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My Udaipur Travel Guide: 18 Wanderlust things to do in Udaipur for a 3 day itinerary

Last Updated on March 16, 2024 by Christine Kaaloa

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In this Udaipur travel guide, I’ll take you through 14 best things to do in Udaipur Old city for first time solo travelers to Udaipur.

Travel friends would always say they loved Udaipur, The Venice of India .  I thought it was just hype. Until I traveled there…

it’s taken me a while to get myself to Udaipur. Now that I look back on why I’ve held out for so long, I realize that I just didn’t want to acknowledge that hype about a city can be real.

Udaipur, romantically known as the “City of Lakes” is located in Rajasthan. It is known for its historical significance and Rajput royalty, ornate palaces and architectural beauty. Driving into Udaipur from Jawai Bandh, the city is surrounded by the Aravalli Range, a series of beautiful lush and vibrantly green rolling hills. That was my first welcome to Udaipur and it set a different tone from other more arid Rajasthani cities I’ve been . Instantly, I was relaxed and calm. The city is also situated around several lakes, it has a rich heritage and unlike cities like Delhi , Mumbai or Goa , it’s one of those cities that has preserved its heritage and traditional practices.

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Table of Contents: My Udaipur Travel Guide: 18 Wanderlust things to do in Udaipur for a 3 day itinerary

  • 0.1 Udaipur Old City: An Authentic, Laidback Vibe
  • 1.1.1 1. Jagdish Temple
  • 1.1.2 2. City Palace
  • 1.1.3 3. Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
  • 1.1.4 4.Jag Mandir or Lake Island Palace
  • 1.1.5 5. Bagore Ki Haveli: Cultural Extravaganza in Heritage Walls
  • 1.1.6 6. Ropeway to Lake Pichola View: Aerial Spectacle
  • 1.1.7 7. Karni Mata Temple: Serenity on Machla Magra Hills
  • 1.1.8 8. Lok Dharohar cultural performance
  • 1.2.1 9. Street Food  Tour in Udaipur
  • 1.2.2 10.. Do a walking tour Udaipur Old city
  • 1.2.3 11. Visiting a Local Temple
  • 1.2.4 12. Miniature Painting Gallery
  • 1.2.5 13. Saheliyon Ki Bari: Royal Gardens of Tranquility
  • 1.2.6 14. Fateh Sagar Lake.
  • 1.2.7 15. Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace
  • 1.3    Solo Travel Resources
  • 1.5.1 16. Animal Aid Unlimited
  • 1.5.2 17. We love Strays
  • 1.5.3 18. Taking a Cooking Class
  • 1.6 Where to Stay in Udaipur

Udaipur Old City: An Authentic, Laidback Vibe

I was visiting Udaipur to scout it as one of the cities for my group tour . Udaipur is… as my friend and local operator Komal of Women for World put it … “charming”.

When you get there, it’s easy to understand why. It’s not only the palace, the ornate architecture, but the locals too. The locals will win your heart over.

As a popular region in India, Rajasthan has its share of touts at every attraction. Touts are one thing about India that can jade travelers. Arriving in Udaipur Old City, I had my armor on when folks approached me in the cafe or restaurants. Some locals would literally pull out a chair at my table to chat with me as I awaited my meal.

I’d keep thinking to myself—” okay, what’s your real agenda? When are you going to want me to come to your shop or sell me something?”

But honestly, they were just friendly. Udaipur Old City has the mentality of a small village where everyone knows everyone. Locals love to strike up conversations and while they would love for you to visit their shop too, they’re also there to enjoy their moments in the day and fill their curiosity.

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Udaipur City Guide: 15 Wanderlust Things to Do in Udaipur’s Old City

today you’ll spend your entire day exploring the old city, starting from the middle and eventually making your way to the Aranvalli

1. Jagdish Temple

Constructed 1651, Jagdish Temple is an Indo-Aryan temple that stands in the heart of the Old City, surrounded by bazaars and souvenir shops. You cannot miss it- it’s easy to spot as there are stone steps leading to the temple and it is raised above the street.. Jagdish Temple is an ode to Lord Vishnu. Its intricately stone-carved designs of pillars, walls and ceilings narrate the Mewar dynasty.

Attend the morning or evening aarti. Definitely one of best things to do in Udaipur.

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2. City Palace

Begin your Udaipur trip guide with a visit to the City Palace , an architectural masterpiece that seamlessly blends Rajasthani and Mughal styles. It’s a glimpse into royal history and its lifestyle in Udaipur. Constructed in 1559, this historic gem is large and houses several rooms and wings where generations of royal families once resided. Part of the palace is built around a tree, which you can still see today. The palace has various photogenic nooks and crannies for romantic selfies, as the ornate architectural design, artwork, exhibitions, and stylish rooms offer visitors much to explore. It also offers panoramic views of Lake Pichola. Udaipur trip guide enthusiasts will appreciate the ₹300 entry fee for adults, ₹100 for students with ID. This is a MUST and one of my favorite Udaipur highlights. It’s worthwhile.

Tip: Hire an official guide to get the most out of your visit and learn about the rich history and stories associated with the palace. Guides are available near the entrance. Arrive at 9 AM when the palace opens to avoid the crowds. Around 10 AM, you’ll encounter more tourists and local high school excursions.

You can also purchase Skip the Line tickets and get both, the City Palace and a boat ride on one ticket .

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3. Boat Ride on Lake Pichola

ake a boat ride on Lake Pichola to experience the serene beauty of the waters and see the cityscape that dubs Udaipur as the “Venice of India.” It’s a short 10-minute boat ride, typically on a packed passenger boat, but it’s a relaxing experience. The lake is calm, peaceful, and clean, unlike the  Varanasi boat rides. The boat takes you to the Jag Mandir, the Lake Palace. Costs range from ₹500 to ₹700.

Tip: Combine the City Palace with the Lake Pichola boat ride . They are so close together!

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4.Jag Mandir or Lake Island Palace

Jag Mandir, also known as the Lake Palace, sits upon Lake Pichola. This 17th-century island palace, once a pleasure retreat for Mewar Maharajas, is a white marble and intricate Rajput architectural gem. Jag Mandir isn’t just a monument; it offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of Rajput royalty. You can get to the Lake Island Palace by the boat above. The boat will drop you and you can spend as much time as you want. There’s not much to do there. You can see the palace and the garden. It is now a hotel and you can have lunch there.

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5. Bagore Ki Haveli: Cultural Extravaganza in Heritage Walls

On the shores of Lake Pichola, Bagore Ki Haveli, is an 18th-century haveli  turned into a museum, offering a journey into the royal lifestyle. There are cultural performances held in the eveningaround Rajasthan’s vibrant traditions. There are breathtaking views of Lake Pichola and the City Palace from the rooftop as the sun sets

6. Ropeway to Lake Pichola View: Aerial Spectacle

One of the unequivocably best things to do in Udaipur is to take the ropeway to the top of the Machla Magra Hills (aka Fish Hill). You’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking aerial view of Lake Pichola and its surroundings.

At the top of the ropeway you’ll find a restaurant and some food concessions. It’s a worthwhile ascent as this ropeway will lead you to two panoramic vantage points where you can view the stunning Udaipur city and lake– a lookout point and the Karni Mata temple lookout and temple. Admission: ₹300 for adults. It’s one of the fun and romantic highlights of this Udaipur trip guide.

Tip: Take the ropeway at sunset and stay til night falls to witness the glowing Udaipur city lights.

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7. Karni Mata Temple: Serenity on Machla Magra Hills

Perched on the Machla Magra Hills (aka Fish Hill) sits the Karni Mata Temple . Not only is it a sacred site dedicated to the revered rat goddess Karni Mata, but it is also a vantage point offering stunning panoramic views of Udaipur. The temple holds deep religious significance, drawing devotees and tourists alike. There is a sister Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok (Bikaner) where free-roaming rats reside in the temple as part of the worship. The Karni Mata Temple in Udaipur is a smaller temple and the rats are kept in a cage near the entrance of the temple.

Reach the temple by a short uphill climb or opt for the ropeway for a picturesque and leisurely ascent.

Explore the temple grounds, and take in the breathtaking sunset views over the city. Entry is free. It was easily one of my best things to do in Udaipur for a solo travel itinerary.

Tip: At night, the temple is lit with colorful lights to give it a special ambience and festive feeling. You can take the ropeway or hike the hills to get there. The hike is a paved walkway, but it will take you 20 -45 minutes (it’s a small hill) depending upon your health.

Tip:  Do a Udaipur Night Walking tour with a guide .

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8. Lok Dharohar cultural performance

Lok Dharohar is a beautiful cultural show that showcases the rich heritage and traditions of Rajasthan . It is a popular tourist attraction in Udaipur, India, and has been running for over 23 years. The show features a variety of Rajasthani folk dances and a puppet show and live music.

The show is held daily at Lok Dharohar Haveli, located on Samor Bagh Road, near Karni Mata Ropeway. There are two shows each day, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue. Check website

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This second day is for waking up to the city, gathering your bearings and then visiting attractions outside the Old City and beyond.

9. Street Food  Tour in Udaipur

Indulge your taste buds by touring Udaipur’s street food scene . Experience local flavors from vendors offering an array of delectable dishes from lassi to kachori, deep fried cheese sandwich, dabeli, and jalebi . .Start with breakfast street foods., All the food vendors are open and preparing fresh foods from the fryer. Street foods are sold hot. This is the best time to experience them

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Prices vary, providing a budget-friendly culinary adventure for solo travelers on the best things to do in Udaipur list. You can also do an Udaipur pub crawl .

As you wander through the vibrant streets of Udaipur, immerse yourself in the local culinary scene by indulging in these iconic street foods that have become synonymous with the city’s flavors.

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10.. Do a walking tour Udaipur Old city

There’s a lot to see on foot in Old Udaipur. It’s always recommended to hire a guide , to give more infotainment to your city sights. Hiring a guide in Udaipur can be inexpensive, costing anywhere from $24-40/day.

At night, Udaipur is electric, so your day should not end just because the sun goes down. Souvenir shops and cafes are still open, as are temples.  Take a guided walking tour at night,  a tour exploring Udaipur’s hidden gems, or do a day tour with a private guide and car .

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11. Visiting a Local Temple

 Experience the spiritual tranquility of Udaipur’s temples. Jagdish Temple and the Karni Mata Temple are highlight picks but Udaipur also has small temples. I stumbled upon a small upstairs temple for Radha – Krishna’s consort- where an artist was doing a four day exhibition. The day I visited, his installation was a colored powder painting upon water. It was pretty phenomenal. It’s also a lively temple.

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12. Miniature Painting Gallery

Discover the intricate world of Rajasthani miniature paintings at the City Palace Museum. Admire the details and vibrant colors of this traditional art form. You can also find galleries around town where you might be invited to see the artists at work. There are different levels to miniature paintings: Student, Professor and Master and to be able to buy the specific painter’s brush for this, you need to be a certified artist.

For many artists, this is a handed down craft and it’s a very serious art. The paintings are tedious and meticulous, the more you get to the master level and it can take weeks to months to paint. You might see trees with individual leaves or animals with painted hairs.  It’s definitely a tradition that’s been handed down through the ages. You’ll find a lot of student work in souvenir shops and on the streets; some are even replica prints. But if you buy it from an art gallery, it’s more likely to be real.

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13. Saheliyon Ki Bari: Royal Gardens of Tranquility

Saheliyon Ki Bari (“Gardens of the Maidens”) is an 18th-century garden built for royal queens on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. I haven’t visited this as my time was short at Fateh Sagar Lake. But it sounds wonderful.  Intricately designed fountains, kiosks, and a lotus pool punctuate the grounds. It’s a haven for photographers and a peaceful retreat for solo travelers. Entry costs ₹10 for Indians and ₹50 for foreigners, making it a serene retreat for Udaipur trip guide seekers.

14. Fateh Sagar Lake.

Fateh Sagar Lake is a man-made lake and one of the four lakes in Udaipur. It houses three islands and two public parks. You can go boating on the lake and visit the parks.

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15. Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace

Built-in 1884 on the Aravalli hilltop, Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace to observe romantic moonlit nights. The palace was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy and offers a breathtaking sunset view. The palace was originally intended to monitor the monsoon clouds, but it has become a vantage point for visitors seeking panoramic views of Udaipur. To reach the palace, hire an autorickshaw to navigate the winding roads that lead to the top. From the top you’ll get a panoramic vista of Udaipur’s lakes, palaces.

Visit during the evening hours to witness the city illuminated against the canvas of the setting sun.  See the tourism board website for hours and admission.

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Day three is to enjoy the day souvenir shopping , extra cultural activities and visiting locations that are a little on the outskirts of Udaipur.

Animal Welfare Volunteer Programs in Udaipur

16. animal aid unlimited.

