Udaipur, the City of Lakes, also popularly known as the Venice of the East, has been ranked as the most beautiful city in the world. It’s the only heritage city in India that has been simultaneously ranked under the top 10 beautiful cities in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Besides, you may also not know that Udaipur is the most romantic city in Rajasthan. The town was Mewar’s ancient capital and lay in the southern part of Rajasthan, western India. The city is known for its history, music, picturesque scenery, attractions, temples, cuisines, friendliness, nature, atmosphere, and countless other factors.
Udaipur’s beauty has become more and more majestic in the Aravalli hills and lakes of the city. However, these lakes were designed in ancient times by kings and rulers to fulfill drinking water and irrigation needs by constructing barrages.
Udaipur is a city with fairy tale palaces, temples, and narrow streets surrounded by ancient picturesque buildings. It lends itself to its beauty and makes a relaxing place in Rajasthan, India’s biggest province, thanks to its setting on the calm lake Pichola.
But why Udaipur is called the Venice of the East?
Udaipur – Venice of East
To understand why Udaipur is suggested as Venice, let’s first understand the Venice city itself.
Founded on over a hundred small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is the Veneto province’s capital in northern Italy. This city doesn’t have and roads for connectivity; instead, it depends upon a series of waterways and canals.
Very few cities have claimed as heritage like Venice’s art and culture. It’s a genuine marvel of artistic genius: a town founded in dirt, sands, and slime of the tough, unfriendly terrain. Besides, the mystical and spectacular environment of this city is no more stunning than the town itself.
In contrast, Udaipur is referred to as ‘Venice of East’ for many reasons. It is first of all so stunning that it is compared to Venice in a complementary state. Another interpretation is that, like Venice, Udaipur is also surrounded by multiple lakes, and because of this reason, it would be named ‘Eastern Venice.’
Udaipur is also known by different other names such as:
- The White City
- Kashmir of Rajasthan
- Romantic city of the East
Much of Udaipur’s architectural infrastructure are painted in white, and the town has five main lakes, including Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Badi, Doodh Talai, and Roop Sagar. However, the city also comprises other lakes such as Udai Sagar, Swaroop Sagar, Goverdhan Sagar, Rang Sagar, Madar, and a few more.
The sunsets in Udaipur are lovely, with architectural framework reflections on the water of the lake. The city palace, which takes 2-3 hours to visit the castle itself, is the city’s most popular attraction. Udaipur is a lovely town with lakes and palaces that paves the way for royal retreats. Additionally, the Fateh Sagar Lake and Doodh Talai Lake are two prominent and amazing artificial lakes in Udaipur.
Have a look at this Aerial and Drone video shoot of Venice of the East – Udaipur!
The city has everything to offer from the best hotels to restaurants, best scenic views to landscapes, charming days to partying nights, and one of the world’s oldest cultures.
Udaipur is a city of joy, love, adventure, excitement, and many other things. You’ll definitely fall in love with this place. The town leaves a great impact on tourists, and people from around the world love to visit Udaipur.
If you are from India or any other country planning to visit Udaipur, then you must read our Udaipur Travel Guide so that you can enjoy every moment of yours in this beautiful and mesmerizing city.
Udaipur is a fascinating tourist attraction; it is a land that embraces festivals, colors, and eccentric people while keeping their traditional culture close. So plan a journey to Udaipur – “Venice of East” for singing and dancing and getting drunk in history, to bask in the beauty of the great palaces, old sacred shrines, and the lovely lakes and mountains surrounding them.
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