Nestled in the Aravali ranges, Udaipur is described in several ways. Some describe it as the “City of Lakes”, while others call it the “City of Palaces” but it is more famously known as the “Venice of East”. These monikers are an attempt to highlight the beauty and scenic landscapes of Udaipur. However, words are not enough to do justice with the beauty of the city because words can convey only as much. In order to appreciate its beauty, one must come and experience it and there is no better time to do so then in the months of July to September when it is courted by clouds and rains are plentiful.
Udaipur is bestowed with numerous bounties of nature and during monsoons; it is transformed into an otherworldly place with clouds hanging low on the mountains and the lakes brimming with water. The palaces on their perch on the hills look like they are floating on the clouds. The whole city is painted in various hues of green as the rains wash away the heat of summers. Waterfalls, streams running down from the hills, water clogged farms are a common sight throughout the city and nearby villages. The major lakes in the city are filled to their capacity and provide a serene view. Hill palaces such as Sajjangarh and Kumbalgarh are surrounded by clouds and provide a breath taking panoramic view of the whole city. Nehru garden situated in the middle of the Fatehsagar Lake is worth a visit and can be reached through a short boat ride in the lapping waters of the lake. As it is surrounded by the mountain range, there are many trails like Peepliya which are quite famous with bikers and adventure seekers. During monsoon, these mountainous trails are enveloped in clouds and provide an unmatched experience.
The banks of Lake Pichola are thronged by local as well as foreign tourists and with the City Palace nearby and the Jagmindir and Lake Palace Hotel in the lake; it provides a view reminiscent of the old days of Kings and Queens. It is quite famous among the youngsters with its old antique shops and small cafes and restaurants that provide mouth-watering food and an equally enthralling view. Equally famous is the Badi Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the city.
A short ride from Udaipur, Jaisamand and Udaisagar lakes are well known picnic spots frequented by families and youngsters alike. Apart, from the lakes there are many gardens in the city such as Saheliyon ki Badi, Moti Magri and Dudh Talai which are well maintained and boast of varieties of plants and beautiful fountains. There is also a cable car ride from Dudh Talai to a hill opposite it and visitors can have a jaw dropping view of the gorge below. There are many such places in Udaipur which with their beauty and splendor have entranced the thousands of visitors that flock the city throughout the year and especially during the Monsoons.