh Biological Park

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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Opened in the year 2015, this zoological park is developed over an area of 36 hectares, with a budget of 21.70 Crore rupees. It includes different varieties of birds and animals, which have been brought from different parts of the world. You can have a detailed knowledge of the Biological Park, Here.

Guru Gobind Singh Park

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur

Situated opposite to the periphery of the Fatehsagar Lake, Guru Gobind Singh Park is one of the oldest parks in Udaipur. Lately, an open gym was constructed in the park premises for public use. There are various swings, amusement, and recreational activities for the kids at the park. People of every age come to this park all round the day and experience beauty amidst the greenery.

Manikya Lal Verma Garden (Doodh Talai Garden)

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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When you drive uphill to Karni Mata stairs, the Doodh Talai Garden starts. The garden was once a beautiful one and held various school picnics; was also a spot for family outings as well. There are various slides and swings for kids. The garden is huge and has various fountains in the course of the lush green pathways. Not just this, you can spot a large variety of flora there. Neatly manicured gardens are its beauty spot and attract a lot of people.

Pratap Park

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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The latest addition to the list of parks in Udaipur is the Pratap Park, inaugurated in February 2017. It is located on the southern boundaries of Lake Pichola. The Pratap Park has become a new favorite spot for the youth of Udaipur and has a huge sculpture reading “I LOVE UDAIPUR” which is the main attraction of the park. Also, it has an open gymnasium.

Sanjay Garden

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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It was built in the memory of late politician Sanjay Gandhi. The park is a spot of amusement for the local people living in that area. It gives an amazing view of the Lake Fatehsagar and you can spot some birds and ducks from the back side of this park as well.  It had a fountain in the middle of the park which is non-functional right now.

Moti Magri

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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Moti Magri is located atop a hill near the Lake Fatehsagar and was constructed in the memory of Maharana Pratap. A bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak is erected in the middle of the garden. The road to the main garden crosses several other small gardens built in the memory of various warriors and Rajput kings. It is a beautiful garden and has a nominal entry ticket to it.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Park (Musical Fountain Garden)

Gardens and Parks in Udaipur
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Ideal for a family outing, the musical fountain garden was inaugurated in the year 2004. The place is quite peaceful and you can spend a lot of quality time with nature here. The gardens are well-manicured and a lot of people drop by this place to spend a nice evening, watching the sunset.

Vibhuti Park

Located at the hot-spot of Udaipur city, the Fatehsagar Paal is the Vibhuti Park.  Studded with lots of fountains, grass, and trees, this park is an ideal place for diving into nature. There is no entry ticket to this place, it was inaugurated in the year 2014. Not many people are aware of this place is often found bare or uninhabited.

Wolkem Garden

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One of the gardens in Udaipur is the Wolkem Garden which has gardens constructed in steps. The park is huge and has many amusement and recreational activities for the kids. The garden also has a lot of fountains and well-maintained lawns. The place is an ideal location for hosting school picnics and family outings.


Listed above are the major gardens and parks in Udaipur, in addition to these, there are various other small parks and gardens which add to the beauty of the city.

If you think any other park or garden must be added to this list, do share so that we can update the list.

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Udaipur: Bird Lover’s Paradise!

Who doesn’t love birds with their multi-hued feathers and different forms of the body flying high in the azure sky, perched on branches of trees, swimming effortlessly on the still water of the lakes or driving into the water in search of their prey? The sight of these beautiful avians, one of God’s most attractive gifts to man, always gladdens one’s mind and soul.

Well-known all over the world is the glorious cultural and historic past of Mewar. The intricate sculpture and fascinating folk traditions of the region are unique. In addition to all this, 24 important bird areas in the states, there are six in Udaipur viz Jaisamand lake and sanctuary Phulwari Ki Naal and Sajjangarh sanctuary Sei Dam, Udaipur lakes and Baghdara crocodile park. There are four more such regions in the neighboring districts namely Kumbhalgarh sanctuary, Sita Mata sanctuary, Mount Abu sanctuary and Serari Dam. Thus, South Rajasthan can boast of ten important bird areas. To all these, two more Todgarh-Raoli and Bassi can be added that is home to a huge variety of water and other kinds of bird. No less than 242 bird species have been sighted in Udaipur region.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
flamingos near menar

Out of them, about 102 species are water birds and the remaining ones belong to the categories that live on earth and trees. About 150 species of migratory birds visit the lakes of Udaipur and neighboring area during the winter season. The district has its own identity as the sight of a large number birds of different species and wild animals can be seen easily. When in the months of October November as winter sets in, the number suddenly goes up.

