Top Places to visit in Udaipur
The city of Udaipur is located in Rajasthan state’s southernmost part and is enclosed by the beautiful Aravalli Range. This region brims with natural beauty and was established by the great Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559. It was considered to be Mewar Kingdom’s nascent capital. This city is well connected with other city’s in the country through roadway, railway and airway. It is termed to be the perfect blend of serenity, regal beauty, combined with picturesque panorama and elevated slopes. It is located away from the chaos of the city life and is also referred to as the ‘Lake City’. The reason is because there are several natural lakes that are interconnected and present across the city. This ‘Lake City’ is also termed as ‘White City’. This is because of the Rajput-styled forts and palaces that are constructed here are made from white marbles. Even other structures and residential houses are dressed in white colour.
The city is quite popular for its grand palaces, Rajput-era forts, architectural temples, striking lakes, galleries, museums, rich culture and traditional festivals, etc. Some of the places that need special mention are the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Ambrai Ghat, Eklingji Temple, Shilgram, Bada Mahal and Vintage Car Museum.
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Which places to visit during the trip in Udaipur?
- City Palace: Located amidst the beautiful Arravalli Mountain Range, on Lake Pichola’s bank, this palatial complex is worth the visit. It is considered to be an amazing concoction of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, built about 400 years ago. The whole structure is created using marble and granite generously. Its interiors are studded with wall paintings, murals, mirror-work, delicate coloured glass and silver work. From its upper terraces, you can get a good glimpse of the vibrant Udaipur city. Presently, this city is considered to be Rajasthan’s pride and a historic landmark. To visit this palace, you need to go to the Old City. It is open between 9.30 am and 5.30pm. Adults and children above 5 years are to pay an entry fee.
- Lake Pichola: This is an artificial lake constructed in 1362 A.D. to provide water to citizens of the city. This lovely spot invites locals and tourists alike to indulge in picnics and private cruise ride. It does offer a picturesque panorama. You should visit the waterfront cafes to gorge in the tasty dishes served here. Several markets are also established here around the lake providing memoralbia and other interesting items you can carry back home. The lake is best visited between 9am and 6pm.
- Eklingji Temple: This 1300 year old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at about 22 kilometres away from the city. Although an ancient structure, it retains its beauty and is visited by thousands of devotees throughout the year. The temple is beautifully carved with aesthetics while boasting of a serene milieu. Lord Shiva’s idol present here is carved from black marble and has four faces. It is located at Kailashpuri, No. 8 National Highway.
- Fateh Sagar Lake: This lake gets its name after Maharana Fateh Singh, the ruler of Mewar between 1884 and 1930. It is an enchanting lake located in the city’s heart. On its three sides are the mountain ranges. The tranquil waters of the lake can be explored by booking a speed boat which is considered to be a popular activity here. Travellers, during the evenings can enjoy the lake and the magnificent sunset that makes a picturesque background. It is open to visitors from 8am to 4.30pm.
- Jaisamand Lake: This lake covers a large area and was constructed in 1685 A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh. It is ruffled quaintly amongst the rolling hills and is considered to be the country’s second largest man-made lake. To reach its waters, you are to use the sophisticated stairs built here. On its bank is constructed a small, but beautiful looking Shiv temple. You can enjoy the boat ride offered here. It is open from 10am to 5pm.
- Vintage Car Museum: This is the perfect place to be for all car lovers. This museum can be termed to be a real paradise where vintage cars in top condition are exhibited. Beaulieu’s Lord Montagu had inaugurated this museum on February 15, 2000. He is National Motor Museum’s founder in England. The Udaipur-based museum boasts of having the rarest classic and vintage car collection belonging to the erstwhile Mewar Maharanas. There are in total twenty antique cars that are kept well-preserved. You can also find here exhibits like solar-powered rickshaws. This museum is located at the Old City, at Gulab Bagh Road, close to The Garden Hotel, Shakti Nagar. It is open from 9am to 9pm. There is charged a small entry fee for all visitors.
- Bada Bazaar: If you are shopaholic, then this is the best place to be to buy different types of items. It is also considered to be the city’s prime and the largest market. You can get souvenirs like handmade juttis, Bandhani sarees, authentic Rajasthani crafts & handicraft items, bags, silver jewellery, etc. These do make excellent collection and gifts. It is located at Bohrwadi, old City and is open between 9.30am and 6pm, but closed on Sundays.
- Bada Mahal: This palace is present right within the premise of the majestic City Palace. It was constructed during the 17th century on a natural rock formation of over 90 ft. high and its architecture is sure to leave you completely stunned. Its intricate mirror works will provide you a better picture of the royal life that the Rajput rulers had lived in those bygone eras. It is located at Shavri Colony, Haridasji ki Magri, Trident Road. and is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
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