The quintessential place in North India to experience the beauty of a royal aura, Udaipur is a destination which no traveller would want to miss visiting. Known as the city of lakes, this beautiful city of historic monuments and heritage buildings has a lot more within its boundaries. It is one of the few places in Rajasthan where one can get charmed by the best of natural beauties, apart from taking a stroll through the lanes of history. Today, such is its fame that it could be found on the bucket list of every traveller, especially a history lover.
But do you know, despite being explored for decades there are still numerous places in Udaipur which have still not been in the limelight they deserve? Yes, we are talking about the offbeat and the untouched Udaipur. If you think you are one amongst those unconventional travellers who love taking the road less travelled, then the following list of the best offbeat places in Udaipur is assuredly for you.
Are you an art lover? If yes, then the beauty of Shilpgram will certainly interest you to the core. It is a small complex of rural arts and is located on the outskirts of Udaipur. It is one place where you can witness the grandeur of Rajasthani art in the form of beautiful handicrafts. It is spread over an area of about 70 acres and is a rural museum that showcases the richness of the Rajasthani culture and lifestyle.
No traveller can afford to miss exploring this beauteous site, especially if they are looking forward to learning about the history of Rajasthani art and culture. The complex has an open-air amphitheatre where about 8000 people can sit at once.
2) Solar Observatory
How about watching the twinkling and dazzling sky of Udaipur closely? If you would love to do so, then Udaipur Solar Observatory should be on your travel planner. Established in the year 1976, it is settled wonderfully on a small island in the midst of the charming Fateh Sagar Lake. On account of its commendable location, it must be visited by every offbeat traveller who is looking forward to experiencing the beauty of Udaipur to the fullest.
3) Lake Badi
For travellers planning a trip to Udaipur, Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake are always on their list of must-visit destinations. Therefore, over a period of time, these beautiful lakes have become crowded, and hence one cannot enjoy its nascent beauty today.
So, how about getting yourself to another lake in Udaipur which is not very popular, and hence can provide you with the best of the natural environment? If yes, then Lake Badi should be your stoppage.
It is located at a distance of about 10 km from the centre of Udaipur and is an artificial freshwater lake built in the 17th century by a local king. As the atmosphere here is peaceful, it makes for a relaxing getaway. The region is also good for birdwatching.
4) Pratap Park
Pratap Park is a recently built beautiful garden and is a perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll in the evening. It is located at an elevation of about 1000 ft and is also home to an open gym. Well, that's something which can allure you to explore its beauty if you are a gym freak. It is built on the banks of Lake Pichola and is known for its beautiful floral plantations. You must visit Pratap Park if you would love to just relax and chill.
5) Ahar Cenotaphs
Ahar Cenotaphs are the monuments for avid history lovers. People visiting Udaipur usually forget to explore these age-old memorials. This beautiful complex houses about 250 cenotaphs of the Maharajas of the Mewar kingdom. Hence, it is one of the few unexplored places in Udaipur which can tell you a lot about the history of Rajasthan. So, don't you think a visit to Ahar Cenotaphs would be worth remembering?