Udaipurites who are lucky enough to be able to watch a good number of migratory birds in the winter season are often curious to know why the birds leave their country and come all the way to distant India. From the European countries and North Asian that become extremely cold during winter, they fly thousands of km away. At home, on the surface of winter bodies, there is snow, as also on the ground. The result is that the insects and the fishes that the birds feed on, either die or hibernate till the end of the winter season. In the absence of easy availability of food the birds fly long distance and migrate to countries that are warm, where lakes do not freeze and there is ample supply of food. In countries like India at that time summer season is just over and monsoon sets in. The lakes are almost full and there is greenery all around. So, food is available in plenty. Migratory birds live and lay eggs in Europe and Russia during summer, experts tell us. As the days are long they get enough time to hatch their eggs. Food is also available in good quantity, so the chicks grow faster.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
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How these migratory birds passing through narrow passages make their way without being hindered by obstacles?

In the case of animals, when they move forward, they feel that objects that are near them seem to come close to them faster than those which are far. Similarly, birds ensure that the pictures of objects on their both sides are in keeping with their speed and then they feel secure.

To save energy for long flights, migratory birds start accumulating fats in their body months in advance in the summer season. Another interesting thing about such birds is that they fly only during the night and rest in the day as to avoid human disturbances and for safety. They fly continuously without any break. During long journeys, they fly in a V-formation or line. When one feels tired it takes a position at the back and is replaced by one who is fresh. Bar-headed goose is a migratory bird that can fly at the highest level that is 10-12 km from the ground. Flying at such a height where there is little oxygen and temperature is minus fifty degree Celsius it reaches Udaipur and other places in Mewar region and Rajasthan. The amazing thing is that they sleep in the air while flying overseas and oceans. Their brain sleeps while their muscles keep functioning covering a distance about 5000 km at the rate of 500-600 km per day, they reach Udaipur to add to the beauty of the water bodies. The longest journey of 11,000 km from North pole to South pole from the Arctic to Antarctica is undertaken by the bird named Arctic Turn. Out of the about 150 species migrating birds that come to Udaipur every year 170 were spotted in the Bird Fair held in December last year.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
Source: Udaipur Kiran • Bird Watchers gathered to see birds

One can easily sight some common residents birds of Udaipur region like Common Coot (Tikadi), Little Grebe (Chhoti Dubdubi), Painted Stork (Jhanghil), Black-necked Stork (Luharjang, Asian Openbrill (Ghonghil), Woolly-necked Stork (Haji Laglag), Great White Pelican (Safed Hawasil), Black-headed Ibis (Kala Bujja)., Black Ibis (Kala Bujja), Greater Flamingo (Bada Hansawar), Red –wattled Lapwing (Titcahri), Little Cormant (Choota Pawan Kauva), Common Hoopoe (Hudhudid), Short-eared Owl (Chhot Kanna Ullu), Egyptian Vulture (Safed Giddh) and White-browed Fantail (Safed Nachni) in summer can be seen Indian Pitta (Desi Naurang), Rosy Starling (Gulab Mainn) etc. Winter visitors include Bar- headed Gouse (Seenkhpar), Pintail (Neessar), Red-chested Pochard (Chhoti Murgbi) etc.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
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It is perhaps worthwhile for bird lovers to know where bird watching can be done. Built by Picchu Banjara, Pichola the biggest and the most famous lake of the town is one of the places where a large number of birds of various species can be sighted. Babool and other bushes are suitable for resident birds to build nests for breeding after monsoon season. It is fascinating to watch nests of Open Bill Stork during the breeding season. Nest colonies of Egret and Heron species in areas close to the lakes are also a sight worth watching. Fatehsagar built by Maharana Jaisingh and renovated by Maharana Fatehsingh is another huge lake good for bird watching, especially near Rani Road where winter is not very deep and there are trees where birds can build nests. However, the noise of motor boats that disturbs the peace is a negative factor. Connected with Picchola lake is Rangsagar lake built by the erstwhile Maharanas and Swarup Sagar built by Maharana Swami Singh are other spots suitable for watching birds of various species. So also Jal Burz and Kalka Mota Nursery near Doodh Talai. This year early in November about 600 birds of different species such as Schoveller, Common Pochard, Pintail Common Teal Ibis, Common Coot, and Spotted Dove were spotted in Roop Sagar and Badi Lake near Udaipur. Rajsamand that overflowed this time after 8 years also had a good number of birds.

