The Udaipur magic – A short travel guide

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Your brief lesson about the city

Lakes, temples, nature, history, tradition and culture – this beautiful city of Rajasthan located in the Aravalli ranges is a perfect holiday destination. The hills and lakes make Udaipur very picturesque indeed. The capital of Mewar, Udaipur is the second most sort out tourist destination. ‘City of Lakes’ or ‘Venice of the East’, this city definitely wins every aspect of a vacation spot. Mewar Festival and Shilpgram Crafts Fair, held annually, exhibits everything that carries the essence of Rajasthan – handicrafts, clothing, mirror work and lots more. One can witness the local folks perform their traditional Groomer dances at these festivals. Kalbelia and KachchhiGhodi are two other famous dance forms hailing from the roots of Udaipur.

Go on a tour

One can choose from many places to visit in Udaipur. Over the PicholaLake is located the City Palace, which was initiated by Udaipur’s founder, MaharanUday Singh. The main part of the palace is turned into a museum, preserving all the ancient artefacts. One can also enjoy the world famous MotiMahal and ChiniMahal here. Fateh Prakash Palace and Lake Palace are the two other famous forts of Udaipur. Located on the Jag Niwas Island, Lake Palace is in the middle ofPichola Lake, which is now a 5-star hotel. Bagore-Ki Haveli and MaharanaPratap Memorial are the must visit monuments of Udaipur. A bronze statue of MaharanaPratap stands at the top of MotiMagri, which is famous tourist spot especially for the history enthusiasts.udaipur udaipur

Adding to the forts and monuments are the lakes of Udaipur which are not to be missed. Lake Pichola, FatehSagarLake, and Rajsamand Lake are the most famous ones. At the Rajsamand Lake is a dam which hosts stunning sunset views. Apart from these, is the second largest lake in Asia, Jaisamand Lake, located 51km away from the city. A Shiva temple, palaces, and the marble cenotaphs make this lake a spectacular spot to visit.udaipur udaipur

Things you can do

Apart from sightseeing, Udaipur is also a great shopping destination of handicrafts, their traditional clothing, toys, and decorative items. All of its markets are drowned in colours. The Crystal Gallery and Durbar hall are a must visit.

Beautiful places to stay at

Udaipur portrays what royal means. Udaipur hotels range from budget hotels to royal palace stays. Hotel Gangaur Palace, Anjani Hotel, Udai, and Iwas Hotel are a few of the budget options for stay. Fateh Prakash Palace Grand Heritage is located by Lake Pichola, offering a royal heritage stay. Taj Lake Palace is another luxury stay option –a white marble palace that seems like it floats on water. Big open courtyards, lotus pond, tree-shaded pool, and having its own jetty to itself making the only way to get to the base by water, Taj Lake Palace truly makes one feel like a Maharaja.

Plan a trip to the historic land!

Udaipur can be reached by air, rail or road. Flights to Udaipur has good connectivity from major cities like Mumbia, Kolkata and Delhi. Buses to Udaipur run from Jaipur, Delhi, Indore and Ahmedabad. And as far as trains are concerned, one can reach Udaipur by train from Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kota, Indore and Mumbai.

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