Udaipur is known as Venice of East India. It is the city of lakes filled with a set of well preserved palaces, lakes, temples and ghats. It is the capital of Mewar kingdom and is also the cultural center face of Rajasthan. Udaipur is most famed for it’s intricate peacock mosaics.
1. Lake Palace
It is located 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the city and seated on the Jag Niwas Island on a sprawling 1.5 hectare (3.7 acre) land. It is built over Lake Pichola, was once a summer palace for royalties. Now it has been made into a heritage hotel. Lake Palace is an elegant white palace which gives us a fairy tale scene with blue water rippling and sunrise/sunset views.
Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
2. Lake Pichola
This is the largest lake in the city. It’s one of the most beautiful lakes in India and surrounded by hills and gardens. The famous city palace is built on the middle of this lake. It is a main tourist attraction and boat rides are available in this lake.
3. City Palace
This royal building is a huge complex with plenty of rooms and pillars inside. It took more than 300 years to complete the construction. It is the biggest building in Udaipur. It is near Lake Palace and Pichola Lake. Its architecture style is authentic. It is located at hill top which helps the visitors enjoy the panoramic view of the entire city.
Address: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Website: City Palace
4. Fateh Sagar Lake
It is the second largest lake in the city. It is an artificial lake and has three islands which can be reached by boat. The first two islands are made into gardens and the third island has been made into a solar observatory which is also a place of attraction for the tourists. Boat rides are available at this lake.
5. Eklingji Temple
This is a Hindu temple, which has more than 100 pillars. It was built with granite and marbles. The temple is famous for its four faced statue of Lord Shiva. It is one of the very few Hindu temples in Rajasthan. Eklingji temple can be reached by a one hour drive from Udaipur.
Address: Siyol, Rajasthan 313202
Website: Eklingji Temple
6. Dudh Talai Musical garden
Dudh Talai is a small lake and it’s the most ideal place to take a peaceful stroll. All the important places such as Lake Pichola, City Palace and Lake Palace can be seen from this garden. It has a rock garden with a musical fountain. It also has a sunset point which offers great views.
Dudh Talai Musical garden
Address: Dudh Talai, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Website: Dudh Talai Musical garden
This is known as the garden of maids. It has beautiful fountains with lush lawns and marble arts. This was lovingly gifted by the King to the Queen. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari served as a peaceful and enjoyable place for the Queen’s 48 maids.
Address: Lake City, Near Science Museum, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
8. Jag Mandir
This is known as the lake garden palace. It has served as a summer resort and pleasure area for royalties. This palace has been built with sandstone and black marble. The architecture style reflects Mughal’s and Rajput’s.
Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
9. Kumbhalgarh Fort
This fort has thick walls, beautiful buildings and temples. There are various architecture styles present inside the fort. It served as refugee for the King during times of conflict. It is around 60 kilometers (30 miles) from the main city.
Address: Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325
Website: Kumbhalgarh Fort
10. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
This institute engages in the studies of folk art, culture, songs and festivities of Rajasthan. It has a museum which exhibits the rural dresses, ornaments, puppets, folk musical instruments and paintings of Rajasthani culture. The puppet theater here offers puppet shows as well.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
Address: Saheli Marg, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Website: Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
Rajasthan is not only about deserts
Udaipur is full of surprises. It is one of the most romantic places in India. September and March are the best time to visit this city, take a royal vacation and get caught in the spell Udaipur Casts!
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