Udaipur has a romantic setting that is unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all of India.  That is all thanks to the shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction. One of the main charms of Lake Pichola is that it reflects the grey-blue mountains on its mirror-like surface – making it a must-see attraction. Visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of boat rides on the lake where you can simply sit back and soak up the calm atmosphere.  However, it’s not just about relaxation, as Udaipur’s fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add to the city’s natural charms. In fact, the bustle of ancient bazaars, and its lively arts scene, provides a quaint old-world feel. There is also some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback. Culture vultures will adore a trip to the imposing City Palace, which is Rajasthan’s largest palace as its facade is 244m long and 30.4m high. It is easy to spend hours exploring the landmark, which is surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas that rise over the lake. Be sure to also visit its museum, which boasts extravagant rooms decorated with mirrors, tiles and paintings. Another must-see attraction inside the City Palace is the restored Durbar Hall, which houses some of the country’s biggest chandeliers. The walls display weapons and portraits of former maharanas of Mewar, who come from what is believed to be the oldest ruling dynasty in the world, spanning 76 generations.  If you love learning more about Indian royals, then visit The Palace on Jagmandir Island. You can discover how it was built by Maharana Karan Singh II in 1620. It now has been partly converted into a hotel, with seven rooms, a restaurant, bar and spa, which are open to visitors. It is especially beautiful at night when it is lit up.

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