Udaipur is nestled beside peaceful Lake Pichola, with the purple ridges of the Aravalli Range extending out in every direction, and has a romantic setting unparalleled in Rajasthan. Fantastic ornate palaces, elaborate temples, Havelis (traditional, ornately designed residences), narrow whitewashed streets, and picturesque lakeside bathing ghats, surrounded by a series of towering, craggy hills and set on the idyllic Lake Pichola provide a human counterpoint to the city's natural beauty. The boat trip, the bustle, and colour of bazaars, a vibrant arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its heritage hotels, enticing stores all seem picture-perfect. Udaipur resembles Europe in several respects, which may explain why it's been called the "Venice of the East."
Colonel James Tod, the East India Company's first political agent in the area, coined the phrase "the most romantic place on the continent of India" in 1829.