Things to do in Udaipur
Udaipur located in the southern part of Rajasthan state of India is an exceptional city. Udaipur is a city that has a golden history of audacity and exemplary sacrifices. And all that history is still maintained and alive. Unlike other places of historical places, you can feel the history in Udaipur because it has been maintained and nurtured very well.
While palaces, temples, and monuments sing the glory of the past, its natural beauty of mountains, lakes, gardens, waterfalls, and clean air make it an exceptional tourist destination.
Now, if you think that the city must be a quite place sans modern amenities, you are mistaken. The city has the most expensive hotels in the world. Maintaining a magical balance between serenity, maddening parties, and a unique way of life, Udaipur awaits you with a whole lot of surprises.
So here’s a lowdown on what things you can do while in Udaipur:
Take a boat ride
Lakes like Fateh Sagar, Pichhola provide regular boat services to the tourists. There are two types of boating you can enjoy in Fateh Sagar Lake. One is around in the Lake, and you enjoy the calmness of the water around you. The other boat ride in Fatehsagar ferries the passengers to an island in Fatehsagar lake which is known as Nehru Garden.
Since last few years, the administration has also started water sports where you can enjoy water scooter and paddle boat besides the shared boat ride. The Pichola Lake also has a boat facility where people can enjoy the serene water and have a look at the city palace situated at the bank of Lake Pichhola. You will be able to remind the view of the City Palace from the boat as the shot has been used in some Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Other worth noticing views from the boat in Lake Pichhola include hotel lake palace and Jag Mandir. Both these are island hotels, but the Jag Mandir is one of the expensive properties in the world. Jag Mandir, like other architectures of Udaipur, is an engineering marvel and is a preferred location for destination weddings.
Ride a Rope way
Ropeway 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 , and a wider view of City Palace of Udaipur.
This way on your ropeway ride from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park to Karni Mata temple and back, you will see a combination of nature’s precious gift Lake Pichhola and an amazing art piece called the City Palace. You also will see Jagmandir Island and Lake Palace Hotel both situated in the middle of Lake Pichhola. The ropeway ride is about four minutes one side.
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 the separation of the 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 by which vehicles can go up, but it is highly recommended to take the steps way. When you take the healthier way of steps, you come across some amazing plants and shrubs., There’s a huge water pitcher for drinking water, and it has a shape of a water Jug. There is a 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 the 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. The garden 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 during 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 these fountains are in action in the dark, the colored lights in the attached pool give them a unique color and a scintillating look .
There is a museum and several other small parks on this hill of Moti Magri that you can see while returning. The swirling road reminds of famous swirls of Nainital and other hilly areas of Northern India.
Sahelion Ki Baari
Sahelion means women friends and Baari means a confined area. The Sahelion ki Baari is a confined garden that 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 the queen is still not accessible to common people or tourists. There is a huge pond in the backyard where lotus flowers blossom throughout the year. Some huge elephant statues throw water into the pond through their trunks. There are unique and technically sound fountains in the gardens that run without any power.
Visit Ahar and other Archeological sites
Like gardens, lakes, and palaces, Udaipur has a royal history of audacious Maharanas. And if you go beyond history, there are archeological evidence as well. Ahar civilization has been one of the most important topics of interest to archaeologist 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.
The Gangodbhav Kund is the place where a small reservoir is considered the fourth foot of the Ganges River. This is a 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 the state enjoy holy rituals.
Visit Museums of Udaipur
Since Udaipur has a magnificent history, there is a number of museums where 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 the royal family of Mewar has been marked as a museum and is open to the general public. There is a large collection of pristine artifacts which will leave 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 symbolizing the sun dynasty to which the Mewar dynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with a 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.
The Haldighati Museum
Haldighati means a valley of turmeric color. The soil turned turmeric in color with the bloodbath it had. Haldighati is the place where the famous battle between Akbar and Maharana Pratap was fought. It is said that the soil had turned red with the blood of the soldiers.
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.