Dungarpur, Code No- AT-RJ 59
history of Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan dates from
the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II,
a great patron of art and architecture built a wing of bluish
grey local stone " Pareva" overlooking the lake and
the " Ek Thambia Mahal," featuring intricate sculptured
pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed
windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings, a veritable marvel
of Rajput architecture. Dungarpur is full of surprises and promises
to be a memorable experience in your journey across India. The
Udai Bilas Palace was enlarged in 1940 by Maharawal Laxman Singhji,
who built three new wings around the " Ek Thambia Mahal"
(Literally one- pillared Palace) and thus created the famous
" courtyard of the palace. The result is an architectural
expression exquisitely detailed. Still the royal residence,
the Palace offers accommodation in the house-guest tradition
with seventeen spacious and lavishly appointed bedrooms, seven
double, three single and seven suites. No two rooms are alike,
simply because no two guests are alike. From suites to guest-rooms
each enchants with its own personality, spaciousness and modern
comforts for a unique experience.
Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar
lake on one side and a cove of private reserve forest on the
other, Udai Bilas Palace is the embodiment of the old world
charm of princely India. Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, is a
Heritage Hotel in Rajasthan India about 120 Kms. from Udaipur
Airport. Udai Bilas Palace, has 23 beautiful Rooms. Six of which
are Standard Single / Double, Eleven are Suites, two Grand Suites,
three art Deco Suites and 1 Maharawal Suite.
Location : Ahmedabad airport is just 175 kms. away and Udaipur
airport is at a distance of 120 kms. Dungarpur also receives
convenient daily trains and buses from Ahmedabad and Udaipur.
Excellent roads place Dungarpur just 25 km. from National Highway
No.8 approached either from Ahmedabad or Udaipur.
@ Udai Bilas Palace
Bilas Palace, has 23 beautiful Rooms. Six of which
are Standard Single / Double, 11 are Deluxe Suites,
2 Grand Suites, 3 art Deco Suites and 1 Maharawal Suite.
The Furnishings are mostly from the 20th century art-deco
style, marble bathrooms with English fixtures and running
hot and cold water. Meals are served either in the banquet
hall which displays crystal chandeliers or in the more
intimate family dining room.
Fixed menus are predominantly Indian, subtly spiced
to suit our western guests. Continental or Chinese dishes
are served on request, special candlelit dinners are
provided by the lakeside, or picnic lunches at the ancient
fortified ruins with a panoramic view of the ancient
town of Dungarpur. The Udai Bilas Palace offers such
modern amenities as in-house laundry service, international
telephone and fax facilities, doctor on call and conference
the more recent Udai Bilas, the Old Palace or Juna Mahal
as it is locally known is no longer occupied. It is still
owned by the family and can be visited only on invitation.
Almost as old as the town itself, the construction of
the palace was started sometime in the turbulent 13th
century amongst the superb natural defenses of a rocky
peak some 1500 ft. from the sea level.
seven storied structure resembles a fortress with crenellated
walls, turrets and narrow entrances and passage-ways to
slow down the enemy, Inside, one will see the most colorful
and vibrant palaces embellished with frescoes, miniature
paintings, glass and mirror inlay work. The city palace
can reached by vehicle on a road which winds through the
narrow lanes of the town, a scenic drive through villages
and countryside, or simply by trekking across the well
wooded hill tracks.
district is the stronghold of Bheels, a tribe whose history
of occupancy in the Aravalli range is said to date back
to 4000 BC Besides visits to the many unspoiled Bheel
hamlets in and around the town, you can look forward to
special shows of tribal music and dancing at the palaces
itself. Bheels from this region and from the neighbouring
states of Madhyapradesh and Gujarat can be seen at their
best during the annual tribal fair at Baneshwar temple
around 70 kms from Dungarpur where they assemble in large
numbers. More information on their festivals can be provided
on request. Excursions can be arranged to the 8th century
AD ancient temple ruins of Arthuna ( 80 km), the 14th
century temple of Rishabdeo noted for its intricate carvings
and precious stone-studded idol of Lord Kesariyaji (45
Kms), the impressive white marble Muslim shrine at Galiakot,
the Mecca of the Bohra sect of Islam (60 Kms), the 12th
century temple of Deo Somnath (25 Kms) and many temples
in Dungarpur town itself.
Bird Watcher's Paradise
lovers can expect visits to the Sitamata Wildlife
sanctuary, a 423 - sq km forest which abounds in bird
life and animals such as the leopard, four horned
antelope, spotted deer, sambar and even the giant
brown flying squirrel ( 140 Kms) Another sanctuary
is at Jaisamand which spreads around one of the largest
artificial lakes of India (90 Kms).
Bilas Palace is a round-the-year paradise for bird watchers.
The cooler months from November to February are the best
to see winter migratory birds and the monsoon season,
from July to October, is the nesting season when birds
can be observed in attractive plumage. One can see from
the Palace itself at remarkably close range egrets, night
and pond herons, white necked and painted storks, coots
and winter or resident ducks among others, depending on
the season of your visit. Birds are also plentiful in
the wood lands where one can hope to see the Grey Hornbill,
Gray Partridge, Green Pigeon, Peafowl, Paradise fly-catcher
and the Golden backed woodpecker, to name a few representative
species. Saras Cranes and Wading birds are abundant at
marshes en-route from Udai Bilas Palace to old Palace
( 4 kms). Nature lovers are welcome to spend hours rowing
on the lake or trekking in the forest to get a close look
bird life. Bird-watching trips can also be arranged to
Tariffs Valid from 1st October 2013 to 30th
rates are on request and applicable to bookings
over 7 rooms at Double room rates.
Total : 23 Air-conditioned rooms and suites.
Single Rooms: 02 ; Double Rooms: 04; Superior
Suites: 09; Grand Suite: 04; Art- Deco Suites:
03; Maharawal Suite: 01;
L.T.+ 3.6% Service Tax +3% Education cess
on room rate 5% VAT + 4.8% Service Tax + 3%
Education cess on food (Taxes subject to change
according to Govt. policy)
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