The city of lakes Udaipur is famous all around the world as the ‘Venice of the east’. Its lush green mountains, landscapes, beautiful lakes and palaces are a sight for sore eyes. Maharana Udai Singh established this town in 1559. Aravali mountain range and seven beautiful lakes surround it that acted as natural defences during times of war. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Rajasthan for both domestic and international tourists.
How to reach Udaipur?
You can explore Udaipur by road, rail and air routes. The rail route, International and domestic airports connect it with all the major cities of India. You can take NH 48 from Mumbai, Jaipur, and New Delhi to reach by road.
Things to Explore in Udaipur
1. Take boat rides during sunset
A boat ride in the majestic lakes of Udaipur to watch the sunset is an unforgettable experience. Seeing the breathtaking view of the Aravali mountains and the City Palace should be on top of your list while planning a Udaipur tour. The cost range from 30 re per person to 750 rs for a sunset boat ride in Lake Pichola. Some lakes of Udaipur are lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Doodh Talai, Rajsamand, Jaisamand, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar.
2. Learn about the history and culture
The City Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery, and Moti Magri Museum are significant sites for history lovers in Udaipur. You can explore Udaipur and its rich history through these century-old monuments. The entry fee for the city palace museum is Rs 250.
3. Ride the ropeway
The 3 min ropeway between the hills of Aravali hills is astonishing. The views from the hilltop are stunning and a must-visit spot for nature lovers. The ticket for the ropeway is around Rs 100 per adult. It is also the easiest way to visit the Karni Mata Temple.
4. Explore the textile adventure in Shilpgram
The place depicts the culture and lifestyle of the tribal people of the west zone. You can buy souvenirs such as traditional miniature paintings, textiles and artefacts from local artists and be a part of the rich culture. The entry ticket is just 30 Rupees.
5. Art experiences
What’s even better than buying souvenirs is that you can take art experiences, meet award-winning artists and co-create a piece of traditional art with them.
Where to stay in Udaipur?
You can choose from hotels, homestays, resorts, villas etc., during your Udaipur trip. Enjoy the sprawling view of lake Pichola from the hotels nearby, or enjoy the lush valleys of Aravali in beautiful resorts around the city.
Hotels such as JusSta Sajjangarh Resort, The Fern, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Group, hotel Darbargarh, hotel Gazebo Resort and Spa, and LeRoi Udaipur are some excellent stay options in the city. These hotels can cost anywhere between 1000 to 4000 Rs per night based on the season.
Heritage properties like Hotel Udaigarh-Royal Heritage Retreat, Mewar Haveli, and The lake view palace give you a magnificent view of the city palace with a royal experience. You can also stay in hostels or homestays like Moustache Udaipur hostel, The Hostellers Udaipur, Musafir Hostel, etc., at an affordable price.
The food experience in Udaipur
The lip-smacking local cuisines are to die for in Udaipur. Mirchi bada, poha, egg bhurji, and kachori can be relished in the lanes of the old city throughout the day. You can satisfy your appetite for authentic Marwari Dal Bati Churma, Kair Sangri, Kadhi Pakoda and Gatte ki Sabzi at the local restaurants around Lake Pichola.
For non-veg lovers, Udaipur has a variety of local dishes like Laal Maas, Banjara Murg, Machli Jaisamand, Khargosh Ke Kabab, and Safed Mutton. One can enjoy them in many restaurants overlooking Lake Pichola and the City Palace complex. A meal for two will cost approx 500 rs in a non-expensive restaurant.
Other places to explore in Udaipur include Saheliyon ki bari, Bagron ki Haveli, Sajjangarh Biological park, Gougunda, Sukhadia circle, Bhartiya Lok kala mandala and Vintage car museum.
Night Adventure in Udaipur
Udaipur is the most romantic destination in India, and watching the sunset with your partner on Lake Pichola or Fatehsagar lake with the backdrop of Aravali hills under the twinkling stars is one of the most exhilarating experiences for romantic lovers.
Light and sound show in the City Palace is an out-of-the-world experience. The Doodh Talai garden musical fountains can add charm to your picnic with your friends and family.
Your Udaipur experience will be awe-inspiring. Its lakes, mountains, and palaces are a sight for sore eyes.
The budget for the Udaipur trip can range from 10k per person for 3-4 days. While planning, make bookings in advance and during the off-season so you can book your accommodation and travel at a lesser price.
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