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8 Top Things To Do In Udaipur
The historic city of Udaipur is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, and is often called the ‘Venice of the East’ and also the ‘City of Lakes’. The shimmering lakes, spectacular palaces, beautiful temples and vibrant markets give Udaipur a fairy-tale like feel. It is this indescribable old-world charm that captivates thousands of tourists who visit this city every year. Here is a compilation of the top 8 things to do in Udaipur for an immensely memorable trip.
Enjoy The Heritage Walks And Treks
Udaipur, the capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, is a city steeped in history and legend. A walking tour is the best way to enjoy the unique sights and sounds of Udaipur and there are plenty of options, catering to different tastes. Tours are provided by both government and private agencies. Tours like the Udaipur Heritage Walk, Udaipur Food Walk, Udaipur Bazaar and Ghat Walk give the traveller a wonderful glimpse into the magnificent palaces and bustling markets. For those who seek an offbeat experience, the Delwara Heritage and Community Walk, Udaipur Outback Tour, Rural tour etc. are the top choices.
Go Cycling And Horse Riding
This is one of the most interesting activities on the long list of things to do in Udaipur. For the adventurous travellers, there is the exciting option of exploring the outskirts of Udaipur on horseback. This gives the traveller the unique chance to explore the surrounding countryside, discover the beautiful landscape of the Aravalli Mountains and experience the simple lifestyle of the tribal villages. A similar experience is offered by the cycling tours which lets the traveller escape the hustle and bustle of the city into the beautiful unspoiled countryside, for a glorious glimpse into the heart of Rajasthan.
Another unique item on the list of things to do in Udaipur is a visit to the wonderful rural and arts complex – Shilpgram, which was built in 1989. Located about 3km west of Fateh Sagar lake, amidst the rolling countryside, the Shilpgram depicts the traditional lifestyle, handicrafts, art , music and dance of the different parts of western India. The best time to visit is during the fair held annually at December-end, which draws hundreds of performers and artisans from all over India.
Enjoy An Aerial Tour Of Udaipur
An aerial tour of Udaipur by ropeway, offers breathaking views of the palaces and lakes, and makes for an unforgettable experience. There are a couple of private agencies which offer this service. The sunset view of the Lake Pichola is especially remarkable.
Enjoy A Light-And-Sound Show
To travel centuries back in time to the royal kingdom of Mewar, the spectacular light and show is a must-watch among the things to do in Udaipur. Taking place at the Manek Chowk in the City Palace, the commentary and the lighting displays gives the tourist an insight into the fascinating history of Udaipur.
Visit The Solar Observatory
Built in 1976, the famous Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO) is situated on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake. One can take a boat ride across the lake to reach the USO. Utilizing a wide variety of telescopes, the USO is renowned for its solar observations, and is a popular haunt for keen students of astronomy.
Participate In Traditional Cooking Classes
Local, home-run cooking classes provide a wonderful opportunity to get a hands-on experience of the traditional recipes, ingredients and cooking methods. It is also another opportunity to get an inside glimpse into the fascinating Rajasthani culture, dress, religion and customs.
Relax With An Ayurvedic Treatment
Rejuvenate your tired body with a soothing Ayurvedic treatment and massage at one of the many spas in the city which practice the traditional processes of cleansing and detoxification.