Udaipur is located in Rajasthan, is also referred to as the ‘Venice of the East. The city is located around the water lakes and is surrounded by lush green hills of Aravallis. Udaipur was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of the Mewar Kingdom. Even now, this city offers an appealing glimpse into the past as well as connects you to the present with its modern facilities.
In Udaipur, visitors can explore palaces, lakes, gardens and museums, enjoy a culinary journey to treat your taste buds, traditional performances, and appreciate the centuries-old customs and arts.
I was in Udaipur for a couple of days, following is the list of places I covered. Udaipur can be explored using local transport options such as cabs, autos, and pedal rickshaw, I opted for the car arranged by my hotel with a guide.
Udaipur Lake Palace(Jag Nivas Palace): It is situated on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola. The palace can be only reached by boat. I was staying at the lake palace now knows as Taj Lake Palace, which was the obvious first spot I covered. The hotel facilities are open for residential guests. If you are not staying at the hotel, you are not allowed to visit this marvelous piece of history. The hotel has an exclusive boat service from lakeshores to ferry the guests. The hotel is also a sought-after venue for a destination weddings.
Udaipur City Palace: City palace complex is an intricate structure consisting of magnificent palaces, museums. minor palaces which are now turned into luxury hotels. The visit to Udaipur is not complete without visiting City Palace which preserves the history of Mewar Kings, their lifestyle, and the views of the city from higher floors of the palace. The City Palace hotel and Shiv Nivas Palace hotel offer an excellent opportunity for visitors to see the safeguarded history. Both palaces are also another venue for destination weddings.
Jag Mandir: Jag Mandir is also known as Lake Garden Palace, is located on Lake Pichola and can be reached by boat. This palace is a huge complex that includes many prominent structures such as Gul Mahal, Darikhana, Garden courtyard, Bara patron ka mahal, zenana Mahal, and Kunwar pada ka mahal. This place also serves as small hotel, if anyone prefers to stay here.
Vintage and Classic Car Museum: Vintage and Classic Car Museum is home to antique cars, which includes the Rolls-Royce featured in the ‘Octopussy’ movie. The collection of vehicles is housed in the former Mewar State Motor Garage which also serves as a museum site.
Plan the visit in such a way that you can visit Garden Hotel, Restaurant for awesome Rajasthani food. The restaurant is in the same complex.
Saheliyon Ki Bari: The Garden of Maidens, is a vast garden designed for the Queen of Rana Sangha and his maidens. Legend has it that the garden was designed by the king himself and he presented this garden to his queen. The queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. To offer all of them pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court, this garden was made. The queen with her maids and female companions used to come here for a stroll and spend their time in leisure.
Maharaja Pratap Memorial and Hall of Heroes: Located by Fateh Sagar lake on Peral Hill, the memorial site gives a glimpse of the Udaipur history and magnificent views of Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharaja Pratap ruled Udaipur for 27 years.
Hall of heroes is a museum dedicated to the Royal Families of Rajasthan. You can get to know the history of Mewar along with the biography of Kings and Queens.
I could only cover the above for the time I had in Udaipur, there were couple of places suggested by my guide, one being rope-way trolley up to the Machhala Magar hill to visit Mansapurna Karni Mata temple and to attend puppet cultural show. I didn’t had time to cover these as I had booking on train from Udaipur for my onward journey to Sawai Madhopur to visit Ranthambore National Park via Kota.