Why is Udaipur Called the Venice of the East?

The “City of Lakes” – Udaipur is often regarded as the Venice of the East. If you are yet to visit the “City of Canals,” Venice in Italy, then plan a trip to the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Taste the ambiance of Venice in Udaipur. Udaipur is filled with both man-made and artificial lakes. The pristine lake water and the boat rides surrounded by grand architectural palaces with immense cultural significance justify why Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East.

Are you someone who loves to bask in the glory of nature and walk through history in a serene atmosphere? Then, Udaipur is an ideal gateway for your solo venture. In Udaipur, you will find the perfect blend of nature and culture. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the former Mewar capital. Udaipur has something for every kind of traveller. At the end of your venture to the “City of Lakes,” you will for sure not be disappointed. Read my guide to Udaipur, and you will immediately feel the excitement to plan a trip to this city of Rajasthan.

Although there are several names attributed to Udaipur, Venice of the East always intrigues travellers who decide to explore the city. There are many ways to relate to Udaipur as the Venice of the East. Read below to find some interesting facts about why Udaipur is called the Venice of the East.

The art and culture

Why is Udaipur Called the Venice of the East?

Similar to Venice, Udaipur is the hub of art and culture. This similarity between the two is one of the solid reasons why travellers refer to Udaipur as the Venice of the East. Venice has always been one of the most spectacular art cities in the world. And Udaipur’s heritage speaks volumes about why it attracts tourists from all over the world. 

On my visit to Udaipur, what captivated me the most was the art and culture of the city. The grandeur of the architectural palaces is nothing less than the architectural gems of Venice. You will be swept off your feet looking at the intricate work of art of white marbles on the palaces. Udaipur is also referred to as the White City because of this reason. The culture of Udaipur remains an important aspect to the people of the city. Once you involve yourself with their way of living, you will only fall in love with the city. 

The cultural folk songs and dances narrate stories and folklores from ancient times. An evening can be easily spent as you sway with the music. I always say, “To know a place, you need to understand its culture.” Udaipur is one such city with immense cultural importance. 

The romantic city 

Romance is in the air of both these cities. Venice is known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe, whereas Udaipur is referred to as one of the most romantic spots in India. It is a popular destination for couples, especially for honeymooners. The ambience of the city makes it a perfect romantic gateway.

Udaipur is encompassed by the Aravalli ranges and connected by many lakes throughout the city. This combination of nature makes the city breathtakingly beautiful! You can even enjoy the beauty all by yourself and in your own company. Away from the hustle-bustle of the metro cities, spend some time in solitude amidst nature. In my opinion, this is the best way to rewind yourself. You can also go for rooftop dining overlooking the entire Udaipur city. Or simply sit back and enjoy the magic of the sunset. 

Be it monsoon or winter, Udaipur is pleasant in both seasons. However, the monsoon adds a little oomph of extra romance to the city.

The lake system

Why is Udaipur Called the Venice of the East?

Talking about Udaipur being the Venice of the East, how can one not mention the lakes! The lakes are the reason why Udaipur imitates the essence of Venice. In Venice, everything is connected by canals. Similarly, all the lakes of Udaipur city are inter-connected. The lakes elevate the beauty of the city. The artificial lakes of Udaipur were built to boost water supply in the dry state and promote agriculture.

The scenic beauty of Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake attracts thousands of tourists to the city. So don’t forget to visit the lakes of Udaipur. You can take a boat ride or go for a walk on the banks of the lakes. 

The historical significance 

Why is Udaipur Called the Venice of the East?

Udaipur has a rich historical background. The city was once the capital of Mewar Kingdom, founded by Maharana Udai Singh. The city was built to protect the kingdom from the Mughals. You can go through the city’s history in musicals held at the City Palace every evening. 

Solo travel in the “Venice of the East”

Besides all the above-mentioned facts, Udaipur and Venice cannot be compared. If you are in India, do not miss out on an opportunity to explore the Venice of the East. This name compliments the city of Udaipur. The city is also safe for solo female travellers and welcomes every traveller with warmth without any discrimination!

Read here to know the different names of Udaipur and discover some quirky facts about it.

If you have already been to Venice and Udaipur, let me know what more you find in common between both cities. I always look forward to seeing your comments. 

Keep exploring, and do not hold yourself back. Live the life, ladies!


An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.

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