Often called the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is certainly one of the most beautiful. Because of the three lakes surrounding the city, Udaipur is also called the Lake City. Whether you have arrived by air from Mumbai or have travelled through Rajasthan by car, your first glimpse of Lake Pichola, with the stunning Lake Palace Hotel in the centre with the magnificent Aravali Mountain in the background, is unforgettable. Palaces, temples and havelis (old mansions) line the edge of the lake whilst behind, the city is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways stretching for miles.
Don’t miss visiting the City Palace
One of the main attractions in Udaipur is the magnificent City Palace.
Set high on a hill, the exterior of this this sprawling marble and granite palace is covered with domes, turrets and carved arches,windows and balconies. It was built in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh but over a time span of three hundred years, eleven palaces were added by the successive rulers. Each palace was built in a similar style and, as you wander through the narrow, zigzagging corridors that lead to courtyards and terraces, you are not sure where one has stopped and the other started.
The walls of the Palace of Pearls are covered with small glass tiles and, as the name suggests, the Palace of Glass and Mirrors features delicate inlay glass and mirror work .Coloured glass and silver inlay decorate yet another palace.
The Peacock Courtyard is so named because of the vivid blue and green glass mosaics decorating the walls in peacock motifs.
Another palace showcases some of the best minature paintings in Mewar.This style of art still continues today in Udaipur and you can visit galleries to see the artists in action.
Don’t miss the seeing the rooftop garden with its hanging gardens, fountains and terraces and fabulous view
Leave an offering at Jagdish Temple
Just outside the City Palace gate is the Jagdish Temple. Leave your shoes at the top of the stairs and go inside to see the intricate carvings, friezes and sculptures around the Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
You will always find these flower sellers outside the entrance adding colour to the street
Explore the Markets
From here you can wander the back streets of Udaipur heading towards the Old Clock Tower to find the busy Mandi Markets…..lots of photos in the next post!
Take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola
A sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola is a great way to see the city from many different angles. The boat will take you past the Lake Palace, tempting you to visit and then continue to the southern end of the lake where Jag Madir Palace is. This was built by the Maharanas as a place to hold parties and functions. heading to the other end pf the lake, you pass the City Palace and many smaller havelis and palaces until you are in front of the city’s ghats. This is where daily life unfolds.
Enjoy the view.
There are many places on the edge of the lake where you can stop to enjoy the views of this beautiful city.
The Jagat Niwas Hotel has a great rooftop area where you can enjoy a cold drink or dinner. Fateh Parakash Hotel is another with fabulous views from their Sunset Terrace.. On the other side of the lake, the Oberoi Hotel’s magnificent Udaivilas offers a different view but unless you have booked for lunch or dinner, access is tricky!
Visit the Lake Palace
Nothing beats sitting in one of the private balconies at the Lake Palace Hotel and looking back towards the city.
Experience the fabulous welcome as you step from the boat, see the beautiful courtyard gardens and enjoy the view.
A visit here is a must…..stay if you can for a truly romantic time.
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