Udaipur Rajasthan Reviews
The City Of Lakes or The Venice of East..??..!! Jul 11, 2013
“The City of Lake” OR “The Venice of the East”
"The City of Lakes". Nothing could possibly be a better way to introduce a city like Udaipur, recently awarded as the best city in the world, like several times before. It's also known locally as the "Venice of East".
Udaipur is very conveniently located in South Rajasthan, India and has excellent connectivity by air (1:15 hours from New Delhi, 35 minutes from Jaipur), railways (7 hours overnight/day journey) and fast four lane highways (5 hours by car and 8 hours by Bus). If you have at least one week for Udaipur, which I highly recommend, you really are doing justice with giving it enough time to pay the love and respect it deserves.
The city is well equipped with almost what everything one could think of finding around, when it comes to travel and have the best of the times. Although it certainly isn't a place to find night clubs, but you can easily expect a wide range of bars with a variety of internationally famous drinks including some of the renowned Royal Brewery’s specialties.
There are many famous restaurants, for experiencing the very aromatic and authentic Rajasthani/Indian delicacies in traditional as well as international styles. One must surely visit the eminent UPRE, a roof top restaurant, with one of the most beautiful view of the City Palace and the Lake Palace you could possible enjoy; just a perfectly located restaurant. Another name, never to forget would be AMBARAI, just by the lake Pichhola waters across a bridge, also near to UPRE, both located in the streets across the bridge in the Old City. Or else, just for a change, if you would like to try the “Thali” System, pretty famous style all over the world, NATRAJ RESTAURANT near the main Bus Station is the best option.
However, the near to perfect way to make your day more beautiful is to take an early/late morning walk at the easily accessible Lake Fateh Sagar promenade. Being surrounded with greenery, the fresh air with cold breeze offers a rejuvenating and refreshing sensation of the pleasant climate around the lake. The perimeter of the Lake Fateh Sagar is known as the Rani Road, which is also another option for jogging and extends up to about a 4 kms round.
The most interesting area in the city is within the Old City perimeter. It is a perfect way to enjoy walking around and have nice food with locals and other foreigners. An ideal walk could start from the Swaroop Sagar Lake side heading towards the Lake Palace Hotel entrance or else vice-versa. The specialty of the Old City is its well preserved architecture and the narrow streets with three to four storey buildings standing for centuries now that can be seen while wandering around in the streets and the Ghats by the lake side in the old city perimeter. Famous places like the City Palace, Lake Palace Hotel, Jagdish(Krishna) Temple, Gangaur Ghat (Stairs by the lake) of hostorical importance and many more are situated in the Old City only.
One shouldn't possibly miss one thing in Udaipur, and that is to visit the Lake Fateh Sagar to start with, which is full of the locals/foreigners all day long. The best time is just at the time of sunset, when it’s not very hot and there is cold breeze around and a glass of our very own “Masala Chai” makes just perfect. You can enjoy sitting by the lake or take a long walk alongside. Another way to have a good “Fish Eye” view of the lake and a bit of the city, is to climb up 750 steps (if you are sporty enough) up the Neemach Mata Temple right next to the lake and enjoy the cold breeze at any time of the day.
Other significant lake is the Swaroop Sagar, lying in the Old City, with the connecting bridge to the new city.
The most important lake that I would highly recommend visiting, is the Lake Pichhola, by the City Palace; offers quite a panoramic view of the whole Old Udaipur city length when seen from an affordable ferry ride around the Lake Pichhola covering the Jag Mandir, (another island temple within the lake), the Gangaur Boat of traditional importance, and the famous Lake Palace Hotel.
Lake Badi, next to Lake Fateh Sagar, takes you into exploring the lush green countryside of Udaipur and Lake Jai Samand, 70 kms away, largest man-made lake and is also very famous for its Jai Samand Island Resort, a five star equivalent luxurious delight. These five beautiful lakes, surrounded with several dense hills render the city a picturesque and a mesmerizing view.
Because of its international touristic importance, Udaipur is full of many famous Heritage Hotels, Five Star Hotels and even a Seven Star Hotel..!!
There’s a good range of economy range hotels available for backpackers from around the world.
In the proximities of Udaipur, places like Khumbhalgarh Fort (65 kms), second highest of the Aravali Mountain Range within Rajasthan, will just make your trip. Another place to visit is the Dilwara Jain Temples in Ranakpur, 90 kms from the city is very famous for its detailed artistic carvings in Marble stones with over 100 pillars the temple stands on..!! It is on the mid way to Mount Abu; the highest(1200 meters) and only Hill Station in Rajasthan, is about 185 Kms drive from Udaipur.
It is a city that gives you the touch of its preserved Cultures and Traditions, for which Rajasthan has been famous all over the world. There is a saying emphasizing the diversity in Indian culture, "At every 3 miles, language changes, and at every 1 mile the taste of water changes", and you get to see that very well in Rajasthan.
It doesn't just end here, there's a lot more to experience....
It is a place definitely worth visiting.
You will definitely carry away many beautiful memories from Udaipur… I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.
With a lot of Love for Udaipur.
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