Udaipur has always stunned tourists with its vibrant colours, breathtaking architecture and rich heritage. It continues to carry the opulence and magnificence of the royalty that lived here, and represents the richness in culture that defines India. The best way to understand and experience the culture of a place would be to witness and participate in the festivals, celebrations and rituals where the entire city unites to enjoy. Udaipur especially celebrates each of its festivals with pomp and show and prides itself on its unique traditions. Rather than just sightseeing, plan your visit during one of these festivals to be a part of an amazing and enriching experience.
- Mewar festival
Also known as Gangaur, the Mewar festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the city. The month of April sees the people gearing up to celebrate the festival with utmost exuberance. Religious ceremonies and Rajasthani folk music and dance performances create an unparalleled atmosphere within the beautifully decked up city. People also dress up in different images representing Gangaur and Isar and participate in a large procession that moves through the city. Once they reach Lake Pichola, the images are carried onto the boats and this is followed by some delightful cultural activities. You can also experience some of the mouth-watering preparations that are unique to Rajasthani cuisine at a multi cuisine restaurant in Udaipur.
The festival of Teej comes around in July and August and is celebrated in the glory of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, in the pantheon of various Hindu deities. Married women enthusiastically pray and participate in rituals to attain a happy marriage and long life. Flowers are put up on swings that are hung from trees.
Diwali is perhaps the most lavishly celebrated festival across the country, but celebrating it in Udaipur will be experiencing it on another level altogether. Just like the rest of India, houses are cleaned in anticipation of the Goddess of Wealth, Goddess Lakshmi. Earthen clay lamps and candles will light up streets and make the already beautiful city even more marvellous to see. Firecrackers will brighten up the sky, and delicacies will make their way around. The festival of lights is truly something different that you must witness in the city of lakes.
- Shilpgram Utsav
A village known as Shilpgram is located near the city of Udaipur and is renowned for its creative craftwork and workmanship. A 10 day festival is held during the last week of December, when craftsmen assemble to sell their finest works. There is not a better place to buy handiworks and souvenirs from, than this amazing festival where you will find indigenous craft and real talent.
Holi is celebrated in a grand fashion in Udaipur, as it is in the rest of the country. What sets it apart is the backdrop of the city which is truly exquisite. Besides, the royal family too partakes in the rituals, which adds a different touch to the festival. From the Holika Dahan to the spreading of colours, everything is delightful and uninhibited in the city.
If you plan on visiting the city, make sure that you book a hotel in Udaipur near lake, because it is probably the best part of the city. The scenery outside will be unforgettable, and it is what makes the city so intriguing to visitors. Blend in with the locals, and be part of something that you will cherish for a lifetime.