DISCLAIMER-The formulation of this article is subject to personal experiences and resemblance to any travelogue, travel vlog, city blog or ANY blog is unintentional and is purely coincidental. For the convenience of the readers, this article has been divided into two parts.
PART 1 starring “The old city of Udaipur”, which radiates the vibe of history and culture and not to forget the events such as Lantern festival, Shilpgram and Music festival drizzling a bale full of life.
PART 2 starring “A monsoon must watch”, for eyegasmic cloud-capped hilltops with a soothing view of the lake below and all about the hidden treasures of the city.
So if you are ready with your travel bags and camera, let’s start exploring this city of lakes.
UDAIPUR, also known as The Venice of East, the Kashmir of Rajasthan and what not. One of the smart cities of India and a spot for major tourist attraction unfolds its beauty at a whole new level in monsoon. Etched with tales of the valour & pride and embraced by Aravali hills, this city caters to the travel cravings of all genres of tourists. The picturesque locations will not only pat your soul but also make your Instagram splendiferous which explains why it is the most sought-after place for destination weddings and pre-wedding photo shoots.
1. The City Palace
Built in the reign of Maharaja Udai Singh II of Sisodia dynasty in 16th century, this palace complex provides a sneak peek into the lanes of the royal lifestyle. Main charms being – Suraj Gokhda, Dilkhush Mahal, Bhim Vilas, Krishna Vilas, Shish Mahal, Mor Chowk, Surya Chopar, Moti Mahal, Shambhu Niwas, Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal – having a swimming pool and hall with a great display of miniature paintings, Zenana Mahal, Manek Chowk– known for “The legacy of honor “, the light and sound show that takes place between 7-8 pm. The City Palace Museum showcases well preserved Rajputana culture and pride. Near to this palace and just 5 mins stroll away is the magnificent duo- Lake Pichola and Doodh Talai.
2. Lake Pichola and Doodh Talai
Doodh Talai is a small pond located near Lake Pichola which harbours the architectural masterpiece – Jag Mandir. Jag Mandir is one of the major tourist attractions, tops the list of destination wedding venues. A boat ride is the best way to appreciate the panoramic sight of the lake flanked by Gangour Ghat and Ambrai Ghat on either side, rear view of City Palace and Hotel Oberoi Udai Vilas.
- Jag Niwas was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II between 1743-46 and served as the winter palace. In 1971 Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the management and Jag Niwas was transformed into today’s ‘the most romantic hotel in the world’ – The Taj Lake Palace.
- The iconic wedding scenes of movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani were shot in the five-star luxury resort Hotel Oberoi Udai Vilas. (So if you’ve got money and the honey, this is the place for you.)
3. Karni Mata Temple
Located on Machla Magra Hills, nearly a km from Doodh Talai, with a stone idol of Karni Mata enshrined, the temple is accessible through a walk up the hill or a ropeway. One can apprise the spectacular view of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas on the two islands studded like pearls amidst Lake Pichola. Surely a place to discover the amalgamation of ones nature loving and spiritual interests. Devotees of the Goddess flock in during Navratra Celebrations to offer prayers and seek blessings.
4. Gulab Bagh and Vintage Car Museum
Besides lakes, this city also has a large garden covering 100 acres of lands, adorned with various species of roses and carpeted with lush green grass. The garden houses a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, City Library, a large pond- Kamal Talai, Zoological Park and a toy train to pamper your fun-loving side. After cherishing some leisure time one can pacify the inner petrol-head by applauding the collection of rarest classic and vintage cars at the Vintage Car Museum (opposite to the entrance of Gulab Bagh) owned by Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar.
Nearby places to eat:
- Oladar Village Café– Preserving the village elements, this café spreads a happy aura with a shower of rainbow colours on each element. It’s a cosy cafe giving vintage vibes and homely comfort. The food’s obviously, mouth watering.
5. Jagdish Temple
Build in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a major monument in Udaipur. Located in the heart of the city the temple is famous for the Maru- Gurjara architecture and fine white stone carvings. Aura of this place amazingly portrays the lively spirit of the city. The local market in the vicinity of the temple is famous for its antiques and ethnic fashion supplies where your bargaining skills are put to a good test.
6. Bagore ki Haveli
Resting beside Gangour ghat, this piece of architecture with miniature windows and dozens of room is famously known for its puppet show “Dharohar”. The show starts at 7 pm and all the guests are welcomed with a heartwarming performance. The tickets are affordable and it takes extra money for pictures to be clicked inside. Ranging from puppets breathing to the beats of fingers to the women dancing in colorful costumes with firepots on their head, the show never fails to make us fall in wonder. This may not be the only thing one can look forward to. If you are a big fan of preserved armors, knight costumes, royal cradles, idols or just puppets, visiting this place will make your pending wishes undone.
Nearby places to eat:
- Jheel café– a place near lakeside view where you can be in peace, enjoy your any fancy drink and snacks with a subtle dash of zest.
7. Ambrai ghat
Also known as Hanuman ghat, this place is our favourite. The best time to visit this place is during sunset, when the colors of sky blend beautifully with the magical reflections in lake water. Chanting of hymns and prayers with temple bells and mesmerizing sound of conch shells dissolve serenity in the air. Away from the hustle bustle of the city you just sit there trying to absorb and acknowledge the astonishing beauty scattered around.
Nearby places to eat:
- Upre and Raas Leela- after an exhausting day, a fine dining experience in that sleazy dress that you bought and a glass of wine, is all you need to feel alive again. Or you can just surprise your love with a romantic candlelight dinner.
What’s more …
Aside from its overwhelming history and scenic beauty this dreamy city leaves you awestruck with a platter of fairs and festivals.
- UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Conceptualized and carried out by the cultural organization SEHER, Udaipur World Music Festival is a 3-day cultural event held in the city of Udaipur every year in the month of February. This event brings together internationally renowned musicians from around the world and celebrates music.
- UDAIPUR LANTERN FESTIVAL: The unique concept adopted in 2012 was the brainchild of Udaipur Blog team with the idea of celebrating cleaner and greener Diwali. The event concludes with live performances by stand-up comedians, Bands and DJ night. The year 2017 will celebrate this auspicious festival on 15th October at Shauryagarh spa and resort.
- SHILPGRAM FESTIVAL: This is the “Paradise” of artisans and small-scale craftsmen which gives them an opportunity to exhibit their work and skills. Interested folks can appreciate and purchase some artworks at Craft Bazaar as well as can attend workshops to learn some fine skills.
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