Make a meaningful impact by volunteering at Animal Aid Unlimited , an animal welfare sanctuary dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals. You can take a guided tour of their facilities, where a volunteer will tell you about all the work they are doing for the various animals they have from cows, goats, donkeys, handicapped/paralyzed/senior dogs and hospital patients. It is a huge sanctuary grounds area with many staff and animal houses. When I went, I saw a lot of work being done from volunteers making food to staff massaging a cow to help it to recovery.  There is a hydrotherapy facility to aid animal recovery as well.  It’s pretty near a farm.

Visit their website to apply for volunteering opportunities. It is free to volunteer but you must find your way to their location.. Many travelers volunteer there. You can volunteer for as long as you want. Donations are welcome to support the sanctuary’s efforts or you can buy merch from shop to support the cause.

Hire a rickshaw to get there. It’s located around 20 minutes outside of Udaipur, but the taxi ride won’t cost much and its a nice way to get out and see additional surrounding sights of Udaipur.

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17. We love Strays

One of the things I loved about staying in the Old City is you’ll see locals feeding the homeless street dogs and cows. Along the way, you’ll see water troughs marked Support Strays , a reminder to be kind to the street animals.  It is a one-woman team and she takes volunteers, although you’d need to contact her to learn more ( Call/WhatsApp – 6378669665)

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18. Taking a Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the flavors of Rajasthan with a hands-on cooking experience. Learn the secrets of Rajasthani cuisine by taking a cooking class in Udaipur  and preparing your own local delicacies.

Where to Stay in Udaipur

Little Garden Guesthouse This 200 year old eclectic and renovated family-owned and run haveli is a boutique gem that I loved loved loved staying at. Everyone was warm and welcoming. Akshay is a very hospitable host and they check to see you’re okay. Hot water baths and rooms are homey, well designed with a touch of retro. Has a lovely rooftop view of the City Palace. Perfect for a female solo traveler!  Location is ideal in the heart of the city and walking distance to all the top highlights.

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A Complete Travel Guide to Udaipur for the First-Timers

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Get ready for an insider’s look at Udaipur — I’ll show you how to arrive, get around, and where to bunk down for the night. With tried-and-tested tips, you’ll dine where the locals do and see the city’s best without the guesswork. Let this travel guide for Udaipur be the bridge to your unforgettable experience in the city of lakes, where every step tells a story and every sight is a memory in the making.

A clear lake with ancient palaces in the background – that’s Udaipur for you. It’s the kind of place that stays with you, you know?

The city’s vibe is so chill, and those lakeside meals? Just wow. Plus, dining on a rooftop under the stars with the city lights twinkling and the lake mirroring it all – it’s unreal.

I keep going back for the sunsets alone; they’re like nothing else. Trust me, you’ll want to see it for yourself.

And when you do, just take it all in – it’s exactly why I can’t stop talking about this place.

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Travel Guide for Udaipur: Things to Know Before Planning a Trip to Udaipur

Where’s udaipur.

Udaipur’s this gem in Rajasthan, northwestern India. It’s ringed by lakes, which is why people love to call it the City of Lakes . It’s also called the Venice of the East and It kind of feels like one when you see all the water around.

Udaipur is also called the White City because many of its buildings and the famous City Palace are made from a particular type of white marble.

The city’s packed with history – think palaces that tell tales of old royalty, like the famous City Palace, and gardens that are just a feast for the eyes.

And then you’ve got these intricately carved temples. Plus, the Aravalli Hills are all around you, adding to the charm. It’s like stepping into a royal story, but it’s real, and it’s all set in some seriously pretty nature.

Best Time to Visit Udaipur

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Udaipur, like the rest of Rajasthan or North India for that matter, remains super hot during the summer season (March to June) so obviously, it’s not wise to plan a trip to Udaipur during summer.

The monsoon season (July to September) is again not recommended as outdoor activities are not possible at all.

But then the rainy season has its own perks. It’s when the lakes, filled up with water, look captivating, and the Aravalli Range, covered in lush greenery, teems with life.

The winter season (October to February) is a perfect time to visit Udaipur. The weather is pleasantly cool and sunny (mostly) which makes sightseeing less hectic and more fun.

If you plan to visit in December (around Christmas and New Year holidays), make sure to book flights and accommodation well in advance.

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How Many Days in Udaipur

Ideally, you’d want to set aside at least two to three days to really soak in the essence of this city.

Say you’ve got a weekend in Udaipur, it’s definitely delightful, but trust me, it’s just a teaser. You’ll get a taste of the city, sure. You cruise on Lake Pichola, catch the sunset, and maybe snap some epic photos. It’s great, but Udaipur deserves more of your time.

If you want to (you must) explore the historic forts, cultural landmarks, and unique temples scattered around Udaipur (there are tons), I recommend at least a week in Udaipur.

The first time we hit Udaipur, we only had two days. Not nearly enough. We were rushing around, trying to see everything, but it was a bit of a blur. We didn’t even get a chance to step outside the city.

The next trip, we wised up and stayed for four days , focusing only on the city, no side trips, no distractions. That’s when I really got to know the place. But, that was part of a bigger Rajasthan trip that lasted two weeks . We saved the places outside Udaipur for the road trip portion, which was a blast and took us all the way to Jodhpur .

The heart of the matter is that Udaipur is not your typical rush-around kind of place. It’s the kind of place where you can take a deep breath, wander around at your own pace, and really get the feel of things. More like a luxury in the busy buzz of India!

How to Get to Udaipur

Udaipur is well-connected by air, rail, and road to the major cities in India.

Located in Dabok , Maharana Pratap Airport serves Udaipur. About 22 km from the city, it’s a domestic airport that receives flights from the major cities in India. The leading airlines that have regular flights to and from Udaipur are Indigo, SpiceJet, Vistara, and Air India.

There’s nothing quite like the freedom a road trip offers. A strong road network links Udaipur to most of the Indian cities.

In cases where the driving distance is more than we can drive in one go, we break our journey at any city en route. Like if you’re driving from Delhi to Udaipur, Jaipur or Ajmer can be chosen for a night halt.

Also, if you don’t want to use your own car, you can hire a car. There are many tour operators that provide cars for rent.

We didn’t want to drive on our own so we chose a chauffeur-driven car for our trip to Rajasthan.

If you’re also touring Rajasthan and exploring the major cities of Rajasthan, it’s wise to hire a car and driver. You not only save time and hassle but also get to explore the off-center attractions or hidden gems.

A strong bus network connects Udaipur to various Indian cities. You can choose from AC coaches or state-run buses depending upon the budget.

The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) buses connect Udaipur with other major cities in Rajasthan.

Udaipur City Railway Station (UDZ) is the nearest railway station. There are direct trains from Delhi (Chetak Express and Mewar Express) Mumbai (Bdts Aii Udz Express), Kolkata (Annanya Express), Jaipur (Udaipur City–Jaipur Intercity-Express), Indore (Udaipur City Express), and Ahmedabad (Adi Udz Express).

How to Get Around Udaipur

Udaipur is a relatively compact city. Auto-Rickshaws, taxis, and local buses (limited) contribute to the public transportation system. The narrow lanes of the old city are best explored on foot as all the attractions are located within walking distance.

If you don’t want to walk, you can opt for an auto-rickshaw. A shared auto-rickshaw comes cheaper but it sticks to the fixed route and stops at the designated (popular) stops. A private auto-rickshaw is a bit pricey but it goes anywhere you name.

For the attractions outside the city like Monsoon Palace, Badi Lake, Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranakpur, Eklingji, and Nathdwara – a taxi is ideal. Uber and Ola are available in Udaipur.

Where to Stay in Udaipur

When in Udaipur, you’d want to stay in the old city for three reasons – firstly, most of the attractions are close by, secondly, you can drink in the views of the iconic Lake Pichola, and lastly, the old city is where the soul of Udaipur lies.

From boutique heritage hotels, and hostels, to guesthouses, and luxury hotels – the old city has all types of properties to suit your budget and style. Make sure you book in advance to score a Lakeview room.

If budget is your concern and you are looking for a hotel that offers value for money, we recommend Jagat Niwas Palace and Amet Haveli.

Located on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, Jagat Niwas Palace is a favorite among travelers for its perfect location, courteous staff, A1 service, and good food.

Located on the northwestern bank of Lake Pichola, Amet Haveli is highly rated for its services, cleanliness, location, staff, and facilities. The hotel is best known for Ambrai Restaurant, one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Udaipur. It’s where you can have delicious food with an amazing view of Lake Pichola.

If you don’t mind splurging and are looking for sheer luxury, your options are – Taj Fateh Prakash Palace , Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel , The Leela Palace , The Oberoi Udaivilas , and the Taj Lake Palace Hotel . If you ask me to suggest to you the best among all, floating right in the center of Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace Hotel is a class apart. Exquisite is the word!

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What and Where to Eat and Drink in Udaipur

Like most of the cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is a great place to try Rajasthani specialties like Laal Maas, Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangri, Chakki ki Sabzi, Ghevar, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Samosa, and Chaat.

Udaipur’s charm lies in rooftop lake-view restaurants and cafes. More than food, what matters here is the view you get.

From Sheesh Mahal , Upré , Ambrai , Tribute , Khamma Ghani , Charcoal by Carlsson , Jagat Niwas Palace , Restaurant Harigarh , Chandani by the Oberoi Udaivilas , Jharokha by Lake Palace Hotel , Paantya by Shiv Niwas Palace , and TWG by Hemang are quite a few amazing fine dining restaurants that offer food with a view.

lake pichola view from the restaurant at jagat niwas travel guide for udaipur

All of these restaurants (except TWG Hemang which primarily serves international cuisine) offer International as well as Rajasthani cuisine.

Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar & Bakery , a cafe perched over Lake Pichola is where you can enjoy some free time with a cup of coffee or chocolate shake.

If you’ve got enough of the views (which is unlikely), you can head to the restaurants that might not offer you the iconic views but are celebrated for various other reasons.

A charming old-world colonial house restored into a restaurant, in 1559 AD , a bistro lounge restaurant, and Royal Repast , a specialty restaurant are great places to dine out. Both these restaurants are highly appreciated for their warm staff, speedy service, and vintage ambiance.

For travelers who want to enjoy a traditional Rajasthani thali – Garden Restaurant , Natraj Dining Hall and Restaurant , Krishna Dal Bati Restro , Padam Thal , Navidya By Amantra Hotels , and Udaipuri .

We also liked Udai Art Café , Brew Villa , Yummy Yoga , and Cafe La Comida . Located right in the heart of the old city, both cafes serve great coffee and snacks.

If you are a health aficionado, Millets of Mewar is for you! The first-ever dedicated health-food restaurant in Udaipur, Millets of Mewar uses locally sourced and organic ingredients. They very well know how to make healthy eating fun and creative. Its menu also includes vegan and gluten-free options.

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What to See and Do in Udaipur

There are tons of places in Udaipur, each with its unique charm. First off, the City Palace is a must-see. This colossal structure is steeped in history and grandeur.

a beautiful statue of elephant at city palace in udaipur

Then there’s Lake Pichola. A boat ride there during the golden hours of sunset is just spellbinding.

Don’t miss the Jagdish Temple. Its intricate carvings and serene atmosphere are utterly captivating.

jagdish temple udaipur rajasthan india

Next up, you can reach Karni Mata Temple by a hearty trek or a swift ropeway ride – the choice is yours, but the breathtaking views are a given either way.

The gardens of Saheliyon-ki-Bari are perfect for a leisurely and peaceful walk.

The Monsoon Palace is your ticket to the best sunset view in town – the city lights up like a jewel.

And if you’re chasing art and culture, the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum showcases the best local crafts.

And there’s more than just the mainstream attractions.

Find solace at the calm Ambrai Ghat or the tranquil Badi Lake. Pay respects at the Ahar Cenotaphs and soak in the beauty of Fateh Sagar Lake.

And there’s the Neemach Mata Temple – it’s not as crowded and the climb is pretty refreshing. Plus, the view? It’s like you’re watching over Udaipur.

Evenings in Udaipur are for Bagore Ki Haveli. The Dharohar dance show is epic – the dances, the music, the vibe – it’s all real Rajasthan.

local artists performing traditional rajasthani dance during dharohar dance show at bagore ki haveli in udaipur

And, of course, shopping in Udaipur is an experience in itself. The markets such as Bapu Bazaar, Ghanta Ghar, Hathipol, Malda’s Street, and more are alive with colors, crafts, and endless rows of shops waiting to be discovered.

Let’s not forget Maharana Pratap Samarak. It’s a tribute to a local hero, Maharana Pratap, and you can feel the pride in the air. It’s this outdoor space with a big statue of him and his loyal horse, Chetak, which is pretty awesome to see.

