The city of Udaipur is set in the midst of the mountainous yet inviting landscape of Rajasthan and has inspired many around the world to explore the sands of time. This city also known as 'Venice of the East' puts forward a eminent display of Rajasthan’s rich culture, historic architecture, delectable food, tranquil lakes and romantic backdrops.
However, many will agree that a trip to Udaipur is incomplete if you lose yourself in the alleys of the historic city and forget to pick up souvenirs in terms of arts and crafts that are as much a part of the city. Below you'll find a handy list of the items that you must pick up while on your visit to Udaipur –
Rajasthani adornments and gems are beauty re-imagined. Silver jewellery, precious and semi-precious gemstones, kundan, meena and carved trinkets – Udaipur has it all available at its disposal.
Knick-knacks that Rajasthani women adorn in their everyday life form a major part of Rajasthani jewellery, which include cuffs, anklets and silver headgears. While you're in the city, do get your hands on the lac bangles, thewa jewellery and distinctive enamel ornaments. These baubles are of good quality and will be a unique addition to your trousseau.
One can purchase these ornaments at the Royal residence Road, Bada Bazar in Udaipur, which is a popular arcade to score such knick-knacks.
Pro tip: If you are a jewellery lover, a stay at The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur would make perfect sense. The hilltop property is located close to the city centre, which is a 4-minute drive from the Royal residence Road, Bada Bazar – your go-to place for the best in Rajasthani jewellery.
Once introduced and nurtured in the royal courts, the unique paintings found in the land of Rajputana depict episodes from Ramayana, Mahabharat and life and times of Krishna. Additionally, you will come across numerous other styles of paintings that are intrinsic to the history of Rajasthan – like mughal-inspired miniature paintings and the exclusory Thani Bani paintings from Kishangarh.
The Rajputana canvases are a marvel in themselves – lively and rich, the paintings can transform the entire look of a room. Today, you'll find them in the passageways of the Royal Udaipur Palace Hotels, instead of the royal courts. One can purchase these paintings at a bargain in the villages of Udaipur, where the local artists pour their hearts out to create these labours of love.
Like the richness of their appearance, Rajasthani carpets have an equally rich weaving history that dates back to as early as the 17th century. Available in bright colours and diverse patterns, there is something for everyone. The carpets are hand-knitted and made using woollen fibres, and are hence of the finest quality. You'll spot many of these in hotels and restaurants in Udaipur. The best way to get your hands on the carpets is to purchase them from the carpet factories themselves, where you will have the opportunity to exercise your negotiation skills.
It is no secret that Rajasthani fabric work is wide ranging – block printing, tie and dye work, applique, embroidery, bandhni, color-riot are a few words one can associate with the craft. The primary textiles used to create the exquisite works of art comprise of cotton, silk and wool. You'll be dazed by the distinct patterns and prints found in the traditional fabrics, which include Lahariya, Mothra, Sanganeri, Bagru to name a few. Intricate mirror work and embroidery are other popular elements found in the Rajasthani creations. The textiles and fabrics portray a colourful picture of the city of Udaipur, and that stays in the minds of the visitors long after they have left.