Udaipur: The city of Udaipur has once again in 2018 been ranked among the World’s Best Cities by Travel & Leisure. Udaipur, the heritage city built by the Maharanas of Mewar in the 16th century, is on the third place among the 15 of the world’s best cities. The top 2 cities are both in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca.
In 2017, Udaipur had received this distinction from Travel & Leisure, has beaten scores of other international tourist hotspots to be crowned among one of the world’s top 15 cities in a new poll.
As part of the World’s Best Awards survey, readers of Travel and Leisure magazine were asked to rank their favourite urban destinations based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and overall value.
Udaipur is once again the only Indian city to make the final cut, ahead of other major tourist destinations including Mumbai and Delhi. Its inclusion in 2018 follows past success in 2009 when Udaipur topped the same poll and was voted as the ‘best city in the world to visit’.
Udaipur is now rightly seen as one of the prime tourism cities of India and the magnet for visitors remains the City Palace Museum. MMCF has been actively promoting the Museum in India, UK, Europe and the US through different outreach programmes. Collaborations with Oxford eResearch Centre, Domaine national de Chambord, and the Getty Foundation have also added significant value to MMCF’s ongoing programmes. -Agencies
- Known as both the City of Lakes and the Venice of the East, Udaipur occupies a stunning location on the banks of Lake Pichola in south Rajasthan.
- Known for its majestic palaces and luxury hotels, Udaipur is steeped in history, having been home to successive generations of Maharanas of Mewar.
City Palace Museum: Magnet for visitors
- Since 2016-17, the City Palace Museum continues to attract over one million visitors annually.
- Covering an area of 200,000 sqft, The City Palace Museum dates back to 1559 and has been home to 23 successive Maharanas of Mewar, the world’s oldest serving royal dynasty.
- The Museum opened to the public for the first time in 1969 The collections are vast and cover a huge variety of historical artefacts, ranging from 6th-century sculptures and a superb armoury collection, through to galleries devoted to paintings, costumes and music.