In my last blog, I had mentioned about my stay at the beautiful Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Today, I am going to share with you some things to do and must visit places to see in Udaipur!
HOW TO GET THERE?
FLIGHT: Udaipur has an airport and has connecting/ direct flights flying from major cities in India. It is a good option if you wish to reach quickly.
TRAIN: Daily trains to Udaipur are available, it is an easy and affordable option.
ROAD: If you’re looking for a journey of 10-12 hours from Delhi,
then you could reach Udaipur by road as well.
There are cab services available in Udaipur to travel inside the city.
WHERE TO STAY?
Udaipur has abundant resorts, palaces and hotels to pick from and it is understandable if anyone gets confused. You can choose to stay in luxury or also find budget friendly options in the city.
My top three picks would be:
THE TAJ LAKE PALACE
UDAIVILAS BY OBEROI
THE LEELA PALACE
WHAT TO PACK?
Udaipur has a tropical climate. The three main seasons in Udaipur are -summer, monsoon and winter. Summers are scorching hot but winters are pleasant. Please google the weather during your travel. Best time to visit Udaipur is between September- March.
WHAT TO EAT?
As travellers we want to eat the most amazing delicacies that a place has to offer. The state of Rajasthan is known for its rich, creamy and heavy food. Make sure you exercise post your visit to Udaipur. The delicious food sure has a lot of calories (but hey, the calories don’t count during a vacation, right?)
The most famous food in Udaipur is dal (boiled lentils with spices), bati ( wheat rolled into dough either fried or baked), churma ( crushed wheat with ghee and sugar), Gatte ki sabzi ( Gatte are cooked gram flour dumplings in a spicy curd gravy) and sangri ki sabzi.
Lal Maas( mutton curry) is a signature Rajasthani dish prepared in a gravy of hot spices and yoghurt.
While travelling in Udaipur you will spot sugar cane juice vendors everywhere. It is the best and the healhtiest thing to have while touring during summers. It is loaded with nutrition.
WHAT TO DO?
There is a lot to do for tourists in Udaipur. Below are the must visit places:
- KUMBHALGARH FORT was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha. Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridges and its wall extend to the length of 36 kilometers. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ”the Great Wall of China”.
The strong structure and solid foundation of the Fort made it unbeatable till date. There are not less than 360 temples inside the complex of the Fort.
The Fort is also known for its famous palace that resides on the top of structure. This beautiful palace is known as ‘Badal Mahal’ or the Palace of Cloud. It is also accredited to be the birthplace of great warrior Maharana Pratap. Cloud Palace also offers a fantastic panoramic view of the downtown. I would recommend every traveller to add this to your list. You will be mesmerised.
- HALDIGHATI is located in Udaipur and is famous for the battle that took place here between Maharana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Akbar of Delhi. There is a museum storing many weapons and paintings of the famous battle. In the museum they play a short movie to explain the story behind the fight and I highly recommend you to watch that once you go. It is very helpful to understand the history. The name HALDIGHATI came because the soil of Haldighati is deep yellow in color and resembles turmeric powder. I love places which have historical significance and Haldighati satisfied the historian’s soul in me.
- JAGMANDIR- A 17th century structure that stands gloriously amidst Lake Pichola . Jagmandir is an impressive set of structures with the central building being called Jagmandir known for its marble elements. Jagmandir is officially not a temple but it is the place where the royalty of Udaipur still gets married. Hence, it is called a jagmandir. During the boat ride on lake pichola, a lot of tourists make sure that they visit this magnificent place.
- HATHI POL MARKET- There are many markets and bazaars in Udaipur, but one of the best and biggest to visit if you want to do some souvenir shopping is Hathi Pol. This is where you can pick up local folk art and handicrafts, including the unique Rajasthani miniature paintings. This is also a great market to buy some jewellery, so go on and splurge!
- EKLINGJI TEMPLE- Ek means ‘one’ while ling means ‘lingam or the life-giving a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva’. The Eklingji Temple, one of the popular pilgrimages of Rajasthan, is over 1200 years old. It stands with the great historic significance dedicated to Lord Eklingji, the benefactor deity of the Mewar clan. This temple is situated at the bank of the Indersagar Lake and has about 108 shrines.
- THE CITY PALACE- City Palace is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. This magnificent City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors. City Palace is a wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. The Palace is built in granite and marble. The interesting fact is that part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family of Udaipur.