Some of the very first visuals that come to mind when thinking about Rajasthan are tall & strong heritage forts, endless dry deserts, camel safaris, handicrafts, etc. However, there is one exceptional star in this cosmos which stands apart from the usual reflection of a Rajasthani city. Yes! We are talking about the magnificent city of Udaipur.
Popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes’ & the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is one of the most popular cities in Rajasthan and attracts a lot of tourism throughout the year. Unlike any other city in Rajasthan, Udaipur is not just limited to forts and desert safaris, but has a lot more to offer.
The city is an ideal place for family trips, group tours, couple vacations, or even a solo adventure. So, if you are planning any of these trips to Udaipur and are wondering how to make the most of your time in the city, here are quick tips to make the most of your trip to Udaipur;
Enjoy the Lakes of Udaipur
This one goes without saying! The major highlight of Udaipur city is its lakes, and one cannot get enough of them. There are in total 5 prominent lakes in Udaipur to visit and enjoy the time at. These include; Lake Pichola, Udaisagar Lake, Fatehsagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake, and Jaisamand Lake. Lake Pichola is the most popular one in the city mainly due to the presence of the royal Lake Palace located in the middle of the lake. The mornings are equally refreshing at these lakes and so are the evenings. So, no matter what time of the day you plan your boat ride, you are up for some breathtaking views and ambience.
Explore the Majestic Forts & Palaces
Because it is Udaipur, known for its lakes, the top of this list had to be dedicated to the lakes. But, when talking about travelling in Rajasthan, this certainly needs to be followed by its mighty forts and quintessential palaces. Just like any other city in Rajasthan, Udaipur too is overwhelmed with some really magnificent piece of heritage architectures clubbed with modern day facilities. Be it the most popular tourist attraction of Udaipur, the Lake Palace, or the finely designed and centuries old City Palace, you will be mesmerized with the beauty all around. The Chittorgarh Fort and the Kumbalgarh Fort are the two mighty structures which you should visit on your trip to Udaipur to understand the grand history of this place. Kumbalgarh Fort is popular for having the second largest wall in the world, after the great wall of China, and is also termed as the Great Wall of India.
Spend Spiritual Time at Historical Temples
India is a land of spiritual beings, and there’s no dearth of spiritual places to visit in India. In Udaipur, too, you can find centuries old temples and worship grounds that reflect the history of this city. Starting from the Jagdish Temple, located inside the City Palace, where you can find some really fascinating stone work done over pillars, fine arts painted over the walls, and lush halls. In continuation, you can visit the famous Jain Temple in Ranakpur, called the Chaumukha Jain Temple. Located roughly at a 2 hours drive distance from the city, the grand premise of the Ranakpur temple is a treat to explore and a must visit while travelling in Udaipur.
Visit Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most recommended things to do in Udaipur is visiting the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Located at roughly 7 miles from the main city area, the sanctuary offers some great adventure activities; including jungle safari, trekking, boating, etc. The wildlife sanctuary is blessed with amazing flora and fauna and is the home of reptiles, hyenas, panthers, jackals and others. The reserve is also a good trekking point as the adventure trek can begin from the Gorilla Point to the Jiyan Sagar to the Aravalli Hills.
Do Some Local Shopping
Alright! So, this is another very important and recommended thing to do in Udaipur, and goes without saying. Rajasthani handicraft is worldwide popular, and you can find some of the finest hand crafted items to buy from the local markets. And the shopping options are not just limited to handicrafts, as you can find markets filled with silver ware, jewellery, clothing, puppets, pottery, and much more. The popular places to shop are Bada Bazaar, Hathi Pol, Palace Road and Chetak Circle. And make sure you are on top of your bargaining skills when shopping in these markets.
Udaipur is, certainly, one of the most fascinating and enchanting cities in not just Rajasthan but all over India. It is not very often that you’d find a place where you get to experience the adventure of desert safari, and enjoy a beautiful evening on a boat in a gigantic lake. Hope this list of recommended things to do in Udaipur will help you make the most of your trip in the city.
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