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Best time to visit Udaipur

Discussion in 'Rajasthan' started by ShikaraHM, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. ShikaraHM

    ShikaraHM New Member

    Our family is making plans together to go to Udaipur, where we would like to go. Half of us feel that it's a god time to visit, as the weather would be pleasant and there would not be many tourists, the other half are not sure so hence have joined the forum, to get some opinions on the best time to visit Udaipur.
    It would good to see some kind of festival, but not sure if any are held in Udaipur.
     
  2. djtravels

    djtravels Member

    The best time to visit Udaipur is right now. Winter is coming or rather is already here and this is the best time to visit the place.
    In terms of foot fall, you'll not find a decrease in the number of tourists, quite the opposite.
    Go in November. Be there just in time for their Shilpgram festival. You'll find a lot of colorful handcrafted items in that festival and its a great introduction to the culture of the place.
     
  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello there, welcome to the forum!

    Udaipur, being a city in Rajasthan, experiences extremes of climates. Generally, the climate here is warm almost all-year round, barring a few months in the winter. Summers can get very hot and uncomfortable especially for those not used to the heat. Here's a breakdown of the different seasons of Udaipur:

    1. Winter Season (October to February) - Winters are mildly cool starting during the months of October and November. Temperatures range between 24°C to 31°C during these months. If you would like to do some sightseeing and exploring, these months are the best for that. As soon as the winter season approaches December and January, temperatures range between 10°C to 25°C. It can even go as low as 7°C during the end of December until the first few weeks of January. Still, because of the cool temperatures, you can still enjoying exploring the city and boating around the famous Pichola Lake. February is a little warmer at 11°C to 29°C. Keep in mind that winter is the peak tourist season, especially during the months of December and January.

    During the months of October and November, the Diwali Festival is held. The Diwali Festival is celebrated in a span of five days and is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi. It is mainly a harvest festival, to show gratitude for the successful past year and to pray for the succeeding year. It is also known as the Festival of Lights as the evenings are celebrated with plenty of beautiful lights. Symbolically, this also means that light trumps the darkness in the city, or good triumphs over evil. A fireworks event is held at the end of the festival too.

    Another one of the festivals held during this time, in the months of November and December, is the Shilpgram Crafts Festival, wherein the handicrafts of the city are showcased to guests. You can find items like handwoven clothes and embroidered items during this time. Cultural shows are also performed to highlight the rich heritage of the city. This festival is held in Shilpgram, a handicrafts and rural village about three kilometres away from Udaipur's city centre. It is open all-year round but best visited during the festival.

    Another addition to the festivals held in Udaipur is the World Music Festival. This music festival happens around February and during this time, local and international artists are invited to perform at the city. Although it is not related to any religious or historical tradition, the festival showcases the talented artists of India along with world-renowned musicians.
    • Best season for - Sightseeing, boating and enjoying festivals
    • Festivals held during this season - Diwali Festival, Shilpgram Festival and World Music Festival
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    Diwali Festival in Udaipur

    2. Summer Season (March to June) - Summers in Udaipur can get extremely hot. It begins in March, with temperatures ranging between 27°C to 34°C. As April and May approaches, temperatures become higher, ranging between 35°C to 39°C. At times, it can reach the 40°C mark and even higher. Days are hotter and definitely not suitable for sightseeing. Nights are more pleasant though still comparatively hot. June is slightly cooler with scanty rainfall as monsoon approaches during this month.

    If ever you're visiting during this time, make sure to hydrate yourselves and wear light cotton clothes. Explore the city only by late afternoon so that the heat will be more bearable. This is also the best season to visit the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Udaipur, as you can spot animals more easily during this time. Rates for hotels are lower during this time and you won't see as much surge of tourists unlike with winter season.

    During the last week of March, the Mewar Festival is held in the city. It is a very colourful festival wherein the idols of Gangaur and Vishnu are dressed colourfully as well. Females dress in their best attires and attend the procession that ends in the Lake Pichola. Here, the idols are placed in boats in equally colourful motifs. The Mewar Festival is a celebration of the spring season and at the same time, a showmanship of gratitude for Gangaur.
    • Best season for - Sightseeing (late afternoon to night only) and budget travellers
    • Festival held during this season - Mewar Festival
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    Mewar Festival in Udaipur

    3. Monsoon Season (July to September) - The region of Udaipur receives sporadic rainfall at the start of monsoon season. Temperatures range between 26°C to 33°C during this season. Since Udaipur has plenty of lakes, they become fuller during this season at the onset of rains. The outskirts of Udaipur especially around the Monsoon Palace, is nestled into beautiful greenery. Not many tourists though visit during this time so you can truly enjoy the serenity of the city during the monsoons. Just make sure to bring an umbrella in case you encounter light to moderate rainfalls. August receives the highest rainfall though so if you don't like rain, it's best to avoid this month.

    In the months of July and August, the Hariyali Amavasya Festival is held. This festival celebrates the onset of monsoon season and Lord Shiva is revered greatly. It is a very enjoyable festival, held in over three days, around Saheliyon Ki Baari to the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is specifically held during the first moonless night of the rainy season. Women and men alike dress in colourful attire, while stalls are setup with handicrafts, food and clothes. The last day of the festival is reserved for the women only, wherein they can pray for the prosperity and success of their loved ones.
    • Best season for - Sightseeing, boating and enjoying festivals
    • Festivals held during this season - Hariyali Amavasya Festival
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    Hariyali Amavasya Festival in Udaipur
    I hope this helps you.:)
     

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