Fall in Love with Royal Bliss With the Popular Things to do in Udaipur
Rajasthan’s very own Venice, Udaipur is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. While named among the most romantic places in the world, the ‘City of Lakes’ deserves many more appraises. Owing to its numerous fascinations, apart from the places to see and things to do in Udaipur, the city definitely ranks among the best places to visit in Rajasthan as well as the country.
Lakes in Udaipur add to the charm of the city; so does the lush Aravali hills in the backdrop. As it was the erstwhile capital of the Mewar Kingdom, history is very much a part of the city. But, that is not at all, there are a number of wonderful pleasures. Some delights of a trip to Udaipur include sightseeing, boat rides, puppet shows, shopping, cultural performances, dining, and many more.
Take a look at the top things to do in Udaipur to include on your holiday at the ‘City of Lakes’.
Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
Lending its beauty and bliss to the city is the prized gem of Lake Pichola. Making you fall in love with first glance, it is one of the must visit places in Udaipur. Home to four islands- Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Arsi Vilas, and Mohan Mandir, the lake is set at the foothills of the lush Aravalis. Among the many beauties, this is one of the most serene lakes in Udaipur.
A boat ride on Lake Pichola on the lake is truly one thing you should never miss when you are here. Furthermore, boat ride at sunset is among the most popular things to do in Udaipur, especially on a romantic honeymoon. Bask in the pictorial scenery of the setting sun reflecting myriad of shades reflecting on the waters look like an ethereal beauty.
Photography at Saheliyo Ki Bari Garden
Udaipur is among the most beautiful places in Rajasthan and also India. While the much deserved praise is due to many reasons, the gardens in Udaipur, especially the Saheliyon ki Bari, have much to contribute. In fact, it is among the most beautiful places to visit in Udaipur.
While the mesmerizing beauty is best enjoyed while walking through the gardens, there is certainly joy beyond words to capture the splendor in pictures. Photography in the Saheliyon ki Bari is one of the best things to do in Udaipur. The green expanse stands adorned with different plants, flowering trees, kiosks, fountains, elephants made of marble, beautiful lotus pool and gorgeous laid walkways that offer multiple options for clicks. Make the beauty last forever while posing for some delightful snaps. Winter is the best time to visit Udaipur, if you would want to enjoy the bliss of the gardens.
Explore the Classic Bagore-ki-Haveli
Overlooking the Pichola Lake from the Gangaur Ghat, Bagore ki Haveli is the 18th century mansion, an epitome of Mewar aristocracy. Though dating over 300 years, the edifice is glorious as the day it was built. While the beauty makes it among the major tourist attractions in Udaipur, there is more to it.
Among the most treasured gems of erstwhile Marwar, palace in Udaipur is home to some of the most interesting sights of the olden days. On your tour of the 138-room mansion take a look at the riches displayed here. Exploring Bagore ki Haveli is definitely one of the top things to do in Udaipur. Take a look at the longest Rajasthani turban, jewelry boxes, hookahs, paintings, copper vessels, dice games and other royal memorabilia. The marvelous show of music and dance, narrates the remarkable history and culture.
Attend the marvelous Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort
While you are on holiday in Udaipur, a visit to the massive Kumbhalgarh Fort must be definitely on your bucket list. And, it is not just a visit you must plan, but also to attend the colorful presentation of sound and light show held every evening. The 45-minute show narrates the story of the fort’s history through music and lights.
The show is mostly in the local language organized by the Rajasthan State Government Tourism Department. Arrive before 6:45 PM, and the tickets cost INR 75. Illuminated by lights, the Kumbhalgarh Fort presents a marvelous sight that creates a lasting impression. Exploring the mighty fortress in the day time is equally exciting. It is witness to some of the most glorious days of Rajputana and is also listed among the best places to visit in Rajasthan. In fact, the fort has a great wall extending over 36 km that is second to the Great Wall of China.
Get blessings of Karni Mata temple
Set atop a hillock overlooking the charming beauty of Udaipur, the Karni Mata Temple is a holy shrine in the town. Dedicated to the revered deity, Karni Mata who had incarnated on Earth as a human, the temple is the must see places in Udaipur. The goddess is believed to fulfill all wishes and is visited by devotees in huge numbers all through the year.
The unique spectacle of the 17th century temple is that it is only of the only shrine of rats. Here rats are also worshipped. They are offered milk and other goodies. Among the thousands here, the white rats are considered auspicious. According to local folklore, visiting the Karni Mata Mandir extends one’s age of living and grants with peace and bliss. The holy temple can be only described as the best places to visit in India with family.
Mesmerize in thrilling view on ropeway ride
The next point, ropeway ride is one of the must do things in Udaipur. Rising to the Machala hills, near Karni Mata Temple from Deen Dayal Park in Dudh Talai, the ride is scenic and exciting. Enjoy the views of the town dotting the skyline.
