City Palace, Udaipur

Destination

Udaipur Holidays

Romance and natural charm

Udaipur goes by many monikers. Depending who you ask, it’s the White City of India, the Kashmir of Rajasthan, or the Venice of the east.

Regardless of which title takes the crown, it’s the latter that gives the game away. Udaipur is pulled up right next to the shore of Lake Pichola – a glittering freshwater expanse built by Pichhu Banjara in 1362, under Maharana Lakha Singh’s reign.

Stretching three miles across, it’s framed by distant green hills and pearl-white Rajput-era palaces that peer over the water’s edge. The City Palace is the largest in all of Rajasthan, and made up of some 12 intricate structures painstakingly built over a period of 400 years.

The palace sits on the eastern shore of the lake, which otherwise calm surface is rippled by the odd passing boat, and punctuated by islands like Jag Niwas. Better known as the setting of Udaipur’s exquisite Lake Palace, it floats ethereally in the water. View it from one of the surrounding ghats at sunset and you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

Destination Highlights
  • Venice of the east
  • Lake Pichola
  • Historic and cultural city
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5.5 hours
  • Currency INR - Indian Rupee
  • Visa Information British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.
  • Language Hindi and English are widely spoken.
  • Health Information Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Top Tips from our Experts

Claire

Destination Specialist

"Make sure you take a rowing boat across the lake to the Lake Palace, at sunset it's very serene and calm moment, depending who you're with it has huge potential of being very romantic."

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