In lakes near Udaipur such as Ghasa, Mavli, Kadla Losing, Nandeshwar, Bhatewar can also be seen birds in large numbers. The lakes near Menar also attract a huge number of birds of several species. Dhand Talab has been a home to over 600 Grey-leg geese that have come from a distance of 6000 km. The special feature of lakes near Menar is that the villagers do not use the lake water for irrigation and do not allow people to pollute it. Groups of young men not only guide the tourists but also provide horses to them. They have put up tents for the tourists to stay in very intelligently they have found a new way of caring morning and at the same time promoting tourism.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
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Udaipurities can now drive some 25 to 50 km away from the city, have an exciting close view of beautiful birds and spend an enjoyable day.


Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90’s Kids Did!

Today everything is dominated by the virtual world. Everyone hangs out on social media, make new friends on Facebook, and update pictures on Instagram and so on. Even the busiest person would take out time to post their Facebook check-in. While today’s kids are growing up within the confinement of the Internet, we, the 90s kids were roaming around in our neighborhood, hanging out with our mum and dad or probably at our friend’s place.

I am sure nostalgia will be hitting hard after this!!!

Attending Birthday Parties At Home

The definition of a friend was ‘who invited us to their birthday party’. Birthday parties were then celebrated at home, and served was some finger-licking home cooked food. Don’t we miss it sometimes? The trend is quite lost with time.

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
A glimpse of what it looked like.
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Going to the Neighbor’s House to Play

Either daily in the evening or in the summer vacation during the daytime. So many memories of playing in the houses of friends are stacked up in our minds.

Went To Play Around In the Nearest Park

What was life if not running around in the park and playing some random games like ‘pakadni’!?


‘Jhule’ was the favorite thing in those days and I was certainly a lover of swings. Weren’t you all?

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
An emptied, rusting swing…
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Hanging out with family

Hanging out with family was a frequent sight, unlike today. There were a lot of places frequently visited with my friends and family and these places were nothing less than paradise.

Saheliyo Ki Baadi

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
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The beautiful Saheliyo Ki Baadi was one big thing for the 90s kid! On special occasions like distant relatives visiting us, called for a quick visit to Saheliyo Ki Baadi. Can you remember when the last time you went to Saheliyo-ki-Baadi was?

Nehru Garden

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
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I bet a lot of children haven’t been to Nehru Garden. This is an exotic landmark for our City of Lakes. When we were kids, it was one fantasy place for us- something which is floating over the water of the Lake Fateh Sagar.

Musical Fountain of Deen Dayal Park

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
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Because of lack of preservation and promotion, this park is sadly visited by none today. The maximum you see is tourists coming there to get into the ropeway for the sunset point at Karni Mata.

Gulab Bagh Zoo

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
A place where we loved to go.
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I would fall short of words to describe the excitement that my mind was filled with when we planned to visit the Gulab Bagh Zoo. It was and is the only zoo in the city, but quite sadly is in its ruined state. A whole day-out used to be planned, and the toy train added more fantasy quotient to the entire day.

Sukhadia Circle

Can’t Imagine Life Without Internet? See What Udaipur’s 90's Kids Did!
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What would you do if you didn’t buy a balloon from the ‘balloon wale bhaiyya’ at Sukhadia Circle? ‘Chana-Chor-Garam’ and all the ice creams of the world, not forgetting to mention the paddle boat!

Moti Magri, Guru Govind Singh Park, Dudh Talai, Sanjay Garden

These parks were the best thing of our childhood! Probably today kids don’t even know where these are, but for the 90s kids, this was the thing. Moti Magri was a bit different from what it looks today and same for the Guru Govind Singh Park overlooking Lake Fatehsagar. The gardens at Dudh Talai Garden (Manikya Lal Verma Garden) with oodles of swings were a child’s heaven. Sanjay garden has a beautiful fountain that was very enticing back then.