The ride is available for 6 persons at one time. Get to the charming lookout in the Aravalis. From here the view of Sajjangarh Fort, City Palace Complex, Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, and more are truly glorious. You can also opt for ropeway trip around 6:30 to 7:00 pm., to enjoy the sunset. The golden rays of sunshine bidding farewell to the town is nothing short of heavenly. In fact, it is one of the best experiences of Udaipur trip to ride the ropeway and enjoy the dusk.
Shop till you drop at Hathi Pol Bazaar
A holiday in Udaipur remains incomplete without indulging in shopping. Markets in the city are plentiful, each with treasures to its own name. Among the best places to go shopping in Udaipur, Hathi Pol Bazaar is one of the best options. The best buys in this market are indigenous art & crafts to shop. Known for presenting the rich Rajasthani culture at its best, the bazaar deals with unique remembrances of the town.
Explore the myriad pieces of folk art, miniature paintings, authentic souvenirs and wooden handicrafts. For the art lovers, the Phad and Pichwai paintings sold here are an absolute must. Walk on foot and check out the by lanes of the vibrant markets. Also, while buying you must try your best bargaining skills.
Stay at Taj Lake Palace
The royal palace in the middle of Pichola Lake and now the prestigious luxury hotel owned by Taj Group is among the most beautiful tourist places to visit in Udaipur. Floating on the azure waters against the backdrop of the lush Aravalis, the sight is nothing less than a beautiful vision. The white marble monument dates back to the 18th century and till date retains its grandeur.
To stay in the mesmerizingly beautiful Taj Lake Palace, which is also among the top luxury heritage hotels in the world is certainly a dream come true. In fact, it is one of the best things to do in Udaipur to experience the royal spirit of the town. The former summer retreat of the Maharanas of Marwar, the now heritage resort lacks no comfort. From the regal lodging, delightful dining, pampering spa treatments and hospitality, get ready to indulge in some wonderful moments. Apart from the cherished experience in Udaipur you have on your stay here, it is also one of the favorite royal wedding destinations in India.
Explore Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Moving on with our list of popular things to do in Udaipur, we have the wonderful Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Under the gaze of the famous Monsoon Palace, the Sajjangarh Palace, the sanctuary is among the must visit places in Udaipur. For a dose of adventure on your holiday, this is a refreshing break.
The blissful expanse in the lap of the Aravalis is home for various species. The inhabitants include reptiles, tigers, Nilgai, Sambhar, wild boars, hyenas, panthers, jackals and myriad birds. In fact, it’s very popular for bird watching. Enjoy the natural beauty with jungle safari. In addition, you can indulge in adventure with a trek from Gorilla viewpoint to Bari Lake through the Maharana Pratap nature trail on your Udaipur trip.
Horse Riding in Udaipur
Next, on the list of things to do in Udaipur, there is the horse riding. The horses of the Marwar kingdom are legendary and to ride them is one of the pleasures of holiday in Rajasthan. Chose the horseback to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery, the historical attractions and a thrilling way to recreate the olden days of royalty.
Explore the countryside or chose the sight-seeing options. There are multiple options of horseback tours. Even if you are a novice in horse riding, you need not worry as you too can indulge in the adventure activity.
Get blessings at Ranakpur Jain Temple
96 km from Udaipur, Ranakpur temples is one of the holy Jain pilgrimage destinations in India. Marvel at the treasure of intricate carvings at the temples. The holy shrine was built around the year 1438, on the land bestowed by the benevolent king of Marwar Rana Kumbha. In fact, the town gets its name from him.
A visit to the holy Jain temples is one of the best things to do on holiday in Udaipur. Built over an area of 40000 sq. ft, the Jain temple is beautiful adorned with artistic carvings, some of the finest in the world. Get blessings of the divine and marvel at the magnificent architecture, inscription of the nymphs and other celestial bodies. Also, two huge bells of 108 kg are among the unmissable delights.
Discover love for automobiles at the Vintage Car Museum
Royal traditions are a part of Udaipur and so are the vintage cars. Preserving some of the finest models of automobiles used by royalty, some of the very first of the era, the Vintage Car Museum is a wonder. One of the best places to visit in Udaipur, the museum displays every automobile owned by the Maharanas of Mewar. While the amazing presentation is truly a dream come true for car lovers, every person who praises beauty will enjoy.
Formerly known as the Mewar State Motor Garage, there are around 20 precious cars, including 2 Cadillacs, A MG-TC Convertible, 4 Rolls-Royce’s, 1 Ford-A Convertible, and 1 Vauxhall-12. Also, browse through antiques like solar rickshaws. Each of the fine masterpieces here are kept in running condition, although most of them are over seventy years old. Some of these luxury cars were customized according to the requirements of the Mewar family, including the Rolls Royce and Mercedes models.
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