Udaipur - The Venice of East
Udaipur, regarded as the Venice of the East adds to your royal experience with the backdrop of Aravalli Hills and the serenity of lakes.The place is known for its cultural and historical city of Rajasthan state of India. This romantic destination of India has a rich history that brings in a high influx of foreign tourists . Experiencing Udaipur is all about reliving royalty and appreciating the city's regal beauty.
Planning to embrace the royalty of the city? Here are 5 must visit destinations to make the most out of the trip –
1. Lake Pichola
One of the most picturesque lakes nestled in the heart of Udaipur City, Rajasthan is the oldest and one of the largest manmade freshwater lakes in India. It leaves you with a spectacular view of the magnificent temples, lakeside restaurants, authentic Rajasthani delicacies, whooping mountains, and the lake’s beautiful waters host one of the most stunningly created palaces of Udaipur, the Lake Palace. Apart from the Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir or Lake Garden Palace is also situated amidst the waters of the Lake. The place is a must to witness.
2. City Palace
The City Palace stretches and towers imposingly along the eastern side of the lake. This is Rajasthan’s largest palace and the focal point of the old town of Udaipur. This palatial castle is the classic example of royal grandeur. It is a perfect example of Marwar architecture with a massive complex that houses several prominent monuments such as the Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, Neemach Mata Temple and beautifully designed balconies, windows, colourful tint glasses, marble and mirror work and the grand rooms! The palace also has a museum and a crystal Gallery which will take you through the life of Maharajas in Udaipur.
3. Badi Lake,Bahubali hills
The lake stretches up to 155 km and is one of the most prestigious tourist spots of the city. The view of the lake on top of the Bahubali is absolutely enthralling. The mountain top offers a faraway view of the Aravalli hills and the Badi village. The walk up to the hill takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. the Bahubali hill is the perfect spot to catch the sunrise or set over the hills of Aravali. Spend a peaceful evening at the hill either picnicking or trekking. Don’t forget to click a picture on top of the hills as the memory of visiting this scenic location is absolutely phenomenal.
4. Karni Mata temple
The sunrise and night view of the city from Karni Mata temple is something you cannot find anywhere else. The most facinating thing about the temple are the rats who scamper freely within the precincts. They are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees as they are believed to be the reincarnation of the members of Mata Karni's family. There is a belief that if you have plague it will get cured easily if you will share your food with these rats inside the temple. Also, if you get to see the white rat then you are really lucky as because it resembles to God. To reach the temple, either take the ropeway from Deendayal Upadhyay Marg or walk through stairs from Dudh Talai (Manikyalal Verma Park).
5. Sajjangarh Palace/ Monsoon Palace-
Situated atop a hill, the Monsoon Palace is also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace. It overlooks the beautiful Fateh Sagar Lake and offers a birds eye’s view of the rest of the four prominent lakes and of the city . As the name suggests, the palace looks exceptionally beautiful during the monsoons.It was built to study the dark grey heavy monsoon clouds from a better view. The Monsoon palace has been featured in the famous bond movie ‘The Octopussy’ too.
How to reach Udaipur
Bus & Train - Udaipur is well connected with Delhi and all the cities in Rajasthan by buses/ train. You can either take any Rajasthan state government bus or train . Both the options are quite comfortable and will involve a few hours journey.
Flight – Udaipur has an airport with direct flights from Delhi, Jaipur and many other cities in India. In case you are short on time take the flight. The prices aren’t that high
Best time to visit Udaipur -
September to February will be the best time to visit Udaipur, June to August has its own perk, you will get to see some dramatic clouds covering the city. AVOID visiting Udaipur during the peak summer months (from March to June) and save yourself from the scorching sun!!
Places to Stay in Udaipur-
If you can afford, Udaipur has the world's best hotels which are today’s ROYAL PALACES like Taj Lake Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas! The per night cost may go up to INR 50,000 – INR 60,000.
Budget hotels – To experience MARWAR HAVELI STYLE STAY , budget hotels are the best! My personal experience at Hotel Mahendra Prakash and Hotel Jagat Niwas was amazing! You can check out Amet Haveli too. The per night cost may range from INR 4000-7000. Find all hostels here – https://www.booking.com/
Hostels – If you are a solo traveller or tight on budget, Udaipur has many hostels - Gypsy Child Lake, Bunkyard, Zostel are a few good reviewed hostels. The per night cost will be around INR 600-700. Find all hostels here – www.hostelworld.com/
I hope this blog was helpful don’t forget to share your Udaipur stories with me!! I will be waiting to hear them! If you have any queries, put them in comments. Will get back to you soon.