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The Remains of the beautiful fountain

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A Flickering Image of Guru Govind Singh Park
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Dudh Talai Garden (Manikya Lal Verma Garden)

If you remember going out with your family at any of these places or you wanna tell us about any new place, do mention it in the comments below. We would love to hear stories of your childhood. <3 

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126 साल पुराना ये चर्च कैसे अस्तित्व में आया? इसके पीछे की कहानी…

क्रिसमस नज़दीक है। इस मौक़े पर आप लोगों के सामने हम लेकर आए है उदयपुर के सबसे पुराने चर्च के अस्तित्व में आने की पूरी कहानी।


आपको सीधा ले चलते है 126 साल पहले। ब्रिटिश इंडिया के समय उदयपुर रीज़न की मिशनरी डॉ शेफ़र्ड संभाल रहे थे। इनके शुरूआती 12 साल के दौरान क्रिस्चियन कम्युनिटी शहर में नई-नई रहना शुरू ही हुई थी। तब इनकी संख्या मुश्किल से 50 के करीब होगी। लेकिन इन लोगो के लिए कोई प्रार्थना स्थल नहीं होने से डॉ शेफ़र्ड ने एक चर्च बनवाने की इच्छा जताई। तब महाराणा फ़तेह सिंह जी ने क्रिस्चियन कम्युनिटी को ये ज़मीन 4 अगस्त, 1889 में तोहफ़े के तौर पर दी।

ये सब तब हो रहा जब भारत में ब्रिटिश रूल था। डॉ शेफ़र्ड के शुरूआती 12 सालों के दौरान क्रिस्चियन कम्युनिटी उदयपुर में बसना शुरू हो गई थी और करीब 50 के आसपास लोग रहने आ गए थे। मेवाड़ में मंदिर, मस्जिद और गुरुद्वारा तो पहले ही थे, डॉ शेफर्ड चाहते थे कि  एक चर्च भी बने जो न केवल प्रार्थना के लिए बल्कि सर्वधर्म सद्भाव को ध्यान में रखते हुए मेवाड़ का नाम करे। तब के स्टेट इंजिनियर थॉमस कैम्पबेल ने भी डॉ शेफ़र्ड की इस बात में अपनी दिलचस्पी दिखाई। आपको बता दे कि थॉमस कैम्पबेल वही है जिन्होंने फतेहसागर बाँध, विक्टोरिया मेमोरियल और चित्तौडगढ़ लाइन का निर्माण करवाया।

इस तरह ये चर्च 5 जुलाई, 1891 में पूरा बनकर तैयार हुआ। डॉ शेफ़र्ड के नाम पर इसका नाम शेफ़र्ड मेमोरियल चर्च पड़ा। ये बहुत विशाल तरीके से नहीं बनाया हुआ है फिर भी अपने आर्कीटेक्चर की वजह से एक अलग स्थान रखता है। इसका आर्कीटेक्चर आपको ब्रिटिश-काल की याद दिलाएगा।

इस चर्च में पहली प्रार्थना जॉन ट्रेल के द्वारा की गई थी जिसमें मेवाड़ के आम लोगों के साथ-साथ यहाँ के प्रबुद्ध लोगों ने भी हिस्सा लिया था, जिनमें महाराणा फ़तेह सिंह जी भी शामिल थे।

तब से लेकर आजतक ये चर्च उदयपुर में क्रिस्चियन कम्युनिटी के प्रार्थना का केंद्र बना हुआ है। आज की तारीख़ में हर रविवार करीब 1000 लोग प्रभु यीशु के सामने प्रार्थना करने आते है।

अभी यहाँ के पादरी रैमसों विक्टर है और इसके एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन का जिम्मा चर्च ऑफ़ नार्थ इंडिया(CNI) के पास है।

पिछले साल ही इसने अपने 125 वर्ष पुरे किए थे। 126 साल से ज्यादा पुराना होने के बावजूद आज भी पुरे राजस्थान में अपनी बनावट के लिए जाना जाता है। इसका आर्किटेक्चर और पत्थरों का चुनाव ब्रिटिश-काल के दिनों की याद ताज़ा करता है। इस चर्च को बनाने का मक़सद न सिर्फ किसी एक कम्युनिटी के लिए प्रार्थना स्थल बनाना था बल्कि मेवाड़ में धर्मो के बीच सामंजस्य स्थापित करना भी था। आज भी राजस्थान में कुल जनसँख्या के सिर्फ 1% लोग ही क्रिश्चियन समुदाय से है। लेकिन आज से 126 साल पहले  सिर्फ 50 लोगो की धार्मिक भावनाओं को ध्यान में रखते हुए चर्च का निर्माण करवाना एक मिसाल कायम करने जैसा था।


