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The city of lakes, but I would rather say it a “City of Love” or Venice of India. Believe me, you will get a “Gondola” ride too there, let it be in a motor boat but that too is an unforgettable experience. The immense grandeur, glory and rich culture of the city will make you feel the love that it has in its air.
The city has a very rich cultural heritage and lots of stories from the famous Mewar Kingdom. Udaipur is the green side of Rajasthan, which might also make you think about the diversity of Rajasthan from a deserted to a lush green small hilly town. The stunning properties in form of Havelis & Palaces makes it splendid especially if you are with your beloved. People are very polite, humble and you will feel the Grand Royalty that you always expect on a “Rajasthani Trip”.
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1) City Palace : Perfect place to know about the history of Udaipur.
Things to do in the Palace :
– Sound & Light Show in the evening
– Crystal Museum
– Hire a licensed guide to tour the palace.
– Ride King’s Boat which will take you to Jagmandir Palace
2) Rana Pratap Museum & Haldighati : Almost 40 kms away from the city, located in outskirts of Udaipur. Lush green roadways, If you are lucky enough to have pleasant weather then you can actually enjoy the beauty of this valley. Visit the museum and know about the history of Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak.
You can also visit Eklingji Temple & Shirnath Ji Mandir on your way back to Udaipur city after seeing the valley.
3) Jagmandir Palace : This is a must visit palace for every couple visiting Udaipur. Famous for its beautiful location in a private island of Lake Pichola surrounded by another 2 beautiful properties of Oberoi’s & Leela Hotel with lush green small hills on the lake banks.
– Enjoy the splendid architecture of the palace which actually gave inspiration to King Akbar to build Taj Mahal.
– If you want to have a dinner at Jagmandir Palace then it is recommended to book it prior online. You will not get any booking from there.
– Food and Eatables prices are a bit expensive at the Palace but you can enjoy the landscaping and lake view from its jharokhas and arc shaped windows.
4) SajjanGarh Fort & Palace : Another beautiful palace of Udaipur situated on a hilltop from where you can get a complete view of the city.
– You can also visit SajjanGarh Zoo who have a variety of Wild Animals if you are an animal lover.
5) Bagore Ki Haveli : If you love Rajasthani Culture, then this is a must visit for you.
– Do not miss the “Bagore ki Haveli Cultural Show” in the evening. Grab your tickets on time as you might not get them in peak tourist season.
6) Vintage Car Museum : If you “Love Cars, Live Cars” then this is a must visit place for you. Check out the Royal Collection of Cars of Udaipur Kings and experience the grandeur. From Mercedes to Porche or a Royal Rolls Royce, You will find all of them there. Also, do not miss the unlimited Rajasthani/Gujrati Thali inside the museum restaurant.
** List made on author’s personal opinion/experience.
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– By Air
Udaipur airport is called the Maharana Pratap Airport which is situated about 20 kilometres away from the city center. It is well-connected by air to all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur.
Once you reach at the airport, you can hire cabs or book pre-paid taxis that are easily available for travelling between the airport and the city.
– By Train
Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai and Kota.
Some of the popular trains that run daily are Mewar Express, Gwalior-Udaipur Express, Bandra-Udaipur SF Express, Chetak Express and Annanya Expres.
In fact, the famous and luxurious “Palace of Wheels” also makes a scheduled stop in Udaipur.
Once you reach the station, you can hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw depending on where do you want to get down in the city.
– By Bus
There is a very well-established bus service network to Udaipur, linking it to several cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmedabad, among others. There are a number of options when it comes to travelling by bus. These include deluxe buses, air-conditioned coaches and State-run transport.
– By Road / Self Drive
Udaipur is connected to Delhi and Mumbai by National Highway 8 (NH 8). The drive is about 10-11 hours long and covers a distance of roughly 700 kilometres from both the cities. Many tourists visiting Udaipur prefer to drive on their own. If you do not wish to use your personal vehicle, there are several tour operators that provide vehicles on hire.
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– Stay in a heritage haveli kind of hotel facing any lake. You can check out Lake Pichola Hotel and try their Deluxe Lake Facing Rooms.
– Enjoy an awesome candlelight dinner with your beloved at Ambrai Restaurant @ Hotel Amet Haveli or Upre by 1559 AD. The first one has a very beautiful lake faced sitting and the later has an unforgettable rooftop sitting experience facing the Lake Pichola.
– Don’t miss to eat very delicious Rajasthani/Gujrati Unlimited thali from “Natraj” or any other local food corner.
– Explore the shops near City Palace you will find many interesting things for you & your home. Especially some cool leather bags, colourful puppets and many other artefacts.