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Kanika Nevatia Jun 30 2015

10 reasons to visit Udaipur in monsoons.

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Here is a list of 10 reasons to visit Udaipur in monsoons. Known to be one of India’s most romantic cities, the beauty of Udaipur doubles up in the rains.

1. Enjoy Horse Riding

Go for horse riding sessions at the Princess Trail Farm, a facility run by descendants of the royal family of Udaipur, Boheda Shaktawat and his family. You can opt for the 2 hour ride or a half-day ride to the small picturesque villages and farmland, offering beautiful views of the scenic landscape.

Photo from official website of Princess Trail Farm

Photo from official Facebook page

2. Go Boating

Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, some of the famous places to visit in Udaipur are picturesque in this weather and tourists have the option of taking a pleasant boat ride. Moreover, the five-star resorts end up offering you camel safaris on the lake side!

3. Opt for Cycle Tours

How about taking a cycle tour to explore the beautiful city of Udaipur? Well, this is one thing which can be enjoyed to the hilt after the hot summers. The roads here have light traffic and it is easy to maneuver around. The Leela Hotel offers cycles to residents for city tours and you can also contact local operators for the same.

Udaipur city

4. Luxury on Lake Pichola

One of the best part of an Udaipur tour is a launch ride around Lake Pichola with a stopover at Jagmandir Island Palace. The enchanting view of the valley and surrounding hills make the boat trip more than worthwhile. You can try different meals at the many luxury hotels surrounding the lake.

You can also visit the other island on the lake (a stopover here is not a part of the package ticket) where the Jag Niwas (better known as the Hotel Taj Lake Palace) stands.

5. Trek your way to Sajjangarh Fort

How can the famous Monsoon Palace be left behind if you are planning a trip to Udaipur in rains? Perched atop Banswara Hill, it is said that this palace was especially built to watch monsoon clouds and hence the name.

Even though it is a short drive from Lake Pichola, you can take up an interesting trekking route to this 19th-century fort and you will be accompanied by scenic vistas all your way.

Photo by Himalayan Explorer

6. Go on a Shopping Spree

You can’t come back from this city without stocking your bags with local artefacts including miniature paintings! For that, you need to hop around the shopping places in Udaipur. What better way to explore all these and much more in a perfect weather. In the monsoon you do not have to bother about the hot sun and go shop hopping throughout the day.

7. Enjoy Light and Sound Shows

Your trip to this beautiful city is not complete without enjoying the light and sound shows at places such as Manek Chowk, City Palace and Moti Magri. Enjoy the shows in the cool weather and head home with a memorable experience.

City Palace

8. Avail Monsoon Offers at Luxury Hotels

Always thought of staying at one of those luxurious, heritage hotels like The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace or some of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan? Well, monsoon is the time when you can happily do that as these hotels have special monsoon holiday offers. Opt for Jiva Spa boat experience where you get pampered with the best of services while you float in the lake.

Photo from official website of Taj Lake Palace

Photo from official website of Oberoi Hotel

9. Savour Culinary Delights

Udaipur is packed with rooftop and open-air restaurants which are best places to enjoy a lavish meal while you enjoy the rains and beautiful views of the Lake Pichola. There are a number of restaurants in Udaipur like Ambrai, Jagat Niwas and the restaurant at Udai Kothi, which offer amazing food clubbed with superb ambience and lovely views.

Photo from official Facebook page of Ambrai

10. Plan a trip to Dilwara Temples

How about a trip to the ever beautiful Dilwara Temples which is 3 hrs drive from Udaipur. Since the temple is spread across a wide expanse it is really nice visiting on a cloudy day. Well, we suggest you should do this as you will simply love the experience.

Dilwara Temples

Pick your favourite from the list of top 10 reasons to visit Udaipur in monsoons and bring home memories of a lifetime! Spend hours in the City Palace, sit by the lakeside, laze in rooftop restaurant and watch rain splattering over the city-whatever you do, make most of the time here.

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