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Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar

 

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.

The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advice of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.

Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the splendid City Palace a marvel in granite and marble.

Udaipur is famous for its captivating lakes, but the city has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited for being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur, grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once.

Exquisite Lake Palace of Udaipur, shimmering like jewel on Lake Pichhola is overwhelming in splendor.

Several places of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic Chittaurgarh, the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful Jain temples of Ranakpur, religious townships of Eklingji and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mount Abu, make the visit to this region a memorable one.

Costumes

The traditional attire of women is Ghaghra choli and for men, Kurta and dhoti would do. The city of Udaipur is still inhabited by people of Bhil tribe, so you could see people dressed in typical colorful Rajasthani dress with loads of silver jewelry. However, in the modern times, most of the people prefer wearing casual dress to match the contemporary fashion.

Festivals

Colorful festivals and fairs represent the cultural prosperity of Udaipur. The lakes, temples, huge forts and palaces swank about the rich heritage of this city. Jainism is the main religion which is followed by people of Udaipur. Other religions which are followed by people are Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity in the decreasing order.

Shilpgram Fair

Shilpgram fair, "Craftsmen's Village presents the enormous diversities in craft, art and culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work along with the wooden carvings are the gift of this ethnic village. Shilpgram comprises of 26 huts, set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. This colorful craft festival during winter seasons induces liveliness and zeal. Shilpgram is increasing awareness and knowledge of rural life and crafts, specifically, for the younger generation as special emphasis is laid on workshops for children on arts, crafts, theatre and music.

Mewar Festival

The Mewar festival is celebrated to welcome the arrival of spring. It is celebrated together with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur, and has a unique charm about it. Women gather to dress the image of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in ceremonial procession. The procession takes its way to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. Here, the images are transferred to special boats with singing and festivity. After the religious part of the festival, there takes place cultural events with songs, dances and other programs portraying the rich culture of Rajasthan.

Cuisine

Cuisine of Udaipur comprises most of the vegetarian dishes as the city is highly dominated by Jainism and Vaishnavism. Food is usually made from lots of vegetables and lentils which are seasoned with a great variety of spices that are unique to the land of Rajasthan. Deep-fried breads and extensive use of chili makes the cuisine of Udaipur, a mouth-watering one.

Traditional Dances and music

The dances that are famous all over Rajasthan make the dance of Udaipur too, such as Bhavai, Ghoomar, Kachhi Ghodi, Kalbeliya and Terahtaali. Still, dance of Dandi Gair" is specially associated with Marwar and hence with Udaipur. Talking about music, Udaipur has melodious music of Morchang, Naad, Tanpura, Sarangi and many other instruments that used to echo the courts of Mewar rulers.

 

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