India is a magical place and a destination where many people want to travel. Whether it is the”Pink City”-Jaipur, or the”Blue City”-Jodhpur, Agra with the world’s most famous”Love Tomb” Taj Mahal, or Varanasi feeling the Ganges Night Festival …
After traveling through these places, if I ask which city in India is my favorite? I will tell you:Udaipur is the”white city” with the title”Venice of the East”. Udaipur is a city with many white marble buildings. It is located in Rajasthan, India, and was founded in the 16th century.
Perhaps it is precisely because of Udaipur’s Pichola Lake that people who have come to Udaipur will have an illusion. Is this India? Therefore, Udaipur can be said to be a”least Indian” city, which is one of the reasons for its popularity.
7:00 Morning scenes of Picholashu
I like to stay in hotels with scenic views, and Udaipur runs along Lake Picholas (Pichola Lake) has a lot of particularly good hotels. The location of this hotel I chose is very good, facing the lake, you can enjoy the scenery from the top of the building.
In the early morning, watching the sun rise slowly on the terrace, the water on the lake gradually turned golden, and the buildings on both sides began to brighten. If you like photography, then at this time, Picola Lake, beautiful will make you keep pressing the shutter.
Pichola Lake in Udaipur is located in the center of the city. It was an artificial lake built by Maharana Udai Singh II at the time to solve the water problem here. . In order to make the lake larger, the village of Picholi was flooded with water, which gave it the name.
It can be said that in India, Rajasthan, which is regarded as a”state of the desert”, Udaipur looks very quiet and beautiful because of the city’s lakes and water, and the scenery of lakes and mountains. So there was another nickname”City of the Lake”.
The two sides of the lake shore are full of palaces, temples, and bathing fields. In the reflection of the lake, there are blue-gray mountains, and cruise boats passing by from time to time make the lake surface wavelike and dreamlike. You might say that compared to the famous lakes, there doesn’t seem to be anything special here. But here is India. It is a rare fresh and naturally comfortable feeling.
The two island palaces in the heart of the lake:Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir make Pichola Lake attractive. This is where it appeared in the James Bond movie Octopussy.
9:00 The city palace worth checking in most
Udaipur is also called”White City” because it has many white marble buildings . And one of the most representative places in the city:the City Palace, right next to Lake Picola, is the largest palace in Rajasthan. For more than 300 years, the heirs have continuously added their own designs, so this building shows the life style of the royal family in ancient India.
Urban palaces in Rajasthan are currently mostly managed by the royal family. Udaipur’s urban palace is now divided into three parts:one is the private residence of the current prince and descendants of the royal family; one is built into a luxury hotel; the other is the palace museum inside the palace, and the ticket income is open to maintain family expenses (also tourists) The main check-in point).
The architecture of the city palace belongs to the Islamic style. It was built by Udaysinger in 1559. After continuous design and construction, the city palace today is an 11 small palace and a garden. Buildings. Visited the city palace in Udaipur and found that Mehrangarh Fort in Bijotpur is worth seeing.
According to the introduction, it is not the most special and largest in India, but it is the most exquisite one. It is a world-class museum with a large collection of historical relics. And many of the palace’s balconies and beautiful towers are open to visit. There are too many places and things to see, so just walking for a few hours is enough! And the view from the Udaipur City Palace is superb, and you can enjoy the panoramic view of Udaipur city and Lake Pichola.
12:00 Find a restaurant to taste Indian dishes.
Indians do not eat beef but drink milk. Their diet is mainly rice and pasta. And India is also a multi-ethnic country, and its beliefs are also diverse:Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, etc., so there are many restaurants with vegetarian logos in India. ).
When it comes to Indian cuisine, Curry is always inseparable, and I will also jokingly say that eating completely exudes curry flavor. As the originator of curry, India uses curry to create rich flavors of Indian cuisine. The magic of Indian cuisine is the fusion of various spices. Therefore, the mysterious and rich flavor is the essence of Indian cuisine.
There are many restaurants to choose from in Udaipur. Some of these exquisite historic buildings have very good restaurants, such as:Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel rooftop restaurant with open-air lake view; Shiv Niwas Palace has Paantya Restaurant; Amet Haveli Hotel Restaurant Ambrai. You can visit the hotel and enjoy the scenery and taste the food.
I belong to the category of people who are traveling in India and slowly fall in love with curry, so I naturally enjoy the taste of curry cuisine. By the way, after eating at an Indian restaurant, you will always get a dish of sweets and sugar mixed with spices (sugar, jelly beans). For the first time, you will feel a bit like cilantro or licorice (actually fennel seeds), which is to clear the taste of oral curry.
14:00 Fine carvings of Indian temples
Jagdish Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Udaipur, built on 17 Century, just over a hundred meters from the city palace. The temple hall is dedicated to the statue of Vishnu, and in front of the temple is a bronze statue of Vishnu’s mount Garuda.
From the base to the top, this temple is full of exquisite stone carvings. Elephants to horseback, people and idols are very well preserved. Someone once wrote in a travel note:”The carvings of the Temple of Gagdish are no worse than the sex temples of Khajuraho. However, the content of the carvings more reflects the normal life of the characters to portray elephants and plump The image of humans and gods is dominant.
