As per a poll conducted by Travel + Leisure – a travel magazine, Udaipur ranked third amongst the World’s 15 best cities. Also known as the ‘City of Lakes’, the place showcases a perfect blend of the culture, royalty and scenic beauty. The first and second position were bragged by San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, both in Mexico. However, Udaipur beat many international destinations to earn the distinction.
Readers of the Travel + Leisure were asked to rank their favorite urban destination. And, based on the landmarks, sights, cuisine, shopping, friendliness and overall value, Udaipur made it to the third position. Leaving behind other major tourist destinations like Mumbai and Delhi, the ‘City of Maharanas’ was selected as the World’s Best City earlier also.
Dotted with splendid palaces, world-class museums, luxury hotels and picturesque scenery, Udaipur enjoys a breathtaking geographical location that is on the banks of Lake Pichola. Besides these, here are some other reasons that have made Udaipur flaunt the title of World’s third best city. These reasons will surely inspire you to plan a trip to Udaipur soon.
Beautiful lakes truly make Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’
A number of heavenly lakes present a sight to behold. The spectators are rendered speechless while soaking in the beauty of the lakes like Lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar and Jaisamand Lake. Including these lakes into your itinerary of the Udaipur tours won’t disappoint you. The ethereal charm of the lakes reaches next level in the evening when they are illuminated with various lights.
Remarkable palaces impress the visitors
There is probably any city which boasts of a palace to watch over the monsoon clouds. But, Udaipur does have one! Perched high on a mountain, Sajjangarh Palace helps to celebrate the monsoon in Udaipur. City Palace is another top tourist attraction in Udaipur which lures lots of tourists to the city. Renowned for their architecture, these masterpieces offer exciting opportunities to admire the stunning sunset views, breathtaking views of Lake Pichola and panoramic views of the entire city.
Luxury and heritage hotels in Udaipur offer a pleasant stay
What’s better than experiencing a beautiful city by staying at one of the luxury hotels in Udaipur amidst the iconic lake? Taj Lake Palace offers you exactly this! The heritage hotels in the city proffer a royal feeling which is beyond description. Fateh Prakash Palace, Trident Hilton, Laxmi Niwas Palace are the prominent names on the list where one can create memories for a lifetime.
Authentic Cuisines served in Udaipur are a bliss for any foodie
Holidays in Udaipur are incomplete without savoring the delectable cuisines served here. Mouthwatering Rajasthani food like Dal-Baati-Churma is simply unmissable here. In addition to the delicious food, one can also enjoy the scenic views by choosing to eat at the rooftop restaurants. Complete your gastronomical experience by relishing street food. Don’t forget to sip on Hari Mirch Chai Shot.
Culture and tradition of Udaipur make you fall in love with the city
The colorful Rajasthani attires of the woman speak volumes about the culture and tradition of Udaipur. Though there is a shift towards modernization nowadays, but still some of the ladies in the city follow and carry the traditional culture well. Beautifully adorned with loads of jewelry like bangles, trinkets and much more, they present their culture proudly. Folk dances and performances keep the audiences fascinated.
A myriad of world-class temples and museums cast a spell
Udaipur is blessed with many splendid temples that make the city one of the best places to visit in India. Portraying awe-inspiring architecture, the Eklingji Temple and the Jagdish Temple instill a spiritual vibe. Intricate carvings, rare idols in the templ0es and the divine aura are simply matchless. Besides the holy shrines, the city is home to a Vintage Car Museum which preserves the classic cars of the erstwhile rulers.
Festivals in Udaipur bring the city to life
Udaipur celebrates a number of festivals with great zeal. The fervor and enthusiasm shown by the natives of Udaipur during the festivals like Hariyali Amavasya and Gangaur Festival is simply worth witnessing. Attending the Shilpgram Utsav is one of the best things to do in Udaipur. The 10-day fiesta is a treat for the lovers of art and craft. Workshop for children on crafts, arts, music and theater are is the major highlight of the festival.
Shopping is just too good to resist
No other place comes close to Udaipur in terms of shopping opportunities offered by the city. The shops here are simply irresistible and urge you to shop till you drop. Silver jewelry, peacock motifs and numerous souvenirs will always remind you of your wonderful trip to Udaipur. Head towards famous markets like Bapu Bazaar to but all the items at reasonable prices. If you want to shop for your little ones, you can move towards the Palace Road as well.
Best time to visit Udaipur
September to March is the best time to visit Udaipur as the weather remains pleasant during these months.
The reasons for Udaipur deserving the title of one of the best cities of the World could be endless. But, some of the aforementioned ones will definitely help you plan your trip soon. Choose from a plethora of Udaipur tour packages and share your experience of why you find this romantic city amongst the world’s best cities.