It doesn’t matter how many countries you visit, you’ll always have a special place in your heart for your own. Like for me, it always has and will be “Mera Bharat Mahan”. And when it comes to a place you grew up carrying loads of memories to cherish forever, it automatically occupies that soft corner of your soul.
Cherry on the top, to have been brought up in a city filled with eternal beauty and everything magical around, it becomes a blessing in disguise for you to even be its minutest part.
So to describe it, a place, which is famous for its Rajput-era palaces and scenic locations, a place which is on the bucket list of so many tourists, a place where many plan their dream destination weddings, a place that carries a wide history and culture with it and is known by the names the City of Lakes, Venice of the East, and the Kashmir of Rajasthan. You are right; it is none other than, Udaipur, the city where my heart lies.
You must be thinking, what took me so long to write a blog post about my hometown? I had been waiting, waiting, and waiting. For something special!! And well, my 50th blog (Yayy, I am really glad) post seemed like the perfect moment to introduce you to my beautiful city! So what comes to your mind when you think of Rajasthan? Deserts!! Right? Make a visit to the Udaipur City and you will be left surprised. With lush green surroundings of Aravalli mountains, Udaipur is a home to many lakes; Pichola lake, Fatehsagar lake, Swaroopsagar lake, Badi lake to name a few.
So is the city all about lakes? Obviously not!! Udaipur has each and every ingredient which can relish its visitors. Forts, palaces, museums, temples, hills, zoo, gardens, forest, fountains, statutes, beautiful hotels, malls, fairs, and what not!! This city has the power to make you forget all your worries and feel like this is the only place where you truly belong to.
How to reach Udaipur city?
The cheapest and the most convenient way to reach Udaipur is via railways. There is direct connectivity of Udaipur to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Agra, Khajuraho, Kota etc. by railways. You can also opt for a bus journey as Udaipur is well connected by roadways.
Getting around Udaipur city?
The city is small and the best way to explore it is by strolling through the streets(mainly areas surrounding the old city). For a few of the places, you will need a transport. Auto rickshaws are generally expensive and a lot will depend on your bargaining skills; Ola/ Uber are a far better option.
If you are good with fitness and love riding bicycle, there cannot be a better option. Cycles are easily available on rent; check out PEDL by Zoomcar and MYBYK. Tired of cycling, another good option will be renting a motorbike. Check out this post on bike rental services in Udaipur. You can choose the one which you find affordable.
I have been asked a couple of times that how many days are good enough to explore Udaipur? To be honest, I don’t have an answer to this one, as it differs from individual to individual depending on their way of exploring. What I advise is that if you are planning a trip to Udaipur, plan for at least 3 days to cover the must-see places. Also if you have more days in hand, you can combine your trip to Udaipur with nearby places.