Udaipur is also famous as “Venice of the East” and is located in the western reaches of Rajasthan. It had a history of more than 1000 years. Udaipur is well known for its magnificence and elegance. It is well known for desert safari, palace tours, shopping, celebrations and class functions. The best time to visit Udaipur is in the winter season.
The Indian state of Rajasthan receives millions of global tourists every year. Some of the cities, which see the highest number of visits include Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, and Ajmer.
Udaipur has been famously named as the ‘City of Lakes’, owing to the presence of majestic lakes that are situated around Palaces. If you wish to see Indian royalty at its best, a trip to Udaipur should be right on top of your list.
Udaipur is a concoction of the royal luxurious life, as well as the life of commoners. Tourists visiting the city can experience a slice of both in this majestic abode. From sun-kissed deserts to 7-star palaces turned hotels, Udaipur is the crown jewel of Rajasthan.
Here Are 5 Unique Things To Do In Udaipur:
1. Karni Mata Temple Ropeway:
Karni Mata Temple Ropeway is a ride which connects Machala Hilltop, Sri Karni Mata temple, and Deendayal Upadhyay Park. It is a prominent pilgrim spot. There are 2 ways to reach the temple, staircase, and ropeway. This is a unique experience and the best way of transportation to the temple. Other major reasons are the architectural attraction and a panoramic view of the temple surroundings.
The ropeway can be accessed easily, as it is located in the heart of the city. It will provide the best views of Sajjangarh Fort, City Palace Complex, Fateh Sagar Lake and Pichola Lake. There is also a viewpoint which is the privileged place to see the sunset over the city. In addition, at night, the lighting of the different palaces gives a splendid view.
2. Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola:
Lake Pichola is a prominent tourist attraction place in Udaipur. The sparkling lake reflects the hues of the sunset, magnificent palaces, and the incredible city of Udaipur mingling together to create magical effects. The lake contains 4 islands called as Arsi Vilas, Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas, and Jag Mandir.
It is really a blissful and relaxing experience to take a boat cruise into the freshwater lake during the time of sunset. Enjoy some crisp sunshine as they hit the lake giving sparkling reflections.
Lake Pichola along with City Palace Lake and Udai Sagar Lake form the magnificent trio of scenic destinations that arouse magnificence. Lake Pichola is surrounded by luxurious 5 star and 7-star properties like Taj Lake Palace and Leela Palace. You can also look up accommodation in other properties that are affordable and within your budget. There are a number of options, which offer beautiful views of the lake from their rooms.
Shilpgram is a village located near Udaipur. A 10-day will be celebrated every year during the winter season. It is famous for fairs which will be conducted for craft items, handicrafts, and textiles. Besides fairs, workshops will also be conducted for locals and tourists. It is the best place for souvenir shopping.
Shilpgram will be organized at the western side of the Udaipur. The highlights of the region are mirror work, bandhani, tie and dye, terracotta sculptures and marble. It is especially a pleasure for those who are interested in learning pottery or any other type of craft. Crafts and tourism are an important industry for the state of Rajasthan.
This is where you will be able to find some of the best handicrafts of Rajasthan. Local women do most of these artworks. NGOs along with Government appointed self-help women groups to help local women find sources of employment through handicrafts. Not only will you be able to get a fine piece of Indian handicraft, but you will also end up contributing towards sustaining the livelihood of women and the local population.
4. Horse Riding around Aravalli Hills:
Taking a horse ride along the sloppy regions of Aravalli Hills is the best experience you can have in Udaipur. You can also spot animals like blue bulls, antelope and many more. For beginners, it is better to take the horse ride for a short period. For professionals, it is advised to hire the horse for a long time and have overnight riding.
All the equipment required will be provided by the service providers. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the city while you ride. This is one of the most fun experiences and a quirky experience to try. Explore the countryside through villages and nearby rural areas.
If you want to feel like the Royals, there is no better way to imitate their lifestyle than exploring the mountain ranges of the Aravallis as they used to do hundreds of years ago. Horse riding is an intrinsic part of Rajasthan’s royal culture. Some of the Rajput kings were famous for their horse-riding skills. Most of them had thousands of horses of Arabian descent in their stables.
5. Sound and Light Show:
The Sound and Light Show will be held at Kumbhalgarh fort. A show to watch, attend the flamboyant performances depicting the history and rich culture of the kingship of Mewar and Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is one of the amazing things to do in Udaipur. The sound and Light show will take place in the evening, every day.
The sound and light show will narrate the history of the fort with the help of music and lights. Rajasthan State Government Tourism Department used to organize this show. The fort continues to be lightened for one hour after the show. This extraordinary sight creates a lasting impression.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: What is special in Udaipur?
A: Udaipur being the capital of Mewr, Rajasthan is known to be the royal tourist destination. Travellers with the love of history, culture and architecture can enjoy the place very much. The place is renowned for its massive palaces, ancient forts, beautiful lakes, green gardens, temples and so much more.
Q2: What are the famous foods in Udaipur?
A: 1.Pav Bhaji at Pandit.
- Daal baati ata Manoj Prakash.
- Vada pav at Shankar.
- Tea in Kamlesh Tea Stall.
Momos ate Meals on wheels.
Q3: Where should I stay in Udaipur?
A: 1.Fateh Prakash Place.
2.The Lalit Laxmi Vilas.
3.The Fern Residency.
- Hotel Le Roi.
Q4: What seasons are good times to visit Udaipur?
A: The best months are September, October, November, December, February and March. July is the beginning season of monsoon in Udaipur that stays till September. The rainy season makes Udaipur look good and the summer season in Udaipur is extremely hot.
The mystical, enchanting and visually rich city of Udaipur will captivate all your senses. For thousands of visitors all over the world, Udaipur is a necessary visit. Whatever your budget, Udaipur will be able to offer its finest hospitality to all.
P.S- while in Udaipur, please do try to eat ‘Rarha Gosht’. It is a preparation of Mutton Shanks in thick gravy- a dish loved by the Royals of the land!