365 Places: Udipur

Day 83: Udipur, India

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the residents of the hotel in Jaipur venture on a trip to the nearly city of Udipur, famous for its beautiful lake.

Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur, Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur, Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Udaipur is referred to as the “Venice of the East,” the “Most Romantic City of India” and the “Kashmir of Rajasthan” (a reference to Dal Lake) because of the lake and the building which surround it. The city is situated in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, and has three interconnected lakes: Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and Swaroop Sagar Lake.

It is also a place that is famous for its beautiful palaces and temples. For example, the City Palace Museum looks like a definite place to visit.

Royal cenotaphs in Ahar, near Udaipur. Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Royal cenotaphs in Ahar, near Udaipur. Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Udipur certainly sounds like a colourful place with a very interesting mix of people. Wiki Travel says:

The city is still inhabited by people of the Bhil tribe. Udaipur dwellers are really friendly and good to be with. Here, people usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur.

From what I have read, the most famous festivals are the Mewar Festival and the Shilpgram Fair. At these events, many of the tribal desert people take part in the festival activities, making them a very colourful affair.

This is another destination on our dream trip to India, which we are currently planning for later in the year.

Fateh Sagar Lake, Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Fateh Sagar Lake, Image Credit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Udaipur

Udipur sounds like a beautiful and fascinating place – I can’t wait to visit!