Udaipur: What to see

 

India keeps pulling me back….it is a country that definitely gets under your skin! Even though I love to travel far and wide in India…from the backwaters of Kerala to the tea growing hills of Darjeeling and the village walks from in the Kumaon hills, it is to Rajasthan that I return time and time again.

Udaipur is one of those cities that each I time I visit, I feel I have found another layer but for the first time visitor there are are few places not to be missed.

 

Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace
This is the view that first draw me to Udaipur….The view of the majestic Lake Palace Hotel sitting in the centre of Lake Pichola surrounded byethe Aravali Mountains. It is definitely an image of a very romantic Udaipur. For a true romantic escape, stay a night and enjoy the stunning views from the balconies that are dotted around the palace.

The Lake Palace Hotel in the centre of Lake Pichola

The Lake Palace Hotel in the centre of Lake Pichola

 

The view from the Lake Palace Hotel

The view from the Lake Palace Hotel

 

City Palace
The star attraction of Udaipur….. Since being built in1559 by Maharana Singh, eleven palaces have been added to this magnificent granite and marble building. It’s best to take a tour so they all can be explained to you and you can imagine what life would have been like in the hallowed halls of this amazing place.

Udaipur's City Palace

Udaipur’s City Palace

 

The Palace of Pearls, the Palace of Glass and the Peacock Garden all conjure images but you have to see for yourself the decorations that give each palace their name.

Udaipur         Udaipur

 

Don’t miss the rooftop garden with its hanging gardens, fountains and terraces and fabulous view over the city.

The rooftop garden at Udaipur's City Palace

The rooftop garden

 

The view from the rooftop garden at Udaipur's City Palace

The view from the rooftop garden

 

Jagdish Temple
Climb the stairs to see the inside the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple

Flower sellers at Jagdish Temple

 

Sunset tour on Lake Pichola
For a different view of the city, a sunset tour will take you from one end of the lake where everyday life takes place on the city’s ghats to the other end where you’ll have a close up view of the Lake Palace Hotel and the Jag Madir Palace.

The ghats on Lake Pichola

The ghats on Lake Pichola

 

 

The city streets and markets
Wander away from the lake towards the Old Clock Tower to find the busy Mandi Markets. There’s more photos in this post on Udaipur’s Markets!

Udaipur's Markets

 

Scenes from Udaipur

Scenes from Udaipur

 

Don’t forget that the amazing marble temple at Ranekpur is not far from Udaipur. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Other articles you may enjoy reading:
The Jain Temple at Ranakpur
Pushkar’s Camel Fair
Faces of Rajasthan
High in the Mountains of India

 

This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 

 

 

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8 Responses to Udaipur: What to see

  1. Rhonda Albom April 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Interesting and beautiful photos. I pinned several. The markets look really interesting. Udaipur is a place I would like to visit someday.

  2. Calli April 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Your photos are beautiful! Looks like a wonderful place

  3. Anabel April 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    This is beautiful. I particularly like that mosaic balcony. I’ve seen so many Indian posts as part of this challenge that I’m now realising what a big hole in my travelling experience it is. I love Indian food and it’s very easy for vegetarians – not always the case!

  4. Lila Asnani April 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Your pictures are just lovely. I have always wanted to visit this part of India-I love historical buildings and forts. Thanks for a good read.

  5. Ruth January 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    We are visiting India for the first time this year and you have made me so excited to see Udaipur!

    • Jenny Freedman February 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

      Thanks you Ruth. It really is a wonderful country. I found that it got under my skin and called me back again and again. Have a great trip!

  6. Lucas April 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Udaipur is one of my favorite places in India, Thanks for sharing your stories and photos!

    • Jenny Freedman April 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks Lucas…a pleasure!

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