The beautiful city of Udaipur is situated in the state of Rajasthan and is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’. The backdrop of the lakes and the magical sunsets, combined with a rich and interesting history make it a popular destination for tourists. Despite this, it has been able to resist the commercialism and over-development seen elsewhere.
Most of the old part of Udaipur is built on the shores of Lake Pichola, and it’s here that you will find most of the city’s attractions. Take a boat trip and visit the island and former palace in the middle of the lake made famous by the James Bond film, Octopussy. Spend some time walking aimlessly around the small lanes while observing the locals going about their business.
The City Palace is the largest royal complex in Rajasthan, towering over the northwest shore of Pichola Lake. The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artifacts. The armory museum exhibits a huge collection of protective weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword. The Ruby Palace has a good collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas displays some miniature paintings.
The Crystal Gallery can be found in the Fateh Prakash Palace and has a collection of crystals ordered by the Maharana Sajjan Singh from England. The maharaja died before they arrived and all the items stayed packed up in boxes for over one hundred years. The extravagant collection includes sofa sets, a dining table, decanters, perfume bottles, and an exquisite jewel studded carpet.
Jagdish Temple can be found north of the City Palace. The intricately carved interior of the temple has some exquisite carvings as well as several smaller shrines that are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Shiva, and the Sun God.
The Eklingji Temple is one of the country’s prime pilgrimage destinations. It is famous for its 108 shrines built of marble and sandstone and was first built in 728 AD. It has however undergone many changes and renovation work over the years.