Content Courtesy: Mr. Bhupendra Singh Auwa

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इनसे स्वेटर-जैकेट ख़ूब ख़रीदे होंगे, अब इन लोगो का संघर्ष भी जान लो।

ठण्ड आते ही गरम कपड़े याद आने लगते है और गरम कपड़े लेने के लिए सबसे पहले जो नाम दिमाग में आता है, वो है ‘समोर बाग़‘। एक विशाल गार्डन जो बड़े-बड़े पेड़ों से ढका हुआ है, यही वो जगह है जहाँ आपको मिलेंगे गरम कपड़े बेचते ‘तिब्बती लोग’। इनके द्वारा बनाए स्वेटर और जैकेट हम इतने सालों से पहनते आए है। लेकिन कभी आपने ये जानने की कोशिश की है कि ये लोग यहाँ कैसे आए? ऐसी क्या वजह रही होगी यहाँ आने की? क्यों ये लोग एक पराए देश जिसकी संस्कृति, भाषा, रहन-सहन अलग है, बावजूद इसके यहाँ आकर बस गए? ज़ाहिर सी बात है ये सभी सवाल हम सभी के मन में कभी न कभी ज़रूर उठे होंगे, बिल्कुल ऐसे ही सवाल हमारी एक राइटर के मन में भी उठे थे, और फिर चल पड़ी वो इन सवालों के जवाबों को जानने…TibetMarket-550x411

यहाँ खुशबू ने बात की टी ज़म्पा से, उन्होंने बताया – “समोर बाग़ आज से 23 साल पहले तक तिब्बतियों से भरा नहीं दिखता था जैसा कि आज देखने को मिलता है। लेकिन 23 पहले कुछ ऐसे हालात बने जिसकी वजह से हम लोग यहाँ आ गए। पर शुरुआत इसकी होती है 1959 में, जब चाइना ने तिब्बत पर हमला बोल दिया था। उस वक़्त क़रीब 80,000 से 90,000 तिब्बतीयों को दलाई लामा के साथ भारत में शरण लेनी पड़ी थी। हमें उत्तर भारत में आकर रहना पड़ा। कुछ 41 साल पहले 25-30 तिब्बती(हमारे पूर्वज) रिफ्यूजी उदयपुर भी आए और घर-खर्च  निकालने के लिए घर -घर जाकर हाथ से बने ऊनी कपडे़ और स्वेटर बेचने शुरू कर दिए। शुरू में यहाँ लोग हमसे सामान ख़रीदने से कतराते थे लेकिन समय के साथ लोगो ने हमें स्वीकारना शुरू कर दिया। बाद में हमें नगर पालिका से अशोका टाकीज़ के सामने फूटपाथ पर व्यापर करने की परमिशन मिल गई और उसके बाद 80 के दशक में चेतक सर्किल और टाउन हॉल में भी हमने मार्केट स्थापित कर दिया लेकिन संघर्ष हमारा यहीं ख़त्म नहीं हुआ था। कुछ सालों बाद ये सुविधाएँ हम से छीन ली गई, और इस तरह हम फिर से उसी हालत में आ गए जहाँ से हमने शुरुआत की थी। ये बहुत तकलीफ़देह था।

