Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, making this city as lovely as it is. This 'Venice of the East' has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerising temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India. A boat ride through the serene waters of Lake Pichola will be enough to prove to you why Udaipur is the pride of Rajasthan.
Located in a valley and surrounded by four lakes, Udaipur has natural offerings with a grandeur multiplied by human effort, to make it one of the most enchanting and memorable tourist destinations. It justifies all names ever offered to its charm from 'Jewel of Mewar' to 'Venice of the East'. And though the entire city's architecture is flattering, the Lake Palace hotel is something that offers the city a visual definition. The revered Nathdwara temple is about 60 km from Udaipur.
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While couples can while away their time exploring the famous parts of Udaipur, there are also some extremely fun adventure activities that can be taken up in the city. Here is a list of adventure sports that can be taken up in Udaipur : 1. Motor boat rides - These are one of the most popular water sports offered at the Fateh Sagar Lake. These boats take you around the lake and allow for an up-close view of the surrounding hills. 2. Horse Riding ? Also known as horse back safari, this is an excellent way to discover the unexplored and rural areas of Udaipur. 3. Cycling/Bike Tour ? Explore the temples of Udaipur and ride past small villages while absorbing the historic city at your own pace. 4. Paragliding - The beautiful lakes, palaces and landscapes of Udaipur make it a great destination for paragliding, which offers stunning views of the city from above. 5. Ride the ropeway ? The Mansapurna Karnimata Ropeway is an exciting activity to take up if you are fond of sunsets and want to catch an aerial way of the city. 6. Trekking ? Trekking is always a good idea if you want to check out homestays and interact with the locals of the city.
The city of Royals, forts and Palace. I found city a bit expensive but if your love for the Forts and Places is too much its worth giving a shot.
This is the crumbling palace on top of the hill you see looking over Udaipur. We made a call at Padharo Udaipur, and asked them to make a booking, for the driver and guide to take us there. The palace itself is fallilng apart and nothing to speak of. But the view from up on top of the hill is amazing. Don't miss it. Must say excellent service by Padharo Team, for any query just make a call, & they?ll help you out with that.
One of the most romantic cities in the world. Beautiful forts, palaces and temples. Home to one of the best hotels and resorts in the world. Well connected by air, road and rail.
Can be crowded during peak seasons and you might not get good mobile network everywhere.
Perfect for couples who want to get away from the hustle bustle of cities and spend some quality time together. One of the best wedding destinations in the world. It's also good for hippies, backpackers and nature lovers.
Known as the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur captures the essence of nature in its most vivid form. The lakes along with the palaces and forts together make a perfect combination of all travellers. With more than 10 lakes in the city, all connected to each other, Lake Pichola remains the number one attraction, closely followed by Udai Sagar Lake. In the proximity of Lake Pichola, lies the infamous Bagore Haveli which wows the tourists with its impeccable glass work. On the banks of the lake lies the architectural wonder, the City Palace of Udaipur.
Day 1: Reach Udaipur by morning, freshen up and you can start the tour with Pichola lake while covering Bagore Haveli and Palace of Udaipur together as they lie in the same vicinity. This can be followed by an interesting vintage lunch at Garden hotel. The evening can be spent shopping in the local markets where you get handicrafts and traditional wear.
Day 2: Visit Shilpgram which the hub of handicrafts and you can even buy some as souvenirs. Visit Udaivillas, if possible as it has hosted a lot of movie shoots for its grand and luxurious ambience. Go to Doodh Talai in the evening for its beautiful sunset, followed by dinner at the roof top restaurant Ivy View which makes a perfect end to the day.
Day 3: You can do a small excursion and visit Eklingji temple, which is around 22 km from the main city. Or you can visit Haldighati, which is around 40 km from the main city of Udaipur. Alternatively, you can spend your day in Udaipur itself and enjoy some relaxing time having good food and drinks in the city itself while enjoying the lake view from any of the cafes out there.
Udaipur is where much of Rajasthan's grandeur resides, traces of which can be seen in the rich cuisine available here. A visit to Udaipur will not be complete without you indulging in its grand cuisine. One simply cannot miss out on the authentic deliciousness of Dal Baat Churma and Gatte ki Sabji served at Hotel Natraj. They've mastered the art of making only the best of Rajasthani food. Shiv Shakti Chaat is quite famous for the different types of Kachori Chaat that they offer which, happens to be one of the specialities of this city. Neelam Restaurant offers a Rajasthani Thali which is full of sweet, tangy and spicy, home-made flavours and is definitely a must-have! Udaipur also tends to your sweet-tooth with its traditional, orange Jalebis which are made in pure, desi ghee at Bhole Misthan. We assure you, you will not be able to stop at just one!
So, enrich your stay further by pampering your taste buds with the mouthwatering cuisine of this vibrant city.
If you want to have lunch or dinner in Oberoi, make sure to make the bookings well in advance. During other times, especially during peak season or a long weekend, make table reservation a day prior to any of the fine-dining restaurants like Upre, Hari Garh, Ambrai.
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For a solo travel break, Udaipur is perfect in a lot of ways. Firstly, the existence of a Zostel makes it easy for a backpack traveler as it is cheap, and you also get to meet a lot of fellow travellers. Secondly, Udaipur is a very friendly city. So you can chat to the locals, gorge on some amazing local food, and spend a lot of your time by the Pichola Lake reading a good book or listening to some music.