In the desert state of Rajasthan, Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Udai Singh. The city is surrounded by the Aravali mountain range, which separates it from the Thar Desert. Making it much cooler than the rest of Rajasthan. Dubbed “the most romantic spot on the continent of India” by British administrator James Tod. Udaipur is today a tourist destination and is popular for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. Further, it is popularly known as the “City of Lakes” because of its sophisticated lake system and the seven lakes surrounding the city. Here are the reasons why is Udaipur best to visit this summer.
Best Time to Visit Udaipur
Although Udaipur doesn’t experience soaring temperatures throughout the summer months, from mid-May to end June the temperatures are quite harsh. Monsoons in Udaipur are great for people who love rain. For people who are more comfortable in winters, the best time to visit Udaipur is winter, according to me. The weather is great, the sun is not harsh at all and you can enjoy every bit of the city.
While one may think summers are not the ideal time to visit Udaipur. The rains in the middle of summer months lower the temperatures. This makes exploring the city not as strenuous even during the daytime. However, visiting Udaipur in summer has its own benefits too. While the heat wave may prevent you from exploring the major tourist attractions. You can spend some quality time in one of the luxury resorts in the city, enjoying their impeccable hospitality.
Things to do Udaipur in the Summer
Udaipur summers are synonymous with fresh juices, breezy fashion and dips in the pool. But there is also great cultural significance to consider. The Mewar festival occurs during the confluence of spring and summer. Welcoming the arrival of the former with song and dance. During this period, Udaipur is cloaked with festivity, celebration and gusto!
- Enjoy the Mewar festival (March/April)
- Explore the nightlife in Udaipur – Panera Bar, Mudra – the Lounge Bar, The F3 Bar, Brewz Rock Café, Hola Spanish Pub, Stallion Sports Bar & Dine, etc.
- Experience the colorful splendor of Holi (March)
- Spend time at the amusement parks and water parks in Udaipur – Marvel Water Park and Jeel Water Park
- Have fun in sub-zero temperatures at the Snow Park located in Celebration Mall
- Enjoy a gastronomic treat at one of the top restaurants in Udaipur – Ambrai, Chandni, Millets of Mewar, Upre by 1559 AD, etc.
- Pamper yourself with an Ayurvedic massage at one of the wellness centers or spas – Panghat Spa by Tattva, Spa Nation, Palms Thai Spa, etc.
- Relax at one of the heritage resorts – The Oberoi Udaivilas, The Taj Lake Palace, The Leela Palace, Shiv Niwas Palace, Madri Haveli, Boheda Palace, etc.
Boating in Udaipur Lakes
Boating in Udaipur lakes deserves its own heading! It offers the most respite from Udaipur summers. And the crystal clear water of the lakes in this city are exquisitely famous for their beauty.
Lake Fateh Sagar:
This lake is situated at the most marvelous spot. Where you will find a perfect balance of land, water and flora! It is the second largest artificial lake and while you enjoy boating in this lake. You can admire the high Aravali hills that surround this lake on three sides.
Here, you can experience the scenic view of the lake and the mountains across the city. While enjoying some of the most important historical monuments along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. The ride starts from the monumental facade of the City Palace. And moves towards the ghats with which is still used by the locals and along the lake-side. You will witness the havelis of the nobles such as Bagore ki Haveli and the Gangaur Ghat with the triple-arched Tripolia known as a magnificent piece of architecture.
Masterclasses by Rajasthan Studio in Udaipur
- Miniature Paintings– learn about the ancient art of Rajasthani miniature paintings from Kanhaiya Sharma, a generational artist of the said art.
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- Pichhwai Paintings– learn about the 400 years old Pichhwai paintings from Rajaram Sharma who has been learning this art since the age of 13.
- Also click the link below to know about Pichwai Painting masterclas
- Phad Paintings– learn about the 700 year old means of storytelling, Phad paintings, by Pradeep Mukherjee who created 108 Phad paintings between just 1980-82 and is the recipient of the Shilp Guru Award.
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Although the season of summer brings with it blistering heat, sweaty palms and the constant need to drink water, there are some silver linings too! If you’re lucky enough to be staying at or visiting one of the magnificent palace hotels. Hence, this is the perfect time to lounge in the gorgeous pools and sip delicious mocktails. Therefore, these hotels are the epitome of indulgence and one can enjoy beautifully prepared food and live music.
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