Adorning the banks of Lake Pichola and standing witness to the historic City Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas captures all the romance and splendour of a royal era in Udaipur - in the heart of Rajasthan, a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes. The grand setting combined with palatial architecture and a beautiful spa offers an experience created exclusively for those who know there is nothing like too much luxury
Udaipur, also called the City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Arravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. The resort is about 4 kilometers from the city center (Court Square).
At the first level are sixty-three richly appointed , all with private walled courtyards, complete with silken parasols, table and chairs. Inlaid furniture, Rajput inspired decoration and marble bathrooms help to create a luxurious haven for our guests. Nineteen superior Premier rooms open onto the beautiful semi-private moated pool that meanders past the terraces. From here guests overlook either Lake Pichola or the wildlife sanctuary at the rear of the hotel.
Higher up, the Luxury Suites with Private Pool, Great Mogul, Orloff and Regent, have private infinity pools and tented dining pavilions. These suites have an unrivalled view of the City Palace horizon – and a telescope! Here you will enjoy the privilege of private staff – your very own butler.
The jewel in the Udaipur crown is the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool, 2,650 square feet of palatial comfort. With its fountained courtyards, massive private pool, sitting room with real fireplaces, and master suite with its own wooden sauna it is fit for Royalty.
FOOD AND DINING
Fine international cusine, authentic flavours of Rajasthan or a quiet drink are all presented with views of the City Palace and Lake Pichola. The Executive Chef aims to satisfy every palate with the very best of International and Indian Cuisine. You will eat like a Maharana. The Udaivilas Chefs are trained directly under the few chefs to royalty that exist in Rajasthan today.
Udaimahal, the specialty Indian Restaurant is where guests dine by candlelight on a rich variety of traditional Rajasthani and North Indian fare in regal surroundings. Suryamahal, the informal 30s style restaurant is open all day. The menu here is a fusion of light Western, Mediterranean and Thai style dishes. Chandni, the dining courtyard adjoins the restaurants where guests can enjoy open air dining with traditional music and dance performances in the evening.
Relax in the refinement of the Bar which offers a variety of spirits, wines and cigars. The more adventurous guests can take a picnic lunch basket onto a private gondola. Or even, most decadent of all, take a party of friends to cocktails or dinner on the Bhagwanti Royal Barge, floating to the islands across Lake Pichola. Alternatively you can enjoy lunch round the main swimming pool or in the Spa Courtyard. Of course there is always the option of odering round the clock from the privacy of your room, suite or private dining pavilion.
Includes a concierge services, room service (24 hours) limo or town car service available , parking (valet), banquet facilities, business center , audio-visual equipment , cell phone/mobile rental, photocopy machines, secretarial services, multilingual staff, 24-hour front desk , security guard, dry cleaning & laundry facilities, babysitting or child care, air-conditioned public areas, wheelchair accessible
The luxurious spa with its own swimming pool overlooks the lake and is a haven of serenity. Trained therapists pamper body and soul with rejuvenating treatments. The Oberoi Spa by Banyan Tree is where you can treat your body to luxurious rejuvenation and relaxation on a truly royal scale. In the serenely appointed spa suites, spectacular views of Lake Pichola and the City Palace inspire the spirit whilst your body is revitalised by the healing hands of highly trained Banyan Tree therapists.
Udaipur (City of Sunrise) is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. Legend has it that the royal Rajput rulers are descended from the Sun God. The golden sun, representing the Sun God, is still the royal insignia of the Maharana of Mewar and a recurring motif in the design of The Oberoi Udaivilâs.
The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
The City Palace stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens.
The Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Hotel overlooks the grand Durbar Hall. It has a rare collection of Osler's crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It includes crystal chandeliers and crystal furniture like chairs, dressing tables and a bed.
Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh I and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Jagdish temple has an imposing 79 ft high pagoda covered with sculptures of dancers, musicians, elephants and horsemen. It is the city's largest and most resplendent temple.
Sajjan Garh, also known as the Monsoon Palace, it is located on top of a hill overlooking Lake Pichola and dominates the city's skyline. Built in the late 19th century by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory, it has a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding lakes, rivers and Aravalli ranges. It is surrounded by wooded hillsides and was once a royal hunting ground.
Maharana Sangram Singh built Sahelion ki Bari, a garden for his daughter and the ladies of the Queen's court. It is said he wished to recreate the monsoon for his daughter, who had been ill for a long period. The garden has many fountains in four pools embellished with delicately chiseled pavilions and elephants. The fountains still work on the unique hydraulic system devised in 1700 A.D
Ahar was originally the ancient capital of Mewar, till Chittor was founded in the 8th century. It was chosen as the site of cremation for the Maharanas, following the founding of Udaipur. It has 19 cenotaphs or 'chattris' made of white marble, to commemorate the 19 rulers cremated here along with their queens, the most recent being in 1861. It is also an ancient archaeological site and a small museum displays its relics, some dating back 3000 years.
Located 25 km from The Oberoi Udaivilas in a remote mountain pass on the way to Nathdwara. Chiseled out of sandstone and marble, the temple of Eklingji was originally built in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal, founder of the Sisodia clan and rebuilt in the 15th century. Eklingji, an incarnation of Lord Shiva is the principle deity of the people of Udaipur. The complex of 108 temples is built on the shore of a lake and enclosed by high walls.
Jaisamand Lake, located 50km from The Oberoi Udaivilas, was created in 1691 by Maharana Jai Singh and is the second largest man made lake in Asia. On the banks of the lake are vast marble steps descending to the water, embellished with pavilions and sculpted elephants. There are 11 islands in the lake, some providing sanctuary to migratory birds. Its surrounding area is now the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Covering 64 square km, it houses spotted deer, antelopes, gazelle and panthers.
Located 95 km from The Oberoi Udaivilas, Ranakpur Temples is one of the holiest Jain sites of India. Nestled on the banks of the river Maghai and sequestered by mountains, Ranakpur's beauty is accentuated by its seclusion. The main Chaumukha (four faced) temple was built in 1439 and is dedicated to the first Enlightened One, Adinatha Rishabdeva. An inscription in it traces its origin to the reign of Rana Kumbha. Erected on a raised platform, it is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines. It has 1444 beautifully carved pillars, of which no two are alike.
Udaipur’s Dabok airport is 30 kilometers from the resort and the drive takes 45 minutes
Climate: India has three major seasons: winter, summer and the monsoon. The winter months (November to March) are pleasant in most of India, with bright sunny days and cool nights. In the northern plains however, the minimum temperature at times drops steeply. During the summer months (April-August), northern India is fairly hot, with daytime temperatures around 45 °C. The southwest monsoon usually hits the southern tip of India in early June, and tracks north over the next two months. Most of India receives its major share of rainfall between June and September.
Language: Hindi; though, English is the lingua franca between Indians of different regions.
Currency: Indian Rupee (Rs)
Electricity: 240V 50HzHz
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5.5 ()
Country Dialing Code: +91
Clothing: Light and loose, easily laundered clothing is best for the south, and the northern plains, especially from April to September. You will need warmer clothes, including woolens, for the north during winter.