Firmly known as “The Venice of East”, “The City of Lakes” and “The Capital of Rajput Kingdom in Mewar” – Udaipur is a true fairytale city with its palaces, narrow streets, rooftop cafes, crystal museum, and Lakes.
Four years back, we fell in love with this romantic city and everything it has to offer. Situated in the lap of Aravalli hills with the lush green ranges, Udaipur in Rajasthan is also famous for its rich history, local food, Lavish hotels and diverse culture.
The Majestic City Palace, mesmerizing Lake Palace, blissful Jag Mandir, Delightful Fateh Sagar Lake, Breathtaking Lake Pichola, Attractions of Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Cultural folk dances at Bagore Ki Haveli enhances grandeur to the city.
Here, we take you on a photo ride of this astonishing city of Rajasthan & make you spend few days in the lap of nature & culture.
== Lakes in Udaipur ==
- Lake Pichola : Lake pichola is one the finest and beautiful lakes, Surrounded by hills, gardens, temples and Havelis. Being One of the most -sought tourist attraction in Udaipur, The Lake Pichola offers most scenic views of the majestic city palace complex.
A visit to the Lake Pichola is incomplete without a boat ride, especially in the dawn. Holding Lake Palace hotel in the middle of it, during evenings Lake Pichola dips in golden as the palace complex and pristine water turn golden with sun’s reflection. The fascinating views will take you to a diverse world of quietness and tranquility.
- Fateh Sagar Lake: One of the four beautiful lakes in the city, Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake and is one of the major tourist spot in Udaipur. Sprawled over an area of 1sq.km and bifurcated into three islands, Fateh Sagar Lake is sparkling beauty with calm and serene views over Aravalli hills.
There are three small islands situated amidst the lake. The Nehru Park is the largest of all the islands and is a popular garden with a restaurant and a zoo. During Sunset, this lake give enormous beauty to the nature and the sight is to be hold for life.
- Jaisamand Lake: Jaisamand Lake is renowned for being the second largest artificial lake in Asia. Located at 48 kms from the city of Udaipur, Jaisamand Lake is also known as Dhebar. This lake was created in 17th century by Maharana Jai singh.
Surrounded by Aravalli hills and number of palaces along on the bank, this lake is a nature’s abode and peaceful heaven for tourists. There are 11 islands on this lake, some of which provide sanctuary inhabited by several species of migratory birds.
== Palaces in Udaipur ==
- City Palace: On the Banks of Lake Pichola, Lies this massive and one of the largest complex in Rajasthan, ‘The City Palace”.
An accumulation of several buildings with towers, balconies and cupolas built all over, the City Palace also dynasties a museum and crystal gallery, which asserts the finest elements of Rajput arts and culture and the world’s largest private collection of crystal.
- Jag Mandir Palace : Sitting Majestically on an island on Lake Pichola, the palace is an architectural prodigy decorated with marble structures of eight elephants, roomy courtyards and glossy white marble tiles.
During sunset, the views surrounding the palace are spectacular and picturesque.
- Bagore Ki Haveli: Bagore-Ki-Haveli is one of the old building constructed on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat.
This palace has over hundred rooms and displays some unique and interesting modern art. In the evenings, this place is well known for the cultural Rajasthani dance shows and music.
== Museums in Udaipur ==
- Vintage Classic Car museum: Are you a Car lover? If So, then this museum is a must visit for you. Located just a few kilometers away from the splendid City Palace, Vintage Car Museum is an awesome place for automobile and car lovers.
The Rolls Royce Phantom, The Cadillac’s, Chevrolet, Morais, The Mercs and the Austin’s are some of the cars that you can look forward to seeing which are absolutely riding well. This museum has cars which are almost 70 years old belonging to the royal highness of Udaipur.
- Shilpgram museum: Situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre’s Shilpgram – the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. Factually meaning a “Craftsmen’s Village” is a living ethnographic museum portraying the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. The Shilpgram Festival is organised every year from 21 December to December 31.
The Shilpgram Fair (Shilpgram Mela), a part of the festive celebrations, serves as a destination for hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts.
==Temples in Udaipur ==
- Jagdish Mandir: Jagdish Mandir is one of the most famous temples in and around Udaipur dedicated to lord Vishnu. carved pillars, graceful ceilings and painted walls depicts the beautiful architectural style of Indo-Aryan structure. With Lord Vishnu’s Chanting, bells and music, you will be soaked here in divinity.
Other must visit temples nearby Udaipur : Nathdwara Temple and Ranakpur temple.
== Gardens in Udaipur ==
- Saheliyon Ki Bari: Saheliyon Ki Bari is known as a garden for women or Gardens of the Maidens built by Maharana Sangram Singh II and is one of the popular tourist destination in Udaipur. Along with a small museum here, it has numerous attractions such as marble elephants, fountains, and a beautiful lotus pool.
Other Famous Gardens in Udaipur:
- Nehru Island Garden
- Rajiv Gandhi Park.
- Gulab Bagh / Sajjan Niwas Garden
The Extravagant palaces, ancient temples and Long evening walks by the lakes, our trip to Udaipur was filled with both splendor and romance. We not only loved exploring the Rajputana architectural gems but also got impressed with the culture & splendid beauty this city holds.
