Known as the Venice of the East, also the City of Lakes, Udaipur is a stunning tapestry of serene water bodies and scenic landscapes. It is rich in its cultural nuances, historical tales,and architectural grandeur of the bygone era of the Rajputana Kingdom.
Things to do in Udaipur:
Udaipur is so filled with attractive spots that choosing a few can be really tough. However, there are a few must do-s for any tourist.
1- Enjoy the breezy lakes –
There are five major lakes in Udaipur – Lake Pichola, Rang Sagar, SwaroopSagar, DoodhTalai and FatehSagar. Surrounding these famous waterbodies the cultural and historical landmarks of the city stand tall – palaces, gardens, temples, restaurants and streets, offering endless leisure activities.
2- Eat at the innumerable lake-side Restaurants
After a long leisurely stroll around the breezy lakes, enjoyan exquisite lunch at the famous lake-side restaurants.
Taste ethnic gravies with exotic Rajasthani breads at the Tribute Restaurant on the FatehSagar. Ambrai, located on the Pichola river offers mouth watering multi-cuisine delicacies served with a spectacular view of the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Jagdish Temple.
Kabab Mistri is yet another fine diner on the Fateh Sagar with breathtaking views of the Aravalli ranges and the Pichola lake. Taste their specialty of the rich biryanis, gravies and authentic oriental dishes, while listening to Live Ghazals.
3- Walk through the stunning Jagdish Temple area
Explore Jagdish Temple, the most famous temple in Udaipur, situated in the City Palace complex.
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh, the temple is dedicated to Laxmi Narayan. Take a trip inside the three-storied temple which is an architectural wonder. Eat at the local restaurants serving mouth watering local Rajasthani cuisine.
4- Visit the historic castle for the light show in the evening
Jagmandir,or the Lake Garden Palace is a stunning architecture that is rumoured to have inspired Shah Jahan for the designs of Taj Mahal. There is a museum inside and a fragrant garden. One can even savour authentic Rajasthani dishes at the Darikhana restaurant.
The City Palace, constructed completely outof marble and granite, has anequally stunning architecture and interiors ofmarble-work, silver-work, stunning mirror-work, inlay-work, paintings and murals.Catch the light and show at the City Palace. Watch‘The Legacy of Honor’ which narrate the rich Mewarhistory at the Manek Chowk, followed up by a dinner that’s included.
You could also visit the Monsoon Palace, or Sajjan Garh Palace, overlooking the Fateh Sagar. Built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884 to watch the annual monsoon clouds, this palatial residence provides a panoramic view of Udaipur.
5- Shop for Gorgeous Rajasthani Handicrafts
Udaipur is sprawling with unique, ethnic Rajasthani handicrafts. Innumerable
antic and artifact stores and local craftsmen fill the streets of this city.
Centers such as Saheli Nagar, Hathipol, JagdishChowk, and BhattiyaniChohatta are forever bustling. The shops offer variety of handicraft items, cotton and silk clothes, handcrafted bags, shoes, decorative puppets, paintingsand much more.
Udaipur issuch an intricate and intriguing tapestry of ancient culture, royal eras, palaces, cultural nuances, local delicacies and more that every serious tourist who’s bitten by the wanderlust bug must paya visit to the City of Lake at least once!
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