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Sonali Agrawal

Udaipur: The Venice of the East 

Do you know: The Venice of the East in India? Undoubtedly, it is Udaipur. Among the 10 most beautiful cities in the world, it is one of the most picturesque cities in India. 

A former capital of Mewar, it is still the home of descendants of Raja Udai Singh, who founded it in 1559. Thousands of tourist visit here to see the beauty of Udaipur. 

The white city of Udaipur is a majestic place at the foot of the Aravalli hills. It was built to address water scarcity and construct artificial lakes for irrigation. 

The largest artificial lake in Asia is Jaisamand Lake, Udaipur. The solar observatory of Udaipur is one of the best in Asia. The miniatures paintings and Shilpgram festival held during New Year is a treasure for art lovers. The Jagdish temple is a true example of Indo-Aryan architecture dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Jag temple beside Lake Pichola, also known as Lake Garden Palace, is a summer palace for royal families.

This city of lakes in Rajasthan draws special attention as this unnatural lake system, seven of which surround the city, its cuisine, nature, atmosphere, and picturesque palaces to its sacred temples.

All are worth visiting!

But do you know why Udaipur is known as Venice of the East?

The Venice of the East

To know why Udaipur is known as Venice, let us explore Venice first.

For connection, Venice relies on a network of waterways and canals rather than end roads, as it was founded hundreds of years ago as a small island in the Adriatic Sea

Very few cities across the world have known for their heritage and culture. It is a genuine artistic city found on the shore of sand and terrain. Still, the mystical view of the city is more than stunning.

Udaipur is said to be the Venice of the East for many reasons. Firstly, Venice’s multiple lakes complement its spectacular appearance, making it a perfect complement to the city. Udaipur is also called the city of 

The Kashmir of Rajasthan
The romantic city of the East

Udaipur Attractions:

  • Ambrai Ghat
  • Udaipur City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Jag Mandir
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Karni Mata Temple

City Expedition: My Way

Our journey began after we checked into a hotel and stayed for two hours to relax. It started with the largest palace in Rajasthan, the City Palace. Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, it looked mesmerizing with the combination of pavilions, corridors, artistic walls, courtyards, terraces, rooms, and gardens. 

It took almost two hours to explore the palace, tired but went to Shri Jagdish temple to experience the wisdom and intricate stone carvings. The next destination was Bagore ki Haveli. An ancient building that stands tall on the banks of Gangori Ghat, the Havelis glasswork and delicate carving was worth clicking. It only has a museum in the daytime, but the place becomes lively in the evening with live performances, folk dance, and music. This ghat is famous for Lord Shiva Temple.

We had lunch in the nearby cafe and took a boat ride in Lake Pichola. After that, we visited the local market to shop for some stuff. 

The best time to visit the lake is evening. The cool breeze, sunset, and city vibe take you across a diverse globe. 

Shopping Galore

The next day, we planned for the Sajjangarh Palace. A hilltop overlooks Fateh Sagar Lake. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city. It looks surreal!

Do not forget to visit Karni Mata Temple, located in the Machla Hills, near Doodh Talai Lake, Udaipur. It enshrines Karni Mata— you can reach the hilltop with the ropeway. You can see the entire city from the top. It looks more beautiful in the evening as the city lights fill the city with brightness and calmness.

Next, shopping in Mangalam Arts, famous for Pichwai and Teekri’s work, was on our list. We also found a small shop near Ambrai Ghat, Toshakhana— selling leather bags at pocket-friendly prices. You can also check street shops for art jewelry and bangles. 

Wrapping Up

If you are an Indian or a citizen of another nation, you should put this destination on your travel itinerary. Festivals, vibrant colors, and beautiful people make it an amazing destination. Plan your route, see the city, and then unwind after a long day by sipping beer and eating delicious Laal Maans and other Rajasthani fares at a Lakeview restaurant. 

That’s all for now! We didn’t have enough time to see everything because we had to catch our flights, but I pledge to return to this lovely city someday.

So, when are you planning to visit Udaipur Venice of the East with your family?

Do not forget to share your expedition with us!

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