Often called the “Venice of the East”, this beautiful city is located amidst the Aravalli Ranges in the southern region of Rajasthan. It is an extremely beautiful city which makes it one of the most romantic places of the world and called the “City of Lakes” because of the innumerable lakes found in the city. Udaipur is surrounded with elevated hills and the most beautiful lakes – these together give this city an absolutely picture-perfect backdrop. If we consider Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most visited tourist destination of the state, while Jaipur tops the list. Udaipur was the historical capital of Mewar, and is quite popular among the tourist from India and abroad for its history, culture and scenic beauty.
History of Udaipur, Rajasthan
Maharana Uday Singh was the founder of Udaipur. He founded this beautiful city during 1559 AD on a cue from a holy man during one of his meditation moments. With the ranges of Aravalli, dense forests and lakes around Udaipur, the city was well protected from external influence. The most famous period of Udaipur was under the reign of Maharana Pratap who was a Rajput King. He is famous for the battle of Haldighathi in 1576.
Know Udaipur: A Dream Destination For A Romantic Holiday
1. White Architectural Structures
One really interesting thing about this city is that most of the architectural structures are white in colour.
2. Beautiful Lakes of Udaipur
Water is something that we just can’t live without, it is one of the main requirement for the humans to survive on this planet and the lakes at Udaipur is a treat as they are full of fresh water all around providing satisfaction and relief. These lakes make a perfect backdrop to the romantic environment of the city. The city has five prominent lakes: Lake Nichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake these give the city a very peaceful and serene look. Apart from the main lakes Kumharia Talab, Doodh Talai and Badi Ka Talab are smaller lakes in this city.
3. Beautiful Sunsets
Sunsets at this city is another really romantic sequence which adds a memory for the visitors. When the sun sets in Udaipur the view is just so beautiful, the reflections of the architectural structures fall in the lake water.
4. City Palace
One of the most famous attraction of Udaipur is the City Palace, constructed by Maharana Uday Singh II. To explore this palace one would need around 2-3 hours, the palace comprises of museums, gardens, elephant stable. Also it has a few small and big palaces within the premises which are extremely beautiful. This palace is known for its architecture and magnificence.
5. Evening entertainment shows at the Bagore-ki-Haveli
Bagore-ki-Haveli is a mansion from the 18th century mansion, it has over 100 rooms. Now it has been transformed into a museum and is very popular for hosting evening entertainment shows. Visitors can enjoy traditional dance forms of Rajasthan, music and puppet shows showcased in the event.
6. Shopping at the streets
Udaipur is very popular for its variety of handicrafts, like paintings, silver arts, marble articles etc. One can shop for these specialities of Udaipur on the street markets, these street markets are narrow lanes full of shops and restaurants on both the sides. The local people are quite friendly and colourfully dressed.
7. Expensive Accommodation?
Yes, it’s true that at Udaipur the accommodation is a bit expensive when compared to the rest of Rajasthan. But don’t lose heart as there are many accommodation options available in the city, be it basic or high end you can always visit the city and choose the best as per your budget.
- 8. Best time to Visit
A large number of tourist visit Udaipur after September, this is because the climate during this season is actually very pleasant. The temperature stays at around 28 degrees Celsius during the day time and around 11 degrees Celsius during the night.
9. Shilpgram festival
If you happen to visit Udaipur in December, then plan it towards the end of the year as you get to see the Shilpgram Festival. This festival is organised every year from 21 December to December 31. A fair is also conducted as a part of the festival known as the Shilpgram Fair or the Shilpgram Mela. This mela is a destination for hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works, handicrafts and much more.
This Venice of the East is a city of fairy-tale palaces, temples, narrow lanes and historic houses which are extremely beautiful. Perfect destination for people who are looking to relax in a calm setting.
Featured Photo: Udaipur by Night – City Palace – from MES IB Military Station by Unseen Horizons under CC BY-SA 2.0