Popularly known as “The City of Lakes” is full of surprises for the visitors from across the globe. Yes, you heard it right, “across the globe”. The tourists that you see here are not just for weekend getaways from Delhi or nearby places but also from distant places including foreign countries. The culture and color of this city are such that attracts people from all over. The city’s vibe is traditional and for one looking to know more about India can definitely take some time off their busy schedule and visit Udaipur.
The city is surrounded by Aravalli hills and makes it look like a jewel. There are many things that one can experience in Udaipur. These reasons are enough to let you know how the city is an absolute pride in the state of Rajasthan. There are four lakes in total that crowns this city making it all the more gorgeous for visitors to look around. If you are planning for a family trip to India that is exotic and worth the expenditure is Udaipur. Other names that the city has been given are “Jewel of Mewar” and “Venice of the East”. Reading more, you will know how enchanting your tour to this place can be.
The distance of the city Udaipur from the country’s capital Delhi is 663 kilometers. There is not much difference if you calculate the distance from Gurgaon. It is 624 kilometers. Agra is at a distance of 634 kilometers. The distance from Jodhpur is 196 kilometers, and the closes being Bhilwara is 129 kilometers away. With so many beauties around, you need not think twice before visiting this place. This place is ideal for both adventure trips with friends and a cozy family trip.
When traveling to Udaipur, you need to be open to your budget. There are places where you can stay and spend as low as Rs 1000 per night. On the other hand, there are palace hotels where you pay Rs 10000 to Rs 15000 per night. The decision is yours to make. How you wish to spend the vacation and how much you would like to spend. An ideal budget to Udaipur for a two-night stay would be Rs 5000. The maximum budget depends on your items of expenses. If it is a weekend getaway, the cost wouldn’t be much comparatively.
Things to do in Udaipur
The city of lakes has a number of places that you must see without a failure. On top of that, you can also do a number of activities.
1. Lake Pichola
You must have seen a number of lakes traveling to different places. A lake that distinguishes itself from the rest is Lake Pichola. Udaipur is popular for this site. Why wouldn’t it be? There are a number of things engulfing the lake such as temple, ghats, palaces of beauty and hills that will just take your heart away. This should be the first place to visit in Udaipur.
2. City Palace
Most of us have heard of this place. The architecture, the majestic beauty can appeal anyone of any age. You may be on an adventure trip with friends or with your family on a family trip, this is the place that will appeal you all. Have a look to believe in the words. This palace is on the banks of the popular Lake Pichola. A boat ride is a must, especially at sunrise.
3. Eklingji Temple
Wherever you travel to India, you will find temples for religious visit. Udaipur has a popular one that has been highly valued among travelers. Eklingji Temple is at a distance of 22 kilometers from the city center, the temple has its old look that is quite interesting coupled with its beautiful architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva (Shiv), the temple was built in 743 A.D. making it almost 1,300 old temple.
4. Jagdish Temple
Another temple as famous as the Eklingji is Jagdish Temple. As the name suggest, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and he is worshipped here who is regarded as the one who preserves the universe. Located in the complex of City Palace, it wouldn’t be too far if you are in the Palace for a visit. You kill two birds with one stone.
5. Fateh Sagar Lake
Another enchanting destination for travelers is Fateh Sagar Lake. It is one of those four lakes that enveloped Udaipur. It is not a natural but a man-made lake. The view from this lake is extremely soothing to the eyes and makes for one of the best places in Udaipur to visit. The lake is also surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and divided into three individual islands.
6. Vintage Car Museum
If you love cars and that too vintage ones, Udaipur has a museum for your pleasure. There are so many vintage cars that will definitely make you feel the retro vibes. There are models that are rare and just amazing, and show you how royal the city has been and still is.
7. Jaisamand Lake
This Lake is also called as Dhebar Lake by the locals and is quite popular amongst the tourists. It is the second largest man-made lake in Asia. People on a family trip and even solo trip ensure that they visit this place to find solace out of the busy city lives. There are seven islands in the lake and that is quite unusual for a visitor in India to witness.
8. Saheliyon ki Bari
This place is a must-visit for those who want to spend their holiday relaxing beside a cool place. Saheliyon ki Bari is a majestic garden that has everything for your mind to relax; a fountain, lanes to walk on and lawns that not just look expensive but are. Visit this garden and make it a memorable family trip to Udaipur.
Although not a hill station, one can experience the exhilarating ropeway adventure in Udaipur. One can also take part in Trekking activities which this city is surprisingly famous for. If you are a food lover, you must not miss the experience you would have by visit Jagat Niwas. Traditional shopping is what you can’t miss at the same time in Udaipur. One offbeat activity to try is horse riding. One of the best activities that must be on your list is sound and light show at Kumbhalgarh Fort.
10. Other places
Udaipur has more places that may be of interest such as Jag Mandir Palace, Maharana Pratap Smark, Bada Mahal, Nehru Garden, Shilp Gram, Haldighati, Mansapurna Karni Ropeway, and more such wonderful locations.
Don’t forget to go out shopping for some of the coolest places in Udaipur. Joothis will have your heart and the city will ensure that you take more items home for friends and family.
How to Reach There?
The best part about traveling to Udaipur is that you can reach there all means of transport; a road, rail, and air. The nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport which is at a distance of 24 kilometers from the city. Most flights from cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Pune connect you with Udaipur city.
If you are on a weekend getaway from Delhi, the best way is to travel by road. It is the best decision for traveling from Delhi, NCR.
Most of the trains go to Udaipur city and you can conveniently travel by train to Udaipur.
Best Time to Visit Udaipur
If you are planning to visit Udaipur with friends or family, the best time of the year is October to March. Plan your trip in advance and have the best trip of your life. When you plan your trip, you also save on your expenses.
Enjoy the city of lakes!