Udaipur is known for lavish royal palaces and is situated amidst lush green Aravalli range. Its charisma
often compared to Venice and thus called as “Venice of the East”. It was first captured in 1829 by
Colonel James Tod in his ‘Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan’, which tagged Udaipur as the most
romantic city of India. It had been the capital of Mewar Kingdom. Also known by the moniker Lake City,
it is set around a series of artificial lakes.
The royal city has it all – from history of the kings, serenity of the lakes, shopping and delectable cuisine.
To explore this heritage city, we bring you a perfect guide for a hassle- free trip.
1. City Palace
Overlooking Lake Pichola, Rajasthan’s largest palace surmounted by balconies, cupolas and
towers gives amazing views of the lake and the city. It actually consists of several palaces and
the main palace is now converted into a museum, but it maintains the old design.
2. Lake Palace
Jagniwas, as it was originally called, is now a hotel owned by Taj Group. Built by Maharana Jagat
Singh II in 1754, it was once a royal summer palace now can only be visited by people staying
Jag Mandir is located at another place in the very Lake Pichola. It is also called as Lake Garden
Palace as it was historically used as a summer resort.
3. Sajjangarh Palace
Also called as Monsoon Palace, this 19 th – century palace is built on Bansdara hills by Maharaja
Sajjan Singh. It was used as a hunting lodge and a palace for the rainy season. It was earlier
planned to be made as an astronomical center, but later dropped with the king’s premature
death. Owing to that, its location gives striking views of the city.
4. Fateh Sagar Lake
Connected to each other by a canal, Fateh Sagar Lake is located a kilometer north of Lake
Pichola. Built by King Fateh in 1888, it is ridged by hills and woodlands. There are three islands
in this lake, Nehru Park, a fountain island and a solar observatory. All three are accessible to
tourists by boats.
5. Saheliyon – ki- Bari
Built by King Sangram Singh II in 1710, Saheliyon – ki – Bari or Garden of Maidens was for
women to hangout. It consists of a delightful lotus pool, fountains, kiosks and marble elephants.
It is another popular tourist destination.
6. Bagore ki Haveli
An ornate 18th century Haveli, Bagore ki Haveli is located by Lake Pichola at Gangaur Ghat.It was built by the then Prime Minister of Mewar, Amar Chand Badwa with over 100 rooms and
glass and mirror interior.
The living Museum, The Rural Arts and Crafts village near Fateh Sagar Lake, depict the lifestyle
of folk and tribals of Rajasthan. It is most attractive in October/ November, when the Shilpgram
Festival takes place. Spread over 70 acres, tourists throng here to art and style of Rajasthan.
8. Royal Cenotaph Ground
At Ahar, located 2 km east of Udaipur is a royal cenotaph ground, where over 400 tombs of
maharanas and queens have been erected over the years. Just 150 m near this cenotaph is a
museum showcasing all the ancient pottery items and sculptures.
9. Vintage Car Museum
Who wouldn’t want to glimpse into the elite lives of the maharanas! The Vintage car collection
makes a fascinating place to visit at about 10 minute along the Lake Palace road. It houses
droolworthy Rolls Royce and Cadillac convertible.
The best time to visit Udaipur would be winter as the weather is rather cool. The city is easily accessible
from major parts of the country by air, rail and road. While 2 days are enough to explore this romantic
city, Udaipur would make you want to stay longer. All that’s left are the bookings!