In the 16th century, Udaipur rose to be the capital of Mewar. After the constant battle at the capital Chittorgarh, Maharaja Jai Singh built the royal city of Udaipur. The opulent palaces surrounded by serene lakes carry an old-world feel.
HOW TO GO
Reaching Udaipur is easy. After arriving at Delhi Airport just take another flight to Dabok/Maharana Pratap airport. The airport is 25 km away from the city; so, take a cab or taxi from the airport. A taxi ride costs 600 INR – 800 INR (equivalent to $10-$13). Buses can also bring you to Udaipur from any city including Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Agra.
WHEN TO GO
Summers are uncomfortably hot in India and Udaipur is no exception. Rajasthan is the Sahara of India with temperatures soaring above 50 degree Celsius. Tourists from temperate and polar countries will not find it bearable. Avoid visiting April-May, try visiting during November-March. Temperatures during the winter and spring are more pleasant.
THINGS TO DO
Udaipur City Palace is the epitome of rich Rajasthani architecture. Entry Fees are 120 INR + 220 INR (to bring a camera). The costs are minimal compared to the glowing scenery that greets you above the dark waters of Lake Pichola.
Inside the compound, there are many structures worth a visit including Peacock Square, Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Fateh Prakash Palace, Durbar Hall, Manak Mahal, Zenana Mahal, etc. To enhance the majestic beauty of Udaipur, the kings built artificial lakes (known as Jheel). Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai, and Badi Lake are a few of them.
There are enough gardens to give a nice touch to the lakes including, Saheliyon ki Bari, Gulab (Rose) Bagh, and Nehru Garden. Udaipur has an array of explicit museums portraying its glorious past including Ahar Museum and Bagore ki Haveli. Lastly, the quirky Udaipur Solar Observatory (largest on the continent) near Big Bear Lake, is a must-visit site.
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December 28, 2017 11:03 pm