Udaipur is also termed as land of kings and is known as a very good romantic place in Rajasthan with beautiful lakes and places. Udaipur is very good place for taking a break from the hustle and bustle of this city. It is known for its ancient bazaars, tranquil lakes and monuments. It has tempting shops and food restaurants that one would just enjoy! Given below are few reasons to visit Udaipur
Lake city – Enjoy Boat Rides and the Serenity
Lakes give a perfect romantic feeling while in Udaipur. Lakes of Udaipur are quite famous for their beauty and hence it is also known as ‘city of lakes’. Here, the picturesque lakes offer fabulous views of mountains, magnificent palaces and charms the tourists. Some of the famous lakes here are:
2. Lake Fatehsagar
3. Lake Jaisamand
Shilpgram Utsav – A Must visit for Craft Lovers
This is a crafts village that Sri. Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated in the year 1989. This is an interesting village housing 26 traditional houses from Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan. These houses have craft exhibits and mirrored interiors. You will also get to see performances of traditional dances demonstrating the excellent culture.
Jagadish Temple- Admire the beautiful architecture
This is a beautiful temple built in the year 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. You would definitely admire its magnificent architecture. The main structure is carved and has black stone image of Jagannatha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. You will also find Garuda’s brass image in the shrine. The money that is accumulated here is used for the purpose of feeding the needy.
Visit Eklingji Temple
Eklingji temple is an architectural marvel and is an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Its a double storied sandstone and marble temple that looks awesome with its distinct pyramid style roof. The temple is the only one of its kind in the world that has a 50 feet high four faced Shiva Linga craved out of black marble.
Enjoy the Gangaur festival
Till date, this festival is celebrated in the same way it was during the reign of Udai Singhji. One can find the same essence in the festival till now. When you attend this festival, to see and understand the true Rajasthani culture, click dome great photographs and just have fun.
Visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum is located to the north of Udaipur and is known for its folk-art exhibition. Here, one can find display of several puppets, paintings, masks, musical instruments, dolls, turbans and tribal jewelry. Here, 1 hour puppet shows are conducted and they are surely not to be missed.
Enjoy One of the Best Vintage and Classic Car collections
For all enthusiasts of vintage car, the car collection of Maharana is definitely a must visit. Here, you can get to see the vintage car collection and also a chance to know the lives of Royals. There are 22 vehicles in the Garage including Cadillac with Parda system, Cadillac Covertible and Rolls Royce Phantom.
Romance in Sunset Point
This is a small park also known as the sunset point. It offers stunning views of monsoon palace, Jagmandir and Lake Pichola. Here, one can also enjoy a musical fountain show every evening. There is also a cable car facility that helps you reach the Machla Magra hill. You can also seek blessings of the Karni Mata temple here.
Admire the Architectural Marvels of City Palace
Udaipur has the 2nd largest palace in India, which is named as City Palace. However it also has the luxurious Fateh Prakash Palace. All throughout the town, mansions or dazzling havelis are found here. Owing to marble quarry here, Udaipur seems as it is a fairytale city. You must definitely visit here if you are in love with architecture.
Enjoy Hiking and Trekking
One of the best hikes and treks around the countryside of Udaipur can be enjoyed with Mountain Ridge. They conduct hikes and treks for visitors in the hills and also provide with local tribal guides who know the area really well.
When in Udaipur you cannot miss out the historical site of Haldighati . The name is due to the yellow tinged soil of the region that gives the soil the colour of tumeric. This is also the site where Maharana Pratap fiercely battled the Mughals under Raja Man Singh of Amber. The blood shed in this battle was so huge that it is belived to have turned the sand dunes nearby to red. You can feel a chill down your spine when you stand on the very land where so many brave soldiers fought.
Light and Sound Show At Kumbhalghar Fort
Kumbhalghar is situated at a distance of 65 kms from Udaipur and boasts of an awesome fort. Every evening at 6:45pm there is a light and sound show at the fort. Its a 45 minutes show and the tickets costs Rs.75 The show is about the the history of the fort that is told with music, sound and lights. This is a spectacular not to be missed show.
Relish Rajasthani Food
Rajasthan is land of spices and sweets and you are surely going to enjoy both of them. In Rajasthan, people eat sweets before their meals as well as during their meals. In Udaipur, you will find hundreds of small sweet shops that sell sweet treats. Usually, Rajasthani meals are very spicy. Most of the dishes here are cooked with butter, buttermilk and milk. In Udaipur, you can enjoy several rooftop restaurants that offer views of lake city.
Shopping in Udaipur
While in Udaipur you cannot really miss out on the shopping part. As you saunter by the lanes here you can find various traditional fabrics and crafts that are colourful and vibrant. Do not miss out on buying Jootis and mojris at Manek Chowk and Hathi Pol Bazaar. Udaipur also offers great traditional jewellery and paintings.
Udaipur in Rajasthan , India is steeped in old world charm and scenic beauty and is considered as one of the most romantic cities of world and is also known as the ‘Venice of East‘.
Udaipur is easily accessible from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad and Jaipur.
Best Time to visit: October to March