I had a treasure dream to visit Udaipur since I came to know a lot about this beautiful city from one my friend. This September I was there, and truly fall in love with this city. The interesting thing is that, Udaipur my favorite travel destination in Rajasthan, India is much more fascinating than my imagination. I’ll try to depict why and how this romantic city can be yours must-visit destination too. Explore inside. 🙂
Udaipur is an amazing combination of royalty and nature. A popular tourist spot Udaipur is also called as the Venice of East. In 1559 A.D. Maharana Udai Singh II of the Mewar region built Udaipur. Then this city became the capital of that kingdom. Till long Udaipur has been ruled by the British in India. And then after the Indian Liberation War in 1947 to, until now, Udaipur is under the state of Rajasthan.
The dynasties from Mewar Maharana are still there and staying in one part of the City Palace. Their palaces are now becoming the part of museums and luxurious heritage hotels. Tourists are always most welcome to explore the rich history and culture of Udaipur.
Udaipur My Favorite Travel Destination: 7 Reasons To Explore
Udaipur is mostly well known as the City of Lakes and interestingly all are man-made. Tourism plays a big role for the growth of economy in Udaipur. Besides, this city is blessed with its unique culture which full with many seasonal festivals and fairs. Artistic handicrafts and handlooms from the locals here given an exceptional identity within the country and worldwide. Various marble, silver and metal artworks, paintings, and morals are also significant.
Lake Pichola Hotel on the banks of Lake Pichola
I traveled Udaipur by road (car) from Jaipur. From the roadside, I was totally amazed with the scenic beauty of the Aravalli Hill ranges. I also found much cultivated Maize and Wheat fields and later came to know Udaipur is rich in agriculture throughout the country from those crops.
Royal History and Beauty
It was a royal feeling when I took an entry from the Great Gate to explore the City Palace and Museum. The visit in those places will give you the entire knowledge about the inside history of Udaipur and lifestyle of the Mewar family during that time. City Palace is a masterpiece beauty and main tourist attraction in Udaipur. In one sense, you can explore the city’s beauty in the City Palace Complex. There are much, yes I’m repeating there are much to explore inside the Complex.
Beauty of City Palace
Many beautiful lakes with the views of the Aravalli Hill increases the total beauty of Udaipur. The Lake Pichola is the most beautiful and the oldest one and here are four islands too, which created a fascinating beauty to the entire lake atmosphere. Boating on Lake Pichola can be your lifetime experience to feel the nature at your best. What I loved is that I found many hotels on the banks of the Lake Pichola. And the beauty of Lake Palace on Lake Island was the most picturesque one to remember and capture. The Popular Fateh Sagar Lake is another attractive creation here. And to enjoy the wildlife and nature you must go for the visit at Sajjangarh Biological Park.
City of Hotels
How tourism plays a great role in Udaipur? The answer is Hotels and Resorts. Yes, you can find many hotels to stay from budget to luxury. Here are some world-class and famous luxurious hotels, and they are The Oberio Udaivilas, Lake Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace. Mostly, all hotels in Udaipur will give you the exceptional royal and authentic feelings with the beauty of nature. My three nights stay at Hotel Mahendra Prakash made me to say, “If I can stay more longtime here!” In one word, I was just lost in myself and nature here. And so why most tourists around the world love staying in Udaipur.
Hotel Mahendra Prakash
Peaceful and Romantic
I’m a quiet type of person. I enjoyed trolling alone in Udaipur. There was no crowd and less traffic. I found locals helpful and friendly. English is vastly used almost by everyone in Udaipur so no problem to adjust yourself around with all. Less people and so less crime record you’ll find here. I found it as peaceful destination. In 2009, the Travel + Leisure magazine was right to select Udaipur as the Best City in the world.
With Locals at Sajjangarh Biological Park. I love Smiling Faces 🙂
During the British rule in India Col. James Tod was perfectly described Udaipur as the most Romantic Destination in India. How? Just imagine, a luxurious dinner at Lake Palace, the world’s most romantic hotel or a lovely visit at the Monsoon Palace with your beloved. How romantic can be? Yes, the beauty of nature with the royal feelings can give you the ultimate pleasure of love and soulful happiness. And so Udaipur now became a popular Wedding Destination in the world. A memorable walk at the Jag Mandir Garden or solely lost yourself at Saheliyon Ki Badi and Nehru Park all can be listed as the romantic tourist attractions in Udaipur.
Jag Mandir Garden
Art and Craft
The best way to know any tourist destination is to go deeply with their culture. Udaipur is historically enriched with beautiful art, paintings and various metal artworks. To know more about local culture you shouldn’t miss visiting the Folk Art Museum (Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir) here. To take the real taste of the regional handicrafts Shilpgram Complex is the must-visit destination.
Artistic Decoration at Hotel Mahendra Prakash
I loved the artistic architect of Jagdish Temple nearby the City Palace area. Some famous Festivals and Fairs in Udaipur are Shilpgram Festival, Gangaur Festival and Hariyali Amavasya Fair.
I enjoyed colorful and fancy shopping on Palace Road in Udaipur. You’ll find many women outfits from Indian to western here. The best part is in every shop nearby you will see Tailoring Facility, and so you can stitch your clothing instantly to check for fitting and all. Prices are reasonable here comparatively from Agra and Jaipur. So girls will you like to try? 😉 There are many authentic staffs for home decoration too. And I was astonished while seeing and knowing for the first time about Eco-Friendly Saree in different heritage shops at the City Palace Complex. And interestingly those sarees can be recycled and reused. Huh!
Fancy Shopping in Udaipur
Popular Shooting Spot
How many of you know that, Udaipur is also a popular Shooting Destination in worldwide? From Hollywood to Bollywood, many films, drama series and documentaries shot here. The shooting of the James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) gave a huge popularity to Udaipur in the world. As a movie lover, I was too excited while visiting the same place where many popular movies filmed before 🙂 Some of my favorite movies shot in Udaipur are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), Darjeeling Limited (2007), Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013) and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013).
Jag Mandir Palace [Octopussy Movie filmed here]
This is how Udaipur became my favorite travel destination. My memorable visit in Udaipur has given me many reasons to revisit. Why not you love to visit too?
All photos are by me (©nafisa_habib) and captured with Nikon Coolpix P600 and iPhone 6 Plus.
My next post on City Palace in Udaipur. So stay tuned….
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