वो आगे बताते है, “तब महाराणा महेंद्र सिंह जी मेवाड़ ने तिब्बतियों को एक ख़त भेजा जिसमें लिखा था कि वे ये सब देखकर बहुत दुखी है। वे नहीं चाहते दलाई लामा के समर्थक शहर में इस क़दर भटकते रहे। इसी वजह से उन्होंने समोर बाग़ तिब्बतियों को देने का प्रस्ताव रखा और लिखा अगर आप इस प्रस्ताव को स्वीकारते हैं तो ये हमारे लिए ख़ुशी की बात होगी और इस तरह समोर बाग़ में तिब्बती बाज़ार की शुरुआत हुई। टी ज़म्पा ने बताया गवर्मेंट बॉडीज और दुसरे लोगों की तुलना में महाराणा महेंद्र सिंह जी ने हमें ये जगह बहुत ही कम किराए पर दी। ये किराया हम सभी दूकानवालों में बराबरी से बंटता है। 2006 में कीमतों को एक जैसा रखने और अन्य समस्याओं का सही से निपटारा करने के लिए एक संगठन बनाया गया जिसका नाम रखा ‘तिब्बतन रिफ्यूजी ट्रेडर्स एसोसिएशन’। ये संगठन बनाने की एक वजह पुरे भारत में फैले तिब्बतियों को आपस में जोड़ना भी था।

पाल्देन बताते है कि यहाँ की दुकानों में आपको हाथ और मशीन दोनों से बने कपड़े मिल जाएँगे, वो आगे बताते है, “हमने मशीन से बनाना 36 साल पहले लुधियाना में शुरू किया था क्योंकि तब इस चीज़ की डिमांड बहुत ज्यादा थी। आज भी हम शहर की डिमांड और पापुलेशन को ध्यान में रखकर ही सामान लाते है।”

तिब्बती ज्यादातर हिमाचल प्रदेश, उत्तराखंड, यूपी और बिहार से 3-4 महीने के लिए व्यापार करने आते है उसके बाद वापस चले जाते है। इन 3-4 महीनो में उनकी कमाई इन्हीं ऊनी कपड़ो की बिक्री से होती है बाकि के महीनों में ये सभी खेती और दूसरे कामों से अपनी जीविका चलाते है।

ये आर्टिकल क्यों लिखना ज़रूरी था – ये आर्टिकल लिखना इसलिए भी जरूरी था क्योंकि आजकल रिफ्यूजीयों पर बहुत कुछ लिखा जा रहा है। सोशल मीडिया के इस दौर में जब इन्टरनेट इतना सस्ता हो चला है तब हर कोई इसका फ़ायदा उठाना चाहता है और उठाना भी चाहिए, ये आपका हमारा हक़ है। लेकिन इसी की आड़ में कई बार अफवाहें भी उड़ने लगती है, इस सस्ते इन्टरनेट का गलत इस्तेमाल भी होता है ये सब इंसानी समाज के गलत दिशा की ओर जाने का संकेत है। इनकी ज़िन्दगी तब भी अच्छी नहीं थी और आज भी एक रिफ्यूजी को अच्छी नज़रों से नहीं देखा जाता। रिफ्यूजीयों की ज़िन्दगी जीना कोई आसान काम नहीं होता है। हम हमेशा टीवी में देखते है पढ़ते है, कुछ देर उनके बारे में सोचते भी है और फिर भूल जाते है और अपने काम में लग जाते है, क्योंकि ये सब हमारे साथ नहीं हो रहा होता है। अब इसे हमारी आदत कहो या कमजोरी पर ये सही नहीं है। हमें कुछ भी लिखने, कहने से पहले हमेशा खुद को एक बार उस जगह रख कर ज़रूर देखना चाहिए। हमें ये समझना होगा यहाँ इस धरती पर रहने का सबको अधिकार है, शायद तब हम कुछ समझ पाए।


नोट : ये आर्टिकल सन 2011 में खुशबू बरनवाल ने उदयपुर ब्लॉग के लिए अंग्रेजी में लिखा था।



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Udaipur is a dreamy and picturesque place, nestled amidst the Aravali Ranges the city has a number of scenic lakes which is the reason behind it being known as the City of Lakes. Coming to Udaipur can be on your list of getaways coming holiday season but living here can be a costly affair, until you have read our article!

So this is something that I have been told quite a lot of times, ‘Udaipur is too costly to spend a holiday’. Probably yes if you choose the 5-stars here, they are going to cost you a fortune! Fortunately enough there are some oh-not-so-expensive staying options that are just fine for spending your days in this beautiful city without even causing any burden to your pocket. Have a look at the options; they might turn into one of the reasons why you are going to enjoy Udaipur just fine!