And you must find out some time to visit the Shilpgram Museum, a living arts village that celebrates the traditional crafts and lifestyle of the local folk. A little out of the city, it’s is like a portal into the heart of Rajasthani village life and of course, the best place to immerse in the local culture.

Last but not the least, you can’t miss a trip to Chittorgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing proud a little way from Udaipur, it’s where the dramatic history of Rajasthan unfolds.

chittorgarh fort

With more time, you can take a few eventful day trips from Udaipur. Just a short drive from the heart of Udaipur, you’ll find Eklingji, an ancient Hindu temple complex that’s a sanctuary of peace and spiritual energy.

A little further, there’s a cozy little town of Nathdwara famous for its temple of Shrinathji. It’s all about timing your visit to catch the temple ceremonies, which is quite the experience with all the singing and hustle.

Haldighati is another important spot near Udaipur. It’s where the iconic battle involving Maharana Pratap took place, and you can almost hear the clash of swords. Nearby, the Maharana Pratap Museum adds layers to the story, offering insights and artifacts that bring the historical saga to life.

And you can’t miss Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s this massive fort with a wall you can see for miles. People say it’s like India’s version of the Great Wall of China. The view from up there are simply breathtaking.

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Udaipur Travel Guide: Is Udaipur Worth Visiting? [2023]

· everything to know about visiting india's city of lakes, including the best things to do and where to stay ·.

mother, father and toddler standing in the grand white monsoon palace of India

If you’ve been planning a trip to Rajasthan, there is a good chance that Udaipur is on your radar. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the city’s own artificial lake, this gorgeous city has been a playground for wealthy Indian vacationers for a long time. From taking a boat ride to Jag Mandir to soaking up the views from the high-up Monsoon Palace, there are plenty of reasons to add this beautiful city to your Indian trip itinerary.

This Udaipur Travel Guide will break down everything you need to know before visiting the City of Lakes, including our answer to the question “is Udaipur worth visiting?”

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Best Things to Do in Udaipur

1. explore the udaipur city palace museum.

Udaipur’s City Palace is its top attraction, and it took over 400 years to build. This grand palace complex is easily one of the top tourist attractions in Udaipur, as it draws in thousands of visitors per year thanks to its well-curated art and artifact collections, its stunning construction, and its beautiful views of the city and lakes.

gorgeous gate entrance in white city palace in udaipur india

Of all the major attractions in Udaipur, the City Palace Museum was easily our favorite.

Entry tickets cost 300 rupees (about $3-4) for foreign adults and are bought outside of the palace. The palace is walkable from the city center of Udaipur, and the full museum will likely take you hours to get through. Be sure to eat before you enter!

person holding white entrance tickets in front of udaipur city palace wall

2. Take a Sunset Boat Ride on one of Udaipur’s Stunning Lakes

Udaipur’s nickname is the City of Lakes, and well, there are a lot of pretty lakes. In the past, rulers from the Mewar Royal Family decided to create an artificial freshwater lake, and then another…and then another.

One of the top things to do in Udaipur is to catch a ride on a small passenger boat in the evening to watch the sunset from the middle of one of the serene lakes. Lake Pichola is the biggest and most popular lake in Udaipur, and this is where we recommend doing a sunset boat ride.

silhouette of woman in red dress sitting under a boat archway overlooking a warm lake sunset

We recommend Lake Pichola because of its size, views, and the beautiful palaces that are floating in the middle of it. If you go for a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, you may pass the Gangaur Ghat, Jag Mandir Temple or the Taj Lake Palace, for example. On either Fateh Sagar Lake or Jaisamand Lake, you’ll probably still have a great experience.

3. Ascend to Sajjangarh Palace (the Monsoon Palace)

Sajjangarh Palace, more commonly referred to as the Monsoon Palace, is a palace built on a cliff at the peak of a tall mountain overlooking Udaipur. Getting to the Monsoon Palace can be a bit of a journey, but it is worth every second.

gorgeous white exterior of monsoon palace in Udaipur

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As the road to the top of the mountain is pretty steep, windy, and treacherous, private vehicles are not allowed to make the trip. Instead, guests need to buy tickets at the entrance at the bottom and hire an official, affiliated driver to take them to the top. I was pretty terrified on the way up, if I’m being honest, but the palace was absolutely worth the hassle.

The Views Are Incredible

Once we got to the top of the mountain, we were met with a beautiful palace, some wild monkeys, and stunning views that spanned for miles in every direction. Much like going to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro , it’s incredible to realize how high up you are and how far into the distance you can see.

Another popular thing to do while in this area is to visit the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It was closed during our trip, but many visitors say it is a good place to check out if you have the chance.

father in green shirt drinking a coca cola with sleeping baby strapped to chest

4. Admire Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple is one of the most famous temples in all of Udaipur. Honestly, of all the beautiful temples that we visited in Udaipur, our favorite was easily Jagdish Temple. Located on a hill in the heart of Udaipur, Jagdish Temple is a really pretty place to check out for a quick visit, and the exterior of the main building is gorgeous.

father and mother in red dress holding toddler in front of grand Jagdish Hindu Temple in Udaipur

Entrance to the temple complex is free, and there is a small, local art gallery tucked away in a building next door. A local tour guide eagerly met us at the entrance, explained each building’s significance, and showed us the art gallery.

My one piece of advice is to wear socks. As with any Hindu temple, you need to take off your shoes before you enter the grounds. As it is outdoors and in the heart of a busy Indian city, it isn’t a place where I would be comfortable going barefoot. Many of our travel companions felt the same way!

5. Eat Dinner at a Rooftop Restaurant

Udaipur’s biggest claim to fame is obviously its lakes, and you should take any opportunity you can to soak in their beauty. One of the best ways to do this is to eat dinner at a rooftop restaurant! Rooftop restaurants are very common in Udaipur, and some of them provide the best views you’ll find of the lakes and their shores.

We ate at two really nice rooftop restaurants, and I highly recommend both. The first of these is Rainbow Restaurant , which is located just a short walk north of the City Palace Museum. The food was great, the prices were good, and the views of the lake were stunning.

gorgeous young female traveler smiling in red dress at a rooftop dinner table with Lake Pichola sunset in the background

The second restaurant I recommend, which we enjoyed even more than the first, is Atari Cafe and Restaurant . This rooftop restaurant is located to the west of Lake Pichola, and it provides entirely different views. The food was great, and we enjoyed the tables right along a glass wall looking out toward the lakes.

person holding a clear glass of beer on rooftop restaurant overlooking city of Udaipur with clear blue sky

Best Places to Stay in Udaipur

One of the main reasons to visit Udaipur is to stay in a luxury hotel. Udaipur is known as the most romantic city in India, and this is due in large part to the glamorous resorts dotted around Pichola Lake and beyond in its surrounding countryside. There are three resorts that we highly recommend based on what locals and other travelers told us, but full disclosure, we only stayed in one of them.

All of these resorts are very expensive by Indian standards, but we recommend staying in one of them for at least one night if you are able to afford it. Most visitors who opt not to stay in one of Udaipur’s best hotels regret it afterward! Each of these hotels is a short drive (or boat ride) away from the city center and all of the other top places to visit.

1. Taj Lake Palace

Lake view of Taj Mahal Palace on Lake Pichola during sunset with colorful orange sky

The Taj Lake Palace has a reputation as one of the top palace hotels in India. This beautiful palace is located on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola, and guests can’t stop raving about it. It is certainly an expensive option, but most people will tell you it doesn’t get much better than this. If you can’t afford to stay at the Taj Lake Palace or it is sold out, consider scheduling a lunch or tea there instead.

2. The Oberoi Udaivillas

gorgeous hotel outdoor pool surrounded by Indian palace architecture

Located on the shores of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivillas is another beautiful place that guests just love. We had hoped to stay here, but it was well above our budget. If you are looking for true unapologizing luxury, this is a place to consider. Again, if it is beyond your nightly budget, consider stopping in for tea or lunch.

Aurika Udaipur by Lemon Tre e is where we stayed for the full duration of our visit to Udaipur. While it is not as glamorous as the other two resorts on this list, it is absolutely still a luxurious place to stay. This 5-star resort did not disappoint, and the price was significantly lower than the other two options I listed above.

At Aurika, the staff takes you up the mountain to your accommodation via golf cart, the spa is great, the restaurant is delicious, and the rooms and views are gorgeous. We highly recommend staying here if you are able.

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How to Get to Udaipur

Flying directly into udaipur.

The city of Udaipur is pretty far away from most major destinations in India, and your best bet is usually to fly right into Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR) . It is very small, but there are no other major airports nearby. From the Udaipur airport, you can either hail a cab or call an Uber, and the ride should take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes.

Flying from a Foreign Country into a Different Indian City and then Transiting to Udaipur

Udaipur’s airport is pretty tiny, and it serves very few airlines. If you are flying to Udaipur from a country other than India, it might make sense to take a larger international airline to get to a major city in India , and then fly on a regional budget airline to get to Udaipur.

We flew on SpiceJet to get from Delhi to Udaipur and Air India to get from Udaipur back to Delhi. Flights are available from most of India’s biggest cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, and Hyderabad.

We do not recommend SpiceJet, but had a fine experience with Air India.

Driving to Udaipur from Other Nearby Indian Cities

Simply put, Udaipur isn’t very close to any other major cities in India. While it is referred to as one of the three major cities of Rajasthan, it’s important to realize that Rajasthan is massive. The closest major cities to Udaipur are Jodhpur and Ahmedabad, which are both about 4.5-5 hours away. From either of these cities, the roads are generally good and hiring a private driver is a great option.

Beyond these two cities, the next two closest major cities are Jaipur (7 hours) and Jaisalmer (9 hours). We initially planned on flying from Jaisalmer to Udaipur, but our flight was canceled. We wound up hiring a private driver through Lucky Tours and Travel to take us 9 hours from Jaisalmer to Udaipur.

If you are anywhere else but these four cities, I wouldn’t recommend driving to Udaipur. The drive will be long and likely will not be a straight, easy drive on the highway.

Taking a Train to Udaipur

Udaipur does have a train station, which is clean and safe. Udaipur Railway Station is well-connected to other nearby major cities, including Jaipur and New Delhi. However, the train to New Delhi takes over half of a day, making it impractical compared to cheap budget airline options.

Taking a train from Jaipur might make sense, but from just about anywhere else it probably takes longer than necessary. There are no trains connecting Udaipur and Jaisalmer.

How to Get Around Udaipur


If you stay in one of Udaipur’s nice resorts, there is a good chance that you will not be within walking distance of much. the historic center – or old town – of Udaipur is very walkable, but most of the best resorts are a bit of a drive away from this part of the city.

If you need to get somewhere in Udaipur that is not within walking distance, you have three main options: taxis, ridesharing services, and tuk-tuks.

Taxis in Udaipur

Generally speaking, taxis in Udaipur are safe and very cheap. I never recommend taxis over ridesharing services, but they are available in a pinch. Drivers likely will not speak much English, and payment will probably be required in cash. As always, be sure to agree on a price before getting in the cab.

Ola and Uber in Udaipur

Ola and Uber are both available in Udaipur, but there are some things you should know before you hail a ride. Many Uber and Ola drivers in Udaipur think they are underpaid by the apps, and it is very common for drivers to refuse to pick you up unless you agree to pay extra money for the ride.

Uber drivers will demand that you pay them extra for the ride.

Generally speaking, there is no way around this. While the drivers are clearly breaking the rules set forth by each app, they all do it. If you want the safety that comes with taking an Uber or Ola, you’ll have to pay a slight cash premium for it.

Tuk-tuks in Udaipur

Our favorite way to get around Indian cities is by tuk-tuk, or auto rickshaw. A tuk-tuk is essentially a three-wheeled motorcycle with a closed-in cab area for passengers. They are able to effectively weave through traffic, cost significantly less than Ubers, and can be found on almost every street in Udaipur.

If you’re unsure what they look like, just look out for their green and yellow paint. They’re unmissable. To hail a ride, simply strike up a conversation with the tuk-tuk driver, mention where you want to go, and agree on a price before hopping in.

selfie of traveling father and mother on a tuk tuk with baby son sitting on lap

The Best Time to Visit Udaipur

The best time to visit Udaipur is between November and March. This is the winter season, when temperatures are very pleasant both during the day and in the evening. While I almost never recommend visiting a place during its peak season, Udaipur is an exception.

This is the only time when the weather is enjoyable, and Udaipur’s best activities are almost all outdoors. While accommodation prices will be higher and crowds will be larger, visiting Udaipur in the winter is absolutely the best option.

If you want to save some money, consider visiting between August and October. This is Udaipur’s monsoon season, which means you should expect a lot of rain. However, the temperatures are tolerate – especially in the evenings – and the accommodation prices will likely be much lower than they are in the winter.

