Udaipur – Location of James Bond movie Octopussy

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Udaipur “the city of lakes ” has been a favorite shooting spot for Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Even though it kept appearing in Bollywood movies since 1965 ( Dev Anand starer Guide) Udaipur shot to international fame with the Roger Moore starer ” Octopussy” in which he plays the fictional character James Bond. It was mentioned as the birth place of “Bagheera the panther” in Ruyad Kipling’s The Jungle Book( spelled as Oodepore)

Location: Rajasthan, India

Destination type : Leisure destination

History of  Udaipur

  1. Udaipur was founded by the Rajput King Udai Singh II in 1558
  2. The city was established as capital of Mewar kingdom
  3. In 1567 Maharana Udai Singh built a six kilometre long city wall, with seven gates to protect the city from Mughal invasion
  4. Mewar became a pricely state of British Empire in 1818
  5. Mewar province became a part of Rajasthan when India gained independence in 1947

Activities for tourists at Udaipur

  1. Visit Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace and Jag Mandir where James Bond movie “Octopussy “was shot
  2. Visit Lake Fatehsagar where the Hindi movie ” Guide” was shot
  3. Visit Shiv Niwas palace and Fateh Sagar palace where the Bollywood movie “Mirzya ” was shot
  4. Visit City Palace,old Udaipur, Gangaur ghat and Ambarai Ghat, where the movie “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” was shot
  5. Visit Pichola Haveli, Ravla Khempur and Castle Kanota which were the locations for Dev Patel starer “The best exotic marigold hotel “

How to reach there

Air

Maharana Pratap Airport,is a small domestic airport situated in a satellite town about 20 kilometres from Udaipur. Daily flights connect Udaipur with :

  1. Jaipur
  2.  Mumbai
  3. Delhi
  4. Chennai
  5.  Bangalore,
  6. Hyderabad
  7.  Surat and 
  8. Varanasi .

Train

Udaipur City railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station are two railway stations in Udaipur. Through them, Udaipur has direct train connectivity on the broad gauge network to most of the major cities in Rajasthan and the rest of India such as:

  1.  Mysuru
  2.  Khajuraho
  3. Jaipur
  4. Delhi 
  5. Mumbai
  6.  Kolkata
  7.  Indore
  8.  Ujjain etc

Road

Udaipur lies on the intersection point of East West CorridorGolden Quadrilateral, National Highway (NH) 76 and National Highway (NH) 8, midway between Delhi and Mumbai. Udaipur is located around 700 kilometres from either city

Climate

The best time to visit Udaipur is are the months September to March

Season Average temperature
Winter season (October to March) 7°C to 33°C
Summer season (March to June) 14°C to 40°C

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Chittorgarh ( 119kms away)\
  2. Kumbhalgarh (84 kms away)
  3. Ranakpur (93 kms away)
  4. Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple and Saas Bahu Temples (20 kms away)
  5. Delwara(26 kms away)

Some hotels in Udaipur with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Mewari Villa & Jalsa Restaurant https://www.mewarivilla.com/

The Little Prince Heritage Home http://www.thelittleprince.in/

Hotel Ardency Inn https://hotelardencyinn.com/

Le ROI Udaipur Hotel https://www.leroihotels.com/udaipur-railway-station-hotel/

Hotel Poonam Haveli https://www.hotelpoonamhaveli.com/   

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Photo courtesy: By Geri from Biel/Bienne, Schweiz – Paläste von UdaipurUploaded by Ekabhishek, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10707757

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