Known by the titles such as the City of Lakes and Venice of the East, Udaipur in India is the melting pot of art, history, culture and natural beauty. The city is famous worldwide as a popular wedding destination and is dubbed one of the most romantic in the subcontinent. It is also of the most visited but is surprisingly clean for those standards.
Here we give you the top five reasons to break your travel piggy-bank and visit the city, but be sure that the city will give you a plentiful more reasons to love it once you visit it.
An enjoyable journey plus a good destination equal a fabulous trip. Trust us when we tell you that the journey to Udaipur is as good as the place. The national highways 48 and 58 are excellently made and offer a heart-wrenching vista of the surrounding hills. If you travel to Udaipur anywhere from North India, you will pass from cities such as Jaipur and Ajmer which are beautiful in their own accord. No one is stopping you from going a little off-route and exploring more. ;)
Udaipur is famous for its lakes and their beauty is hard to miss. Lake Pichola, one of the most popular man-made lake is also one of the most beautiful. The glistening waters of the land coupled with the Aravali hills lend a picturesque setting to the City Palace. The lake is tailor made for those perfect tranquil walks in the sunset.
Some other memorable lakes in the city are the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Jaisamand Lake, and the Udai Sagar Lake.
The city of Udaipur is home to one of the most regal palaces in the world. The most visited of them all is the City Palace and for the right reasons. It was the built by Udai Singh, the monarch of Udaipur some 400 years ago. The King and his subsequent successors lived and administered the city from this palace. It has now been turned to a museum and contains many important artifices to immortalize the cultural heritage of Udaipur.
Bagore Ki Haveli
This mansion deserves a special mention just because of its sheer resplendence. Bagore-ki-Haveli is situated near the Ghangori Ghat which is quiet close to Pichola Lake. It was built in the eighteenth century by Amir Chand Badwa, the then Prime Minister of Udaipur. The haveli has more than a hundred rooms with numerous courtyards and balconies. In the evening, there is a brilliant dance performance of traditional Rajasthani dance forms which are sure to send you in a state of trance like joy.
Keeping aside the highlights and the major tourist attractions, the city is a beautiful piece of art in itself. It is well planned, clean and there are murals in every nook and corner to embellish the mundane. The food is sumptuous (and spicy!) and it is a great destination to shop colorful traditional clothes, jewelry, handicrafts and art pieces at reasonable prices.
So go on and unleash the wanderer in you, there's a plentitude of beauty to be explored in this monument of a city! :)