In the middle of the lake Pichola, there is a beautiful white building. Ghats, walls of the palace, and temples surrounding it observe themselves on its surface. When you go through the city’s little streets you see pastel-colored walls decorated with murals depicting people and animals; like elephants, peacocks or tigers. Udaipur is calmer than most Rajasthani cities. Many claim that this is the most beautiful city in India; and definitely the most romantic. Some even call it the Venice of the East.
1. City Palace
The palace, built in the 16th century by Maharana Udai Singh II, watches over the city. This building is the biggest of its type in Rajasthan. It impresses with its richness; decorated by many balconies, towers, openwork windows, and domes. Narrow stairways lead to many rooms beautifully decorated with glass. From the top balconies, you can see the city and Lake Pichola.
2. Lake Pichola
In the middle of the city, you can find an artificial lake from the 14th century. You can’t miss it and it’s this what gives the city such a romantic atmosphere. You can sail on the lake and in the evening marvel at the sunset in one of the restaurants encircling it.
3. Jag Niwas – Lake Palace
Built on the island Jag Niwas, on the lake Pichola, palace looks incredible. Its history begins in 1746 with Maharana Jagat Singh II. The walls made of white and black murmur are richly decorated and inside there are gardens with fountains. Currently, the palace is a luxury hotel but it also is an inspiration for the filmmakers. Among others, this is where some of the scenes from a Bond movie “Octopussy” were filmed.
4. Jag Mandir, Lake Garden Palace
Jag Mandir is also on the lake Pichola. Its construction began in the 16th century and ended in the 17th by Maharana Jagat Singh I. It is also a richly decorated building and it used to be the royal family’s summer palace.
5. Jagdish Temple
This Vishnu temple is from the 17th century. High and steep stairs lead there, and at their beginning, women sell flowers and offerings. It’s worth coming here in the evening. Taking part in the praying ceremonies can help you feel the mystical atmosphere of India.
6. Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Garden of Companions
This beautiful garden is in the northern part of Udaipur. Among luxuriant flora and amazing architecture, you can really relax. It was built by Sangram Singh II as a gift for the queen and her 48 ladies-in-waiting, who were part of her dowry.
7. Ahar Cenotaphs
2 km east of Udaipur there is a royal cremation ground. Cenotaphs of local rulers create a real sea of domes.
So don’t hesitate – go to Udaipur and have lots of fun!