Udaipur is the “City of Sunrise,” and is often referred to as one of the most romantic cities in India. The city is built around four man-made lakes filled with calm blue waters that reflect royal palaces and temples and the distant Aravalli Hills, predating even the Himalayas shimmer in the background. Udaipur reflects the true sense of serenity and space and the city is free of intense hawkers that define a typical Indian street experience.
Udaipur is not only famous for its gracious palaces, but is blessed for its temperate climate, and picturesque views. It has witnessed bloody wars against the Afghans, Turkish, and Mughal invaders. This is the capital built on the shores of Lake Pichola with the older part of the city situated along its banks. The city features some of the most striking landmarks with its towering Lake Palace and City Palace that takes you back to the 16th-century Rajput ambience of utmost royalty and bliss. The nearby Eklingji is where you can indulge in prayer rituals every Monday evenings. This is where the Maharana, the 76th ruler of one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world would often join his subjects to pay his reverence to Lord Shiva.
It is recommended that you spend a good 3 to 4 days in Udaipur to either wander aimlessly along its labyrinth lanes, enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, explore the massive medieval palaces and fortress emerge from its shores, or set off to view Ranakpur’s intricately carved Jain temples or the ancient Kumbhalgarh fort. Wherever you go in Udaipur, you will find this City of Sunrise most relaxing.