I would not recommend visiting Udaipur during the summer months of March through July, as the daytime weather can be unbearably hot and can really impact your visit.

Is Udaipur Worth Visiting?

Getting to Udaipur can be a hassle, and this often deters foreign visitors from making the trip. Due to its remoteness and how disconnected it is to other major Indian cities, it makes sense to ask “is Udaipur worth visiting?”

In our opinion, the answer is yes. On our most recent trip to India, the only place we might have enjoyed more was the Taj Mahal . As a city, Udaipur was our clear favorite thanks to its comparative cleanliness, its gorgeous lakes and palaces, and its luxurious resorts. While Udaipur doesn’t have a reputation as the top tourist attraction in India, we definitely think it ought to be in the running.

Udaipur is the perfect place to escape from the madness of New Delhi and Mumbai, and it is a great place to learn about local Rajasthani history.

While we have not been to Jaipur, we have been to Jaisalmer, and we think Udaipur is a much better place to visit.

mother in red dress and father with child in a body carrier smiling in the streets of India

Final Tips for Visiting Udaipur

Udaipur is a great city to visit in India, and we really enjoyed our visit. However, there are a few things that we wish we knew before we arrived. Knowing the best Udaipur travel tips ahead of time will help you to avoid any hassles or issues during your time in the so-called Venice of the East!

Beware of the Monkeys

A monkey literally stole our baby’s banana from our hand.

If you have ever been around monkeys in the wild, you probably already know that they aren’t the nice, cute creatures that we make them out to be. Monkeys can be very violent – especially when there is food involved.

When we were visiting the Monsoon Palace, we were in the middle of taking a nice family picture when a monkey came out of nowhere, ripped a banana out of our toddler’s hands, and ran off a few feet away to eat it. Luckily, there were no scratches or bites involved, but there easily could have been. If you see monkeys, do not pull out any food, and do not try to pet them.

Prepare to Negotiate Uber Prices

In the section on how to get around Udaipur, I mentioned that Uber and Ola drivers in Udaipur often demand extra cash. In this situation (which will probably happen more often than not), I recommend doing whatever you are comfortable with.

If you stay at a luxury hotel outside of the city, there is a good chance you won’t be able to get a ride unless you agree to pay them extra. If you are already in the city, you might be able to. Either way, it is just important to know that the typical Ola or Uber driver in Udaipur will demand extra money.

Using a Stroller Is Impossible

This tip only applies to people with small children, clearly. We found this to be true in all of India, but especially in Udaipur. There aren’t reliable sidewalks, there are a lot of stairs, and folding up a stroller to fit in a tuk-tuk is nearly impossible unless you have a Babyzen YoYo (our favorite stroller. You can purchase it through Amazon HERE ).

We recommend bringing a baby carrier , which will alleviate all of these problems. We are big fans of the BabyBjorn One Air (buy on Amazon HERE ), but really anything will work as long as it is comfortable for both you and your little one.

Allow Plenty of Time to Visit the Most Popular Attractions

In India, long lines are incredibly common. While we didn’t experience very long lines for anything, we heard that we were lucky. We visited during the peak season and it seemed like we never had to wait for anything. However, one great way to have a stress-free trip is to allow yourself extra time to get from Point A to Point B, and I would bank on having long lines for this reason.

That’s all we have for you about Udaipur! Hopefully this Udaipur travel guide has answered anything you needed to know about Rajasthan’s white city. Most Udaipur travel guides we came across before visiting lacked some important points about visiting Rajasthan’s prettiest city, and we hope that this post answers them!

Have you been to Udaipur? Are you planning a trip and have more questions for us?

Please comment your thoughts and questions!

mother, father and toddler standing in the grand white monsoon palace of India

Hi, I'm Greg. I'm an avid traveler who has traveled to over 50 countries all around the world with my wife and kids. I've lived in Italy, Mexico, China, and the United States, and I dream of moving abroad again in the future. With this blog, I provide my audience with detailed destination guides to my favorite places and pro-tips to make travel as stress-free as possible.


Nice blog author. Thank you for your share. Keep it up.

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You have rightly said that Udaipur truly lives up the tourists’ expectations. The pics you have posted are really amazing. Udaipur, actually, beckons with its enchanting blend of history and beauty. Nestled around azure lakes, the city is a canvas of majestic palaces, vibrant markets, and intricate architecture. The City Palace, a symphony of marble and mosaic, stands as a testament to royal grandeur. Boat rides on Lake Pichola offer breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. Udaipur’s cultural tapestry, rich traditions, and warm hospitality make it a must-visit destination, where every cobblestone exudes a timeless charm.

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Udaipur Travel Guide + Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days

Udaipur Travel Guide + Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days

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This Udaipur travel guide contains a list of the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days along with all the travel information to help you plan a trip to Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Udaipur, also known as the Venice of the East or the city of lakes, is aptly termed so. With many-a lakes set both within and outside the city limits as well as the delightful ghats set along the lake-side, Udaipur oozes a regal charm. In case you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I spent a good 10 days exploring the cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in India. While I loved spending time in all of these cities, the white marble structures, shimmering lakes, surreal sunsets and the striking havelis of Udaipur stole my heart. Walking along the narrow lanes of the old town set next to lake Pichola, watching the local vendors lure tourists inside their shops with colourful garments, glittering jewels, and fascinating turbans while gorging on the kachori , a local street food, was an experience like none other.

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Udaipur Travel Guide & Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days

This Udaipur travel guide and Udaipur itinerary listing all the places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days is an ode to this marvellous city of lakes, or shall I say Venice of the East. While I think 2 days is enough to cover all the major places to visit in Udaipur, spend at least 3 days to soak in the mesmerizing sunsets, eat your heart out in the many cafes overlooking Lake Pichola and to get a feel of the city. Nonetheless, this Udaipur travel guide contains all the travel info, sightseeing spots, food places and accommodation options to help you plan your Udaipur trip.

Must Read: What to Wear in Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit Udaipur Rajasthan

  • Summer (April - June): Summer in the dry arid state of Rajasthan can get overbearingly hot which is why it’s best to avoid visiting Udaipur during this time.
  • Monsoon (July - September): Even though the monsoon months bring a respite from the heat, the muddy streets and the humidity can hamper your sightseeing plans.
  • Winter (October - March): The winter months are the best time to visit Udaipur. While December and January can get quite cold, the months of October, November, March and April have pleasant weather and are the best months to visit Udaipur.

How to Reach Udaipur

Nearest airport to udaipur.

Udaipur has an airport called the Maharana Pratap Airport, which is a domestic airport. The airport is only 22 km from the city center. You can book an Uber or Ola cab to get to the airport within half an hour from the city. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi cab to drop you to the Udaipur airport as well.

Nearest Railway Station to Udaipur

Udaipur has a railway station called the Udaipur City Station (UDZ) which has trains running between all neighboring cities in Rajasthan as well as other villages and cities within India.

Delhi to Udaipur

The distance between Delhi and Udaipur is roughly 660 km which can be covered by air, rail or road. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Udaipur. Additionally, there are multiple trains and state-run as well as private buses between Delhi and Udaipur city.

Must Read: A Complete Delhi Travel Guide

Getting Around Udaipur

A majority of the sightseeing places in Udaipur are set in the old city, around Lake Pichola. Due to this, if you stay within the old city, you can simply walk or take a tuk-tuk to almost all the places to visit in Udaipur. However, you may need to hire a cab or tuk-tuk for half a day to visit some of the other sightseeing spots which lie farther away from the city center.

Where to Stay in Udaipur

Zostel udaipur.

Rooftop at Zostel Udaipur

View from the rooftop at Zostel Udaipur

Throughout my 3 days in Udaipur, I stayed at Zostel Udaipur which is next to the Swaroop Sagar Lake, right next to Lake Pichola near the old city. This backpacker hostel has both dorm rooms as well as private rooms. The best part about this hostel was the lavish rooftop cafe that had marble tabletops, metal chairs with elaborate designs on them along with plants and cheerful flowers. I cannot put into words how dreamy it was to watch the sunrise from here. Plus, the delicious dinners sitting at the rooftop, while watching the lights of the city reflect in the water of the lake ahead was nothing short of spectacular.

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Hotels in Udaipur

Coming to finding other hotels in Udaipur, I strongly suggest booking a hotel near Lake Pichola, which will make it easy to access all the places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. Additionally, there’s nothing like waking up to watch the sun glimmer in the waters of the lake, while staying at a hotel near the lake in Udaipur.

Best Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days

1. lake pichola.

Lake Pichola in Places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days

Lake Pichola is an artificial lake, built-in 1362 AD in order to fulfil the agricultural and drinking water needs of the city. In the present day, Lake Pichola is the most popular attraction in Udaipur, with many other sightseeing places situated around the lake. There are 4 islands on this lake and visitors can indulge in a boat ride to visit these islands. I suggest taking a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to watch the sun go down behind the Aravali hills in the distance, with its orange hues reflecting in the water of the lake. Apart from that, there are numerous cafes and restaurants offering the most amazing views of the lake both from up-close and from rooftops. Moreover, there are numerous ghats to sit and enjoy watching the sun setting behind the lake, with Gangaur Ghat and Ambrai Ghat being the most visited ones.

2. Ganguar Ghat

Ganguar Ghat - Places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days

Gangaur Ghat is the main ghat on Lake Pichola that is located near the Jagdish temple area in the old town. The ghat is identified and made popular due to the iconic Bagore ki Haveli, which lies on one end of Gangaur Ghat. There are steps leading down to the lake here. In the mornings you’ll see locals walking along the ghat and bathing here whereas, in the evenings, the place is crowded with tourists sitting on these steps, waiting to watch and capture the sunset across the ghat. While I loved the view and the setting of the ghat, the place was dirty. It could definitely use some maintenance as well as some more benches for people to sit.

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3. Bagore ki Haveli

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Bagore ki Haveli is a haveli, or traditional mansion, set along Lake Pichola, on one end of Gangaur Ghat. While the expansive palace is quite impressive, with over hundred rooms, multiple courtyards and incritate mirror work used for decoration, it's the cultural show at Bagore ki Haveli which is the highlight of the place. For one hour in the evening, the haveli lights up and becomes home to a traditional folk dance show. The tickets to the dance show can be purchased online or in-person on the spot at the haveli. This cultural show is held every evening at the Neem courtyard of Bagore ki Haveli.

Open all days 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

4. City Palace

City Palace Places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days

Similar to most of the other places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days, the City Palace of Udaipur is set along Lake Pichola. A sprawling palace built in the 16th century, it is one of the main attractions in Udaipur. The Palace has many-a sprawling courtyards and glorious rooms in decadent colours signifying the opulence of the Rajput royal families that once lived here. Many of the corridors and rooms in Udaipur’s city palace open up to splendid views of the city. Not just that, the lavish mirror work in some sections is worthy of being labelled as instagrammable. Spare at least 2 hours to walk around, revel in the glorious history and to soak in all the royal vibes at city palace.

5. Jag Mandir

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Jag Mandir, also known as the Lake Garden Palace is a palace built on a small island on Lake Pichola. The palace has been converted into a hotel owned by the HRH group. People wishing to stay at an island palace can book a stay at the rooms here. The hotel also has a restaurant with the most breathtaking view. For those who are not staying at the palace but who wish to visit it, can hire a boat ride from the Bansi Ghat jetty to visit the Jag Mandir Palace. Visitors can also dine at the restaurant here. Note that there is a minimum cover charge here and you need to reserve a table in advance so be prepared accordingly in case you wish you dine here. It’s best to visit the Jag Mandir around the time of sunset so that you can take a quick tour of the palace and then watch the sunset either from the restaurant or from the boat ride back. 

Open all days 10 am to 6 pm

6. Jagdish Temple

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Jagdish temple is yet another one of the popular places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. The architecture and the marble steps leading up to the temple are both very interesting. The temple is located just a short walk from both City Palace and Gangaur Ghat as well as Bagore ki Haveli. So if you’re going from the City Palace towards Bagore ki Haveli (and consequently Ganguar Ghat) or vice-versa, you can visit Jagdish temple on the way.

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7. Doodh Talai

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Doodh Talai, translated to ‘milk lake’ from Hindi, is a tiny but picturesque lake next to Lake Pichola. Situated at a walking distance from some of the important sightseeing places such as the City Palace and Jagdish temple, the lake is surrounded by small hillocks, has clear water and white ornate structures all around it. There are lots of street food ventors around the lake and activities such as boating and horse rides are also provided here. Additionally, while you’re here, do take the ropeway up to Karni Mata temple for the most breathtaking sunset view.

