There is something about cities with a history. Cities which grow battling the simultaneous claims of the past and the present, cities where honour and glory once dominated the way of life, cities which have seen the rise and fall of monarchy. There is a romance in looking back, aching for the things which have been and never more will be. In cities like this, nostalgia is not looked upon as a hindrance for progress, but is willfully nurtured and indulged in.
Udaipur is a perfect manifestation of a city which holds both the past and the present in a fine balance. It is a city where sprawling ancient bazaars are competing with air-conditioned malls, quaint narrow by-lanes are gradually making way to accommodate the onslaught of Uber and Ola cabs, road side stalls selling mirchi vada are putting up a fight with artsy cafes selling milkshakes and fancy sandwiches. Everything survives and slumbers on- the old and the new, the past and the present, the dying and the newborn.
Things to do in Udaipur:
There is plenty to see/do in Udaipur. If you are a shopaholic, be ready to splurge your money on colorful handicrafts, textiles, miniature paintings, clothing or jewelry. Udaipur is a shopper’s paradise and it’s bazaars have a charm of their own. Even if you are not interested in shopping, just walking through the rusty lanes lined with shops will enthrall you with its collective irresistibility. If you are a bookworm looking for a quiet corner of your own, you can amble into quaint, little cafes overlooking the lake. You can sit in one of these for hours, sipping coffee and watching the sunset. There is something for everyone. It is a city that seldom disappoints.