Venice of the East and the City of Lakes- Udaipur is a lakeside paradise of shimmering marbles and oozing romance. A peaceful city on the banks of Lake Pichola wins hearts of millions. Udaipur is said to be one of the best cities in India. Well, turns out that it is not just best of India, but stands among the best cities around the world. It has been ranked third best out of the listed 15 best cities of the world by Travel + Leisure magazine based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. Udaipur excelled leaving behind Mumbai and Delhi and is the only Indian city in the list.
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Known for its breathtaking scenery, class apart museums and luxurious hotels, Udaipur holds pride in its history. With the explosions of colors in the markets, Udaipur is a city full of cultural and traditional marvels. With its numerous lakes and unusually calm and peaceful aura in India, Udaipur has become World’s Third Best City making India proud.
Museum of the Moon- an art installation of a replica of the moon in Udaipur
The renowned artist promoted by British Council- Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is touring India all this month, and this Tuesday, the Museum of the Moon landed in Udaipur where it was showcased at the City Palace’s Moti Chowk. It stayed in the sky till Wednesday night i.e. Valentine’s Day, the promoters said. Numerous people of the Lake City and tourists were enthralled not only to see the ‘Moon’ so close but also to feel its magnificence. They posed in various positions, some danced, some pretended to hold it on palm and carry on shoulders, while others kissed under the massive structure and rejoiced.
The 23-feet wide replica of the moon has been made from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera in collaboration with UK Space Agency and University Of Bristol and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
Giving details of the artwork to media, country director of British Council Alan Gemmell said, “2018 marks the 70 years of the organization in India and the end of the UK-India Year of Culture. We have been inspired everyday of the last 7 decades by the artists, students, scientists and policy makers we’ve worked across India”.
The Museum of Moon has so far traveled to 30 countries and this month it is touring India. Five surprise destinations had been chosen for its public display. After Bangluru and Mumbai, Udaipur is the third city where it has come, Alan informed. The Museum of Moon is half a million times smaller than the real moon- meaning one centimeter of it represents 5 kilometers of lunar surface.
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Experience Pedaling through the wilds- A cycling Expedition amidst the Jungles of Rajasthan.
The Forest Department of Rajasthan – Wildlife circle Udaipur in association with “Le Tour De India” as their adventure partner is coming up with an exclusive wildlife adventure event from 16th to 18th February 2018 in Udaipur. An Initiative by “Rajasthan Forest Department – Wildlife circle Udaipur with an aim to promoting Wildlife-Eco-Responsible tourism at the same time to provide the Cyclists with a thrilling jungle experience, this cycling safari is the new way to experience the jungle from close. This adventure jungle expedition is specially designed amidst the wilderness of Aravallis of Udaipur range, India. Come and indulge yourself in one of a kind cycle expedition amidst jungles of Udaipur range of Southern Aravallis.
With the pedal safari the adventurers will also get to explore archaeological sites, rare avian and animal species, mountain bicycling and much more at an exciting pace in the Lake City of Udaipur.
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Beginning from 25th December 2017 till 3rd January 2018 a visual and sensory treat of flowers is organized at Fatehsagar pal in Udaipur. The locals and tourists can enjoy the beauty of flowers by visiting Fatehsagar pal in Udaipur.
The promenade aims to providing a feeling of freshness to the public of Udaipur and tourists as well. Those who have developed beautiful plant gallery at their homes can also be a part of the flower show and display their plants. To make everyone aware of the importance of environment conservation, it has been decided to give away plants free of cost like previous years. Fatehsagar is a striking tourist destination that becomes more alluring when these fragrant flowers are kept on display there.
So pack your bags for Udaipur and, apart from the royal heritage grandeur of the Lake City, treat your senses with various colourful flowers and carry home some of the beauty with you!
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After being declared as the ‘Best Wedding Destination’, Udaipur has got another honour. The city has been awarded as the second best ‘Favorite Indian Leisure Destination’ by Conde Nast Traveller India. Divya Thani, Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Traveller magazine conferred the award at the award function organized in New Delhi.
The city of lakes offers much needed break to the tourists coming here. The sight of Pichhola Lake and Fateh Sagar Lake is enough to rejuvenate tired minds and bodies. This small city is a hot favourite of both national and international tourists due to its beauty and unhurried pace of life. Besides the lakes, City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Jag Mandir, Sahelion ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli and Eklingji Temple are other popular sites of Udaipur. Whenever you feel like slowing down a little, Udaipur has to be your destination.
The multi-hued culture of Rajasthan will be on full display during the upcoming Kumbhalgarh Festival at the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort. The festival aims to enthrall the onlookers with everything that Rajasthan stands for. Various cultural performances and competitions are planned to give the participants a glimpse of the rustic side of the state.
Something new is on the cards this year as the festival will have a fusion of basic Indian classical like Odissi dance and Bharatnatyam and Rajasthani folk. There will be Kalbeliyas, Langas, Terahtaali and Kachchi Ghodi to name a few.
Tourists will be able to participate in fun contests like turban tying competition and win prizes. Besides this, puppet shows will add more excitement to Kumbhalgarh Festival.
Here’s what to expect at this 3 day festival which will be held from 1st to 3rd December 2017.
1st December: Rajasthani Folk Fusion – Gair, Terahtaali, Langa, Kalbeliya, Kachchi Ghodi will be performed altogether on stage. After this Odissi Dance will be performed by Kavita Mohanti.
2nd December: Classical Dance fusion – Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, KuchiPudi, MohiniAttam. All artists will be on stage at the same time. The theme for this classical performance is based on “Vande Mataram”.
3rd December: Flute and Sarod – Bansuri Vadan by Ronu Majumdar and Sarod by Dev Jyoti Bose. These two eminent artists will present a jugalbandi on stage.
The programmes look exciting so make a plan to enjoy the next weekend at Kumbhalgarh Festival in Rajsamand near Udaipur.
The Lake City, Udaipur is making the country proud at the global level. got featured in the ‘The World’s Top 15 Cities’ list in a survey done by famous magazine Travel and Leisure. Leaving Mumbai and Delhi behind, Udaipur grabbed the place in World’s best cities to travel.
According to magazine Travel and Leisure, Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, they ask readers to weigh in the different cities of the World on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” And this is the final result that they provided.
The lake city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the finest tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan, famous for its magnificent palaces and shimmering lakes with milky white architecture. It is popularly known as the Royal Wedding destination in India as well as across the borders.
Here is the list of all the 15 cities:-
15. Barcelona, Spain
14. Udaipur, India
13. Siem Reap, Cambodia
12. Rome, Italy
11. Santa Fe, New Mexico
10. Luang Prabang, Laos
9. Ubud, Indonesia
8. Cape Town, South Africa
7. Hoi An, Vietnam
6. Oaxaca, Mexico
5. Florence, Italy
4. Kyoto, Japan
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
2. Charleston, South Carolina
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
According to Travel and Leisure, “The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia.”