Things to do in Udaipur
So much so, Udaipur is nicknamed ‘City of Lakes’ or Venice of the East for its beautiful lakes and grand palaces and forts on the banks of these scenic lakes with the Aravalli Hills in the backdrop. Adding to this, shopping for vibrant and colourful souvenirs and collectibles, dining at the restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani dishes, being entertained by local folk dance and puppet shows in the evenings, the possibilities are endless.
It is advisable to plan in advance regarding things to do in Udaipur city, and here are some options for a traveler to choose from.
Places to visit and Sightseeing in UdaipurUdaipur city is filled with palaces at every nook and corner and visiting these grand havelis will surely transport a visitor to the Mewar kingdom in Rajput era. Starting with the City Palace in Udaipur will be a good idea and the ancient architecture resembling Mughal influence, the illuminated palace atop a hill offers heavenly view of the entire city. The magnificent palace is indeed a splendour to watch affront built by Maharana Uday Singh II in 1559 and there are several gateways, temples, courtyards and havelis in the complex. Next stopover might be Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola, a historical edifice built for observing movement of monsoon clouds and a hunting lodge for the royal family of Mewar. Moti Magri or Pearl mound is another tourist hub famous for the Maharana Pratap Memorial which bears a testimony of the battle of Haldighati by depicting a bronze statue of the Maharana atop his horse Chetak overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake.
Udaipur is filled with beautiful lakes and palaces, making it a must visit
Udaipur city is filled with beatific lakes all over and hence they are so closely connected, visits to Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and the palaces on their banks will be a bonus. Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Gulab Bagh are other tourist hotspots worth visiting on a trip to Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Jaisamand Lake, Srinathji Temple, Eklingi Temple, Udaipur Zoo, Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Dhebar Lake, Bada Mahal and the itinerary will be filled up in no time.
Puppet Shows and Folk DancePuppet shows and rural folk dances are quite an affair in Udaipur and intrinsic to the local culture of Udaipur city. Bagore ki Haveli conducts regular puppet shows and folk dances in the evening for entertaining guests and the heritage hotels in the city also organize their own puppet shows in their premises with dinner at rooftops. Camel Safaris will be thrilling while coursing through the desert of Rajasthan watching the sand dunes at sunrise and sunset.
Shopping in UdaipurTo capture the real flavour and colours of Rajasthan, a visit to the markets and roadside stalls of Udaipur is strongly recommended. The shops selling paraphernalia in vibrant shades ranging from apparel to footwear to wall decorations, souvenirs, jeweleries, gift items, paintings and other stuffs can be bought at Chetak Circle, Bada Bazar, Hathi Pol and Palace Road markets. Be it batik or tie and dye clothing, be it traditional jewellery, paintings depicting Lord Krishna, nagra chappals, Udaipur has it all. Come visit this lively city today and indulge in its revelry and merrymaking with celebration of the local culture and activities. To know more about shopping click here
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