It wouldn’t come as a matter of surprise to anyone if I say that Udaipur is a tourist city. And it definitely should be with the inordinate amount of beauty it beholds. From history to nature and to hospitality there is absolutely no field left where the city disappoints any tourist which is one of the reasons why people love coming to the city and spend their leisure time between the lush Aravali Hills with their friends and family.
Being a bit curious about tourism in the city, we had a very interesting conversation with the Deputy Director of Udaipur Tourism, Miss Sumita Saroch. In this conversation, we came to know about the current as well as the past status of the tourism in the city. In Addition to that, we also came across the statistics related to the tourism where certain points could be noted.
Facts derived from the statistics of tourism in Udaipur:
The number of tourists that flocked to the city in the year 2017 was 2.74 Lakh where 83,400 were Indians and 1,90,500 were foreigners.
It was noted that the maximum number of tourists in the year 2017 came to Udaipur in the month of November and December which were 1,31,000 and 1,38,000 respectively.
While the minimum was in the month of May with just 61,000.
About 9% increment in the tourist rate was seen in the year 2017 from the previous year.
In the past 7 years, 2017 was the golden year in tourism as the maximum number of tourists flocked to the city in this very year.
There are around 658 authorized tourist guides in the city of Udaipur from which 600 holds a city-based license and the rest holds a state-based license.
While this conversation, Ms. Saroch gave a very important message to the people of Udaipur by which they can effectively contribute to the tourism of Udaipur. Watch the video below to know what the message is.
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Exploring different places in the world is fun but there are so many things that one should know while satisfying their wanderer soul. Now while you are in a different city and get cheated by some guide or shopkeeper, what should you do? Where should you go? And who are the people responsible that will address your grievances?
Udaipur is a renowned tourist hub and hundreds of tourists flock to the city every day to explore its splendor. Hence, it is an important issue that needs to be focused in our city. Since a lot of people aren’t aware of the basic tourist things, we went to the tourist police station in Udaipur to know what all problems do tourists face and how are they resolved.
We met head constable Babu Lal there who told us about the problems a tourist faces in Udaipur and what is the contribution of Tourist police station to resolve those. He told us that tourist police station is completely meant for grievances redressal. The major problem that a tourist faces at tourist hubs such as our city is fake guides who tend to loot or do fraud with the tourists by attracting and tempting them to provide facilities like boat riding, exploration at fewer prices etc. Some of them also claim to provide you with original handicrafts at fewer prices and in return they get a commission from the respected shopkeepers as well as money from the tourists.
There are several unauthorized guides in the city who tries to loot the tourists and make their experience displeasing. Although very few people actually come to the station to report fraud, maybe because of the lack of awareness, Babu Lal told us that there are 15 constables, out of which 4 are female constables who visit the famous tourist spots and identify the fake guides and protect tourists from them.
Udaipur’s tourist police station was the first one in Rajasthan. Today, there are 3 tourist police stations in Rajasthan one of which is Udaipur and the other two are at Jaipur and Jodhpur.
There is only one act which strictly needs to get followed by the tourist police authorities and complaints regarding the same can be registered here. This act is Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act, 2010. Rajasthan Tourism Act provides acceleration of growth of tourism trade and industry in the state and makes the experience of tourists hassle-free. It provides protection to tourists against touts (commonly known as ‘lapkas’), beggars, hawkers, taxi-cab drivers, (which includes auto rickshaws and rickshaws) or any other elements who unduly harass or annoy the tourists. Apart from that unauthorized guides, people who tend to harass or follow them without their consent, or people/shopkeepers/traders selling something at a higher price than displayed can be complained against here, or people who continuously bug them to buy their products or avail their services.
We further asked Babu Lal about the process of registering a complaint at Tourist Police Station. He informed us that a tourist can directly walk into the station which is located at Pichola Road near Tibetan Market or call at 0294-2425242. There is no way to register to your complaint online. The station is available for 24 hours. However, in case of theft or any other such crime one needs to register a complaint in the general police station of the particular area.
