Forget Venice, this Indian City has everything from Boats to Beauty.

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Well, I bet you definitely have plans to visit Venice sometime in your life. It’s on your bucket list and ours too. But before you visit Venice, We’ve got something for you.

Something that’s gonna cost half of your Venice trip but gonna offer the double of a Venice trip.

Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan is known for its Majestic Palaces, forts and of course, the lakes. Udaipur is popularly called the City Of Lakes and hence a perfect alternative to Venice.

If you are a Filmy Pagal who’s crazy about the Bollywood and has watched Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, you might’ve already seen Udaipur then.

The place where Kalki Koechlin gets married is the Oberoi Udaivilas and is a very popular destination among the tourists because of its mind-blowing architecture and beautifully designed Gardens

.Udaipur is a kind of a city that’ll make you fall in love with the Rajasthani Culture while allowing you to explore a range of other cultures too from people who come there.

Today, I’m not gonna talk much about the places to see in Udaipur or the things to do in Udaipur but I’m gonna share with you some moments that you have to spend while you are in Udaipur.

How to Reach Udaipur?

By Air: The Maharana Pratap Airport is 22kms from the City and is connected to Major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.

By Train: The Udaipur Railway station is well-connected to almost all the states but the best choice would be Delhi-Udaipur or Jaipur-Udaipur trains. One of the advantages of a train is that the railway station is close to almost all the places to see in Udaipur.

By Road: One of the major tourist’s hub of Rajasthan, Udaipur is well-connected to all the cities with a wide road network. This is helpful too because while on the road, you can see a lot of places to see in Udaipur while also see some places on your way that are not listed anywhere.

So what can you do in Udaipur?

1. Fall in love with the Sun.

One of my favorite places to see in Udaipur is not actually a place, but a whole lake.

Get a boat ride from the corner of the Lake Pichola and let them guide you. Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake created in the year 1362 AD. It holds four islands namely Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas.

The boat will take you to the sunset point where you can see the most beautiful sunset of your entire life as well as see the City Palace Light up with all its glory. Believe me, that moment when you are right in front of the setting sun, its gonna be the best of your life. You wouldn’t want the sun to set because its just so pretty you dont wanna let it go. You’ll forget all the other places to see in Udaipur and you’ll just sit back to live in that moment. Carpe Diem!

If you ask me to rate that view, I’d give it a 10 on 10 because it is just so beautiful that it will leave you spellbound. You won’t have words to say to the person next to you. You’ll just keep watching.

Admission fee : 300/adult/hour ,150/child/hour with
Timings: 9AM-6PM.
How to Reach: Take an Auto-Rickshaw or a Cab from Udaipur Railway Station to the City Palace. (2.9kms)
Maps: Lake Pichola

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2. Explore the Majestic City Palace.

The City Palace complex took over 400 years to complete with contributions from a lot of Mewar kings during this time. The construction began in 1553 on the orders of Maharana Udai Singh.
If you Google “Places to see in Udaipur”, this comes up and no doubt because your trip to Udaipur is totally incomplete if you haven’t visited this palace.

This palace looks amazing while the sun goes down as mentioned above but even when the sun is up, you can see this Golden Palace shining like a Bright Sun in a summer afternoon. If seen from a height, City palace looks like a Golden box holding the rich history of Rajasthan.

Every inch of material that has been used on this palace is an inscribed word of the History of Rajasthan. I’ve been to a lot of palaces and forts but this remains my personal favorite.

How to Reach: Take an Auto-Rickshaw or a Cab from Udaipur Railway Station to the City Palace (2.7kms)
Admission Fee: 30/Adult and 15/Child.
Timings: 7AM-11PM
Maps: City Palace, Udaipur.

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3. Shop some Rajasthan at Hathi Pol Bazaar

If you’ve ever thought of getting the best of Rajasthani souvenirs, Markets of Udaipur have everything you’ve ever wanted. From Rajasthani Bangles to clothing to even footwear. They have everything you’d ever want from Rajasthan.

How to Reach: It is adjacent to the City Palace so you don’t need any kinds of transport other than yourself.
Maps: Hathi Pol Bazar, Udaipur

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4. Stay at a Hostel

One of the best memories during a trip is the people we meet on our way. Staying at a hostel allows you to get mixed with different people from different cultures and different countries.

They allow you to expand your boundaries to different people and learn things that you’ve always wanted. Wanna learn a foreign language? Wanna explore the culture of France? You might find a French traveler around and expand your boundary that way.

We suggest you these three hostels taking into consideration the Price, Quality of Stay and Security.

• BunkYard Hostel – Offers a spectacular view of the Lake Pichola and gives you an opportunity to get mixed with different people. The pricing starts from the Rs.350/bed/night.

• Banjara Hostel – For best Rajasthani food and people to get mixed with, you should head to the Banjara Hostel. The pricing starts from the 349/bed/night.

• Zostel – The biggest hostel chain in India offers you the best quality stay mixed with Nature atop a hill. This place is a must if you wanna experience Nature at a height. The pricing starts from the 399/bed/night.

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5. Try the Authentic Rajasthani Street Food

Tired of Restaurants?Cuisines? Eating in a manner? Why don’t you try some street food on the streets of Udaipur?
You don’t need to eat like a billionaire or with manners, just take that big puri and put it in your mouth. Try the Daal Baati choorma or daal pakvaan or perhaps the Rajasthani Thali and see how Rajasthan feels. It just feels awesome and the food offered here is so delicious that just looking at it will make you drool.

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So this was Udaipur, the Venice of the East and One of my favorite places to visit. Tell me in the Comments what else do you wanna know about Udaipur.
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An Article by

Anubhav Bhatt

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