Situated amidst the ancient mountains called the Aravalli Range, Udaipur is fondly known as the ‘City of Lakes’ and has five main lakes which include the Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rangsagar and Doodh Talai Lake. The city of Udaipur is dotted with magnificent palaces which date back to the 16th Century, forts, temples, royal gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. Winter is the best time to explore the city. Here’s a look at Udaipur in pictures.
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Built during the reign of Mewar dynasty, the City Palace of Udaipur is a tall, striking structure constructed with white marble and granite. It has a vast palace complex and sits on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. The interiors of the palace have numerous corridors that lead to several palace quarters, halls, balconies, towers and domes, most of which are speckled with intricate hand-painted murals, ceiling art & wall paintings, colourful mirrors and even exquisite silver-work. Catch a glimpse of the stunning view of Udaipur city and the lake from the upper terraces of the palace.
The museum opens at 9:00 AM and the last ticket is sold at 4:30 PM. The museum closes at 5:30 PM. Entry fee is INR 320 per person.
Top Tip: Soak in the splendour of the golden sunset with a beverage of your choice at The Sunset Terrace restaurant in the palace grounds.
Saheliyon-ki-Bari meaning Courtyard of the Maidens is a royal garden in Udaipur, built between 1710 to 1734 for the princess and her maids. The garden which covers a vast area is dotted with exotic flowers, fountains carved from marble, a lotus pool, pavilions and a lavish bath area. Surrender to the tranquil beauty of the garden and enjoy a quiet moment in the pavilion while waters from the Fateh Sagar Lake gush through the fountains. An early morning or a late afternoon is ideal to visit the garden.
Saheliyon-ki-Bari is open from 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM. Check at the counter for entry fee.
Top Tip: Stopover at the Fateh Sagar Lake and enjoy a boat ride in its pristine waters.
Sunset at Lal Ghat
The winding lanes of Old Udaipur will lead you to the banks or the Lal Ghat on Lake Pichola. After a day of exploring the city, visit the ghats for a picturesque sunset. While in Old Udaipur, shop for trinkets, Rajasthani handicrafts, camel leather bags and stationary at bargain prices.
Top Tip: Take a tuk-tuk to Lake Palace road or Jagdish Temple Street to find the best buys. Follow it up with a hot cup of cappuccino at the German bakery called Cafe Edelweiss or enjoy a Rajasthani thali at a rooftop restaurant at Lal Ghat road.