A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without a boat cruise. You can see the city of Udaipur through a boat trip in the Lake Pichola, or choose to take pleasure in the resplendent panoramas in Gangaur Boat Cruise, on your way to Jagmandir.
The maharanas' car collection makes a fascinating diversion, telling about their elite lifestyle and the pride of that era. There are 22 splendid vehicles, including a seven-seat 1938 Cadillac complete with purdah system, the beautiful 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom used in the Bond film Octopussy, and the Cadillac convertible that whisked Queen Elizabeth II to the airport in 1961. The museum is a 10-minute walk east along Lake Palace Rd.
When in Udaipur don't miss the ropeway from popular tourist spot Deen Dayal Park to Karni Mata Temple on the Machhala hill top. The ropeway gives you a beautiful aerial view of the city and takes you on top of a hill which is also known as the sunset point. For photography lovers, views from Gondola and from the hilltop are mesmerizing.
Ahar Museum is in close proximity to an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. The museum has a small, but rare collection of earthen pottery. You can also browse through sculptures and archaeological finds, a few dating back to 1700 BC. A 10th century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction here.
Dedicated to the study of folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is a cultural institution in Udaipur. Besides propagating folk culture, it also houses a museum that exhibits various artefacts of Rajasthani culture.
The Udaipur Collection of crystal is one of the largest and most complete collections of Osler cut glass in existence. Situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace, it has crystal items ranging from dining table, table, sofa set, washing bowl, goblet, tray, decanter, to perfume bottles, candle stands, crockery and even beds. The highlight of the gallery is a jewel studded carpet, embodying peerless class. The gallery even exhibits a Royal punkah (manually operated fan) in crystal and soft red satin material with the Mewar emblem of the Sun embroidered on it.
Situated in the west of Udaipur near Lake Fateh Sagar is Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. Spread over 70 acres, and surrounded by the Aravallis, the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex has been conceived as a living museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the west zone.
Udaipur is extremely rich in its royal heritage artifacts including textiles, sculptures and much more. Being a part of Rajasthan, Udaipur has the tints of bright colours and you can certainly find these colours in its lively markets. Like the whole of Rajasthan, Udaipur offers an exquisite variety of handicrafts. They range from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes, traditional Rajasthani attire, etc. You can also shop for Pichwai paintings - art inspired by the Mewar culture. Some famous places to shop at Udaipur are Hathi Pol, Ghanta Ghar, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, City Palace Street, Jagdish Chowk Street, Shilpgram, etc. In addition, Udaipur also has its modern shopping malls, antique stores, boutiques, gift and speciality shops to suit all tastes.
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