Udaipur, the city of lakes is tucked away in the southern most tip of Rajasthan. Dotted with hills, serene water bodies and alluring architecture, the historic capital of Mewar, resonates the beauty and resilience of the western subcontinent. Its winding lanes reflect the traditional culture and simplicity attached to the place. Interestingly, the recent increase in tourists from all over the world has resulted in the opening of quaint cafes serving a variety of food and gift shops selling local handicrafts. A place where one will be greeted with warm hearts and warm smiles, Udaipur, makes an exciting yet rejuvenating weekend gateway. Whether its a solo trip or with family and friends, there’s a variety of things to see and do.
The first stop should be the City Palace, a section of which has been turned into a museum. It reflects the long drawn political history and aesthetic taste of the royal line. Its decorated cusped arches and pillars along with the extensive Mewar School paintings will surely leave you transfixed. Some of the rooms adhere to particular themes such as the Peacock room or the glass room (whose walls are covered in shimmering glass pieces). Interestingly, the present day royal family still lives in the private quarters of the palace.
For some scenic beauty, the three main lakes of Udaipur namely Fateh sagar, Swaroop Sagar and Lake Pichola provide a perfect backdrop to read a book or even enjoy some cool evening breeze. Indulge in a picnic or even a boat ride to watch the sunset envelope the late evening sky. For a panoramic view of the place, take a cable car up to Karni Mata temple.
To experience and enjoy traditional folk dance, music and even a puppet show, Bagore ki Haveli proves to be the perfect place. The old world charm of the building heightens the local cultural experience. A trip can never be complete without some shopping. The local markets are filled with handcrafted leather goods, traditional textiles, silver jewellery, spices and perfumes. Whether you’re buying jutis (traditional shoes) for your self or trinkets for your friends, you’ll end up spending hours on end.