Visit Udaipur, famous for its famous and
beautiful lakes and palaces in all over the world.
Decide your favourite colour and pick a city to
match, Rajasthan's kaleidoscope of colours covers all.
Bastions of history, bristling with memories,
these splendid treasures stand battling the vageries of time.
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Wind Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
The desert sands shimmer and pulsate with an
energy and a spirit of festivity permeates the air, every season
provides many reasons to celebrate.
Ride a camel over the dunes or horses through
the hillside, speed ahead in a jeep and camp under open skies.
A delicate ecosystem, part desert part marshy
lands and even a small section of lush water filled valleys, sports a
wildlife rich in variety.
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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Festivals
of Rajasthan » Mewar Festival -
Mewar Festival - Udaipur
Rajasthan celebrates a plethora of festivals, each of which is devoted to
a season, a deity or even a legend and each of them is unique, joyous and
beautiful. The festival of Mewar is celebrated with maximum fervour in the
beautiful lake city of Udaipur. It marks the ceremonial welcome of spring
and is dedicated to goddess Parvati. The festival coincides with the
festival of Gangaur and sees processions of colorfully attired women,
carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichola.
Here with much fanfare, song, dance, devotional music and fireworks, the
images are submersed in the waters of the lake.
The city of Udaipur glitters with spirit of celebration, its streets and
shops are colourfully decorated and the occasion is marked with
mouth-watering dishes, dance, and music.
During this festival young girls dress up in their finery and pray for
grooms of their choice while the married women pray for the well being of
their husbands. As the festival of Gangaur and Mewar are celebrated at the
same time the rituals intermingle giving it an even more vibrant flavour.
At this time young unmarried girls in groups go around singing songs of
ghudlia (ghudlias are earthen pots with numerous holes all around and a
lamp lit inside them) carrying the pots on their heads. On their way, they
collect small presents of cash, sweets, jaggery, ghee, oil etc. This
continues for ten days, up to the conclusion of the festival. The last
three days of the festival are truly vibrant, colourfully bedecked images
of Parvati are taken out in procession through the city streets
accompanied by dancers, drummers, joyous children, camels, bullock carts,
horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery. Songs are sung
about the departure of Parvati to her husband's house. At the end of it
all the girls break their pots and throw all that they had collected into
a tank or a pond. A grand feast marks the end of the festival. Sweets are
prepared throughout the festival and offered to Goddess Parvati. The light
and deliciously sugary Ghewar is the most popular sweet served during this
festival. Gifts and boxes of Ghewar are also exchanged amongst friends and
Udaipur is an alluring concoction of visual wonders, during these
festivals the city is very lively but even otherwise it is popular with
visitors and a precious jewel in the desert province of Rajasthan. The
city stretches along the banks of the Lake Pichola and is considered one
of India's most romantic. This lush green oasis in the middle of the
desert is redolent with luxurious palaces, majestic mansions and regal
gardens. A major art and antiques hub, it is an art aficionado's dream
Air : The airport at Udaipur links it with other major
cities of India including Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad and Mumbai.
Rail : The railway network connects Udaipur with Delhi,
Chittor, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur amongst other cities.
Road : Udaipur can be easily reached by road as well.
There are good motorable roads linking it to tourist destinations in
Rajasthan and neighbouring states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya