“Venice of the East”, or more commonly known as Udaipur; is a city with rustic havelis and palaces overlooking serene lakes. The Udaipur City palace built beside the Lake Pichola is a must visit for any tourist. Jagmandir and the Lake Palace are two other attractions which are located on an island on Lake Pichola itself. A visit to these palaces made of black and white marbles, surrounded by lush gardens will surely transport you to the era of rajas and ranis. Another scenic lake to add to the list is the Fateh Sagar Lake nested between mountains. Its beauty can be truly appreciated by boating over its calm blue waters. Adventure enthusiasts should definitely try rafting and other water sports at Dhebar Lake over the Gomati river. It is also the second largest artificial lake in India.
Ahar museum is just the place for those with an interest in archaeology and historic artifacts. It has a rare collection of sculptures and pottery from 1700 B.C. Another popular destination is the Gulab Bagh and Zoo, home to a variety of rare species of flowers and numerous fruit trees. Blooming roses in assorted hues is truly a sight to behold. The zoo has many rare animals like Ostriches, Black Leopards, Hoolock Gibbons and Zebras.
City Palace: City palace is considered to be the largest palace in the state of Rajasthan. It is a fusion of European, Rajasthani, Chinese and Mughal style of architecture. City palace museum houses various artefacts that are well preserved. Part of the palace complex has been converted into a luxury hotel.
Saheliyon Ki Bari: Saheliyon Ki Bari is a garden that is home to a large number of fountains, kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Maharana Sangram Singh to grant some leisure time to the female attendants of the princess.
Bagore Ki Haveli: It is famous as a palace of mirrors as it comprises of beautiful glassworks and also some mural paintings. At dusk the Haveli is lit up and the Dharohar dance performance is organised.
The Tombs at Ahar: The area is home to more than 250 tombs of the various kings.There are 19 chattris constructed to mark the cremation of 19 kings of the palace.
Monsoon Palace: It is located on top of Bandsara Mountain. Owing to its altitude it provides a panoramic view of Lake Pichola, Aravalli mountains, and surrounding countryside.
Haldi Ghati: It is the battlefield where the historic battle between Emperor Akbar and Maharana Pratap was fought.
The Kumbhalgarh Fort: It has the world’s second largest wall and is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Jag Mandir: It is a 17th century structure that stands amidst Lake Pichola on Jagmandir Island. Tourists can visit it while boating in Lake Pichola.
Udaipur is often referred to as the “Venice of the East” and is locally called “the City of Lakes”. Lake Pichola, an artificial lake is in fact regarded as another vital identity of Udaipur. It’s both the most beautiful and the most popular lake of the city. One can enjoy boating here. Ambrai Ghat located on the banks of the lake Pichola is a perfect place for photographers. North of Pichola lake lies Fateh Sagar lake, it is also a man-made lake and is popular among adventure seekers and fun lovers as it is the best place for water sports in Udaipur. One of the largest artificial lakes in India, Jaisamand lake is also highly popular. Tourists flock this place for its impressive dam.
Udaipur has a lot of parks and gardens to celebrate a day. Gulab Bagh situated at the centre of the city is a perfect place for nature lovers, it is the green heart of the city, mini train ride here is the major attraction for the children as they can enjoy the greenery without getting tired. Dudh Talai, situated near Pichola lake provides an impressive lake side view. Besides these, Rajiv Gandhi Park overlooking the Fatehgarh lake, the oval shaped Nehru Garden amidst the Fatehgarh Lake, Sajjangarh Biological Park, to name a few are some of the great picnic and hangout venues.
Udaipur is not only known for its lakes but also for its mouth watering cuisines. One can start their day by having bread pakoda and coffee in kullhads while taking a stroll at the scenic Fateh Sagar, or an American breakfast at Jheel Sagar. For lunch, tourists can have a Rajasthani thaali and Daal Baati Choorma at Hotel Natraj or Aapni Dhani. Bhole Mishthan’s Jalebis are to die for. For evening snacks Sukhadia Circle must be visited. Dinner can be made memorable by booking seats at Upre, Jaiwana Haweli Rooftop, Ambrai, Ras Leela or Jagat Niwas.
Art lovers must visit Hati Pol Bazaar and buy handicrafts from there. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum also attracts collectors and art enthusiasts, puppet shows are held there between 9 am to 6 pm. Shilpgram provides a glimpse of the aesthetic culture of Rajasthan. Visitors can enjoy folk music and dance at the annual festival which is held in November-December every year. Travel photographers should definitely visit Ambrai Ghat to click some mind-boggling pictures of Lake Pichola. Those interested in vintage cars should not forget to stop by at the Vintage Car Museum. Picturesque beauty of the city can be captured while aboard the cable car to Karni Mata Temple at Karni Mata Ropeway. One should not miss Dharohar performance at Bagore Ki Haveli. Adventure enthusiasts should hire a bicycle, and pedal through Udaipur villages. Those interested in wildlife can visit either Kumbhalgarh, Jaisamand, or Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Udaipur is a great place for shopping and exploration. Handicraft items can be bought at Hathipole, Surajpole or Delhi Gate. Gangore Ghat is famous for handmade leather products. Baapu Bazaar can cater to the overall needs of the tourists. Beautiful Rajasthani Jutis can be bought from Bada Bazaar.Those looking for branded stuff can head to the Celebration Mall.