A vacation is always welcome, and an adventure is always awaited at the City of Lakes – Udaipur! One of the prime tourist destinations in India, head on over with a few friends to finally get that well-deserved break. Whether it is stunning architecture, the beautiful lakes or the illustrious history, The White City of India is one of those places that is almost-universally adored.
People today don’t travel anywhere without the prerequisite extreme Googling of places you’ll be visiting, and the activities and sightseeing it offers. This time, for a change, let your inner wandering soul guide you as you walk the streets of Udaipur without a pre-chosen destination in mind. With a proper itinerary and exact plans, you might miss out on a few of the best experiences that you cannot schedule. As Robert Frost suggested, take the road not taken!
If you are an equestrian lover, Udaipur is the place for you! Shikarbadi was the hunting lodge of the Maharajah and the place where all his horses were stabled. Formerly the hunting resort of the Mewar royal family, today, the place has been transformed into an excellent wildlife retreat where you can choose to lodge. You might also find yourself feasting on delicious and authentic local cuisines. If you’re a foodie, meals at Vanyavilas Palace, Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stunning sunsets over the Lake Palace is an ideal place for nature lovers who want to spend some quality time basking in the rays of the sun.
A visit to the neighbouring village of Ranakpur is replete with jaw-dropping vistas that will leave you spellbound. The major pilgrim destination in the state, Ranakpur is famous for its Jain temple that has around 1,500 marble pillars, delicately and intricately carved. Nearby, you’ll also find the smaller yet interesting Sun Temple. You can then head on to the Kumbhalgarh Fort, by car. It might get hot on the trek to the fort, but trust us, the view is worth it! The fort is quite famous for its wall – a World Heritage Site in the Hill Forts of Rajasthan! At this fort, you’ll also find hundreds of minuscule temples, each with many stories of its own. While one of them has a Shiva Linga that’s six-feet tall; the other is a snake temple.
In addition to all these guidebook staples, there’s a whole lot more to experience in Udaipur. To get a real feel of the local, walk down the streets without a plan, talking to the locals and trying out all the flavourful local delicacies. Before you know it, it’ll be time to head on back. This trip is highly recommended for people looking for a royal experience, keen on learning about a city that has contributed in Indian history and culture, and for foodies who are looking for a new taste! – Devanshi