8. Royal Cenotaphs

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One of the most underrated places to visit in Udaipur, Royal Cenotaphs or Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of 250 cenotaphs built as a memorial to Rajput maharajas. While there is no entry fee for the cenotaphs, the nearby Ahar Museum charges a nominal fee to enter. Since the Royal Cenotaphs are located inside the city, you will need to hire a tuk-tuk or a cab to get here, if you're staying near Lake Pichola. Also note that there is a sign here saying photography is not permitted but hardly anyone follows this rule. If you’re looking for offbeat places to visit in Udaipur, then the Ahar Cenotaphs are the place to go to!

Shopping in Udaipur

Shopping in Udaipur

Hathi pol bazaar, which lies within walking distance of Zostel Udaipur, is one of the best places to do shopping in Udaipur. There are innumerable shops selling clothing in local prints, handicraft items as well as traditional jewellery. Ahmedabadwala was one of the noteworthy jewellery shops that I discovered in this market. While it may look like a tiny, dismissive place, don’t judge it by its appearance. The sweet old man who runs the shop had the most amazing collection of jewellery in mirror work, Kundan work, Meena work, handpainted work and more. Not just that, the jewellery was available in multiple price ranges, going from a mere INR 100-150 up to thousands of rupees. I recommend this shop to anyone looking to shop for traditional jewellery in Udaipur. Furthermore, I picked up vintage handpainted postcards from Sakshi Art School, which is situated right next to Zostel Udaipur. Once again, the kind man who runs this art school was so sweet that I couldn't help including his store/ art school in this Udaipur travel guide.

Where to Eat in Udaipur - Best Restaurants and Cafes in Udaipur

No trip to Udaipur is complete without gorging on a scrumptious Rajasthani thali and sitting in a nice cafe or restaurant at Lake Pichola. While there are numerous places where you can do both of the aforementioned things in Udaipur, I’ve mentioned two of the top restaurants and cafes in Udaipur, based on my experience in the city.

Places to eat in Udaipur - Jheel cafe

What is one of the most amazing cafes in Udaipur city, Jheel cafe lies near Gangaur Ghat, sitting pretty right next to Lake Pichola. The cafe has two levels - the top floor where you can get a nice view of the lake and the section which has a more extensive menu. On the other hand, the bottom floor of Jheel cafe has a limited menu and limited seating. However, this is where there's a catch. What most people miss observing is that there’s a small door at the bottom level which leads to a small open-air section where it almost feels as if you’re touching the lake. I loved sitting here, enjoying a hot cup of tea on a cool wintery morning, taking in the beauty of the lake in front of me.

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Tribute Restaurant

Places to eat in Udaipur - Tribute restaurant

Tribute restaurant is an upscale restaurant located directly opposite to Zostel Udaipur, on the other side of the lake. The restaurant has the most amazing view of the lake in the evening, with lights of the restaurant and the city shimmering in the placid water. Even though the restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, I would recommend sitting outside for the best views and a phenomenal ambience. The food tasted good but I did not enjoy the cocktails here. You may need to call ahead and reserve a table during the tourist season, in order to be assured a table.

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India is a huge bucket item list for me! Thanks for sharing!

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I had planned for Udaipur in March but had to cancel.thats a great itinerary

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I have been to all these places and I love Udaipur so much. Can’t wait to return someday.

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Wow, what a destination! It looks like and incredible hat trick of lakes, palaces and temples, all lit up in a golden hue. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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This looks like a great itinerary! Have bookmarked for when we do get to visit Udaipur – it looks like such a pretty place!

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I didn’t have time for Udaipur on my last trip to India but I would definitely love to go next time I’m there. That cafe by the water looks amazing! I’ll definitely save this post for whenever I get the chance to go ? love your photos!

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Such a lovely post! I was in Udaipur 8 years ago and need to go back again once travel opens up again. India is a special country to me and I would love to go back to Rajastan. I will keep your travel guilde handy for my next trip so I don+t miss out of anything:)

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Udaipur was an absolute dream. One of my favorite Indian cities. Can’t wait to go back.

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Very nice places Udaipur have. We have explore all these places. Thank you so much for provide such information

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Very nice blog. thank you so much for sharing such information with us. I like your writing style, is so inspiring…keep sharing…

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Udaipur is always my favorite place to drop by, have visited Lake palace and city palace many times just for the sculptures and magnificent infrastructure. I suggest people visit these places atleast once, else they could miss perfect spots to witness for their lifetime.

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Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India – snuggling beside tranquil Lake Pichola, with the purple ridges of the Aravalli Range stretching away in every direction. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences) and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. For the visitor there's the serenity of boat rides on the lakes, the bustle and color of bazaars, a lively arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its heritage hotels, tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback.

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Udaipur in Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes.’ It has many beautiful palaces, forts, museums, gardens, and places of sightseeing. This city is nestled by Aravalli hills and every palace is worth a visit for its stunning architecture and intricate work. It used to be a historical capital. Visit this city to marvel at the beauty and architecture of the palaces and museums. Lake Pichola and Lake Palace are the most popular attractions in the city. Beyond that there are many things which the touristers must know before visiting Udaipur. To ensure a hassle free trip, here are some of the best Udaipur travel tips which one must know before planning.

9 Essential Udaipur Travel Tips

Here are some of the best travel tips which one must keep in mind before planning a vacation in the city and enjoy a great time.

1. Best Time To Visit Udaipur

Best Time To Visit Udaipur

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The city gets very hot during the summer. The summer months are best avoided when you want to travel to Udaipur. Winter is the best season to travel to Udaipur. The weather is pleasant and you get the best view of the scenic spots in the city when you travel in this season. September to February are the best months to travel to Udaipur. You can enjoy the stunning view of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai musical gardens, and more.

The majestic gardens and lakes look picturesque and breathtaking when you visit them during these months. You can spend time at these places and enjoy the view along with the beautiful weather. All the hues of nature paint a beautiful picture making your visit worthwhile. The sunsets at the Jag Mandir palace are not to be missed. You can also shop for crystal artworks and many handmade textiles from local markets.

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2. Best Way To Commute

Best Way To Commute

You can enjoy sightseeing Udaipur at your own pace. Those who love hiking and driving around can hire a scooter or a bullet and cruise around the city at your own pace. You can hire a taxi as well to go sightseeing in the city on your schedule. Group tours are not recommended as you will not enjoy the beauty of exploring the city leisurely.

Spend time at the lake for as many hours as you want, take pictures, and soak into the beauty of architecture and landscapes of the palaces and gardens. Get a glimpse of the local culture and heritage by choosing to watch locals, their lifestyle, and culture. You will not be in a rush if you choose your schedule and not sign up for tour groups to visit places of interest as you can organize your itinerary and go about it.

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3. Choices For Accommodation

Choices For Accommodation

Stay in a palace hotel if the budget suits you as this is an extraordinary experience you can have visiting Udaipur. Choose a lakeside budget hotel if you want to experience Udaipur at its best. If you are a solo traveler you can choose a homestay or a hostel that provides home-cooked local cuisine. This is one of the best options to experience the famous Rajasthani cuisine.

Hotels and guest houses are available at a budget price. You can choose a heritage villa by the lakeside or jungle to get the best view of nature and wildlife. Holiday homes and budget guesthouses close to the tourist places are the best accommodations you can choose in Udaipur. Luxurious hotel palaces organize many entertainment options for guests to stay.

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4. Do Not Say Anything Bad About The Fatehnagar

Do Not Say Anything Bad About The Fatehnagar

Fatehnagar lake is a popular picnic spot where people chill and relax. Do not say anything bad about the lake or Fatehnagar as people get offended. This is the place locals love for its serene beauty and romantic history. Do not speak ill about the culture or heritage of Rajasthan. People in the city are conservative and might not welcome your comments.

When you visit religious places cover yourself and wear traditional Indian clothes. Take your shoes off before entering any temple in Udaipur. If you are visiting a Gurudwara cover your head as it is considered a mark of disrespect if you do not follow these rules. Avoid wearing short clothes or sleeveless clothes when you are visiting religious places in Udaipur.

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5. Take Heritage Walks At The Palaces

Take Heritage Walks At The Palaces

The Monsoon Palace, City Palace and many other royal palaces have opulent gardens where you can take a heritage walk and know of the history and culture of the palace. Take note of the architectural details and artworks of these palaces which are built in the Indo-Mughal architectural style and have distinct features. Rajasthani architecture is unique and intricate, unlike what you would see in different historical monuments.

Soak into the grandeur of these palaces and enjoy the scenic view of the sunsets of the lake palaces. A few palaces are built with European and mixed architectural styles like the City Palace. Every palace has distinct features and design elements that you can take note of. Udaipur is one of the most suitable places to take a romantic holiday. You can attend the light and sound shows organized at most of the historical palaces in the city.

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6. Bargain And Do Not Act Ignorant

Bargain And Do Not Act Ignorant

Local markets are the best places to shop for handicrafts. Bargain at half the price and do not act like a tourist as you are likely to be scammed. Keep your belongings safe from pickpockets. The Hathi Pol Bazaar is one of the most famous street markets in Udaipur to do some street shopping. You can shop for souvenirs, textiles with bandhani prints, and get good deals by bargaining.

A rule of thumb is to always bargain even when you go to shops as you can get items at a good price. Do not accept hospitality from strangers or any free food or drinks from them. When shopping for expensive items like jewelry do not accept exaggerated hospitality as it is done to lure the customers to buy cheap items at a high price. Check the worth of the metal before you want to buy expensive jewelry or items.

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7. Do Not Walk Alone In The Night

Do Not Walk Alone In The Night

Though Udaipur is safe for solo women travelers it is advised not to venture alone after 20.00 hours. Pubs and lounges are open up to the wee hours and are not ideal places to venture alone. You can leave the solo hiking to day time. Carry maps, GPS, and know-how to read the signboards when you visit Udaipur. Avoid wearing scanty clothes even during the day time. Wear comfortable and unrevealing clothes to avoid stares from the locals.

You are likely to get stares from the locals as they do it blatantly. Do not wear any clothes that can invite trouble or make them pass remarks. Locals are friendly and traditional. Respect the traditions of the place and do not mingle with strangers. Avoid autos or rickshaws who want to show you a good place to stay. You are likely to find beggars in front of the historical places, do not encourage them.

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8. Always Keep Cash And Change

Always Keep Cash And Change

Most of the places you shop at or want to eat might not accept credit or debit cards. Keep cash handy. This is one of the best ways to experience the local life and culture. Avoid drinking tap water as it is not safe. Always ask for bottled water at the places you eat. There are many local markets to shop for sculptures, sarees, cushion covers that have Rajasthani needlework.

Savior the street food at Fatehnagar. There is a list of local foods you can relish such as Jalebies, Kachori, daal baati, Dabeli, Chaat, chai, and paan. You can eat the Rajasthani thali at the restaurants that offer vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. Enjoy the Thandai which is a Rajasthani traditional drink at the eating joints.

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9. Only Use Licensed Guides

Only Use Licensed Guides

Check the photo ID of the guides before you opt for one for touring. Do not accept auto wallas or the rickshaws to tout you towards the tourist guides or coax you into shopping more. You must be alert when traveling in busy areas and check for the authenticity of the items you shop for. Only buy travel tickets from authorized dealers. Get a receipt for every item you purchase. You must know that most of the people in Rajasthan are known for their business acumen and only mean business.

You might not even get the information about a route for free. You might be charged for asking the route. Do not get offended as this is a common practice found in Rajasthan. You might not get any information for free. There are no freebees in Rajasthan as they are known to be business people. Though hospitality is high, these are pointers to keep in mind when you travel to Udaipur. Water will also be charged in restaurants.

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Udaipur has the most stunning manmade lakes and beautiful palaces. This is one of the most romantic cities to visit for its architecture and landscape beauty. Do not forget these travel tips to enjoy your vacations in Udaipur like a local. So, now when you plan a vacation in Rajasthan , make sure to visit Udaipur and enjoy a great time exploring the beauty of the place without any hassle.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Udaipur Travel Tips

Is Udaipur safe for women at night?

Udaipur is a safe city but do not venture anywhere alone at night.

What is the best time to visit Udaipur?

Winters months are the best time to visit Udaipur. November to February has the best weather to view the scenic lakes and landscapes of the city.

What are the best areas to stay in Udaipur?

Choose areas near the lake palaces for as staying in Udaipur. There are many budgets as well as luxury options in these areas.

Do they accept credit cards in Udaipur?

Most of the restaurants and places of sightseeing only accept cash. Very few places accept credit cards.

What type of clothes to wear in Udaipur?

Pack light clothes even when you are visiting during the winter season. The weather is chilly but not very cold.

How many days trip can you plan to Udaipur?

You can plan a 3-4 days trip to Udaipur to view places of sightseeing and explore the cities delights.

Which are romantic places to stay at Udaipur?

Oberoi Udaivilas, Leela Palace, and hotels near Jag Mandir palace are the most romantic places to stay in Udaipur.

