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9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes

      

With its slogan of "Padharo Mhare Desh", Rajasthan has been calling tourists from all around the world. Udaipur with its regal beauty and history has become one of the most popular destinations of the country. The city of lakes is surrounded by mighty Aravalli hills which distinguish the city from the Great Indian Thar Desert. Udaipur is home to a number of lakes which is why it is called the city of lakes and is often regarded as the 'Venice of the east'. Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rangsagar and Doodh Talai Lake are the five lakes that find themselves within the vicinity of Udaipur. With the serenity of lakes and backdrop of Aravalli hills and a number of lakes palaces, there are tons of places not to miss in Udaipur. The architectural beauty of the country makes it a haven for the history buffs. Needless to say, culture and food remain an integral part of the Rajasthan.

With Bollywood turning the spotlight on this city of lakes, it becomes hard not to pay a visit to confront the magic of the city with your own eyes. No sooner you enter here, you embrace the royalty that the city has been blessed with. All thanks to the Mewars who has given the architectural brilliance to it. So to add to your “royal experience” in the city, we have some places that you must add to your bucket list if you are planning to visit Udaipur.

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1. Lake Pichola

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-1 You can see the colossal mountains in the crystal clear water of this lake which is the oldest lake of Udaipur. As you turn your head around, you will be mesmerized to see the magnificent temples, people worshipping at the ghats, the whooping mountains, and the beautiful Udaipur city. Indulge yourself in gratifying boat rides across this lake. You cannot miss the exotic dinner on the lakeside restaurants offering a number of authentic Rajasthani delicacies. Picholi bar is one of the most celebrated restaurant here which promises to make your evening a memorable one.

2. Lake Fatehsagar

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-2 Fatehsagar is the largest amongst all the lakes of Udaipur and is definitely a place to visit in the city. The beauty of this lake is incomparable. If you are visiting Udaipur during the rainy season, then the beauty of this lake will be at its peak. The cherry on the cake is a small island in the middle of the lake called Nehru Park. You can enjoy a boat ride to it and yes, you just can not miss the sunset here. I assure you it would be one of the best sunset's you will ever witness!

3. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-3 Lok Kala museum is a place where you can find all kinds of traditional folk articles from typical ornaments, attires, dolls to the musical instruments which portray the vast culture of Udaipur. The intriguing factor about this museum is that it offers a sneak peak into the authentic culture of Rajasthan. You can watch puppet shows which are indigenous to Rajasthani culture. And yes, do not miss the Rajasthani music and dance performances. The beats of Rajasthani music will surely make you tap your foot.

4. Jag Mandir Palace

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-4 Built by the Maharanas of Mewar kingdom, Jag Mandir is located in the middle of Lake Pichola. It is believed that the Mewars used this place to hold their family gatherings and parties. Well, this indeed is a place to party. You can always enjoy the picturesque view of the lake along with some drinks and music in the lap of luxury. The resorts here are also quite suitable for destination weddings. The reason is the ambience of the resorts which is extremely romantic and royal. It also displays the architectural heritage through the beautifully sculpted yellow marble statues all over the palace which again, attracts many tourists.

Hotel Taj Palace is another historic palace located in Lake Pichola and offers the architectural beauty with the luxurious experience.

5. Vintage & classic car collection museum

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-5 If you are one of those people who love vintage stuff then this museum is heaven for you. There are many vintage cars which are a sheer fanfare of the royalty the Maharanas of Udaipur. From 1934 Cadillac to 1938 Rolls-Royce, you will find a variety of sleek and fast vintage cars here. The collection here will definitely blow your mind. And yes wait, this is not it. After treating your eyes with these beauties you can treat your taste buds with ambrosial restaurants present inside the museum premises. It couldn’t get any better!

6. Kumbhalgarh Fort

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-6 What a majestic edifice this fort is! Built by Maharana Kumbha of the 15th century, this fort is encircled by enormous mountain peaks. The main embellishment of this fort is it’s walls which are huge and “ABHEDYA” which means impenetrable. The fact that this fort has second longest walls after “the Great wall of China” makes it even more eminent. As you enter the fort your guides will give you a lot of important facts and figures about the history of the fort which will certainly instill a proud feeling inside you. The beauty that this fortress exhibits at night is incomparable. Your trip won’t be complete if you miss to see this beauty with your own eyes!

7. Udaipur Solar observatory

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-7 If you have fascinations for space, stars, satellites etc, you will love this observatory. It is considered as one of the best solar observatories of Asia. The moment you enter the solar observatory you feel like you have busted into a space station! You can visit this observatory while visiting Fathesagar as it situated on one of its islands. Also, USO is one of the six observatories in the world which can observe the sun for 24*7. You have specific entry timings here thus you cannot go there anytime!

8. City palace

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-8 Again, city palace is a prodigious example of the dignified lives of the Maharanas of Udaipur. Upheaved on the banks of Lake Pichola, it is a beautiful blend of medieval, European and Chinese architecture. There are about 11 palaces built inside this palace displaying unique paintings, furniture, glass mirror tiles work etc. Inside city palace, there is also a museum called CITY PALACE MUSEUM (also known as Pratap museum) where you can find a glimpse of authentic Rajasthani culture.Your tour guides will keep you entertained by telling you about the history of the palace, which indeed is very vast and interesting.

9. Jagdish temple

9 Places Not To Miss In Udaipur- The City Of Lakes-9 Located in the premises of the city palace is the famous Jagdish temple. It is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The unique thing about the temple is that it the central deity of Lord Vishnu is surrounded by the deities of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Shakti and Sun God, which is why it holds great importance for the Hindu devotees. The temple is a blend of Indo- Aryan architecture and the white marble gives it a stunning look. Apart from its religious significance, the architecture of the temple is worth appreciating. The three storey temple is famous for its carved pillars, ceilings adorned with decorations, murals on the walls and magnificent halls. The sculptors of the temple also remain the distinguishing feature of the temple. The temple forms the skyline of the city adding to the beauty of Udaipur.

Other places to visit in Udaipur are- Monsoon Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai for an extended trip.

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