Set amidst the lofty Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, the beautiful city of Udaipur is an abode of picturesque lakes, lush-green gardens, majestic forts and palaces, awe-inspiring museums, and revered temples. Receiving thousands of footfalls the year round from all over the world, Udaipur is certainly one of the most sought-after destinations. While on one hand, the city boasts of its rich cultural heritage, on the other, it is known for the romantic experience it provides, which rightly earns it the crown of being “Venice of the East.” Udaipur is a must-visit place, and one of my favourites, as every time I go, I fall in love with its magnificence all over again.
This city of lakes would never fail to captivate you with its beauty and splendor. Situated in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is one of the largest and the most ancient lakes. Its mesmerizing beauty and scintillating waters make it the spotlight of the city. Located on its banks is the architectural spectacle of City Palace, which is a perfect blend of European, Medieval and Chinese Architecture. It’s not until you visit the place that you get a glimpse of its wonder – its corridors, courtyards, terraces, hanging gardens, towers, arches and domes. Eleven palaces altogether comprise the wonderful City Palace, which has been built exclusively in marble and granite.
Another major attraction, which is also the favorite destination for couples, is the most beautiful and tranquil Fateh Sagar Lake. Whenever I go there, I feel like spending my entire day in the calm aura of the place, enjoying a boat cruise in emerald waters and watching the sunset before my eyes. At the same time, a short speed-boat experience is an adventure not worth missing!
A blissful time at this wonderful city would make you forget all your stress and worries. The serene green gardens would best soothe your senses, mind and soul as they get enthralled by the world of nature. “Saheliyon ki Badi” or the “Garden of the Maidens,” with a beautiful tree-line entrance, is a welcoming break from the outside hustle and bustle. The flowers smile, and waters of the fountains dance to welcome the tourists. You must also not miss to visit “Gulab Bagh” or the “Garden of Roses,” which is so spectacularly spacious, well-maintained and well-planned that you feel as if you have come into an altogether different space. Besides, it also houses a museum and library to enrich your curious minds. The garden is actually a Botanical and Zoological garden where dwell different species of flora and fauna, and there’s even a toy train to take you for a tour of the garden. Children are best attracted to the majestic turn-around of “Sukhadia Circle,” with a splendid three-tiered fountain. When illuminated at night, it provides a feast to the eyes.
There are numerous temples in Udaipur like Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Srinath ji Temple and Bohra Ganesh Temple, and a visit to each of these brings to you spiritual ecstasy. Whenever I travel to Udaipur, I never miss to visit the temple on heights – Karni Mata Temple. An early morning trek to the temple is truly enjoyable. There’s now even a ropeway that takes you there, providing an aerial glimpse of the magnificence of Udaipur. From high up above, you get to experience the magic of the white city, and from there you realize that there’s a lot – still left to be seen.
There is, indeed, so much more in store, like “Bhatia Lok Kala Mandal,” a museum engaged in popularizing folk art, music, dance and culture. You must not miss to watch the puppet show, which will never fail to leave you awestruck. In fact, this holds true for the entire city of Udaipur, which proves it to be the perfect place for leisure and pleasure of tourists. An amazing amalgam of the natural and the man-made – with forts, palaces and temples blending into the green gardens and blue waters, the city becomes an epitome of perfect bliss for those in quest of fragrance and color.
About the Author: Sandeep Sinha has traveled 17 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. He loves writing and poetry. Sandeep likes to try food from various cultures and loves every kind of food that is made with love and served with love.
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