Udaipur - White pearl of Rajasthan

23 June, 2020

After Pink city of Jaipur, Golden city of Jaisalmer, Blue city of Jodhpur there is nothing wrong if we refer to Udaipur city as white pearl because in the ancient time rurals made so many palaces & temples in white color and the City Palace near Lake Pichola is one of them.

Udaipur has seen civilization flourish from ancient times and I could know these all things after my visit in July 2016.

I had no idea that the beautiful city of lakes - Udaipur has so many beautiful things to see such as Lake Pichola, fabulous view of the mountain range, rich in heritage and historically important temples etc. Things like these make the city rich in culture and heritage and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Udaipur as a city surprised me like it surprises everyone. I fell in love with the city from the very first moment I stepped in it. The picturesque hotel in the midst of Lake Pichola and the shikaras going around the lake was a sight that I could watch for hours.

My girlfriend and I stayed in Udaipur for 2 days and 3 nights. Our first day was spent by visiting the City Palace, a white palace with a modern look, Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful garden with fountains and multiple boat rides at Lake Pichola. Although our favourite ride of all was the one that we took in the evening to view the sunset and sip champagne. That picturesque sight was not only beautiful but it was very romantic too. Boating in the lake in the most romantic city of Rajasthan touring around the colourful India was like a dream come true for both of us. One can explore the city on foot especially the area around the lake which i really recommend as it is so refreshing during the evenings.

The following day we visited the Jagmandir, Jagdish palace, had an amorous lunch at a romantic restaurant overlooking the to celebrate our relationship anniversary which was arranged by our travel agent. We were in awe of the city and kept appreciating every palace turned hotel we visited, every jewel from the treasure chest of India we saw, the delicious meals that we ate and with the hospitality of Indian culture.

Since India is a tropical country and Rajasthan is a desert state, the ideal time to visit North of India is during its winters ( October - March) but since Udaipur is surrounded by multiple lakes, one can find relief from the weather even during the summer period. My girlfriend and I took our tour in late July and it was a pleasant time to travel around as we were informed that it is the time of monsoons or the rainy season.

So to make our trip a bit adventurous, we stayed a night in the Oberoi Udaivilas and a night in a budget hotel just to make a comparison and to witness whether the hospitality that the Indian culture is so proud of is only for the elite class or is it for everyone. I am so happy to say this that no matter where you stay, they all welcome you with love and care and treat you as if you are a king. They practise what they preach that is “Guest is God” or as they say in Sanskrit “ Athithi Devo Bhava”.

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