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  • Alex Gillam

Udaipur, the City of Lakes

Like a cinematic dreamscape, few sights invoke such breathtaking romance as Udaipur, a living tribute to the power, beauty and prestige of the Mewar Kingdom. From perfectly preserved traditions and stunning manmade lakes to one of a kind palaces and sprawling, colorful city streets, the kaleidoscopic liveliness of Udaipur has to be seen to be believed.

Today, the city’s idyllic sights are the perfect introduction to the charms of a bygone era, and while you could spend a lifetime taking in the highlights of this fairy tale city, there are some things every visitor to Udaipur should have on their list, such as:

The City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords fine views of the lake and the city from its upper terraces.

Lake Pichola, an expansive man-made lake that serves as the inspiration for Udaipur’s title as the ‘City of Lakes’. No visit to Udaipur is complete without a cruise along its glimmering waters, the perfect setting to take in views of the serene Aravalli Hills, the city’s lake-side temples and palaces, as well as the throngs of locals making their way to nearby bathing ghats.

The mirage-like Lake Palace, a dream of white marble and glistening mosaics, and reminiscent of one of the most beautiful sights in the world - the Taj Mahal. Conceived in romance, the palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, the 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar – believed to be descendants of the Sun God.

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