Your guide to exploring Udaipur and Mount Abu in monsoons!
When it rains, some cities tend to be a tad bit more beautiful than the others- Udaipur and Mount Abu in Rajasthan are two such cities where we’d love to be to enjoy the rain with a cup of steaming hot chai and pakodas! The earthy smell of gili mitti, the sound of raindrops splattering into the beautiful Lake Pichola, the scenic drive up the curvy mountains to reach Mount Abu and then simply digging into a bowl of delicious warm Rabdi, as it continues to pour outside, are some of the simple joys that you can experience on your monsoon travels to this part of the country!
A city with blue and white houses, built around 4 breathtakingly beautiful lakes that changes its color with the color of the sun; grand, royal palaces with panoramic views of the entire city and ancient forts whose walls would tell you stories about its majestic history, is how we would describe Udaipur!
There’s so much to do and so much to see in this gorgeous city! Here are the reasons why we fell in love with Udaipur-
1. Chittorgarh and Kumbalgarh Fort
A UNESCO World Heritage site and a home to a number of intricately designed palaces and temples is Chittorgarh fort. Visit this monument right before sunset to catch a glimpse of the entire city glowing in the golden hour!
A fort that truly personifies the spirit and grandeur of Rajasthan is the majestic Kumbalgarh fort! Perched strategically on the cliffs of the Aravalli range, stands tall the multiple palaces and temples of Kumbalgarh, protected by the second longest wall in the world!
2. Lake Pichola and Fatehsagar Lake
No words we say would do justice to the beauty of these lakes! Be it the man-made Lake Pichola or the natural Fatesagar Lake, both of them would surely take your breath away with their serene beauty! When the sun sets, the entire lake shimmers like gold, thus making it the perfect place to either sit back and relax or to head on for a boat ride!
3. City Palace and Sajjangarh Palace
Built on the bank of Lake Pichola, stands the grand, mesmerizing and royal City Palace! With beautifully built balconies, tinted glass windows, colorful hallways decorated with intricate marble and mirror work, a museum and a crystal gallery; City Palace gives you a grand tour of the life of royalties of the Marwar kingdom.
Sajjangarh Palace, also known as the monsoon palace, is built atop the Aravalli hills, thereby giving you the best ever sunset views. It is most definitely the place to be to enjoy a romantic sunset and to get some amazing pictures!
Apart from the above, you could start your mornings by taking a walk in the beautiful gardens of Saheliyon Ki Bari or Gulab Bagh. In the evening, you must visit Gangaur Ghat to see the cultural folk dance and later take a post dinner walk in Ambrai Ghat to see the City Palace and Lake Palace all lit up in bright golden lights!
A three hour road trip from Udaipur through lush green rolling hills where you can hear crickets chirping at every bend in the road and you can feel the drop in the temperature as you travel higher up the Aravalli Mountains to get to Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s only hill station.
Here’s a list of things you could do while in Mount Abu-
1. Nakki Lake
According to the folklore, Nakki Lake was dug out overnight with bare hands by the love-struck Rasia Balam, as a part of the challenge given by the king to win his daughter’s hand in marriage! Head out with your loved one for a romantic boat ride in this lake during sunset!
2. Dilwara Jain Temples
The 1000 year old Dilwara temples, built with pure white marble and adorned with intricate marble carvings, is one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage centers. You must visit these temples to get blown away by the amount of attention paid to detail in a temple that was built over a 1000 years ago!
3. Sunset point
We can never get tired of recommending places from where you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets! Sunset point in Mount Abu, just as the name suggests is the place to be at to watch the sun set into the green valleys of the Aravalli mountains.
4. Trevor’s Tank and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, take a ride up the unpaved roads to reach Trevor’s Tank to catch a glimpse of the crocodiles in the lake or visit the wildlife sanctuary to see a variety of wild animals!
5. Guru Shikhar
Guru Shikhar is the highest point in the Aravalli Range, which has a small temple from where you could catch the breathtaking view of the mountains underneath!
A monsoon getaway to these two beautiful cities of Rajasthan would surely make you want to stop every 30 minutes to take pictures. We recommend that you simply soak in the views and let our travel photographers from Travographer take care that you get beautiful pictures of the view and you!