Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Kingdom of Mewar

Udaipur is the perfect place to take a scenic tour in an auto-rickshaw. Snake through Udaipur’s winding, sinuous roads until you arrive at the streets of City Palace. Marvel at the opulence of Udaipur’s central edifice. The architecture of City Palace offers a luxurious blend of Western European and East Asian influences. The extravagant compound is comprised of 11 palaces. The original architecture was commissioned by Maharana Udai Singh, the city’s founder. Subsequent rulers continued to add to his initial development until the compound grew to be the multi-palace estate that it is today.

If grandiose and opulent is your preference, visit Shree Jagdish Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Udaipur. Your senses will be stimulated by the complex artistry in the building design, as well as the diligent dedication of those who come to submit early morning prayers.

City of Lakes

Udaipur is commonly referred to as the City of Lakes because of its beautiful and complex lake system. Lake Pichola sits in the forefront of City Palace, and the entire resplendent landscape is set with the rolling Aravalli Hills in the background. Fateh Sagar, Jaisamand, Rajsmand, and Udai Sagar complete Udaipur’s lake system and give tourists multiple options for a serene ride along the water. If you don’t feel like riding a boat but don’t want to walk, you can explore parts of the area on horseback. If you’re in the mood for a little exercise, take a casual stroll through Udaipur’s winding streets, old bazaars, and peruse merchant wares and art displays. After a day of exploring, if you’ve grown weary of reminiscing on the regal way that local royalty lived, you can always arrange to share in some of their luxury living. Many of the luxury hotels in Udaipur were converted from palaces.

For travelers looking to explore ancient beauty and well-preserved relics from history, Udaipur is a requisite addition to the travel itinerary.