Udaipur, the Kashmir of Rajasthan, is a Great Place for a Delightful Vacation
Udaipur, also known as The City of Dawn, is one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan that is frequently visited by Indian and foreign tourists. The city was the capital of the historic state of Mewar. Situated in close proximity with the azure water lakes and surrounded by the Aravalli mountains, Udaipur proudly exhibits the historical wealth and royal glory of Rajasthan. It is also a favorite place of die-hard romantics and is a popular wedding destination. It is often visited by artists, writers, poets, film-stars, politicians and other prominent people and celebrities.
Major tourist attractions
The majestic palaces, beautiful lakes, glorious temples and lush gardens will certainly mesmerize you. The many forts, monuments, havelis and museums will keep you excited throughout your journey.
It is a series of palaces on lake Pichola built-in different periods dating as far back as 1559 AD. The triple-arched gate called the tripolia, series of courtyards, corridors, terraces and lush gardens have added to the beauty of the palaces.
It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh on the Jag Niwas island in the middle of Pichola Lake. The place has been transformed into a five-star palace hotel. One of the most beautiful palaces in the world, it is adorned with intricate craftsmanship in the marble stone.
It is a beautiful island palace built on lake Pichola by Maharana Karan Singh. Some of the stunning carvings include a series of elephants and a chhatri (umbrella) made of blue and grey stones.
Saheliyon-Ki-Bari also known as courtyard of maidens is one of the most beautiful gardens and a popular tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is located on the bank of Fateh sagar lake in northern part of the city. It is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. Saheliyon-ke-bari has five beautiful fountains, marble pavilions, canopies and elephant shaped fountains. Another attraction of this garden especially for ladies is to be dressed in specially tailored colorful ceremonial dresses of princess times and roam around in the garden like real sahelies of the royal ladies.
This is the largest temple in Udaipur with a statue of Lord Vishnu in black stone. There is a brass image of Garuda (Eagle), the legendary vehicle of the Lord. The exterior is carved in stone images of elephants, horsemen, alligators, musicians, etc.
It is a beautiful rock garden with a musical fountain which is a major attraction for visitors.
Fateh Sagar and Nehru Park:
A lovely lake surrounded by lush hills from three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the North side. Nehru Park, an island park in the middle of the lake is a top attraction. There is a boat-shaped café in the park that can be reached by an enjoyable ride in a small boat.
Things to do
There is a lot more that Udaipur has in store for you. Some of the other activities, besides visiting palaces, are:
Boating at Lake Pichola:
A great place to spend some tranquil moments also offer a boat ride on the lake.
Buy fantastic hand-crafted products including ethnic jewellery, embroidered clothing and beautiful jootis and mojdis at Manek Chowk and Hathi Pole Bazar.
Don’t miss the heavenly taste of Lal Maas (red meat curry) at Jagat Niwas. Nataraj Dining Hall is a popular place to feast on Rajasthani and Gujrati food.
Visit the Museums:
Visit the famous museums including the City Palace museum, Shilpgram museum, Ahar museum, etc. with a wealth of historical things including sculptures, inscriptions, antique paintings, etc.
How to reach
Maharana Pratap Airport located at about 20 km from Udaipur is the closest one.
Udaipur is well-connected to all major Indian cities by a robust railway network.
Udaipur has a regular bus transport service. You can also use a taxi, personal vehicle or rent a vehicle or even a chauffeur-driven vehicle from one of the many tour operators.
Many types of accommodations are available, from luxurious 3/4/5 star hotels to family run hotels where old havelis have been converted into budget-friendly accommodations.