Located on the southern side of the vast Aravalli hills, close to the Thar Desert, Udaipur is one of the most impressive and enticing tourist destinations in Rajasthan. This historic city has a nice blend of varying topography and you can find hills, rocks along with forest. The numerous artificial lakes and royal palaces are major tourist pullers. Some of these heritage buildings have been converted into luxury hotels. The city has so many things to offer for all types of tourists.
Things to do in Udaipur to enhance excitement and fun quotient
In Udaipur, you can explore various sightseeing options and there are plenty of places alluring the visitors near the city too. Listed below are 5 such activities that should be included in your exciting Udaipur tour packages:
• Enjoying a boat ride of the beautiful Lake Pichola
Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes and it boasts of a number of artificial lakes created by the Rajput monarchs. One of these is the enchanting Lake Pichola. The lake has four islands in it- Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas, Arsi Vilas and Jag Mandir. A majority of tourists enjoy a boat ride on this lake and explore the islands in it. However, opting for a sunset boat ride is an unforgettable experience and you will be enchanted seeing the water of the vast lake reflecting shifting color of the sky. After the boat ride, you can gorge on delicious dishes at any of the lake side eateries. Besides, you can also buy gifts and souvenirs from the shopping zones around the lake.
• Immersing into royal history at the Bagore-ki-Haveli
If you want to get a glimpse at the royal past of Udaipur, the best option is to explore the historic edifices like the Bagore Ki Haveli. This royal palace has so many attractions that exploring it requires a lot of time. The massive 18th century complex used to host the members of the Royal family and later it was turned into a museum. There are 118 rooms in it along with plenty of courtyards, balconies and corridors. The palace rooms exhibit collection of glassworks, Mewar paintings, traditional costumes as well as modern art. In the evening, you can witness the famous folk dance of Rajasthan at this place. It has 3 chowks- Neem Chowk, Kuan Chowk and Tulsi Chowk. The Lotus Fountain is enticing as is the Manoranjan Kaksh. The exhibits give the visitors insight into life of the royal family and their penchants. At the basement, there is a nice art gallery showcasing contemporary artworks.
• Paying a visit to the famous Karni Mata Temple
Whether you are religiously inclined or not, visiting the Karni Mata Temple in Udaipur is a unique experience. You reach the temple, located on a hilltop using a ropeway-which incidentally is the first ever ropeway of Rajasthan. After reaching the Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata temple atop Macchala hills, you can enjoy amazing view of the Doodh Talai Lake beneath. Inside the temple, there is a stone idol of the deity. The religious lot however skips the ropeway and takes the stair route to reach the temple.
• Indulging in shopping at the Hathi Pol Bazaar and Bada Bazaar
For buying some nice gifts for friends and close ones, your destination in Udaipur is the Hathi Pol Bazaar. You can bargain and get some good deals for myriads of products. Do check out the shops selling traditional Pichwai and Phad paintings. The Bada Bazar is also a haven for shopaholic tourists. The hand printed textile items, Batik and Bandhani print, sold here are amazing. You can head to the Rajasthani Government Emporium as well. At both the markets, you will find shops selling famous miniature paintings. A lot of tourists opt for the camel leather items, a specialty of Rajasthan. The colorful ‘Nagra’ slippers also made with camel skin are also hot favorites.
• Exploring the grand museums
Udaipur has an impressive heritage and to explore the royal history, visiting the museums in the city is recommended. The city museums make the visitors enchanted. The City Palace Museum is the prime attraction, for sure. Set up in 1969, it houses weaponry of the Royals, Ancient artifacts and cenotaphs of the monarchs. Automobile lovers can not miss the impressive Vintage & Classic Car Museum of Udaipur. Set up in 2000, it now houses 22 amazing vintage cars most of which were used by the royal family members. The notable ones are Ford-A Convertible, Vauxhall-12 and Chevrolet bus.
There are many more things in Udaipur to explore. From exploring the regional cuisine to visiting ancient temples and trekking in nearby mountains, options abound. You can also opt for packages offered by travel agencies that combine Jaisalmer tour package with Udaipur.