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The tourism industry has got a big boost as Udaipur has been included in the list of most beautiful cities of the globe. It is fast becoming one of the most liked holiday destinations. In the list of Trip Advisor travelers’ choice ranking, there are three cities of Rajasthan – Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur – among the top ten. New Delhi is at the top followed by Goa and Jaipur. Udaipur gets the 6th place while Jaipur and Jaisalmer bag the 6th and 8th rank respectively. Not to be left behind, Udaipur hotels have also won laurels. Among the top 25 hotels of India, the ranking of hotels of Udaipur is The Leela Palace (2nd), Taj Lake Palace (4th) and Oberoi Udai Vilas (7th). The Leela Palace, Udaipur has also bagged 13th place among the top 25 hotels of the world. Earlier, Udaipur has been given top ranking as a leisure spot by Conde Nast Traveler India Reader award and as the most beautiful city of the world by travel and leisure magazine.
It augurs well that several agencies such as forest department, tourism dept., Municipal co., and urban improvement trust are making concerted efforts to boost tourism in and around Lake City. Some already existing spots of tourism importance are getting facelift whereas some new ones are being developed. Baghdara Nature Park, that is about 20 km from the city would now be a big attraction for nature lovers as they would not only be able to watch wildlife like panthers and crocodiles at close quarters but spend nights in tents to be in the lap of nature. To make the stay of tourists, more facilities like a zip line, zig-zag adventure sports, and a cafeteria have been provided. On the neighboring hills have been planted 500 plants. The private agency that would be managing all these facilities would also look after the safety of the visitors. The choupati at Swaroop Sagar is the first of its kind to be built on the Swacch Bharat theme, would cost about 2.70 crores. There would be steel frames on either side. Garden area is to be developed in small parts with walking tracks. The 200 by 60 feet choupati is to have 6 stalls with 6 modular kiosks to keep the area clean.
Ecotone Park on the bank of Badi that is about 10 km from the city where one can reach either through Rampura and Gorela or through Fatehsagar bank, has been developed to enable tourists to have a close view of wildlife and stay in the tents at night, according to OP Sharma, DFO. To know more about Ecotone Park and camping, click here.
The badgaon hill that covers an area of about 400 hectares is also being developed as a tourist spot by UIT. Situated in Sector 14 of the city, Nela talab has also been developed on the lines of Fateh Sagar with an attractive main gate, sitting space and LED lights, rows of coconut trees also add to the attraction. Religious places like Amrakhji and Badbadeshwar are also being developed.
According to UIT Chairman Ravendra Shrimali, Nandeshwar is being developed as a tourist spot with an amusement park more greenery, broader approach roads, viewpoints and renovation of the ancient Mahadev Mandir and Baori. Udaipur Paal is also being made more attractive for tourists.
During this monsoon season, tourists on way to Mount Abu would have another new attraction at Kanan Kuteer, Ghata Nadi with facilities for trekking in dense forests, stay in newly built rest house and camps. Van Surakhsa Evam Prabandh Samiti, Thamlaberi would provide food, guides, and safety. At the processing center, tourist can watch how different products like juice and shampoo are made from aloe vera, amla, sitaphal. Segura hill, Bedwas on the road to Chittorgarh is also being developed as eco-park with selfie points having Mewari paintings, models of wild animals, huts for shade, flower, plants and creepers and a long boundary wall for safety.
Located about 100 km from Udaipur, the Kolda region has a green forest, flowing rivers and waterfalls, dense sanctuaries. After traveling about 70 km one comes across high hills and serpentine roads, the view of numerous palm trees near the Kalibor and Sabarmati dams is extremely charming. Between the hills flows the Vakal River, other attractions include the herbal plant gardens near Jogiwad dam, the bridge viewpoint, and the famous Phulwari ki Nal sanctuary spread over 511 sq. km.
To commemorate the sacrifice of Panna Dhai to save Maharana Pratap’s life, Panna Dhai Panorama is coming up fast, near her village Kameri, about 10 km from Amet on the Deogarh road. Located on a hill, it is to have a huge 9 feet statue of Panna Dhai. There would also be an auditorium, tourist resting hall, a museum, and a library.