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Rajasthan is the undisputed hotspot for Foreign tourists. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaiselmer, and Badhmer attract a huge chunk of visitors every single year. Rajasthan is huge and there are palaces and forts everywhere! But, if I had to recommend a short trip to experience the entirety of the state, I’d recommend Udaipur! Here goes my Udaipur travel blog .

Also, you don’t have to be Priyanka Chopra or Katy Perry and plan an extravaganza of a wedding to visit Udaipur. Although, if you decide to do that: invite me and I’ll plan your wedding for free.

Back to the blog, Udaipur is the most picturesque city in Rajasthan. Also dubbed as the “City of Lakes”, history and architecture make the soul of the city. My father has a special spot for Udaipur in his heart as he spent the initial days of his career there. We never understood his nostalgia till we actually toured there for 3 days in January winters.

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Udaipur Travel Blog: Best time to Visit

In general, it’s best to visit Rajasthan from autumn to spring. Never, plan a trip during peak summers(April-June) because it’s a desert and we are not bedouins.

How do I reach Udaipur?

A flying carpet is the most convenient way although trains and flights are good as well. Reach Udaipur by Train : The Udaipur City railway station connects to all major cities in India. Reach Udaipur by Flight : The Maharana Pratap Airport receives both domestic and international flights.

Taxis for intercity travel are available everywhere. There’s also the city bus that runs for tourists.

Where do I stay?

The entire city of Udaipur is sparsed with hotels around “Lake Pichola”. There is accommodation for all budgets, so you might as well just find the best place meeting your requirements. I’d suggest living around the “City Palace” for easy access to restaurants, markets, and transportation.

Here are some accommodations by the City Palace to check out on Booking.com:

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I’m hungry!

Udaipur travel blog can’t be complete without food! See, with its immense foreign tourist load the city has a lot of restaurants that serve exotic tastes. However, for the authentic Rajasthani taste here’s what a friend of mine from Udaipur advised me:

  • Neelam Restaurant: Gangaur Ghat Marg, Near Jagdish temple.
  • Natraj Dining Hall: Located on the Bapu Bazar main road.

Trust me you’ll eat the best “Dal Bati Churma” and “Rajasthani thali” in these places.


Once you’re over with a full course meal, head towards Chetak circle for “The Udaipur Pyaaz Kachori” at “JMB Nashta center”. Conclude with a “Mava Kulfi” for your sweet tooth. AND! It’s a SIN to not have MILK and JALEBI in your breakfast. Try it! you’ll thank me later. Also, if you want to find more amazing places for other cuisines , Udaipur will not disappoint you.

What do I do there?

  •  Appreciate the beauty of the city with its so many gardens and lakes.
  • Relish in the history of Udaipur and the Mewar Kingdom.
  • Indulge in the architectural wonders.
  • Eat some of the best snacks (Pyaaz kachori and Doodh Jalebi: a winter delicacy).
  • You plan your next trips to Haldighati and Kumbhalgarh.
  • Say get married?

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Your ultimate tourist guide for Udaipur:

City palace.

The Sisodia dynasty ruler Rana Udai Singh built it in 1553 and then the extensions kept adding up for the next 400 years. As I stood in the courtyard of that palace, I just kept wondering how this was the home to one of the bravest Rajputs. 400 years of history right before you, the doors through which Maharanas walked and the Jharokhas through which Maharanis would keep a watch on their kingdom.

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Lake pichola.

It’s an artificial freshwater lake meant for storage purposes. Constructed in 1362 AD, one can only marvel over the prosperity and vision of rulers back then.

In the center of this lake, we see “Hotel Lake Palace” which used to be the summer palace of the rulers but is now one of the most expensive and grand 4-star hotels in the country.

Fateh Saagar lake

Fateh Sagar Lake,  constructed by Rana Fateh Singh and named after him, is another artificial lake. It’s a lively spot among locals as well the surroundings are bustling with shops and hotels.

Jagdish Temple

A representative of Maru Gurjara architecture. It’s claimed to be the most beautiful example of Hindu Iconography with 3 stories hand-carved in stone.

Saheliyon ki Bari Garden

It was made for queens by Rana Sangram Singh. There are fountains, kiosks, and marble elephants. It’s on the bank of Fateh Saagar lake and one can spend a good time with family here.

Ahar Museum(Cenotaphs)

Located 2 km from Udaipur in Ahar, this is a very fancy crematory. There are 250 cenotaphs commemorating the rulers of Mewar. 19 bigger Chhatris for the Maharajas. There’s scary air to the place. I remember having a dry mouth when the guide kept telling us about the place and how each raja died.

Life was tough back then as a ruler. Since Hinduism doesn’t have a tomb system, but rulers’ site of cremation is often marked for future generations to pay their respects.

However, for the royal women death was epitomized differently.

Moti Magri Memorial

This is a rather recent memorial of Maharana Pratap with his horse Chetak – it’s a bronze statue. One can’t feel the significance of this “statue” till they visit Haldighati themselves and listen to the story of Rana Pratap and the War of Haldighati. Well, do bond with the locals as they tell you all about Rana Pratap: the sharpest sword of Rajputana.

Vintage Car museum

Yes – this is the place for automobile lovers. And it’s owned by the present heir of the royal dynasty of Sisodias who also owns the HRH Group of Hotels.

Mochi Bazar

SHOPPING! Udaipur is famous for “mojris” or “juttis” of all kinds for men and women. Mojris are a type of shoes and you must definitely check out the Mochi Bazar for them.

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To conclude this travel blog, Udaipur has a vibe that makes everyone feel like they belong to the royal family. Also, the place begins to settle in you once you become familiar with the history, the war, and the Rajput way of life.

The amount of respect I have for the Rajputana and Maratha kingdom is just reflective of fact that there were people who fought for their self-respect. People who lived before us and ensured that we live in peace even if it comes at the cost of their lives. Ah! It’s just overwhelming. That settles my Udaipur travel blog :)

Read the next part of this Rajasthan travel blog here: Haldighati to Kumbhalgarh -Rajasthan Diaries

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The beautiful city of Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Udaipur Travel Guide: Things To Do

India is synonymous with culture, and one place where people can expect to experience the best is Rajasthan. And to narrow down the search a bit. Udaipur is the destination to choose. It is where regal charm, exquisite cuisine, traditional architecture, and dazzling natural beauty take the front seat. The bustling markets, brimming with colorful handicrafts, intricate textiles, and traditional jewelry, offer a quintessential Rajasthani shopping experience in Udaipur, fondly referred to as the "Venice of the East" and the "City of Lakes." Visitors can delve into the local cuisine, tantalizing their taste buds with the flavors of traditional Rajasthani dishes like Dal-Baati-Churma and Gatte ki Sabzi, served in the backdrop of traditional folk music and dance performances, transporting you to the heart of Rajasthani culture. 

Udaipur turns into a paradise for lovers when the sun sets over the Aravalli Hills. The city's illuminated palaces' dazzling reflections on the still waters of its lakes give off an alluring air ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Whether you are an architecture lover, a culture enthusiast, or a hopeless romantic, Udaipur promises an unforgettable journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. So, check out the guide below and plan your vacation to this Indian beauty. 

Why Visit Udaipur?

Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Udaipur holds a significant place in history, steeped in the valor and grandeur of the Rajputana dynasty. Its historical importance is underscored by the valorous tales of the Mewar rulers, who fiercely resisted external invasions and safeguarded their kingdom with unwavering courage and resilience. The city's founding by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559 marked the establishment of a flourishing dynasty that would shape the region's political and cultural landscape for centuries to come.

The city's historical significance is epitomized by its magnificent City Palace, an architectural marvel that reflects the fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles, narrating stories of conquests and grandeur. The Lake Palace, situated amidst the serene waters of Lake Pichola, is another jewel in Udaipur's historical crown, evoking the grandeur of the royal lifestyle during the Rajput era. 

Furthermore, Udaipur's historical significance is accentuated by its strategic importance as a flourishing center of art, culture, and trade, evident in the intricate craftsmanship of its palaces, temples, and bustling markets, all of which continue to weave the tale of a city that has withstood the test of time, preserving its regal charm and cultural legacy for generations to come.

Things To Look Out For In The City

The temples in Udaipur offer a spiritual experience that strikes the soul in addition to serving as a reflection of the city's rich cultural past. Each temple adds to Udaipur's magical beauty with its distinctive characteristics and divine atmosphere, making it a must-visit location for those looking for spiritual uplift and cultural exploration. Here are a few temples to add to the itinerary.

Jagdish Temple

The Jagdish Temple in Udaipur is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Vishnu.

A masterpiece of architecture, Jagdish Temple perfectly encapsulates Indo-Aryan design. The beautiful architecture and elaborate sculptures will take your breath away as you get closer to the temple. This 17th-century temple, devoted to Lord Vishnu, is celebrated for its exquisitely carved pillars, sculpted ceilings, and a mesmerizing brass figure of Garuda, Lord Vishnu's celestial chariot. The air of spirituality that emanates from the sanctum sanctorum immediately captivates the senses. The daily aarti, a spectacle worth seeing with the reverberating chants and the aroma of incense filling the air, should not be missed. Early in the morning is the ideal time to visit the Jagdish Temple to take in the peace and escape the busy throng.

Neemach Mata Temple

Neemach Mata Temple, perched above the Aravalli Hills, provides a breathtaking panorama of Udaipur and its surroundings. Goddess Neemach Mata, who is thought to be a manifestation of Goddess Durga, is the subject of the temple. The arduous climb uphill to the temple is a thrill in and of itself, with beautiful views opening up as you advance. This temple is a wonderful spot for reflection and meditation because of its calm atmosphere and spiritual feelings. Not to mention, it's a sight not to be missed—the gorgeous sunset from this vantage point.

Eklingji Temple

The beautiful Eklingji Temple complex.

Eklingji Temple, an important holy site devoted to Lord Shiva, is located around 22 km from the center of Udaipur. This complex of 108 temples exudes a magical enchantment and is decorated with delicate carvings and beautiful architecture. Lord Eklingji, the primary deity, is a four-faced Shiva idol representing the majesty and grandeur of God. The melodious chants and the aroma of incense heighten the sense of mysticism. The temple welcomes visitors from around the nation during the vivacious Maha Shivratri celebration. Arrange your visit during a festival or the pleasant weather of February or March to discover the magnificence of Eklingji Temple.

Bohra Ganesh Temple

The Bohra Ganesh Temple, near the Fateh Sagar Lake, is notable for its peculiar idol of Lord Ganesha, thought to have manifested itself. For devotees and visitors, the temple's architecture skillfully combines traditional and modern elements to create a calm and serene atmosphere. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, when the entire temple is decked out in vibrant decorations and lights and emits a magical aura, are what make this temple unique, so make your travel plans accordingly.

Shri Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple

Ropeway ride to the Karni Mata Temple.

The Shri Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple, sitting on the Machla Magra Hills, is esteemed for its thrilling ropeway ride that takes visitors to the summit. The goddess Karni Mata, worshiped in the temple, is said to grant the wishes of her followers. Apart from its religious significance, the temple attracts both tourists and devotees because it provides an unobstructed view of Udaipur's skyline. Plan the trip for the early morning or late afternoon to avoid long lines and have the finest visuals in the soft sunlight.

Not-To-Miss Attractions

Udaipur, with its regal palaces, serene lakes, and vibrant markets, offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that beckons travelers to explore its rich tapestry of attractions. Whether it's the architectural marvels, the tranquil lakes, or the bustling markets, each of these attractions contributes to the charm and allure of Udaipur, making it a destination that promises an unforgettable journey through the pages of history and culture.

The City Palace

The magnificent City Palace, looming over Lake Pichola, is an incredible fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural designs. Every one of the many palaces, courtyards, and gardens within this expansive complex is opulent and magnificent. The Mewar dynasty's rich cultural legacy is demonstrated by the exquisite paintings, elaborate mirror work, and decorations found inside the palace walls. The exquisite selection of crystal furniture in the Crystal Gallery offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the royals. Visit the City Palace in the winter, between October and March, when the weather is lovely, making it possible to explore the vast grounds comfortably.

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola, Udaipur.

Lake Pichola, a beautiful man-made lake that perfectly captures the tranquility and appeal of Udaipur, is encircled by the Aravalli Hills. It is also noted for its two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, which are home to the magnificent Jag Mandir Palace and Lake Palace, respectively. With a sweeping panorama of the encircling hills, the opulent City Palace, and the many ghats lining the lake, a boat ride on Lake Pichola provides a surreal experience. The most beautiful time to visit Lake Pichola is right before dusk, when the sky's brilliant hues reflect over the serene waters, producing a breathtaking sight that will stay in your memory forever.

