Udaipur, also known as the “City of Lakes”, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. This city of rich cultural heritage and history is well known for its spectacular lakes, forts, palaces, museums, temples, and festivals. The city houses some of the best luxury hotels in the world, such as The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace, and the Leela Palace. It was the capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mewar and had a rich history that dated back to 16th Century. Attracted by its magnificent palaces and cultural charm, millions of tourists from India and abroad visit this historical city every year. Udaipur is well connected by road, rail and air. Maharana Pratap Airport, 20 km away from the city, is the nearest airport. Udaipur City railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station connect Udaipur to major cities in the country.
Lake Palace: Built in 18th century, the Lake Palace is located in the Mewar Island of Pichola Lake. This beautiful marble palace has now become the famous Taj Lake Palace with luxurious rooms and world class amenities.
Lake Pichola: This artificial fresh water lake built in 1362 A.D. has four islands in it. Udaipur city is established on the banks of this beautiful lake. Tourists can enjoy exciting boat ride on this lake.
City Palace: City Palace, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, is regarded as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. There are 11 magnificent palaces, a museum, a hanging garden and the famous Jagadish temple in this complex.
The Monsoon Palace: Also known as Sajjangarh Palace, it was built in the 19th century on the Bansdara Peak of Aravalli Hills to watch the movement of monsoon clouds.
Maharana Pratap Memorial: This 11 feet high bronze statue built in memory of Maharana Pratap Singh and his faithful horse Chetak is located on Pearl Hill.
Fateh Sagar Lake: This artificial lake located below Moti Magi Hill is spread over 2.4 km length and 1.6 km width. There are three islands in the Lake and the third island has a Solar Observatory.
Eklingji Temple: This famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on the banks of Indersagar Lake. Eklingi literally means ‘Single Shivlinga. There are 108 temples within the complex.
Kumbhalgarh Fort: This 15th century fort located at 3500 feet above sea level and surrounded by 13 mountain peaks has the significance as the birth place of Maharana Pratap, the great Mewar King.
The other tourist attractions in Udaipur include Jag Mandir Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Saheliyon ki Bari, Gulab Bagh, Shilpgram, Science Museum, etc.
Udaipur has a number of markets, small shops, roadside stalls, big showrooms and shopping malls. One can purchase a variety of items like handicrafts, antique items, toys, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and paintings. Traditional clothes are available with hand prints and batik. Bada Bazaar, Hathi Pol, Palace Road, Chetak Circle, etc., are some popular shopping places. Celebration Mall, Lake City Mall and R.Kay Mall are the popular malls in the city.
Spicy snacks like Mirchi Bada and Kachori are very popular dishes in Udaipur cuisine, besides Daal Baati Churma, Gatte Ki Sabzi and Pyaz Kachori that are common in almost every restaurant. Thali Restaurants are good choices for traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes. Several restaurants serve Indian, Western and Chinese cuisine. Lake Palace Hotel, The Whistling Teal, and Savage Garden are some of the good places for high quality food.
In Udaipur, one cannot expect an exciting nightlife with dances, parties or discos similar to other metropolis cities. Depending on personal choice, one can involve in shopping, watch cultural programs and movies, or just have a walk along the historical streets. However, there are several hotels and restaurants, which also serve liquor. Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel, Garden Hotel, Hotel Kajri, etc., are some of them.
Tourists can visit the historical forts, palaces, lakes, gardens and temples and also indulge in a variety of adventurous, cultural and leisure activities. They can do boating in the famous lakes, camel safari, bicycle safari, or enjoy the folk dance performances of Rajasthan. Few hours in the evening can be spent for shopping also.