Nearer home, for the entertainment of tourists at night in Sahelion ki Badi, programmes of music, dance and puppet shows are to be started. At present, the Badi has only ancient fountains and a garden. The work on Kalangan art gallery is also progressing fast. On average, the Badi has a footfall of about 7 lac Indian and foreign tourists every year and the number goes up during festival time. The lawns and the huge variety of colorful flowers in the Vibhuti Park near Fatehsagar Paal have also become a big attraction for tourist. Some creative persons from Gadio Luher community have introduced heritage bullock carts that have brass nails and colored stripes. No wonder tourists in the city enjoy joy rides on them.
It seems with the addition of this attraction, the number of tourists in Udaipur would shoot up.
उदयपुर में लोग कम ट्रैफिक ज़्यादा है! क्या आप भी इसी problem के शिकार हैं? रेड लाइट क्या होती है चौराहों पर, क्या ये लोग जानते भी है? Probably not! Because हर चौराहे पर चारो तरफ से गाड़ियाँ आ रही हैं जिन्हें कोई supervise नहीं करता है।
आज हम अपनी सिटी को Smart City और Tourists Hub बुलाते हैं। लेकिन क्या वाकई उदयपुर tourist friendly है? एक जगह से दूसरी जगह पहुँचने के लिए आधे-आधे घंटे तक गाड़ियों के बीच में खड़े रहना पड़ता है। उदयपुर को हमारी gormint एक टूरिस्ट स्पॉट की तरह डेवेलप करना चाह रही है, पर क्या प्रशासन को फसती हुई गाड़िया और unmanaged चौराहे दिखाई नहीं दे रहें?
Tourists के अलावा भी लोग रहते हैं यहाँ भाई !!!
एक cute scene बताते हैं आपको। एक लेडी पुलिस ने एक भाई साहब को चौराहे पर हाथ दिखाते हुए रोकने की कोशिश की क्योंकि वो मना करने के बावजूद अपनी मारुती चलाये जा रहे थे। तभी एक मोहक मुस्कान देते हुए अंकल जी बोले, “अरे मेडम…” और धन्नाते हुए गाड़ी आगे ले गये।
Now that’s quite क्यूट….!
टूरिस्ट मन चाही जगहों पर गाड़ियाँ फसाते देखे जा सकते हैं; और लोकल लोग टूरिस्ट को गालियाँ देते देखे जा सकते है।
क्या यही है developed उदयपुर?
It is a terrible thing for people coming to the city to get stuck amidst the unmanaged traffic in Udaipur. Plus, the city is not just tourists, we also live here and we are getting stuck here! There should be some way to decongest this!?
Are we really growing? Tourists are flocking to our city, which is, perhaps a good thing as the market would grow, our city’s economy would hike and all sort of blah blah blah. But on the other hand, there is so much congestion on our roads these days, the pollution levels are raising in our green city and the traffic police and all the governing authorities are not even giving it a look.
Why because चलने दो जैसा चल रहा है?
फोटो खेचिये और बताइए की आप किस गली या main रोड पर traffic में फसे है ।
Udaipur is one of the top-rated tourists’ destinations and hence a lot of tourists come to the City of Lakes to experience solace. Though the city has many transportation facilities, yet touring Udaipur on a bike or a scooter is a fun thing in itself. You get to cross several alleys and narrow streets which allow you to explore this city in a far better way.
For all of you who are traveling to Udaipur and yes, do not have any means to travel through those narrow lanes, bike renting in Udaipur is the best option. But from where? So we have come up with a brief list of bike rentals where you can get amazing and well-maintained bikes as well as scooters to ride through the ‘Galis’ of Udaipur.
What do you need?
You must have proper bike riding skills
You must have a valid driving license
List of Bike Rentals in Udaipur
Kanishk Bike Rental
Good condition Bikes with polite workers- is what are the reviews of this Bike Rental Shop. Located near the Chandpole Bridge, the place is easily accessible and gives you some of the best bikes in Udaipur. They have a good fleet of scooters and bikes that you can take to ride in Udaipur.