Bunkyard Hostel

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Bunkyard Hostel in Udaipur is a backpacker stay for travelers coming to explore the vicinity of the city. The Hostel has a nice structure and has just the apt location which lets you travel to the Palaces and other Historical monuments in Udaipur. Just outside the hostel are several old buildings, temples, lake-fronts, and Antique Shops that add to the exquisiteness of the place.
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Deluxe 6 Bed Female Dorm: INR 449.00

Deluxe 6 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 449.00

Locate the Bunkyard Hostel at 23, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur


The Journey Hostels

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The Journey Hostel is one of the best places to stay in Udaipur. The hostel is flooded with good services that include free Wi-Fi, 24 hours security and reception, open kitchen, and cafe on the rooftop and much more. Apart from that, the location is great as it overlooks Lake Pichola and Ganguar Ghat which is you know hot spot for shutterbugs!

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Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 249.00

Deluxe 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 349.00

Locate the Journey Hostels at 60/9, Hanuman Ghat, Opp. Udai Kothi Hotel, Chandpole, Udaipur


Moustache Hostel

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Moustache Hostel is located in the old city of Udaipur and the rooftop offers a breath-taking view of the Lake Pichola. You can head straight to the rooftop of the hostel to enjoy the beautiful sunset after a tiring day exploring the city. Whether you’ve just stop in Udaipur for a couple of days, or you’re planning an extended trip; the Moustache hostel is the place to stay.

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It has a number of rooms including some Private Rooms and mixed rooms as well;

Standard Double Bed Private: INR 900.00

Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 249.00

Standard 4 Bed Female Dorm: INR 299.00            

Standard 4 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 299.00

Standard 6 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 279.00

Locate the Moustache Hostel at 44, Panduwari, Gadiya Devra, Near Jagdish Chowk, Girwa, Udaipur



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Zostel Udaipur is located in Chandpole which offers just a 15 mins walk for the tourists to the major spots in Udaipur like the City Palace, Jagdish Mandir etc. The hostel offers a view of the Lake Swaroop Sagar and boasts a rooftop cafe, which is also one of the best sites to view the sunset from. It offers a panoramic view of a major part of the city, covering Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple, and City Palace.

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Deluxe Twin Private: INR 2612.33

Superior 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 482.33

Superior 4 Bed Female Dorm: INR 549.00

Superior 6 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 532.33

Locate Zostel at Purohit Ji Ka Khurra, Chandpole, Udaipur


Backpackers Panda

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In Udaipur itself, the hostel has two locations which both are ‘on-point’-  One near Lake Fatehsagar and other near Lake Pichola. The place offers all the standard facilities of a dormitory including air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi and city maps replete with all the germane information about the city etc.

Live in Udaipur for just Rupees 240!

Superior 8 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 329.00

Superior 4 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 449.00

Superior 6 Bed Female Dorm: INR 349.00

Superior 6 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 349.00

Locate Backpackers Panda near the Lake Fatehsagar:

Plot no. 6, Lala Bapu Ki Wadi 2, Near Nemach Mata Temple, Close to Curry leaf Hotel, Dewali, Udaipur

Locate Backpackers Panda near the Lake Pichola:

17, Chhoti bhatwadi O/S Chandpole- Jethiyo ka Akhada, Near Pichola Lake, Udaipur


Banjara Hostels

Live in Udaipur for just Rupees 240!

Banjara hostel stands in the backyard of the Lake Pichola near Gangaur Ghat. It is located at 5 mins walk to some of the famous spots like Jagdish Mandir, Pichola Lake, Ganguar Ghat and City Palace. The hostel has well-designed rooms and dormitories. The rooftop is quite magnificent and gives a panoramic view of the city as it’s the highest rooftop in the old city.

Live in Udaipur for just Rupees 240!

Basic 4 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 240.00

Basic 4 Bed Female Dorm: INR 280.00

Standard 4 Bed Mixed Dorm: INR 280.00

Locate Banjara Hostel at 83, Banjara Hostel, Udainiwas Hotel, Gangaurghat Road near Jagdish temple, Udaipur


Most of these hostels are situated in the heart of the city, the old city of Udaipur, which is by far the most interesting place if you want to taste the real flavour of Udaipur-walk straight in an alley and find yourself standing amidst vibrant colours of the Old City market bustling with vintage and Rajasthani Stuff waiting for your glance!

Aren’t you excited to visit the City of Lakes? Plan a visit now and experience the beauty of the scenic places and tranquillity that the city has to offer.

Now you know where to stay in Udaipur!


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