The Gem of Mewar Empire, Udaipur is one of the top tourist destinations in India. The capital of the Mewar dynasty got the name from the founder of the city – Maharana Udai Singh -II and sits in the valley over the River Banas. So, there is much more in Udaipur than the ‘City of Lakes’ title and the top tourist destination in Rajasthan. There are also so many activities that you can visit. It is a dream destination in India you must visit due to the scenic surroundings and rich history it boasts of.
Here are a Top Reasons to Visit Udaipur
1. Enjoy the Mewar Sound and Light Show at City Palace
Manek Chowk, City Palace hosts the 1 hour show to relive the rich past of the history of Mewar that dates back to 1500 years ago. There are two languages for the show – English. The Legacy Of Honor & in Hindi – Yash ki Dharohar which is the Hindi play written by the official court poet of house of Mewar – Pd. Narendra Mishra. The present custodian of House of Mewar – Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar , Udaipur is the voice of the hi-tech sound and light show. The duration of the show is 60 minutes/ 1 hr.
2. Boat Cruise During Sunset in Lake Pichola
The tranquil Lake Pichola is the gem of Udaipur. People go here only to experience the mesmerizing sunset over the Lake Pichola waters. What is more exciting than going on a boat ride over these golden waters reflecting the sunlight. It is such a memorable romantic experience. It is also popular for the best sunset view by the Lake Pichola waters. There is not a better view or experience than going on a boat ride and witnessing this surreal sight of sunset.
3. Mesmerizing Beauty of The Lake Palace
The Taj Lake Palace Udaipur lies in the middle of the beautiful Lake Pichola. Set amidst the beautiful Aravalli hills and Machla Magra hilly side it offers mesmerizing sights to photograph and memorize forever. There is also a roof-top restaurant from where you can keep watching on the lilies in the lovely lily pond from there. It is built on a small island on the waters in the middle of the lake and looks a lot like a white palace floating in the middle of the Lake waters.
4. Cycling Tours in The City
One of the most trending activities in Udaipur is cycling through the towns and village lanes to discover the nature away from the hustle-bustle crowded city. It is an exhilarating experience especially beside the Fateh Sagar Lake and up and down hill slope road seeing village plantations and village life. This gives you a break from the action packed tight schedule for sightseeing and travel. It is a way to find peace and see the surrounding areas or the villages around the much famed city of Udaipur.
5. Visit Jag Mandir
This attractive and beautiful sightseeing spot attracts many visitors and is of rich heritage. It is popular asJag Mandir and Lake Garden Palace with a lovely garden filled with flowers. It has many structures inside that will amaze you. There is also a Jag Museum with relics and things of historical Mewar dynasty. This was mainly built as a summer resort home stay by the royals for the royal family. The exterior and the interiors of this lovely palace is truly magical and it is the same with the experience.
6. Photography at Saheliyon Ki Bari
Saheliyon Ki Bari is a garden constructed by the king who made this for the royal ladies to enjoy. It is a lush garden with marble elephants, different types of fountains and is a popular tourist spot for visitors from around the country. Many films shooting has also taken place for Bollywood hit movies. So, undoubtedly this is the best place for clicking pictures in the City of Lakes – Udaipur.
7. Culture Show at Bagore Ki Haveli
This culture show is a unique program for visitors who would like to see the classical music and dance performances of Rajasthan. There are a variety of programs such as magic show, tribal and folk dance performance and even a puppet show. They have a significance or a theme such as Celebration time, welcoming a baby into the world, upcoming season, etc.
It is also a great way to witness the talent of various communities who reside or are from Rajasthan. It includes performances from the Mer folk, the Samai acrobatic / stunt skilled type of dance, the Kalbelia nomadic people and the Banjara community. The Bagore ki Haveli is a beautiful palace situated by the famous Lake Pichola of Udaipur.
8. Visit Jagdish Temple
Situated within the City Palace complex is a religious place called the Jagadish temple. The temple is unique and is a famous tourist destination attracting many tourists. It is different with ornately carved pillars and ceilings and great large halls within the temple. Built in Indo-aryan architectural style, the palace temple also has some halls that are painted and attractive. Get the Flavor of Rajasthani Cuisine.
9. Ropeway Ride to Visit Karni Mata Temple
This famous temple is a top tourist attraction and touring Udaipur is incomplete without seeing the temple. It is very unique as it has hundreds of rats fed here. it is famous for this reason and the walls of this rat temple also have mirrors and lovely painted or colorful tiles to see in the architectural interest. However, the most exciting thing about the visit to the Karni Mata Temple is the way to reach it. You have go in a small cable car across the ropeway up to the hill where the temple is located. This is something you must do when you visit Udaipur.
10. Mesmerizing View of Lake Fateh Sagar
Udaipur is popular as the City of Lakes and Fateh Sagar is one of the most popular lakes of Udaipur. This activity on the clear waters of this lake makes you experience the picturesque surroundings of the lake. It is also a learning experience as if there is a guide with you then they keep talking about the place and you learn informative content while admiring the view. The sunset is a beautiful sight and this activity provides you with a memorable tour of Udaipur.
11. Shopping at Hathi Pol
While sightseeing at City Palace, Udaipur, don’t forget to give time for shopping in your trip. There are several street markets including the Chetak Circle, Lake Palace road and Bada Bazaar. However, the Hathi Pol Bazaar is very famous especially if you would like to collect art work. You can find the sellers right beside the City Palace destination. You can find and shop for the Pichwai and Phad paintings, many forms of Rajasthani artwork and the thing to buy is definitely the miniature Rajasthani paintings.
12. Visit is the Vintage Car Museum
There are a plethora of things to do in Udaipur. There were havelis, palaces, and artificial lakes built in the regal dynasty of bygone era. However, there is a place that is unique and toward the modern era for visitors and viewers which is the Vintage Cars. The land of Mewar has several palaces and other museums to showcase the regal past. The Vintage and Classic Car Museum is a must-visit when you travel to Udaipur as most of the cars are over 70 years old but still in working condition! It shows the regal old cars of the Mewar Dynasty.
13. Visit to Shilpgram
A rural complex in Udaipur where you can see the actual lifestyle, culture and heritage especially in the arts and crafts at Shilpgram. It is nestled in the picturesque backdrop of the Aravallis hills. It is a great holiday in the city of lakes where you can find the lessons for everybody for Rajasthan’s culture and heritage to spread across borders. In addition to a traditional museum and setting, there are several things to see and experience at Shilpagram.
14. Take a Tour of the City Palace
Sitting on the banks of the most popular lake of Udaipur – Lake Pichola this amazing palace will make you realize the greatness of the royal dynasty. Built by Maharana Udai Singh in the mid fifteenth century, it is one of the biggest and most attractive palaces in the entire state of Rajasthan, but when you see it you find that it is one of the greatest palaces that you have ever seen before. The highlights of the palace are the entrance gate called great gate or Bara Pol and Tripolia which is a gate with three arches and marble arches between the gates. Inside the city palace complex there are several attractive palaces and preserved antique art
work and furniture.
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