Have you been to Udaipur and loved any such place? Share with us in comments.
34 comments on “Experience the “Venice of East” with us – A Photo ride to Udaipur”
Amazing pictures 🙂 Really justifying the tag ‘Venice of the East’ . Keep sharing more pictures
What a gorgeous place! I love your photos too. The buildings and all the details surrounding them are really spectacular there!
You’re so right, it really does look like a fairy tale place, so romantic and surreal! No wonder they call it the Venice of the East. 🙂
I had to go back and take another look of your City Palace photos. The building is beautiful, I am stunned by its courtyard, such lovely decorations!
Never heard that it is called the Venice of the east 🙂 Looks Fantastic though.
Do you know what is called the Venice of the North? (my homecity:)
Love this photojournal. The pictures are stunning. I love the ones from the water up North. Never heard of this place so glad to learn something new.
The colors are just gorgeous. Plus I want that motorcycle.
Looks like a stunning place, I love how picturesque it looks and I can see why it’s known as the Venice of the east. I especially love the look Fateh Sagar, I can imagine sitting there and just being lost in the serenity 😀
Great pictures! I won’t lie, I never considered a trip to Udaipur but you sold me. I would have figured it would have had more publicity considering how beautiful it is. The Shipgram festival sounds like it would be an amazing experience as well.
Thank David 🙂
Your photos are making me fall in love with Udaipur, the Venice of the East. The Architecture makes me feel like you are walking into a city of years ago.
I’ve never been but I’m hoping to go back to India sometime next year! Udaipur looks breathtaking, especially during sunset. I’ll definitely have to look into adding this to our itinerary.
Ufff, your photos are stunning and now, I am lowkey regretting not visiting Udaipur during my India trip. I have to go back soon!
Gorgeous photos and lovely writing.Rajasthan itself is so beautiful and big that only one visit is not enough to see eeverything..
Udaipur is truly an enchanting city and you have described it perfectly and captured it well! My absolute favourite spots are Saheliyon ki badi, the city palace, Lake Pichhola in all it’s glory and the fact that Udaipur still has it’s own old world charm!
Didn’t knew that Udaipur is called Venice of the East. Well, winters are here, and I was planning to visit Rajasthan. I think Udaipur would be a good choice after reading this.
OMG! You’re photos are just amazing.. You definitely had me convinced to visit Udaipur! The lakes look incredible and the structures are amazing… I’m equally intrigued with the Gardens of the Maidens. The landscape is gorgeous!
What stunning pictures! It looks like there is so much to see here with all of the islands and different temples.
Wow, I could really see exploring the gardens and temples in this area for days!! I especially liked learning about City Palace, and will be making sure I visit there in the very near future
with my love of asia and my astonishment of venice this is definitely on the travel list #needtolearnhowtoswimthough
I am amazed! What a gorgeous place. There is so much to see in Udaipur, I never knew! Thank you for sharing!
This place looks beautiful! I’ve only been to India once, but didn’t have a good experience. I might just have to visit here though.
A sunrise cruise on Lake Pichola is truly magical. The reflection of the palace’s light makes it unearthly. Udaipur is among the list of destinations we want to see when we visit India next year.
This place looks incredible: the four lakes that you obviously captured in an absolutely fantastic way, the magnificent palaces – like the lakes one more beautiful and interesting than the other, the temples…just mesmerizing. India has been on my bucket list forever – and when I go, I’ll make sure to visit exactly this place 😍
Udaipur is my favorite city. I just fell in love with it for precisely the same reasons as above. Lake Pichola, the City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort, Saheliyon ki bari….sigh! If I get a chance, I would visit all of these all over again. You seem to have covered those all here. Well done.
I have not been and actually never heard of it before! Pristine lakes, beautiful temples, historic spots, and culture – all fabulous reasons to visit. Thanks for sharing and giving me ideas for future travels!
The photos are gorgeous, but I had to google Udaipur to figure out it’s in India. I don’t think you mention that and it might be good to provide some geography notes 🙂 I do see that most of your posts are in India, but someone who’s unfamiliar with your blog might find it helpful! 🙂
In my opinion, Udaipur is the most romantic city in the entire country. Just one boat ride in the Lake Pichola followed by dinner by the lakefront, under the lit-up silhouette of the City Palace is enough to fall in love with this place.
Every time I read your blog, I add new Indian cities to my list. I’ve been to Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, but I can’t get enough of India. Udaipur doesn’t fail to call my attention due to its temples, gardens, and palaces!
Thank you for sharing thes amazing pictures of our city udaipur…
This place looks amazing! I definitely will be adding this to my list of places I want to visit in the near future.
Rajasthan is such a beautiful place. I love the pictures of the Royal palaces and the lake.
Udaipur is definitely on my list and we are planning to visit it when we are in India.
Vintage car museum is on the top of my Rajasthan list.
What gorgouse pictures of Udaipur and it is another place i am adding to my list. It just looks like such a stunning place. l drove through here many years ago when they were still renovating the hotel in the lake and bqck then l remember thinking how grand it was going to be. l never knew there was pretty palaces in the area.
Udaipur is surely a gem. You have given a wonderful description of the city. And the photographs are simply amazing.
Wow! beautiful place, Udaipur is such a cool city and you’ve captured it so well. Need to head back there one day soon!