Often referred as "Venice of east", the enthralling city of Udaipur features on every traveller's wishlist. Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and surrounded by lush green hills of Aravalli range making it one of the most romantic destination of India.With a gorgeous skyline, numerous activities to take part in and a variety of tourist attractions to visit, Udaipur is definitely a dream destination for many.
A three day trip to Udaipur left a beautiful imprint on my heart that I wont ever forget. On the first day of the trip, I visited City Palace.City palace towers over Lake Pichola. As tehe royal family still live there, only some part of the elegant palace is open for visitors. There is museum within the palace which preserves the memories of Mewar kingdom and will definitely take you back in history in no time. City palace is definitely a treat to eyes and the view from the city palace is breathtaking. Lake pichola is an another delight there. In the middle of Lake Pichola stands Lake Palace which is now a hotel. A boat ride to Lake Palace during sunset will give you the most beautiful view of your whole life. On the same day, I also went to Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, a cultural house of Rajasthan. I went for a light and sound show there. The place runs puppet shows for half an hour and Rajasthani folk dances for another half. The shows are a must watch and are available at very nominal entry fees. If you happen to be in Udaipur, you must visit this place and trust me you will have an amazing experience. Saheliyon ki baari & Gulab baagh were another places I visited that day.
As per the suggestions of hotel staff, we decided to take a tourist bus which was to take us to tourist attractions nearby Udaipur. I won't suggest you to take that tour because I didn't find anything special there except Haldighati. Soil there resembled to haldi(turmeric). Maharana Pratap Memorial visit was a nice experience. Short stories related to Maharana Pratap's life were being illustrated there. What I had earlier read it books, I lived those things there.
We were back in Udaipur by 5 in evening. We directly went to Fateh Sagar Lake. This delightful lake was bordered by hills. I can't even describe in words how beautiful the scenery there was. The lake houses the beautiful Nehru Island as well as an islet on which stands the Udaipur Solar Observatory. We opted for speed boating there which was an amazing experience.
On the last day of the trip, I went to see the Monsoon fort. Also known as Sajjangarh fort, this fort is built on the top the hills by a ruler who was lover of peace. It is still an awe-inspiring sight on the Udaipur skyline and offers spectacular views of the city and the areas around. I also went to Shilpagram, which is a rural arts and crafts complex. There were amazing singers and artists. I learned some pottery skills there which was ultimate fun.
I also visited celebration mall. It's architecture was worth a visit. Words are not enough to describe its beauty during night.
From the market of Udaipur, one must buy tie and die dupattas, bandhini sarees, camel leather bags etc.
Pyaz ki kachauri and mirch ki pakodi was worth tasting.
My this trip to Udaipur was something I wont ever forget in my lifetime.