Rajasthan is one state of India that gives many images at once when one thinks about it. The vast desert, the Rajputana Heritage, India’s largest state and many more. Udaipur, probably the most famous leisure destination in Rajasthan has all of these images…and that too in a good measure! In this article, let me take you through Udaipur, which is known for its Cultural Heritage, Beautiful Lakes, Spicy Food, Royal Palaces and much much more.
Udaipur city is situated 598 metre above sea level in the southern part of the Indian state, Rajasthan. It has an area of 37 square kilometres and is located on the southern slope of the mighty Aravalli hills which separates the city from the Thar desert. Northern Udaipur comprises of plateaus while the eastern side of the city has vast fertile plains. Southern part of this beautiful city comprises of rocks, hills and forests.
Udaipur looks best in the monsoon season and masses, including national and international tourists arrive in the city of lakes to enjoy the beauty of Udaipur which increases fourfold right now.
Here’s a quick and complete Udaipur Travel Guide on how to enjoy:
Places to Visit:
- Monsoon Palace: Sajjangarh Fort or so-called Monsoon Palace become the hotspots for all the tourists visiting Udaipur during the rainy season. The picturesque view of the city from the top is enthralling.
- Lakes Galore: Udaipur mainly has 5 lakes which are like must-watch. Fateh Sagar lake is Called as the pride of the City of Lakes of Udaipur, it is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana in the north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur. It is one of the four lakes of the Udaipur city; the other three lakes are the Lake Pichola (within the Udaipur town), Udai Sagar Lake (13 km to the east of Udaipur) and Dhebar Lake or Jaisamand Lake (52 km southeast of Udaipur).
- City Palace: The true reflection of the grandeur of Rajasthan, City Palace is amongst the top places to visit in Udaipur. It is a conglomeration of several buildings and towers and is better recognized as a Palace Complex. Belonging to the royal Mewar family, City Palace, Udaipur has a number of features that greatly attract tourists. Needless to say that the architecture is exquisite; there are a few structures that leave the visitor awestruck. The crystal gallery, the vintage car museum, Daawat-e-Aam, Daawat-e-Khas, Maharani Palace and the view of the city and Lake Pichola are the major attractions of City Palace. Visitors also like to stay up late for the Mewar Light and Sound Show that is organized every evening here. City Palace is the identity of the city, and it indeed adds to the exoticism of Udaipur.
- Lake Pichola: Just about everybody knows about the gorgeous Lake Pichola; it’s like another vital identity of Udaipur. It is a 4kms long man-made lake and is believed to be one of the most beautiful ones as well. Visitors to Udaipur cannot miss out on taking a boat ride on Lake Pichola which starts from Rameshwar Ghat in the City Palace. The lake has two famed islands namely Jag Niwas and Jagmandir. At Jagniwas Island one has the opportunity to witness another famous place in Udaipur – the Lake Palace (Now known as Taj Lake Palace), whereas on Jagmandir Island, one can visit the popular Jag Mandir, the palace.