Contact: +91 8094001513
Address: Near Jada Ganesh Ji Temple, Outside Chandpole, Udaipur
Udaipur Bike Rentals
Once booked, you can take your vehicle to unlimited kilometers. You shall get one free helmet and safety kit for usage. Further, you can use the vehicle for 24×7 until drop off time. You can get a variety of two-wheelers such as Honda Activa and TVS Jupiter to amazing Royal Enfield Bullet and Himalayan.
Get Harley Davidson on rent in Udaipur! District RJ27 website will let you the prices and also if there is any discount on these premium bikes. Apart from that, you can get an Activa, a Royal Enfield Bullet and so much more.
Contact: +91-9928845333, +91-9694168990
Address: Nani Gali, Near Kanwar Pada School, Near Clock Tower, Udaipur
Udaipur Rent & Ride is another bike renting firm in Udaipur and provide reliable and affordable bike rental services in Udaipur. Offering a range of two wheeler scooters that are easy to ride even in the narrow streets of the Old City in Udaipur, they offer you multiple choices of two-wheelers to choose from like Honda Activa, Access and so many more.
These bikes rental firm charge per hour or per day and are quite reasonable. So if you are planning a weekend trip to Udaipur and are brainstorming how to roam around in the city, I have provided you a brief list of Bike Renting shops and firms that are going to help you out in the city.
Powerful kings and their beautiful queens, ruling huge empires, their breathtaking stories, magnificent castles that echo with the glory of their triumph, majestic lifestyle and inspiring victories, all these things always cast their spell on me. And I am sure that years back, while listening to your grandparents at your sleep time, these have enchanted you also.
Today, on occasion of world tourism day, I decided to have closer look of Mewar kingdom when my friends planned a trip to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur.
As the enchanting sights of the fort, temple and adjoining places completely soaked me, I am hereby sharing my copious memories and experience of the day with all of you, the memories of which are still fresh in my mind.
The first destination of our journey was Kumbhalgarh. Standing at the large entrance leading to the fort, I was completely mesmerized, completely fantasized. Secured against the backdrop of towering mountains of the Aravali ranges, guarded by seven massive gates, seven defending walls and with numerous watchtowers, this mountain fortress has witnessed many battles, is strong founded and so is unbeatable till date. Built on a hilltop of 1100 meters above sea level it is stated to have the second longest wall in the world, with a perimeter of about 36 km, the first being “the Great Wall of China”.
Also called Kumbhalmer, the fortress is inter-weave with the rich history of Mewar rulers. It is the birth place of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. It derived its name from Maharana Khumbha who designed and built this unconquerable fort in the 15th century which was further enlarged through 19th century. The second most important and elaborated fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh, it was occupied by the royal family till 19th century, but now is open for general public as a museum.
The location of Kumbhalgarh has always given an added advantage to it. Being easily accessible from Udaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur, it highly attracts and is visited by tourists all over the globe. Situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, it is towards the north-west of Udaipur, 82 km by road from the city.
The huge complex offering ancient remnants to explore was worth watching, comprising over 360 Jain and Hindu temples, numerous gardens and palaces, making it more beautiful and magnificent.
The most spectacular place of the fort resides near the clouds, “Badal Mahal”. It is the beautiful palace with fantastic bright contrasting color combinations of green, turquoise and white to the rough, raw and earthy fortress, making the view pleasant. The place, as per its name, gives the pleasure of being wandering in the world of clouds.
The day was quite moderate in temperature. Sunny after a rainy season, the temperature was of the weather was comfortable. During summers, the temperature reaches up to 25-42°C and varies from shivering 2°C to maximum 22°C during winters. The pleasant time to visit Kumbhalgarh is between the months of September to March. During monsoon the humidity may disturb your mood.
The exciting trip hasn’t completed yet. While I’m on my way to Ranakpur, and posting the article for all the UdaipurBlog readers, I will have to currently end this part and gear up for the next destination. Take a look at the pictures of the magnificent place, and I will catch up soon with the other part.