Udaipur in Rajasthan with Travel India Tours , is often called the most romantic city in India due to its famous lakes and palaces. Therefore it is natural that they have a prominent place in the list of the main attractions of Udaipur and places to visit. Experiencing Udaipur tries to revive royalty and appreciate the majestic beauty of the city.
Also, enjoy a meal at Mewar’s Millet Restaurant in the Hanuman Ghat area. Healthy, tasty, organic, cheap food is served there, which foreigners and Indians will love.
How did royal rulers of Rajasthan survive after India became a democracy, and their states merged into the Union of India? They turned their palaces into hotels and tourist attractions in order to generate an income. Palace complex of Udaipur city, belonging to the royal family of Mewar, really sets the standard in terms of tourism of such heritage. This destination is all incorporated by two authentic mansions and the City Palace Museum. A collection of vintage cars and Jag Mandir, a pleasure palace in the middle of Lake Pichola, add to the interest. Definitely don’t miss any of that! It is the largest palace in Rajasthan.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Another place of architectural splendor, Bagore Ki Haveli was built at the end of the 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. It is located on the edge of Lake Pichola, in Gangaur Ghat (which is a relaxing place to sit by the water). After five years of restoration work, the Haveli was converted into a Museum. It is a pleasure to travel and provides a more fascinating aspect in the lifestyle of the royal family. Inside there are more than 100 rooms, patios and terraces, many with beautiful frescoes and fine mirrors work. Royal paintings, royal kings costumes, personal items and traditional Rajasthani crafts are on display. There is also a puppet gallery and turban collection with the biggest turban world. The Haveli is open daily from 10:00 to 19:
Pichola Lake and Fateh Sagar Lake
Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake (north of Lake Pichola and connected by a canal) are the most popular of Udaipur artificial lakes. A boat ride on Lake Pichola gives a new perspective to the city, especially the City Complex Palace. Boats leave from Rameshwar Ghat in the gardens of the City Palace (you will have to pay a small fee to enter the City Palace if you are not staying there). An hour’s trip costs Rs 400 for adults (or Rs 700 at sunset), including a stop at Jag Mandir. If you want a cheaper option, the boat stand in Lal Ghat offers 30-minute rides 150-250 rupees (depending on the size of the boat) at any time of the day. Jag Mandir does not include however.
Udaipur has many points of view for photography but without a doubt the best is Ambrai Ghat, especially at sunset. It has been located directly in front of the City Palace and also fronts the Lake Palace hotel, so you have an unsurpassed view of both as your lights come on. To get there, head to the Hanuman Ghat area and continue walking along the road that runs parallel to Lake Pichola as soon as you can, beyond the Amet Haveli hotel and restaurant Ambrai. Keep in mind that you may feel a bit uncomfortable, as Ambrai Ghat is a popular local place for couples. (Of course, locals know the most romantic place with the best views of the city!)
The Monsoon Palace can be seen in Udaipur, perched high on a hill above the city. As the name implies, it is a favorite destination of the royal family during the monsoon season. The palace belonged to the royal family of Mewar until it was placed in the hands of the government. After being closed for quite a while, it is restored but not very well maintained. The Palace is a popular sunset spot due to its unsurpassed view in Udaipur. Those who are familiar with the James Bond movie Octopussy will also recognize the Palace as the home of the main villain, Kamal Khan. The Palace unit takes about 30 minutes and passes through Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. Entrance fees are payable, and some people feel that the cost of 300 rupees for foreigners is too expensive and worthwhile. Auto rickshaws cannot enter the Wildlife Sanctuary so it is better to rent a car or take the special minibus that leaves Gangaur Ghat at 5pm every day. Either, you can also take a Palace on Wheels luxury train that can help you to explore the destination.
This imposing white Hindu temple, with the intricate architecture and sculptures, is an inescapable landmark in the Lal Ghat area near the entrance to the City Palace. It was built in 1961 by Maharana Jagat Singh and houses a black stone idol of Lord Jagannath (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Else highlights the evocative aarti (cult ceremony) every sunrise and sunset.
Mansapurna Karni Mata cable car
Red cable cars ferry tourists on short trips (five minutes one way) to Deen Dayal Hill Doodh Talai Park (next to Shiv Niwas Palace hotel) to Karni Mata temple. There is a viewpoint and it is another popular place to watch the sun set over the city. Keep in mind that the line and the waiting time to buy tickets can be very long sometimes. Tickets cost about Rs 80 for adults, and there is an option to pay more and not have to wait.
Shilpgram (meaning “village of artisans”) is a complex rural art and craft, located three kilometers from Udaipur and established by the government in 1986. It shows the rural life and traditions of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. The complex has cabins from each of the States, incorporating its architectural features. Craftsmen also sell their merchandise and folkloric dances. Horse and camel rides are also offered. The complex really comes alive during the 10th Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair in late December. Otherwise, although it is a great concept, it tends to be sadly rather mediocre.
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