Maybe this is the expression of the creators of the Temple of Gagdish closer to the people’s livelihood.”Therefore, local residents hold religious activities here every day. The singing voice from the hall will always make your steps approach and listen. Especially looking for a corner to sit down and feel the physical and mental experience brought by this different culture.
Tips:When traveling, you must respect the local religion. Like all temples in India, you need to take off your shoes to enter the temple, and women need long skirts or trousers.
16:00 Boat trip to Lake Pichola
At this time, the sun is gradually softening, and enjoy the best time in Udaipur on the boating lake. You can also take a closer look at the Taj Lake Palace on Huxin Island. Because the Lake Palace is a 5-star hotel, non-hotel guests cannot visit the island. They can only take a boat trip or pay a visit.
And another island palace (Jag Mandir) on Huxin Island is also recommended from a distance. Because the two palaces look beautiful against the backdrop of the lake.
And there is a romantic legend about the lake palace. According to legend, when Jager Singh was a prince, he wanted to date a girl he likes in the palace of his father Uday Singh, but was Father refused. Later, after Jager Singh became king, it took three years to build this fantastic palace on an island in a lake. Although it is only a legend, it is full of romantic colors.
Also, Lake Palace is also one of the world’s top hotels. The first lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, and the heroine of”The Lady in Troubled Times”, Vivien Leigh, have made special trips. Come here for vacation.
18:00 Enjoy the sunset sightseeing spots
When there are mountains and water, the sunset is the most beautiful scenery. Sunset point in Udaipur. Sunset point, just south of the City Palace, is a hilltop observation deck. You can take the cable car or walk to the top of the mountain, which overlooks the entire Lake Pichola and the city palace and Udaipur. The view is very wide.
Below the sunset is a place to take a cruise. It is also a good choice to choose a boat to enjoy the sunset. You can shoot the scenery from all angles.
A place like this will obviously attract a lot of tourists. I prefer to sit quietly in a comfortable place and watch the sunset slowly. Therefore, I did not choose to go here to watch the sunset. Instead, I chose the top floor of a hotel, ordered a cup of coffee, and looked at the quiet lake and mountains in the distance. Looking at the colors of the sunset, the whole white city suddenly felt so peaceful and quiet. safely.
There will be a romantic feeling overflow, no wonder some people say that Udaipur is”the most romantic place on the Indian continent”. When the setting sun fell and the night fell, and the buildings on both sides of the lake lit up, Udaipur was more charming and charming.
19:00 Visit the Old Town
Udaipur is famous for its fine brushwork and flourishing mosaic arts and crafts, just like the silk of Varanasi and the Gems, like Agra’s marble, are synonymous with a city. Therefore, Udaipur is also a famous art capital and a shopping paradise.
In the winding and criss-crossing alleys of the old city, there are countless small shops scattered, dealing with various crafts, arts and crafts. Miniatures, leather products, handmade notebooks, colorful jewelry, wood carvings and stone carvings, national costumes, spices, religious utensils … Souvenirs that can be found in India can be found almost in Udaipur.
And my favorite place is to find a prestigious studio in the old city and watch the artist make a painting one by one, it is really an art enjoyment. In Udaipur, the owner of every miniature painting shop is an artist, and the paintings sold are the works of himself or his apprentice.
If you are lucky to catch the festival, the old town will be even more lively. As for me, it happened to coincide with the Hindu religious festival Durgā, which is also known as Durga (in Chinese). It is one of the various images of Shiva, the wife of Shiva, in Hindu mythology.
The believers sing and dance, all kinds of carnivals. The streets of the old city became crowded all of a sudden, but the hustle and bustle filled the old city with life.
20:00 Shopping fun
If you want to buy some exquisite high-end Indian goods, such as:clothes, skin care products. Then in Udaipur, you can go to the Forum Celebration Mall Udaipur. Open here from 11:00 to 23:00, letting you shop crazy.
And this fulfilling day also ends in full harvest. But the trip to India is still going on, this magical country is worth your experience.
Udaipur Attractions Recommended
Peel Pichola Lake;
The City Palace is open from 09:30-17:30;
Jagdish Temple Hindu temple ( Udaipur’s largest temple);
Taj Lake Palace 5-star hotel, you can take a ferry to pay to visit the island, or you can watch from a distance;
Island The Palace (Jag Mandir) suggests a distant view; the Vintage Car Museum (Vintage an d Classic Car Museum) Opening hours:09:00-21:00; Sunset point.
Luxury Udaipur Hotel
There are several exquisite historical buildings hotels such as Fateh Prakash Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace near the City Palace, so hoteliers come to Udaipur, Take a tour of the Historical Palace Hotel alone.
Hygiene requirements for travel in India
Don’t drink raw water, buy bottled mineral water. If you like to drink hot water, you can buy a folding kettle in China;
Try not to eat food stalls, there are many freshly squeezed juices on the street, it is not recommended to buy;
Pay attention to personal hygiene, Wash your hands often, and bring some disinfectant wipes and disinfectant hand sanitizer;
Acute enteritis most often occurs when traveling to India, so gastrointestinal medicine is necessary.