Unwind in Style in Udaipur

1443608873udaipur_unwindThere are some pleasant recreational activities in and around Udaipur. The lakes and parks offer a number of different options including boat trips and interesting walks. Hiring a bike for a day is a great way to explore the area and nearby lakes.

One of the best ways to see Udaipur is by taking a boat trip on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The city rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert and the stunning City Palace can be seen along its eastern banks. The two islands in the lake are crowned with white domes and arches of private palaces. Jag Niwas is the larger of the two and the palace can be visited for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. There are some memorable views of the shoreline and palaces from the lake at sunset.

Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest National Parks and Tiger Reserves in India. It is spread over an area of approximately 400 square kilometers, amidst the picturesque surroundings of the Aravali and the Vindhya mountain ranges. The park features six artificial lakes and has undulating and rugged terrain, but is particularly famous for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers and diverse wildlife population.

Closer to the city is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is billed as Udaipur’s finest garden. It’s a peaceful and relaxing place and contains a wide variety of indigenous trees and plants. Unfortunately, it has suffered from neglect as many of the fountains are no longer working.

There is some good handicraft shopping in the city, with the main shopping streets running from the City Palace along Jagdish Temple Street to the clock tower and beyond to Hathi Pol. The Bapu Bazaar and Ashwini markets are recommended. Udaipur is a good place to buy pichhwai paintings; wall hangings painted on cloth or silk, featuring scenes from Krishna’s life.