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 culture, royalty, and scenic beauty.
The first and second positions were bragged by San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, both in Mexico. However, Udaipur beat many international destinations to earn the distinction.
Readers of 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 also selected as the World’s Best City earlier.
Dotted with splendid palaces, world-class museums, luxury hotels, and picturesque scenery, Udaipur enjoys a breathtaking geographical location on Lake Pichola’s banks.
Besides these, some other reasons have made Udaipur flaunt the title of the 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 in your itinerary of the Udaipur tours won’t disappoint you. The ethereal charm of the lakes reaches the next level in the evening when they are illuminated with various lights.
Remarkable palaces impress the visitors
There is probably any city that boasts of a palace to watch over the monsoon clouds. But Udaipur does have one! Perched high on a mountain, Sajjangarh Palace helps celebrate Udaipur’s monsoon. City Palace is another top tourist attraction in Udaipur, which attracts many 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 precisely this! The heritage hotels in the city proffer a royal feeling beyond description. Fateh Prakash Palace, Trident Hilton, and Laxmi Niwas Palace are 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. Finally, 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, some of the ladies in the city still follow and carry the traditional culture well. Beautifully adorned with loads of jewelry like bangles, trinkets, and much more, they present their culture proudly. Moreover, folk dances and performances keep the audiences fascinated.
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A myriad of world-class temples and museums cast a spell
Udaipur is blessed with many splendid temples that make the city one of India’s best places to visit. 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 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 zeal and enthusiasm shown by the natives of Udaipur during the festivals like Hariyali Amavasya and Gangaur Festival are 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 lovers of art and craft. Workshops for children on crafts, arts, music, and theater are significant festival highlights.
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 irresistible and urge you to shop until you drop. Silver jewelry, peacock motifs, and numerous souvenirs will always remind you of your wonderful trip to Udaipur.
Head to famous markets like Bapu Bazaar to buy all the reasonably priced items. But, if you want to shop for your little ones, you can also move towards Palace Road.
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 deserves the title of one of the best cities in the World could be endless. But some of the aforementioned ones will 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 among the world’s best cities.