Ranking 4th on this list of Special Experiences in Udaipur is the Delwara Heritage Walk, an exclusive walking tour designed to offer you a glimpse into another facet of this great city. Set aside a day from your Udaipur holiday tour and set out on an exploratory adventure to Delwara, a historical Mewar village located some 40 minutes away from Udaipur.
Just as Udaipur gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the royal rich, Delwara Village gives you an insight into the lives of the Delwara community, a historical village that has taken leaps of development, while retaining their cultural ethos.
It was once renowned as the Town of the Gods for its 1000 temples; now the Delwara village continues to awe and inspire visitors with its architectural and historically-rich 18th Century Devigarh Palace, its ancient Hindu and Jain temples, and the simple lifestyle of the local residents.
Local youth, trained as guides and proficient in English, Hindi and Marwari, escort you through the village, thereby enhancing an ordinary walking tour into a special experience of Udaipur. They take you to the potters for live pottery demonstrations, enable a conversation with the locals, share lively anecdotes and orient you with the caste system of a village, which has Tribals, Rajputs and Muslims living side-by-side in communal harmony.
One can see the women of the village gather together in an initiative to preserve their traditional handicrafts and art culture, while empowering themselves financially. The centre, where they practice and sell their craft, Sadhna is jointly owned by 700 odd women of the village.
This is one village that has successfully intertwined socio-economic development with preservation of its culture and traditions.