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Udaipur India

Udaipur served as the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar for almost 400 years until India’s independence. The city is located on the gentle slopes of the Aravalli Range and features a series of lakes that give it its nickname, ‘City of Lakes’.

Rooted in Rajasthani tradition, Udaipur showcases old world charm with its ancient monuments, winding streets and palatial structures. The lakeside City Palace comprises several palaces built by kings over the centuries. Here, you’ll be able to glimpse Rajput and Mughal architecture in its triple-arched gate, decorated balconies and sprawling courtyards. The palace complex is also home to a museum and the intricately carved Jagdish Temple. The hilltop Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace is also worth a visit for unbeatable views over the city, its lakes and the surrounding slopes.

Udaipur is known for its serene lakes, and you can take a boat ride on Lake Pichola to admire some of the city’s former palaces converted into luxurious hotels. Right in the middle of the lake, on its own little island, is the gleaming Taj Lake Palace, and on the banks you’ll find the Oberoi Udaivilas – once ranked as the number one hotel in the world. On another island lies Jag Mandir, a 17th-century palace that now houses an upscale restaurant, a museum and a spa. You can also spend some time in Udaipur’s beautiful gardens, the most famous of which is Saheliyon ki Bari – home to carved fountains, marble elephants and lotus pools.

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