Things to do in Udaipur
Ride a Rope way
Rope way ride though is shorter than most of the established ropeway rides in other parts of the world but the view you get from here is spectacular. With dense jungle and high terrains downwards, you can see Lake Pichola’s never seen view and with that you get a wider view of City Palace of Udaipur. This way on your rope way ride from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park to Karni Mata temple and back from Karni Mata to Upadhyay Park, you will see a fusion of nature’s precious gift Lake Pichhola and an amazing art piece of City Palace. You also will see Jagmandir Island and Lake Palace Hotel both situated in the middle of Lake Pichhola. It takes approximately 4 minutes to reach the other end.
Boating in Udaipur Lakes
Just like you can take a shared bus, pedal a bicycle, and vroom a high speed bike on the land, the boating facilities in Fatehsagar and Pichhola provide you all these options. There you will find a shared boat which is run by a motor and a driver runs it from Lakeshore to the Nehru Garden (In Fateh Sagar Lake) and Jag Mandir (Lake Pichhola.)
The Pedal boats have a capacity of four people where two of the four have the pedal to cycle and there is a handle using which you can steer to any side.
The motor boat is for one person and one instructor. The instructor remains with the rider.
There are both private as well as government run boatmen. You can choose anyone of them but in all cases wearing a lifejacket in mandatory. So in case if you have not been allotted an orange colored lifejacket or it is not available, do not board the boat.
Also ensure that you do not put your hands in water any moment. This could be dangerous for you.
When you debark at the Island, please ask the boatman the time of next return trip. You one time ticket includes both ways of travel. And it’s your responsibility to ensure that you get the boat back to return, especially if it’s getting dark.
Visit Gardens of Udaipur
There are plenty of artfully created gardens in Udaipur. Each of the gardens has something special and unique so you should try and visit each garden on your Udaipur trip at least once.
Gulab Bagh garden (Sajjan Niwas Garden) Udaipur
Gulab Bagh is India’s sixth oldest zoo. It is a garden where people come for a walk daily and tourists enjoy the natural ambiance. It has a library called Saraswati Library which was established during English reign. The ambiance of the Gulab Bagh garden is considered to be medically beneficial. People who do a daily walk here are prone to fewer ailments.
The Zoo part of Gulab Bagh is getting an extension. A satellite park is being created at the Basandra hills in Udaipur where a Bird Park will be constructed. This extension will result in separation of herbivorous and carnivorous population. Currently both these population of animals and birds is in Gulab Bagh only.
Maanikya Lal Varma Park (Doodh Talai)
This park is situated on a hill and has several ways to go up. There’s a road way by which vehicles can go up but it is highly recommended to take the steps way. Going by steps you will see plenty of variety of beautiful plants and flowers. There’s a huge water pitcher for drinking water and it is shaped as a water Jug. There is small stream of water that goes across the garden. It has beautiful curve stones installed in the bottom and water flows in it. In the evening the stream gets lighted and appears scintillating.
From this garden, the footway to the Karni Mata temple begins. There are several artilleries on the way to temple. From these artilleries, soldiers in ancient times could monitor city borders and check for intrusion. And if needed, they could fire through cannons as well.
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park (Musical garden)
At the same elevation of Maanikya Lala Varma Park at Doodh Talaai Udaipur, there’s newly created garden called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Park. This garden faces Lake Pichhola on the west and City Palace on the North, and Maanikya Lal Vara Park in the east. This is another example of masterpiece gardens in Udaipur. The setting of this garden is amazing and incredible. It also has Udaipur’s only Musical Garden where fountains dance to the tunes of music in colored ambiance.
Moti Magri (Chetak Smarak)
Moti Magri is a park on the hill. It is said that Maharana Pratap took a hide from Akbar while the battle days. There is an old structure which has not been disturbed to keep the history alive. Besides, the garden presents a spectacular and panoramic view of the Lake Fatehsagar. At the peak, there is a gigantic status of Chetak ridden Maharana Pratap. This is why this garden is also known as Chetak Smarak (Chetak Memorial). Chetak was the horse of Maharana Pratap who succumbed to injuries during the famous battle of Haldighati.
Fountains in the Chetak Smarak Park are famous for their awesome designs. When in the dark, these fountains run, they give an amazing look of light and water as the bottom of pond where these fountains fall is studded with colorful lights.
There is a museum and several other smaller parks on this hill of Moti Magri that you can see while returning. The swirling road reminds of famous swirls of Naitital and other hilly areas of the Northern India.
Sahelion Ki Baari
This garden was developed by the royal family and was exclusively accessed by only the queen and her friends. After independence it was opened for general public. The seat of queen is still not accessible to common people or tourists. There is a huge pond in the back yard where lotus flowers blossom throughout the year. There are some huge elephant statues who throw water into the pond through their trunks. There are unique and technically sound fountains in the gardens that run without any motor.
Visit Ahar and other Archeological sites
Like gardens, lakes, and palaces, Udaipur has a royal history of audacious Maharanas. And if you go beyond the history, there are archeological evidences as well. Ahar civilization has been one of the most important topics of interest to archeologist all around the world. There is a mound in the Ahar of Udaipur where one can see the 4000 years old remains of Ahar civilizations. On the site, there is a well arranged museum where the weapons, pots, potteries of that age have been showcased.
This is the place where a small reservoir is considered the fourth foot of Ganges River. This is mythological site and all sort of religious activities happen here. A fair is also organized here every year in which people from all the corners of State come.
Visit Museums of Udaipur
Since Udaipur has a magnificent history, there are number of museums were the past has been preserved properly. Besides the popular Ahar museum where remains of over 4000 years have been stored, there are other museums too which are equally interesting:
City Palace Museum
A major portion of the city palace, the home to royal family of Mewar has been marked as a museum and is open to general public. There is a large collection of pristine artefacts which will lkeave you amazed. At the lower floor from the entrance, there is an armory museum exhibiting a collection of protective gear and weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword.
The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told him to find a city here. The rooms of the palace are superbly decorated with mirror tiles and paintings.
Manak Mahal or the Ruby Palace has a lovely collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas display a rich collection of miniature paintings. Moti Mahal or the pearl palace has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over.
The Surya Chopar or the sun square depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Mewar dynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with view of the city. Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal or the ladies chamber, which leads to Lakshmi Chowk a beautiful white pavilion.
Haldighati means a valley of turmeric color. The soil turned turmeric in color with the blood bath it had. This place called Haldighati is eye witness of famous battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal emperor Akbar.
Haldighaati museum presently lies in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The museum is situated on a hillock. This museum showcases the monuments related to legend Maharana Pratap.
Walls of the museum are adorned with tableaus and paintings. Royal emblem of Mewar, sacrifice of Pannadhaay, Pratap discussing with his ministers in caves, Pratap fighting with lion, Pratap’s union with the chetak horse, Pratap’s deserted jungle life, Meera’s devotion to lord Krishna, portraits of Maharanas of Mewar dynasty including Maharana Kumbha Singh, Maharana Sangram Singh, Maharana Amar Singh, and Maharana Uday Singh have been displayed for the visitors to see and appreciate.