Sahelion Ki Bari

The Sahelion Ki Bari in Udaipur

The Garden of the Maidens, commonly referred to as Sahelion Ki Bari, is a tranquil and alluring garden tucked away in the northern region of Udaipur. This eighteenth-century marvel by Maharana Sangram Singh was created specifically for the royal women, offering them a tranquil haven filled with lush vegetation, fountains, and marble gazebos. The well-planned lotus pool, marble elephant fountains, and kiosks create a calming atmosphere that invites guests to relax and enjoy the peace. When the garden is in full bloom and the scenery is visually stunning, the monsoon and winter seasons are the ideal times to visit Sahelion Ki Bari.

Bagore Ki Haveli

Museum displays in Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur.

Udaipur's rich cultural legacy is on display at Bagore ki Haveli, an eighteenth-century architectural masterpiece and historic residence that is now a museum. The Haveli is embellished with fine paintings, exquisite glasswork, and intricate mirrorwork that show the royal way of life in the past. The museum hosts cultural events, including traditional Rajasthani dance and music performances, that take guests back in time and give them a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the area. Schedule your trip to Bagore ki Haveli during the evening to appreciate the cultural shows taking place in the already magical atmosphere.

Monsoon Palace

View of Udaipur from the Monsoon Palace.

The Monsoon Palace, also called the Sajjangarh Palace, sits on Aravalli Hills' Bansdara Peak and provides a broad perspective of the whole city of Udaipur. Built to follow the monsoon clouds, this former royal home gave the rulers a strategic advantage in predicting the commencement of the monsoons. The palace's advantageous location provides a stunning view of the setting sun, which transforms the sky into an expanse of vivid colors and is a photographer's dream. The monsoon season or the winter months are the ideal times for touring the Monsoon Palace, with nice weather and clear skies providing an unobstructed view of the surroundings.

Gulab Bagh in Udaipur.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature at Gulab Bagh, the largest garden in Udaipur, also known as Sajjan Niwas Garden. Sprawling across a hundred acres, this lush green paradise is adorned with a diverse collection of roses, Lotus Pond, and trees like Karachi lime, Rayan, dhanverjia, and citron, making it a captivating sight for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. The garden also houses a museum, a library, and a zoo, providing a wholesome experience for visitors of all ages with a ₹25 entry fee. The best time to visit Gulab Bagh is during the winter months, from October to March, with pleasant weather and the flowers in full bloom, creating a picturesque landscape that is a treat for the senses.

Bada Bazaar

You can explore the bustling and colorful Bada Bazaar, a bustling marketplace that captures the spirit of the city's customs and culture, to discover the buzzing atmosphere of Udaipur. Rajasthani handicrafts are abundant in the market, featuring embroidered textiles, traditional jewelry, vibrant fabrics, and magnificent miniature paintings. The market is also well-known for its appealing range of genuine Rajasthani artifacts, providing visitors with the ideal opportunity to partake in a distinctive shopping experience. Morning visits will help you avoid the crowds and have more time for a relaxing shopping expedition.

Indian Musical Artist Group Performing in Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan

You would have the finest experience while discovering the vibrant cultural tapestry of rural Rajasthan at Shilpgram, an artisan's village, highlighting the rich and diverse heritage of the region. The village is renowned for its traditional arts and crafts, including intricate pottery, vibrant textiles, and exquisite handicrafts that reflect the artistic finesse and skill of local artisans. Shilpgram also hosts various cultural events and festivals, such as the Shilpgram Crafts Mela, where visitors can engage in interactive workshops and witness live demonstrations of traditional craftsmanship. The best time to visit Shilpgram is during the Shilpgram Crafts Mela, typically held in the winter months.

Step back in time and explore the historical significance of Haathi Pol, one of the prominent gates of the ancient walled city of Udaipur. Constructed during the reign of Maharana Sangram Singh, this monumental gateway served as a strategic entry point into the city, with its massive elephant-shaped structure standing as a symbol of strength and grandeur. But that is not all. Haathi Pol also ranks among the top Mewar marketplaces for antiques, handicrafts, traditional clothing, and leather trinkets. The best time to visit Haathi Pol is during the early morning or late afternoon, when the sunlight enhances the intricate architectural details and highlights the grandeur of this historical landmark.

Fateh Sagar Lake

The mesmerizing Fateh Sagar Lake.

You also have the chance to indulge in the serenity and natural beauty of Fateh Sagar Lake, a captivating man-made lake that epitomizes the charm and allure of Udaipur. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, the lake offers a picturesque setting for boating and strolls along its pristine shores. Visitors can also explore the three picturesque islands within the lake, including the Nehru Park, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and the shimmering waters. The best time to visit Fateh Sagar Lake is during the evening, when the setting sun paints the sky with vibrant hues, casting a magical spell over the tranquil waters, and creating a breathtaking vista that is truly unforgettable.

Best Hotels To Spend Night

Luxury hotels.

When it comes to experiencing the epitome of luxury and opulence in Udaipur, the city does not disappoint. Here's an insight into the extravagant offerings of some of the most exclusive and expensive hotels in the region, promising an unforgettable stay experience:

Taj Lake Palace

The Lake Palace, Udaipur.

Straight out of the frames of Octopussy, The Taj Lake Palace is a symbol of extravagance and royalty. It is a stunning white marvel that appears to float on the serene waters of Lake Pichola. A symphony of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, this eighteenth-century palace has been transformed into a hotel that provides an unmatched lodging experience. Luxurious suites with contemporary conveniences and traditional motif décor offer a regal charm and a comfortable stay. A grand pool, revitalizing spa services, a royal vintage car ride for exploring the city, and a fine dining experience at the hotel's renowned restaurants like Neel Kamal and Jharokha, serving a fusion of international and local flavors, are just a few of the luxurious amenities available with the prices for a night beginning from about ₹ 40,000.

Trident Udaipur

Another Pichola Lake highlight, the Trident Udaipur, stands as a beacon of contemporary luxury. The hotel boasts elegantly appointed rooms and suites starting from ₹14,000, each offering panoramic views of the Aravalli Mountains or the hotel's sprawling gardens. Guests are pampered with world-class amenities, including a well-equipped fitness center, a refreshing spa, and an outdoor swimming pool. The dining experience at the Trident Udaipur's Ara is a celebration of flavors, with its in-house restaurant serving a wide array of delectable cuisines like authentic Rajasthani thalis from India or Asian and Western picks prepared by expert chefs. And not to forget the Amrit Mahal Bar's menu, including cocktails, spirits, mocktails, and wines, while being surrounded by traditional artifacts.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas on the shores of Lake Pichola.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, a luxurious resort spread over around thirty acres of lush gardens and adorned with ornate fountains and intricate architecture, is a haven for those seeking an extravagant retreat. From ₹45,000, the lavish rooms and suites offer a blend of traditional design and modern amenities, ensuring an unforgettable stay. The resort provides an array of exclusive services, including private lakeside dining at Udai Mahal, rejuvenating spa treatments while enjoying the calming lily pond, and a unique opportunity to participate in activities like private yoga sessions and cooking classes hosted by the hotel's experienced chefs.

Budget Hotels

Accommodations along Lake Pichola are most coveted in Udaipur.

Several budget hotels offer a delightful blend of convenience and hospitality for travelers seeking comfortable yet affordable accommodation options in the mesmerizing city of Udaipur. Here is a detailed overview of some of the top budget hotels in the city:

Spectrum Resort And Spa, Udaipur

The Aravalli Hills make way for Spectrum Resort and Spa, promising a lavish stay but in an affordable range of around ₹3,000-4,000. The accommodation options go all the way from a Studio with your own mini bar to a Maharaja Suite with a sleek royal touch. The hotel restaurant presents only vegetarian options to guests with Asian and Continental cuisines by the pool or in the garden, with Aravalli standing majestically in front of you. A visit to the gymnasium is a must, boasting facilities like boutique-style exercise lessons and state-of-the-art cardio machines.

The Udai Bagh

The Udai Bagh will make you feel as if you are living in a traditional mini Rajasthani Palace. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities, including a lush garden area, a cozy rooftop restaurant serving authentic Rajasthani delicacies, and a friendly staff dedicated to providing a personalized and warm hospitality experience. You have the option of choosing from a single room, a double, or a bungalow. And there is also a game room to keep the kids occupied when you immerse yourself in a relaxing spa afternoon. The price falls anywhere around ₹4,000-5,000.

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Mewar Haveli

Sitting right on Lake Pichola, Mewar Haveli is the hotel where budget and beauty meet. The hotel's well-furnished, simple, and lake-facing rooms offer a comfortable retreat after a day of exploring the city's attractions. Mewar Haveli boasts facilities such as a rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views of the city and serving various delectable Chinese, Continental, Rajasthani, and Indian dishes, as well as a courteous staff dedicated to ensuring a memorable and pleasant stay for all guests. The hotel also takes on requests for organizing horse safari rides and puppet shows. You can expect the cost for one night to be anywhere around ₹2,500.

Places To Grab A Bite

Lake Pichola is bordered by many fine dining venues.

Udaipur's culinary landscape is a reflection of the city's rich cultural heritage and vibrant flavors, with each restaurant offering a unique and immersive dining experience that captures the essence of Rajasthan's culinary legacy. Whether it's savoring the authentic Rajasthani flavors at high-end restaurants or taking in the folk touches, each place promises a gastronomic journey that is not just about food but also about celebrating the rich tapestry of flavors, hospitality, and cultural heritage that defines Udaipur's vibrant dining scene.

Ambrai Restaurant

It will be a treat to get on a culinary journey of flavors and elegance at Ambrai, a renowned restaurant that offers a breathtaking view of Lake Pichola and the City Palace. Known for its exquisite ambiance and impeccable hospitality, Ambrai serves a delectable array of authentic Rajasthani and Mughlai delicacies, meticulously prepared using traditional spices and cooking techniques. One of the must-try dishes at Ambrai is the Laal Maas, a spicy Rajasthani mutton curry that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich flavors and aromatic spices. With a price range of approximately 1,500 to 2,000 INR for two people, Ambrai ensures a dining experience that is not just about food but also about indulging in the regal charm and scenic beauty that defines Udaipur's dining culture.

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Khamma Ghani

Savor the authentic flavors of Rajasthan at Khamma Ghani, a popular restaurant that prides itself on serving traditional Rajasthani thalis brimming with an assortment of local delicacies. From the aromatic Dal Baati Churma to the flavorful Gatte Ki Sabzi, every dish at Khamma Ghani is a celebration of the rich culinary heritage of the region. The warm hospitality and the vibrant ambiance further enhance the dining experience, creating a welcoming and homely atmosphere for guests. The price for a traditional Rajasthani thali at Khamma Ghani is about 1,500 INR for two people, offering a wholesome and fulfilling meal that captures the essence of Rajasthan's culinary delights.

Millets Of Mewar

Millets of Mewar is a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in serving organic and millet-based dishes inspired by the traditional flavors of Rajasthan. The restaurant's menu features a variety of wholesome and nutritious dishes, including the signature Bajra Khichdi and the flavorful Jowar Roti, offering a delectable alternative for health-conscious and vegetarian diners. With a focus on promoting sustainable and eco-friendly dining practices, Millets of Mewar provides a dining experience that not only satisfies the taste buds but also promotes a sense of well-being and conscious eating. The price range at Millets of Mewar is approximately 800 to 1,000 INR for two people, ensuring a guilt-free and nourishing dining experience that reflects the ethos of healthy living and sustainable eating.

The traditional Rajasthani dish - daal, baati, churma.

The regal ambiance and royal flavors of Udaipur at 1559 A.D., a restaurant that pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and culinary legacy of Rajasthan, will surprise you. The restaurant's opulent decor, adorned with intricate traditional artwork and antique furnishings, creates a majestic setting for indulging in the flavors of authentic Rajasthani and Mughlai cuisine. One of the must-try dishes in 1559 A.D. is the decadent Safed Maas, a rich and creamy mutton curry that exemplifies the culinary opulence of the region. With a price range of approximately 1,500 to 2,000 INR for two people, 1559 A.D. ensures a dining experience that transports guests back in time, allowing them to relish the grandeur and magnificence of Rajasthan's royal culinary heritage.

Nearby Tourist Spots To Check Out

The tourist spots near Udaipur offer many experiences, ranging from the historical significance of the architectural grandeur of the Kumbhalgarh Fort to spiritual tranquility and natural beauty.

The hill station of Mount Abu.

You can plan to escape to the serene oasis of Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, located just a few hours away from Udaipur. Known for its cool climate and lush greenery, Mount Abu offers a refreshing retreat from the bustling city life. The Dilwara Jain Temples, renowned for their intricate marble carvings and architectural brilliance, are a must-visit attraction. The Nakki Lake, surrounded by hills and offering boating facilities, is perfect for a leisurely evening stroll or a serene boat ride. Additionally, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to various species of flora and fauna, offers a delightful experience for nature enthusiasts. The best time to visit Mount Abu is during the summer months from April to June when the cool weather is ideal for exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of this picturesque hill station.

