Top 7 things to do in Udaipur during the weekend
Monday, February 11, 2019
by Sameeksha Jain
After scrolling through a travel magazine for about an hour, I wanted to travel to someplace and make most of my vacation. I took a pen and paper quickly and began listing down, how and what all I wish to experience on this vacation. My list started with an elegant location, explore the city’s grandeur, the taste of royalty, shopping hubs, and relish all types of hot, spicy, salty, tangy flavors and some fun activities all at one place. To experience all these things, I chose to visit Udaipur rightly said to be the Venice of the East.
Found on the banks of Lake Pichola, the city of Udaipur are a vast land of lakes, temples, palaces, colorful bazaars, gardens, and historic charms, exotic flavors which reflects the extricating and thrilling cultural heritage of Rajasthan. You can take a flight or a train ride, or you can drive yourself to Udaipur as it is an easily accessible travel destination in India.
The Lake Pichola of Udaipur
The best thing about this city is it offers something for every kind of traveler. Wherever you go in Udaipur, you will see lakes which look extraordinary beautiful during sunset. To take pleasure of magnificently beautiful Lake Pichola, I suggest you take a boat cruise around the Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas. The boat cruize will not only show the intricate beauty of lake and architecture around it, but it will also provide you with calmness and relaxation you ought to look for during vacations. The ticket for children is INR 150/- and for Adults- 300/- per hour.
Best Forts for scenic view in Udaipur:
The beauty of this city is not limited to its lakes; you should visit the Sajjangarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Fort to explore the grandeur of the town. Located at a great height, Sajjangarh Fort offers astonishing bird’s eye view of the whole city of Udaipur including the two biggest lakes of the city- the Pichola & Fatehsagar along with a mesmerizing amidst the tall mountains. Kumbhalgarh Fort is yet another place offering outstanding views of second largest wall in the world.
Courtyard of Maidens
Once you have relaxed every nerve of your body with the inescapable sceneries of Udaipur, it is time to capture some of the best picturesque sights through your lens. The exotic Saheliyo ki Bari (Courtyard of Maidens) is an ideal place for a photography enthusiast. You can find marble elephant statues, water fountains and lush green lawns in this beautiful garden. The price of the ticket is INR 5/- per person, and the timings for the same is 9 am to 5 pm.
The Temples of Udaipur
With incredible beauty, you can also visit Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata temple and Neemach Mata Temple also known as the Vaishno Devi of Udaipur. You can try riding the ropeway activity to the Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata temple and take pleasure of a thrilling experience and enjoy views of Machla Magra Hills at a price of 80 rupees per person for a round trip. Neemach Mata Temple is located on the top of the hill at around 850 meters, and you can only reach there by foot. The beauty of this Palace is impossible to ignore. It is a must visit the place. The medieval architecture, super luxurious and the royal charm of this palace will make you feel blessed to see this place. To experience the feel of royalty, you should visit the Udaipur’s Jag Mandir Palace. One fun fact- Katy Perry, the international music superstar got married in this palace.
Shopping at Hathi Pol Baazar
If you wish to buy some traditional bandhej dupatta, saris or colorful handmade mojris, you should visit Hathi Pol Baazar. Hathi Poli Baazar is an ideal shopping destination for all the shopaholics. The whole market is filled with souvenirs, paintings, and artisanal products reflecting the beauty of India and its cultures and traditions.
Best food in Udaipur
If you are an uncompromisingly spicy meat lover, then you should give your taste buds quick taste of authentic spices of Rajasthan in the form of finger-licking delicious super hot and spicy Rajasthani cuisine called the Laal Maas. Lal Maas is a red meat dish found in Rajasthan. It is made up of fresh mutton, herbs, and red chili curry. Located in Lal Ghat, The Jagat Niwas and Chandpole serve the best Laal Maas in Udaipur.
Fun activities for Kids and family
Some of the fun things for both kids and adults to do in Udaipur are to take a camel ride, dress up in traditional outfits and get yourself clicked, visit evening light and sound show, visit India’s largest fish aquarium. The best place for the camel ride is the famous Sukhadia Circle Garden. You can take the ultimate feel of Rajasthani culture by visiting Nehru park a small island located in the center of the famous Fatehsagar Lake. Here you can pick a Rajasthani dress and rent it and get clicked in those dresses. You can also enjoy the serene and eye-pleasing views of Udaipur from the small pond named Dudh Talai Lake situated near the Lake Pichola. You can also experience and cherish the light and sound show at the musical garden around the Dudh Talai Lake. The thing to do in Udaipur is visiting “Under the Sun,” India’s largest fish aquarium. The Aquarium is the home to 180 species of marine and freshwater fishes. Visiting all these places is the best way to have fun with your kids.
Honestly, when I started exploring the city, I wasn’t expecting to meet all the requirements on my list. However, now I can say, the charms of incredible India begins at Udaipur. You will be surprised to see the explicitly beautiful lakes of Udaipur in the land of desert, Rajasthan. The history and mysteries of Mewar kingdom, the struggles, the success, the beauty and duty of the Queens, princes, and princesses of Maharana Udai Singh kingdom are worth exploring. Gift yourself a happy weekend and visit the land of lakes, Udaipur.
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