Udaipur, the city of grand palaces and stately buildings, is located in Rajasthan. This city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and with good reason. The blue lakes of the city are filled with such beauty that Udaipur has been dubbed the “Venice of the East”. The city also boasts of the lush green Aravalli Hills on its perimeter, which encircle its borders and beautify the surrounding area.
The combination of natural beauty and man-made wonders make Udaipur a royal city, a city that has remarkably held on to its rich historical past. To get a taste of the grandeur, here are 5 places you must visit on your next trip to Udaipur:
Though not a natural lake, this man-made lake in the heart of Udaipur is one of the oldest as well as largest lakes in the city. Every year, several thousand tourists visit this lake that is flanked by lofty hills, bathing ghats, and several heritage landmarks on all sides. When at this lake be sure to hop on a boat ride to enjoy the beauty and tranquility that surrounds. The best time to visit the lake is during the evening, as the sight that awaits you is simply gorgeous and mind blowing. The sun’s reflection falls upon the waters turning it golden and the enthralling backdrop adds to the scenic beauty. This is a great place to take a few hours of hiatus from your monotonous life!
The Lake Palace:
The Lake Palace was built in 1734 on the Lake Pichola by erstwhile ruler Maharana Jagat Singh. The former summer palace is now open to visitors as a heritage hotel. The palace retains its original beauty and grandeur, the waves and sunsets on either side of the hotel lend to its fairytale-like aura. Made from white marble, this palace has an unearthly charm to it.
Like the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir was also built on the Lake Pichola Island. This place serves as a summer resort and area of pleasure for the royalty of the city. It gets its name from Maharana Jagat Singh, who completed its construction. Jag Mandir has many pleasure areas, like the Gul Mahal, Darikhana, Garden Courtyard, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal. Today, the Jag Mandir is used as a venue for marriage and wedding ceremonies.
Vintage Car Museum:
This vintage car museum in Udaipur was opened to the public in 2000. The exhibition displays the vintage car collection of all the former Maharanas of Udaipur. Most of the cars displayed here are 70 years old. You can visit this exhibition at the Mewar State Motor garage, a place that is also known for its exotic gardens and beautiful collection of flowers. The Bougainvillea Garden Restaurant is another attraction located here.
Fateh Sagar Lake:
This is the second largest lake in the city of Udaipur. The lake is located towards the north of Lake Pichola. You can also find it on the opposite side of the entrance to Moti Magri Mahal. Fun fact about this attraction: this is actually a man-made lake built in 1678 by Maharana Fateh Singh. This quiet place is perfect for a lonely boat ride or plans a picnic with friends. The lake is surrounded by hills on three sides, making it a perfect spot for all those aesthetic pictures. Located at a distance of only 6 km from the main city, the place is as beautiful as it is convenient to find.
The Eklingji Temple is an architectural wonder, to say the least, which is why it becomes a place you should visit on your next trip to Udaipur. The foundation of this temple dates back to 734 AD. Today, the complex is home to about 108 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, as well as Parvati, Saraswati, Ganesh, Kartik, and Nandi. The fact that this is the only temple of the Lakulish sect in India makes the temple an even bigger attraction. This place is not meant for the spiritual and those interested in history only- it harks back to an ancient time and commemorates it. The marble work done on some of the temples will surely leave you at a loss for words.
The next time you set out on an Udaipur holiday tour package, be sure to check if these attractions feature in the agency’s itinerary. If not do visit them in your leisure, for each one of them are truly splendid and worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.