The idols are dressed in new garments especially made for the occasion. Women decorate the idols and make them look like living figures and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through the city. The idols are then transferred to special boats at the lake, while singing songs about Gauri's departure to her husband's house. The procession comes back after offering water to the images on the first two days. On the final day, the women bid farewell to Gauri as the idol is immersed in Lake Pichola.
Post the religious ceremony the festivities begin in full swing. Folk performers take center stage and the lit up lake city glows in all its splendour, with fireworks being set off in the background.
March 18 to March 20
How to get there?
The airport in Udaipur is called the Maharana Pratap Airport which is situated about 20kms away from the city center. It is well-connected by air to all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire cabs or book pre-paid taxis that are easily available for travelling between the airport and the city.
Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai and Kota. Once you reach the station, you can hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw depending on where do you want to get down in the city. The fare will depend on the number of kilometers covered.
There is a very well-established bus service network to Udaipur, linking it to several cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmedabad, among others. There are deluxe buses, air-conditioned coaches and State-run transport. Udaipur is connected to Delhi and Mumbai by National Highway 8 (NH 8). If you are driving on your own, the drive is about 10-11 hours long and covers a distance of roughly 700 kilometres from both cities.
Where to stay?
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