Guide to Visiting Udaipur, India's Magical City of Lakes

Welcome to Udaipur, the enchanting jewel of Rajasthan, known for its majestic palaces, vibrant markets, and, of course, its mesmerising lakes. Nestled in the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is often referred to as the "City of Lakes", and rightfully so, as it is home to some of the most picturesque bodies of water in the whole of India.

Explore the Iconic City Palace ✨

No visit to Udaipur is complete without exploring the majestic City Palace, an architectural marvel that offers breathtaking views of Lake Pichola. Built over centuries, the palace showcases a blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, and European architectural styles. Wander through its magical corridors, courtyards, and museums to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Udaipur. Propped above the city of Udaipur old town with it’s cream walls rising 30m out of Lake Pichola, it boasts a view or two!
"Lake Pichola, City Palace"

Boat Ride on Lake Pichola ⛵️

Lake Pichola, the heart of Udaipur, is surrounded by hills, palaces including the previously mentioned ‘City’ Palace, and many other important buildings like temples, creating a stunning backdrop for a boat ride. Tourists can enjoy a serene cruise on the lake, passing by iconic landmarks like Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace). Sunset boat rides are particularly magical here, with the city's lights and the setting sun reflecting on the calm waters.
"Lake Pichola"

Discover the Cultural Heritage at Jagdish Temple 🛕

Built-in 1651, Jagdish Temple is an architectural masterpiece dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is arguably India's most important and impressive temple. The intricately carved pillars, beautifully sculpted ceilings, and detailed artwork make it a must-visit for those interested in experiencing Udaipur's rich cultural heritage. Don't forget to witness the vibrant aarti (prayer ritual) that takes place in the evenings for the full immersive culture trip.
"Jagdish Temple"

Stroll Through the Old City and Markets

Udaipur's old city is a labyrinth of narrow lanes, colourful markets, and traditional Rajasthani architecture. Take a stroll through bustling bazaars like Hathi Pol and Bada Bazaar, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts, jewellery, and textiles. Indulge in the local cuisine at the street food stalls and savour the flavours of Rajasthan.
"Hathi Pol Bazaar"

Rooftop Yoga and Mindfulness in the City of Lakes 🧘

For those who find solace in the gentle flow of yoga, Udaipur offers a unique and uplifting dimension to the practice. Picture this – above the labyrinthine streets and amidst the whitewashed havelis, rooftop yoga classes have become a cherished tradition in this enchanting city, and it's an experience like no other.
"Morning Yoga"

Udaipur's Dazzling Swarovski Showcase 💎

Udaipur, renowned for its opulence in gold and jewellery, the Crystal Gallery within Fateh Prakash Palace stands as a striking testament to the city's fascination with crystal. Initially a private collection curated by Maharana Sajjan Singh, it has transformed into the world's largest privately owned and publicly accessible crystal collection. Maharana Sajjan Singh's unwavering love for crystal is evident in the gallery, showcasing a dazzling array of furniture adorned with intricate crystal embellishments, from chairs and sofas to tables, beds, lighting fixtures, and even cutlery.
"Crystal Gallery"

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🛕 Taj Mahal

🧘 Yoga

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Imogen Kemp
April 24, 2024

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