Udaipur is like a mesmerizing coy bride who has an almost hypnotic effect on anyone who sees her. Her radiance and beauty are breathtaking and have an enigmatic appeal on her admirers. Whether because of her beauty, charisma, or inescapable joy, no one can look away from her and escape her elegant charm. Resplendent with tranquil lakes, imposing grand forts, and the ubiquitous majestic Aravalli mountains, Udaipur beckons curious and wanderlust travelers from every corner of the globe.
Below are some of the finest curated list of 7 amazing things to do while you are in this magical land called Udaipur.
City Palace – Royalty redefined Dripping with sophistication and grace is the majestic City Palace of Udaipur. It sits comfortably over the old Udaipur town with the silvery waters of Lake Pichola gently patting its high beige-colored walls. This grandiose palace was built in the year 1599 by Maharana Udai Singh II and over the years, its beauty was further elaborated by successive Maharanas. The colorful Mor Chowk with elaborate glass mosaic of peacocks and 19th-century glass work, colorful frescos of the Zenana Mahal, the opulent Dilkhush Mahal, classic work of glass and mirrors at Sheesh Mahal, the vibrant display of colors at Moti Mahal are reminiscent of the glorious past of the palace.
Lake Pichola – Rhapsodic ecstasy The lapping sound of the boatman’s oar as the boat glides through the serene Pichola lake and the mesmerizing façade of the old town fills your mind with rhapsodic ecstasy. The lake is an artificial freshwater lake built by the legendary Maharana Udai Singh II. The lake offers glimpses of the life of the natives by the ghats. Enjoying a magical sunset is one of the most romantic engagement. As the sun spreads its bright orange hues, the puffy clouds on the grey-blue sky change color to orange and vermillion, and everything is shrouded in a veil of an orange and yellow tinge.
Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace – Royalty in the clouds An imposing palace perched high on a hilltop offering a splendid view of the city and the azure Fateh Sagar Lake below is Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty in 1884. During the monsoons, the plains change their color to vibrant forest green and the view is breathtaking. The palace is made of white marble with elaborate motif works done on the marble pillars. It has many beautiful fountains and Jharokhas made in the rich Rajasthani style of architecture. When the white marble palace is lit up with lights in the evening, the palace bears the look of a glowing pearl high up on the hill.
Bagore ki Haveli Museum – Down the memory lane The rich Rajasthani heritage and the extraordinary lives of the royals are well preserved in the Bagore ki Haveli Museum. It is a magnificent haveli that stands on the waterfront of the beautiful Pichola lake at Gangori ghat. The museum is divided into five categories. The puppet museum has a collection of colorful puppets and is a hit among the kids. The Haveli museum houses the finely decorated living room and quarters of the royal family. The Turban section showcases a unique collection of turbans from all over the country. The weapons section displays the various weapons used by the king and his armies while the wedding section depicts the various stages of an Indian wedding. The lively Dharohar dance showcasing the traditional Rajasthani dance and music is an added attraction.
Jagdish Temple – Seek holy blessings Situated in the middle of the city is the famous Jagdish Temple which reflects the best architectural deftness of the Mewar dynasty. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Vishnu. Built as per the Vastushastra in the year 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it flaunts magnificently carved pillars, huge airy halls, and painted walls that are adorned with vibrant colors and intricately decorated ceilings. The main temple is 79 feet high and offers great views of the city around it. The serene environment of the temple is visited by devotees from all around the world.
Saheliyon ki Bari – Garden of the maids Saheliyon ki Bari is the most beautiful garden with lush green lawns, fountains, and marble work. It was built by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies in the 18th century. Built on the bank of the Fateh Sagar Lake, the garden was the relaxing spot for the queen and her maids. It has got a museum showcasing collection from the royal household, stuffed animals, a lotus pool, and a beautifully carved marble pavilion which offers mesmerizing views of the lake are some of the highlights of this beautiful garden.
Shilpgram – Go local Constructed in the old architectural style to offer the feel of rural markets, Shilpgram is a meeting point for various local artists displaying an unbiased portrayal of the rural life of artisans. It is located 3 km from the city and is spread across a vast expanse of 70 acres of land amid nature. The huts in the complex offer workspace to occupational dwellers making the place a lot livelier. The open-air amphitheater comes alive with the performance of the tribal and folk dances in the evening. It is a soothing escape from the humdrum of the city life.
Visiting Udaipur is an intimate affair as you completely fall in love with its beatific boat rides on the lakes, the bustle and cacophony of lively markets, the evocative heritage hotels oozing an old-world charm, and an awe-inspiring and enchanting tete-e-tete with the rich history of the brave Rajput maharajahs.