Bored with the monotony of every day? A trip to the city of Udaipur can be the best royal hide-out for you. The beautiful lake palaces, the lavish hotels, the forts, the royal culture of this place are bliss for the peace-lovers. Take a plunge into the royalties of ‘Udaipur’ with the little list of places here.
City Palace of Udaipur
The must-visit list when you are in Udaipur is helmed by the City Palace of Udaipur. All the 11 lavishly built palaces comprised in the City Palaceare feasts to their visitors’ eyes. The amazing mirror works of the Sheesh Mahal along with the ornamental tiles will render you with the magnificence of royalty the moment you catch their sight. The figurines of porcelain and crystal displayed in the ‘Ruby palace’ are pieces of marvel. The Pearl palace, Palace of Joy, Zenana Mahal museum, Bada Mahal- each portrays the unusual beauty of architectural blends. The miniature paintings of ‘Radha Krishna’ displayed in the Bhim Vilas, the splendid mosaic work of ‘Mor Chowk’ portraying peacocks –the words are less to express the beauty and splendour that your eyes meet at this City Palace.
The City Palace sprawlson the banks of this fresh water PicholaLake. The view from the islands on this lake is the best part. Lake palace, the hotel on the ‘Jag Niwas’ island offers you a perfect romantic backdrop in the all-lit evenings. The island of ‘Mohan Mandir’ is a smaller one that offers the best view of the Gangaur festival.You can opt for any local taxi services in Udaipur to travel to Lake Pichola from the city railway station or bus stop and visit all the other places around it.
Another palace within a distance of around few minutes is this ‘Bagoreki Haveli’. Towering on the Gangorighat of Pichola Lake, this palace houses a museum as well. This architectural grandeur presents you an ornate mirror work and a collection of royal antiques. The intercommunicate work on the jewelry boxes, hookahs, nut crackers, rose water sprinklers will definitely add to your glee. The beautiful paintings of Mewar displayed on the walls of Queen’s chamber and the peacocks displaying the colourful glass work will take you back in the royal era. This palace looks a piece of majestic beauty when all lit in the evenings.
Vintage Car Museum
Located at a distance of one and a half kilometres from the city railway station of Udaipur, on Gulab Bagh road, this Vintage car museum is a pleasure visit for the lovers of antique royal vehicles. The Rolls-Royces, the convertibles from MG-TC, Vauxhall and Ford are the few names from the collection.
Shopping and Food
Udaipur is the shoppers’ paradise with a numerous high street shopping markets and glass showrooms.Any local cab service from Udaipur airport can help you commute to the shopping circles.When you step into the bustling shopping places of this city, your eyes will be showered with colours every where. While Lake Palace Road, Bapu Bazaar, Hathi Pol Bazaar, Chetak Circleare the myriads of colourful crafts like puppets, crockery, terracotta, wooden, and brass statues, Mochiwada Bazaar and Rajasthali are the places you will get dabbed in bandhani, mirror works laid playfully on fabrics and shoes.While you shop till you drop, do not miss out on the dahi kachorichaat, jalebis and dal batichurma, and Rajasthani thalis for your tasty gulps.
So, pack your bags and take en-route to your royal retreat to the City of Palace – Udaipur.