Udaipur - Popularly known as 'Venice of the East'
The beautiful city surrounded with lakes, palaces, and gardens
Udaipur, also called as the ‘City of Lakes’, is situated in Rajasthan, India. Often called the "Venice of the East", Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559 A.D., and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan.
Situated in the midst of the Aravalli Ranges, Udaipur is also a perfect honeymoon spot because of its beautiful lakes, palaces, and gardens. Udaipur is also a favourite marriage destination as many celebrities, including film stars, business families, etc. choose Udaipur to hold marriage ceremonies and parties. Apart from this, Udaipur is also famous for its vibrant and colorful festivals. ‘Mewar Festival’ is organized every year in the month of February and ‘Shilpgram Fair’ is organized every year in the month of December, which attracts lots of tourists in Udaipur.
Besides the sightseeing in Udaipur, tourists can also enjoy an exciting boat cruising on the shimmering water of Lake Pichola. Boat cruising offers an exciting and picturesque view of the palaces and the nearby surroundings. Tourists can also spend a quality time in shopping. Udaipur is famous for its hand-printed textiles, folk toys, traditional sarees and shawls, footwear, metal images, silver and Rajasthani jewelry, paintings, and the wall hangings. Apart from shopping, one can also enjoy the traditional Rajasthani food in various restaurants. In addition to this, tourists can also enjoy a camel ride and taste delicious food at the roadside eateries alongside Fateh Sagar Lake.
Places of Interest
Below are the main places of attraction for tourists:
Fateh Sagar Lake
Gulab Bagh and Zoo
Jag Mandir Palace
Sajjangarh Fort / Monsoon Palace
Shilpgram and Shilpgram Museum
It is one of the most visited palace of Rajasthan, located on the east bank of Lake Pichola.
A rock and fountain garden from where one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola. Tourists can also enjoy the rope way ride to Karni Mata temple.
Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake situated in the north of Lake Picholas.
A rose garden which is situated near the palace.
An island situaded in Lake Pichola is known for its garden courtyard, which is now a restaurant run by the HRH group of hotels.
A temple with Indo-Aryan architecture situated in the middle of Udaipur.
The palace made of marble which is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola is now a luxury 5 Star hotel.
It is the most famous fresh water lake of Udaipur.
It is one the most beautiful gardens and a popular tourist destination in Udaipur.
It is a hilltop palatial residence in Udaipur.
It is a crafts village which hosts an annual crafts fair.
Below are the lesser known places of interest for tourists:
Fateh Prakash Palace
Moti Magri / Maharana Pratap Memorial
Rajiv Gandhi Park
Swaroop Sagar Lake
Vintage Classic Car Museum
Best Time to visit Udaipur
The best season to visit Udaipur is from November to March.
How to reach Udaipur
The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport, which is at a distance of about 24 kms from Udaipur. The nearest railway station is at Udaipur.
To see other near by famous places, visit Places to visit in Rajasthan.