Often dubbed as the ‘Venice of the East’ and ‘The City of Lakes’, this city in the desert state of Rajasthan is not just a tourist spot; it is the epitome of romantic getaways. Nestled amid the Aravalli hills and interconnected by numerous lakes, Udaipur exudes a timeless charm.
Why is it famous ?
In the past, Udaipur was a part of Mewar until the 13th century, and the people faced problems like not having enough water and poor sewage systems. To fix this, the rulers built seven lakes in the city: Lake Pichola, Rang Sagar, Swaroop Sagar, Fateh Sagar, Badi, Madar, and Udai Sagar. These lakes, arranged in a saucer shape, help keep water flowing without flooding the city. Udaipur has these seven lakes, all connected to each other within the city, so there’s enough water without any overflow issues.nFor example, Fateh Sagar gets its water from Lake Badi, Choti Madaar, and Bada Madaar lakes. The extra water from the Madaar lakes goes into the Ahar river, a natural river. Also, the extra water from Lake Badi joins Fateh Sagar, and the overflow from the artificial Lake Pichola goes into Fateh Sagar. Finally, the extra water from Fateh Sagar combines with the Ahar river. This smart system helps manage water in Udaipur.
Best time to visit
Unlike the common perception that the monsoon is not an ideal time to visit India due to frequent rains and a humid environment, Udaipur thrives even during this period. The kings, in fact, erected monsoon palaces to revel in the rains from the vantage point of Udaipur. The city takes on an even more romantic and moody atmosphere during the monsoon, and the reduced influx of tourists during winter makes it an ideal time to explore the city’s picturesque spots and tranquil areas. So, you can visit anytime you want.
Popular Attractions & Activities
Notable palaces like Lake Palace, Monsoon Palace, City Palace, and Fateh Prakash Palace offer a regal touch to your visit. Many of these palaces have been transformed into heritage hotels, allowing visitors to experience life like royalty.
The city is intertwined with beautiful lakes such as Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir Palace, providing a serene backdrop. Enjoying a lake view on a winter evening in Udaipur is particularly enchanting. Camel riding and boating at sunset are popular tourist activities, enhancing the romantic charm of the city. The city also offers the opportunity to stay in palaces located in the middle of lakes. Udaipur provides a range of activities, from hot air balloon rides to ropeway, cycling and sunset boating.
Udaipur’s attractions extend beyond its scenic beauty, featuring Eklingji temple, Jagdish temple, museums, crystal gallery, birdwatching spots, gardens like Gulabh Bagh, Doodh Talai etc, zoos, ancient monuments like Maharana Pratap Smarak, Bagore ki Haveli, Kumbhalgarh Fort etc and even a solar observatory.
Get a taste of local food
Indulge in the winter offerings of Udaipur, with the renowned Dal Baati taking center stage for its richness and exquisite flavour. Beyond this, the region of Mewar boasts an array of winter-specific specialties that are not to be missed. Must try street foods are Kachori, Anda Bhurji, Chaat, Vada Pav, Pani Puri, Aloo Bada, Jalebi, Poha, Falooda etc.
Shop till you drop
Udaipur offers a delightful shopping experience with a mix of international brands, unique handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs. Exploring the old market regions gives you a taste of local activities, and you can find exotic items like camel skin articles and Rajasthani turbans. A must-visit for shopaholics is the Hathi Pol Bazaar which is famous for Ichhwai paintings, hand paintings, miniatures paintings etc and Bapu Bazaar.
Enjoy the festivals
The city’s vibrant culture and festivals add another layer of richness to the overall experience, making a visit to Udaipur an unforgettable journey. The cultural richness comes alive during festivals like Navaratri, Dussehra, Diwali and Mewar festival. Explore Rajasthani craft and culture in the Shilpgram Art Fair. You can also enjoy festivals like the World music festival, World living heritage festival, Kumbhalgarh festival etc.