Udaipur

Mesmerizing! One word that does justice to the opulence of this beautiful city. Undoubtedly the most romantic and stunning city of Rajasthan, the city of lakes, Udaipur offers you memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Day 1

Once you’ve reached there, the best way to begin is to visit one of the roof top terraces in Udaipur that offer stunning vistas of Lake Pichola and the majestic Lake Palace. Relish the delectable dishes of the Rajasthani cuisine there before it’s time to  walk up to the City Palace for a glimpse of Udaipur’s regal past.

The largest palace complex in Rajastan, the City Palace impresses with its sheer size and spectacular view. Once you have been mesmerised by its splendour, wander down to the City Palace jetty for a boat tour to see the floating Lake Palace up close. This stunning marble structure was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II and is set on a four-acre island. Its mosaics and gardens are particularly striking.

Advance to the Leela Palace and make a stop at Jag Mandir. This mesmerising structure was built in 1626 and has beautiful grounds where you can wander around and enjoy a drink before returning to the City Palace.

Day 2

Once you’ve had your fill, set off in the wee hours of the morning to explore some of Udaipur’s highlights, like Jagdish Temple. A grand Hindu temple situated in the heart of Udaipur, Jagdish Temple is one of the major attractions for foreign travellers. It was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai and with time, people began calling it the temple of Jagdish ji.

Next, make a stop at the Maharana Pratap Memorial. A historic site dedicated to the gallant Maharana Pratap, ruler of Mewar, it is situated atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill and overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake.

Post Lunch, visit Fateh Sagar Lake and the ‘Saheliyon-ki-Bari’ (Courtyard/Gardens of the Maidens). It lies in the northern part of the city and has fountains, kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants which offer a cool reprieve from the otherwise soaring temperatures in summers.

At dusk, wander down to the lake again. This time sit down by the lakeside, and peacefully observe the people pray and make religious offerings.

Day 3

Begin this day with a walking tour around Udaipur. Visit the ghats and temples on the banks of Lake Pichola, visit a traditional stepwell, meet a local family in the 150-year old residence, watch silversmiths and goldsmiths at work, and be captivated by the beautiful art of making pottery. A great way to end your time in this wonderful city.

Post lunch, get geared up for your next destination – Mount Abu.

Mount Abu

An oasis in the dusty landscape of Rajasthan, the hill station of Mount Abu charms travellers with its serene lake, hilltop temples and majestic forts. Marvel at the intricate carvings of the Dilwara group of Temples, gaze at the picture-postcard sunsets or stroll along the lakeside—there are a variety of experiences you can pack into your one-day trip to Mount Abu. Perched at an altitude of 4000 feet, the hill station is an ideal getaway for everyone.

Day 3

After you check in to your hotel in the afternoon, proceed to visit the famous Nakki Lake. Take a boat ride and enjoy the scenic vistas in its proximity. Legend says that the lake was dug out by the Gods using their nails, or Nakh, and hence its name and religious significance.

Day 4

After breakfast, proceed to the Dilwara Jain Temple. The beautiful and intricate temple complex makes you marvel at the creations including the Hastishala, Luna Vasahi Temple, Pittalhar Temple and Parshwanath Temple, all of which were built over a period of 500 years.

Advance to the Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Rajasthan situated at 5,653 feet offering a 360-degree picturesque view. It houses a temple and an ancient cave for Lord Dattatreya, believed to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.