Udaipur – Venice of the East

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatch in Rajasthan and in all over the India. For the visitor there’s the tranquility of boat rides on the lake, the color of ancient bazaars, a lively arts scene, the old-world feel of its better hotels, endless shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback, Fantastical palaces, Temples, Havelis and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets, Add the human counterpoint to the City’s Natural Beauty and Charms.

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Places to Visit in Udaipur

City Palace

Symbolizes the amazing architecture, City Palace will be your first stop in Udaipur. The palace personify the Rajput’s Military architecture and Mughal-style embellishment constructed by 22 different Maharana’s between the 16th to 20th centuries. Much of it is now a museum, which is spread out through several palaces and is entered through the imposing Tripoli Gate. It is worth buying one of the catalogues that detail each room. If visiting take following things into account. You can get more details here .

Visiting Hours : 9 am to 5:30 pm. Last tickets were sold at 4:30 pm. (The ticket lines are long. So, Add one hour of waiting time to get the tickets.)

Ticket Prices: Audio Tour available in French, Spanish, English & German at Rs.250. If you plan to see light and sound show , You’ll have to buy separate ticket.

Fateh Sagar Lake

Known as the Glory of Udaipur, This Artificial Reservoir was created under the reign of Maharana in 1960. Sailing on the Blue Water of the Lake, which is Encircled by Mountains from Three sides, is a Feel to Remember. There is a garden amidst the lake i.e. Nehru Park, which is a delightful open space with a boat-shaped restaurant. Flopping over 2.5 kms, Fateh Sagar lake is one of the places where Visitors can enjoy the Serene and Panoramic Beauty of Udaipur. The Lake sites on the North-West of the main Udaipur City.

Vintage Car Museum

Mewar Dynasty, the Royal Families of Udaipur enjoyed a Life. Although, there are a lot of Deluxe Things to Showcases the Lifestyle of Mewar Royals. Classic and Vintage Car Museum is one of the Best Spot to Capture, How Grand It used to be back then. Many of the most astonishing Vehicles used by the Mewar Dynasty of Udaipur, are showcased at Vintage Car Museum.

Timings : 9am to 9am Everyday

Entry Fees : Rs.250 for Adult & Rs.150 for Child

Lake Pichola

You cannot miss visiting lake pichola. Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. Pichola lake is enveloped with lofty palaces, kothis, bathing ghats, temples and hills on all sides. How to best enjoy this lake? Take a sunset tour , and you will fall in love with this city. You will see many locals taking bath in the lake , but I will advise not to.

Visiting Hours : 9 am to 6 pm

Ticket Prices : Regular boat ride ranges between 200-300 Rs. If you plan to take sunset cruise , it starts from 500 Rs. Sharpen up your bargaining skills , and you might be able to get an Awesome deal on this.

Money Saving Tip : If you plan to go on a sunset cruise in Lake Pichola, Club it with visit to Jag Mandir. This will save you around 500Rs. You can take an evening trip to Hotel Jagmandir which will give you an opportunity to return back by sunset.

Jag Mandir

Located majestically on an island on Lake Pichola, the only way to reach Jag Mandir is by a boat ride. The 17th Century architectural marvel is very famous for Destination Weddings and is very popular spot for Film Shoots. The striking feature of this Marvel is the spacious courtyard with black and white marble tiles and gardens on the east side filled with flowers, which also gives you the feel of Chessboard, LMAO. As you enter Jag Mandir , you will see eight life size white marble structures of Elephants placed near the boat ramp in the island. You can definitely enjoy a good meal at hotel Jag Mandir , needless to say Very Expensive.

SajjanGarh Fort

It is also known as Monsoon Palace , the first glimpse that you will get of this fort sitting as a crown on the top of Aravali hills, from the City Palace. The problem with Udaipur is that whole city comes to life in the evening. Every nook and corner looks pristine and it is hard to prioritize what to see on a sunset. Sajjangarh is no different than Jag Mandir or Lake Pichola. The best time to visit this place is during sunset. I missed doing that since I was there for 2 days and 1 night , so I got to spend only one evening in Udaipur. Built in 1884 , Sajjangarh Palace is a is a hilltop palatial residence in Udaipur overlooking the Lake Pichola. It offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. Since the fort is located on the outskirts of Udaipur, you will need a car or taxi/jeep to reach the hill top. The Fort is also surrounded by the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Timings : 09.00 am to 06.00 pm

Entry Fee : Individual – Rs 80 , Car- Rs 20/65, camera/video- free/Rs20.

Funny Fact : This Palace also has an Hollywood connection, It was used in the 1983’s James Bond film, Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan Prince, Must Watch 🙂

How to Reach Udaipur

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By Air

The nearest airport in Udaipur is called the Maharana Pratap Airport which is situated about 20 kilometres away from the city center. It is well-connected by air to all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur. Some of the popular airlines that have daily flights to and from Udaipur are Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, and Kingfisher Airlines. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire cabs.

By Train

Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai and Kota. Some of the popular trains that run daily are Mewar Express, Gwalior-Udaipur Express, Bandra-Udaipur SF Express, Chetak Express and Annanya Expres. In fact, the famous and luxurious Palace of Wheels also makes a scheduled stop in Udaipur.

By Road/Self Drive

Udaipur is connected by National Highway 8 (NH 8). ​Many tourists visiting Udaipur prefer to drive on their own. If you do not wish to use your personal vehicle, there are several tour operators that provide vehicles on hire.

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