What to see in Udaipur
Known as the City of Lakes, or the Venice of the East, many of the attractions in Udaipur are centred around the city's beautiful lakes. Lake Pichola is a great starting point for sightseeing in Udaipur because it is enveloped by palaces, mansions and temples, and boasts several pretty islands. It is one of the largest and most picturesque lakes in the city. Attractions on the lakeside include the City Palace of Udaipur on the eastern bank, Mohan Mandir on the northeast corner, and the famous Lake Palace on Jag Island. Boat rides and sunset cruises are a treat and although it is surrounded by palatial architecture, Lake Pichola also has many bathing ghats (steps), where locals congregate to wash and socialise, adding colour and authenticity to the lovely scenery. Other beautiful lakes in the city include Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar.
Those willing to venture beyond this picturesque city will find that there are many worthwhile excursions from Udaipur. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur are magnificent, showcasing some of the best marble work in India. The Ranakpur Temple complex is the largest of its kind in the world and a must-see for anybody visiting the area - it is conveniently located on the route between Udaipur and Jaipur. There are many other temples a short way out of the city, including the small but impressive Eklingji Temple, which draws rave reviews from tourists.
A bit further afield, but still within easy driving distance for a day-trip, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is a real adventure, promising hundreds of atmospheric 15th-century temples to explore, exhilarating views, and a perimeter wall second in length only to the Great Wall of China.
Forty miles (60km) north of Udaipur are the Jain Temples of Ranakpur. It is the largest temple complex of its kind in India, and boasts some truly staggering marble work - easily on a par with any…
Kumbhalgarh is a massive Mewar fortress built in the 15th century, with seven heavily fortified gateways and a perimeter wall that extends a staggering 22 miles (36km); possibly the second longest…
The white walls of Udaipur's Lake Palace soar above the peaceful waters of Lake Pichola, topped by ornamental battlements and turrets. The sprawling palace has been developed by successive maharanas…
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