Popularly known as the “Venice of the East” or the “Lake City” (as we all say), Udaipur is where you can experience the regal Rajput era. Nestled between Lake Pichola and Aravalli Range, this alluring city has left a great impression on many! Plan a 3 day itinerary to Udaipur to absorb the undeniable beauty of the City of Lakes.
There could be no better way to start your day than to take in the mesmerising views of the magnificent Lake Palace. Pick any of the rooftop restaurants (there are many) that offer you a great view of the city so you can treat your eyes and tummy both.
After your hearty meal, walk up to the famous City Palace. Touted as the largest complex in Rajasthan, this palace stands as a beautiful piece of architecture owing to the number of additions made to it with each successful ruler of the Mewar Kingdom. What furthers the charm of this palace is the captivating view of Lake Pichola.
Though you can be on your own and wander depending on your convenience, hiring a guide will provide you more insights into the city’s vibrant past which otherwise would be a bit difficult.
Next on your list should be Saheliyon Ki Bari, an enchanting garden that boasts of the long lost romance of the Rajput princesses. Eye-catching marble elephants, rippling streams of water and beautiful fountains–this place has a lot to offer.
For your hunger pangs you can head to Millets of Mewar for lunch. This organic restaurant serves global dishes using organic and gluten-free ingredients. Do try their aloo tikki and banana-date smoothie.
One you are done with sampling the delicious meal, get ready for a boat tour to explore the stunning Lake Palace. The splashing fountains, sprawling gardens and winding courtyards will leave you speechless. No wonder then that this palace has been earlier voted as the Best Romantic Hotel of Asia.
Do click pictures to take back some pleasant memories that you can cherish for years to come. This palace has been taken over by the Taj Group of Hotels. Unfortunately, it’s only if you are a hotel guest, you’ll be allowed inside or else you’ll have to pacify yourself with a view of this masterpiece from the water itself.
Next comes Leela Palace, another royal piece that overlooks the dense Aravalli Hills. Stop over at Jag Mandir Island Palace, a gleaming white structure that has been a favourite with the Rajputs. Before you return to the City Palace, drop in at their in-house AC restaurant and savour your drink quickly as the boat halts here for 20 minutes only.
After your breakfast, visit the interesting the Vintage Car Museum that boasts of some beauties every car enthusiast would love to see. Be it the Rolls Royce, Mercedes or the Austin, this museum has all cars in a good condition and still functional.
Next on your list should be Sajjangarh Palace or Monsoon Palace. This palace offers a panoramic view of the countryside of Mewar. With multiple balconies, jharokhas and pillars, this place is sure to steal your heart away. One thing that no would tell you is that this palace is the best place to watch the sun set.
Already started feeling hungry? Head to Panna Vilas Restaurant & Lounge to enjoy a great meal with friends and family. The restaurant serves a fusion of different cuisines–Indian and international. The mushroom tikka is a must try here.
Once you are done with your lunch, visit the Fateh Sagar Lake. The lake is quite captivating to look at and provides a great experience to those who love boating.
With some extra time in hand, you can explore some of the famous markets in Udaipur–Bada Bazaar, Hathipole and Rajasthali to name a few. You can pick folk arts and handicrafts as souvenirs for your loved ones.
Your visit to Udaipur would be incomplete without a visit to Ambrai Restaurant. Head to this restaurant for a great dining experience with your loved one. Known for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, this restaurant serves must try laal maas and chicken fried rice.
After you are done with exploring the Lake City, escape to Mount Abu, a quiet hill station, for a peaceful experience, away from the daily life’s hustle bustle. If you are wondering how to travel from Udaipur to Mount Abu, simply book a cab for a safe and comfortable commute.
Once you reach here, rest in your hotel room to start your excursion afresh. The first place to visit here is Nakki Lake where you can laze around or go for boating. The area around the lake is always crowded with people; thanks to the food stalls, ice-cream parlours and shops here that have something for everyone.
Also, there are many restaurants in Mount Abu where you can have lunch with family and friends. Be it the main market or Lake Road, there’s a food joint in every nook and corner.
Mount Abu is famous for its temples. Don’t miss visiting the Dilwara Jain temples belonging to 11-13 CE. They have the most stupendous carved pillars, ceilings and arches. About 8 km from here is the Achalgarh Fort, an architectural delight that unfolds some great stories of historical and religious importance.
If you are up for some more sightseeing, head to Toad Rock for the amazing sunset it is famous for. About 8 km from the town is Trevor’s Tank where you might just spot a panther, jungle cat or sambar drinking from the tank.
Hope you find this 2-3 day itinerary to Udaipur useful. Let us know if you think we have missed out on any of the important local hotspots. Bon voyage!
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