Udaipur’s near-magical setting makes it easy to see why the city is considered one of India’s most romantic cities – perhaps unparalleled anywhere in India. Called the ‘city of lakes’, Udaipur gets its name from Maharana Udai Singh, who founded the city in the 16th century CE as the new capital of the Mewar kingdom in Rajasthan. Udaipur comprises three lakes, Lake Pichola (around the Old city and experiential), Fatehsagar lake (laidback and picturesque) and Swaroopsagar (quiet and serene). Its picturesque lakes, beautiful lake palaces, elegant havelis, majestic forts, verdant gardens, and rich museums not only add character but also stand out for the unmistakable old-world aura they exude.
Exploring the area around the City Palace is a great idea. For this is where the old quarter is defined by a maze of alleys, temples, and bazaars. The magnificent City Palace towers over Lake Pichola, offering spectacular vistas all around. Take a sunset boat ride on the Lake, simply sit by the lakeside or relax in delightful rooftop cafes and restaurants.
Just outside Udaipur, perched atop a hill is the Monsoon Palace, originally a hunting lodge. Drive up here for fantastic views of the city, especially at sunset. Also visit the Vintage and Classic Car Collection to see what were once the rides of the royals, displayed in mint condition. Shilpgram, the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex that showcases folk and tribal culture, is fascinating. Enhance your cultural experience at the beautiful Mewar and Kumbhalgarh festivals. Replete with music, dance, art, artistes, lights, colours, and sounds, the festivals are a treat for the senses.Udaipur is renowned for its miniature paintings – done on cloth, stone, paper, and wood. Then there are stunning block-printed textiles, silver jewellery, handmade paper, papier-mache, and pichwais (pigment-painted temple hangings) if you like.
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