The gorgeous interiors of the Jain Temple in Delwara.

Delwara is a quaint village renowned for its historic Jain temples that showcase exquisite marble carvings and intricate designs. The Delwara Temples, including the famous Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temples, are architectural marvels that exemplify the rich craftsmanship and artistic finesse of the artisans of that era. The intricate detailing and intricate carvings on the temple walls and ceilings are a treat for art and history enthusiasts. The serene and spiritual ambiance of the temples provides a tranquil setting for introspection and meditation. The best time to visit Delwara is during the winter months, from October to March when the weather allows for a comfortable exploration of the temple complex and its intricate architectural details.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

The rich history and architectural grandeur of Rajasthan are proudly on display at the Kumbhalgarh Fort, located a short distance from Udaipur. The fort, known for its massive walls that stretch over 36 kilometers, is a testament to the valor and architectural brilliance of the Rajputana dynasty. The fort's strategic location atop the Aravalli Hills offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a favorite spot for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The light and sound show held in the evening narrates the heroic tales of the fort's history, adding a touch of magic and intrigue to the visitor's experience. 

Dhebar Lake

The spectacular Dhebar Lake.

Dhebar Lake, also known as the Jaisamand Lake, is one of the largest artificial lakes in Asia and offers a serene and picturesque setting for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. The lake's pristine waters, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, provide a perfect backdrop for boating and enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. The nearby Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its diverse flora and fauna, offers a delightful experience for wildlife enthusiasts. During winter months, the surrounding landscapes are adorned with lush greenery and vibrant migratory birds, creating a picturesque setting for a memorable nature retreat.

Displays at the Haldighati Museum in Haldighati.

You can step into the annals of history and relive the legendary battle of Haldighati, serving as a significant historical site associated with the valorous tales of Maharana Pratap and his brave warriors. The Haldighati Museum, dedicated to preserving and narrating the events of the famous battle, offers a comprehensive insight into the historical significance and the bravery displayed by the Rajput warriors during the war. The picturesque Haldighati Pass, surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and adorned with yellow soil, offers a scenic backdrop for understanding the strategic importance of the battlefield.

As your journey in Udaipur comes to an end, you will find yourself immersed in a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. From exploring the opulent City Palace to cruising along the serene waters of Lake Pichola, every moment in this magical city is a testament to the grandeur and rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The vibrant bazaars, filled with the aroma of local delicacies and the colorful bustle of traditional crafts, offer a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of Udaipur's cultural identity. 

The sun sets over Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Sunset boat rides on serene lakes, candlelit dinners overlooking the shimmering palaces, and leisurely strolls through the city's historic streets create moments that are nothing less than enchanting. Udaipur's picturesque landscapes, with lush hills and crystal-clear waters, provide a tranquil backdrop to unforgettable memories. From the rich flavors of Dal-Baati-Churma to the rhythm of folk music and dance performances, Udaipur's cultural heritage will tantalize your taste buds and transport you into the heart of India's traditions. Your Udaipur sojourn is not just a trip; it's a timeless experience.

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Udaipur: First Impression, Places to Visit, How To Travel, and More

Before stating how much I loved Udaipur and suggesting useful travel tips in this blog — from best time to travel, to places to visit, to recommended hotels — let’s talk about my previous trip to Rajasthan…

In November 2018, my first visit to Rajasthan happened. I planned a nearly 2-week backpacking trip across Rajasthan covering Jodhpur , Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, and Jaipur . I started from New Delhi on a train and chose Jodhpur as my first destination.

But as I reached Jodhpur, I hated it (I now wish that I had travelled to Udaipur first). I hated it for its atmosphere, the overrated attractions, and everything else in between. My dream for a town just as romantic as all those Instagram-perfect pictures portrayed was scattered. Instagram, with all those fancy pictures of the Blue city Jodhpur, created a wrong impression in my head (also, read how Instagram lied about Dawki River in Meghalaya too).

I spent the next three days looking for reasons to start liking Jodhpur again, but I couldn’t. I was, in fact, so demoralized that I decided to discontinue my Rajasthan adventure. “If Jodhpur is so boring and unworthy how can other destinations in Rajasthan intrigue me?” I remember wondering. And I never travelled to Udaipur or Jaisalmer or any other destination in Rajasthan.


And that was it. Three days later, I booked my return journey to New Delhi, and there has been no introduction to Rajasthan ever since. Read the full experience here: Jodhpur travel blog (it also includes useful travel tips).

But this time, as I planned a Delhi to Bangalore road trip , I ended up in Rajasthan again. And Udaipur happened to be one of the towns two towns I visited (the other town was Jaipur).

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I haven’t written any articles on Jaipur because I stayed there for only one night and couldn’t explore it well.

But from whatever little I’ve explored, I found Jaipur a beautiful place to visit. I think Jaipur looks more beautiful and charming at night.

During the night, the crowd is less and the old town of Jaipur is all lit up with artificial lights. I have made a Youtube video about it though if you are interested in visual action…

Now let’s start with the topic in hand and move forward with the destination we are discussing, and that is…

Before we go ahead, I want to confess that I didn’t stay in Udaipur for long but for only three days before continuing further south. But it was enough for me to fall in love with the place.

One reason I loved Udaipur the most was for its relaxing and laid-back vibe that I found missing in Jodhpur. There was some kind of calmness in its air.

Even in the months of December (December and January are the peak seasons for Rajasthan), the city would go absolutely quiet after the wee hours of sunset – with a sense of peacefulness flowing in the air. Just walk around one of the lakes in the town and you will know what I mean.

Other than a place to relax and unwind, I found Udaipur as one of the most romantic cities in India. Though I wish I had a few pictures to justify the statement myself (but since I was vlogging most of the time – on top of having limited time – I don’t) if you will Google for those pictures you will know what I mean. From Google images to other travel blogs, you will find enough material soliciting the statement ‘romantic’.

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The many natural lakes around the town, perfectly beautified with a sunset make love float in the air. And if you want to know Udaipur closely, visit one of the tourist highlights and popular places to visit in Udaipur. Lake Pichola, Sajjangarh Palace, and Taj Lake Palace are a few to start with.

And if that doesn’t suffice, how about a romantic dinner at one of the lakeside restaurants? Choose a perfect ambience with a perfect candlelight setting and let your story take a modern turn while stepping back in time at the same time.

Here’s a youtube video I have published on my Youtube channel , exploring the top places to visit in Udaipur…

Udaipur has a multicultural vibe!

I love towns that attract tourists from around the world and offer a multicultural experience, while still keeping a strong local taste, and Udaipur fits the description.

Despite a lot of local action, in Udaipur, you find people from around the world – Europeans, Australians, you name it. There are also a lot of Indians, representing different parts of the country. And that’s because it has something for everyone. Whether you’re holidaying with your loved one or alone as a backpacker, you will find enough to see and do in Udaipur – I am not talking about top places to visit there but much more than that. There isn’t much in the town for an adventure buff but for those looking for poetic inspiration, the city is certainly no disappointment.

When it comes to food too, Udaipur doesn’t disappoint. From local flavors to places serving international cuisines, it has everything. During my three days there, I tried street food to gourmet cuisines. Hot delicious Kachoris and Samosas, Dal Bhatti Churma, Sumptuous Thalis rooftop dining and wining – a travel holiday in Udaipur are no less about gaining calories either.

And if you’re looking for recommendations on top tourist highlights or what to see in Udaipur, let’s talk about that too, in detail!

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Places To Visit In Udaipur

No matter what you taste, you will find enough things to see and do around Udaipur. From backpackers to honeymooners to family travellers, there is something for everyone – after all, it is one of the top holiday places to visit in India.

Speaking of the best places to visit in Udaipur, here’s what I suggest…

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Lake Pichola

This is the oldest, the largest and the most frequented lake in the city. The best time to visit Lake Pichola in Udaipur is sunset or sunrise (sunrise for a quiet experience). Visit Lake Pichola to enjoy a romantic scene of lofty palaces, temples and bathing ghats, surrounding a mesmerising lake.

Here’s a Youtube Video of my Stay overlooking Pichola Lake and a boat ride across Lake Pichola…

City Palace

This is one of the best architectural marvels in the entire Rajasthan. Located by the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace in Udaipur is certainly one of the top places to visit. From Rajasthan tourism’s website to most travel blogs on Udaipur, you will find humble mentions of City Palace, almost everywhere.

  • Fateh Sagar Lake

Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh. It is one of the four prominent lakes and one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. Again, the best time to visit is either early morning (when the crowd is less) or evening sunset.

Sajjangarh Palace

Also known as Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh Palace in Udaipur is located at the peak of Bansdara Mountain as high as about 944 m above sea level overlooking the famous Pichola Lake. A little climb to the Palace is worth it for panoramic views of the city.

Jag Mandir Palace

Located on the island of Pichola Lake, Jag Mandir Palace offers a beautiful view of the sunset (the best place for sunset in Udaipur). The spacious courtyard of the Jag Mandir Palace with black and white marble tiles is a striking feature that you will find in many guidebooks written about the city. A visit to the Jag Mandir palace, during your trip, is certainly a no-miss.

Other places to visit in Udaipur are…

  • Ambrai Ghat
  • Hathi Pol Bazar
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Taj Lake Palace
  • Lakeside ghat
  • Nehru Garden
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Sukhadia Circle
  • Eklingji Temple
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Gulab Bagh and Zoo
  • Doodh Talai Musical garden
  • City Palace Vintage Car Museum
  • Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple
  • Bagore-ki-Haveli heritage museum

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Best Time To Travel Udaipur

Since Rajasthan is a desert state with tropical weather conditions (hot and humid). Unless you are travelling in extreme luxury the months of March to June and September to November are too hot to do anything – making them the worst travel months.

The best time to visit Udaipur, therefore, remains the winter months of December, January and February. This is when the maximum temperature remains around 25-degree Celcius giving the perfect to step outside and explore. But with perfect weather, comes the peak season. If you are one of those people who want to travel on a cheap budget in India , always looking for cheap travel accommodation in India , then consider travelling during monsoon.

The monsoon months are not too hot and the season is not peak, making them, if not the best, at least moderately good time to visit Udaipur.

How To Travel

Jaipur to udaipur.

Since both these destinations mark a commonly repeated trail (that starts from Delhi) many people travel from Jaipur to Udaipur too. Having said that, let’s briefly talk about that too.

The distance between the two places is around 400 km and it is possible to travel by bus or train very easily.

There are frequent Jaipur to Udaipur buses, leaving from the Jaipur bus station. They take about 7:30 hours in total. You can find both day and overnight buses. Use Redbus to book a bus that best suits you. An ordinary bus can cost about 250 Rupees, whereas a luxury bus can cost about 500 to 700 Rupees.

Alternatively, you can travel on a Jaipur to Udaipur train. There are at least a dozen trains every day that connect both destinations. Travel time on a train remains around 6 hours.

Delhi To Udaipur

If you are coming from Delhi, there are two ways to get there – on a train or on a flight. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Udaipur, hence we are not going to talk about that. It is moreover a nearly 650km journey so travelling on a bus is a bit of an effort.

Also, check my Delhi to Chitkul guide , and my Delhi to Munsiyari road trip if you are looking for more holiday suggestions from Delhi. You can even read my Delhi travel blog if you are a tourist in Delhi.

Delhi to Udaipur Train

If you want to travel on a budget and enjoy the scenic beauty of the journey, your best bet to travel from Delhi to Udaipur is on a train. There are nearly 10 trains every day that connect the two destinations Most of these trains, moreover, either start from Delhi or end there. So if you are coming from Delhi, the chances of them running late are quite less.

From old Delhi railway station to Delhi Sarai Rohilla Terminal railway station to New Delhi railway station, you can find Delhi to Udaipur trains pretty much everywhere in Delhi. Book a sleeper class for a budget trip or a 3AC for a bit of comfort. I suggest you use IRCTC’s website or their mobile app to book a train.

Delhi to Udaipur Flight

The quickest and most convenient way to travel is by a Delhi to Udaipur flight. You can find a flight for less than 5000 Rupees. The bus station in Udaipur city (located in the city centre) is around 22 km from the airport. And since there are frequent connections between the two destinations, you can easily travel on a bus (or book a taxi for more comfort).

Where To Stay In Udaipur

There are quite a few places to stay in Udaipur, including many budget hostels for backpackers. But given the fact that Rajasthan happened to be the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, for anyone travelling to Udaipur, or somewhere else in Rajasthan, it’s a good idea to book a boutique stay and experience the same.

Having said that, I can recommend Burj Baneria located close to Lake Pichola.

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A family-run small boutique stay, Burj Baneria offers 8 rooms and each one of them gives a spectacular view of Lake Pichola. Their rooftop dining area, however, is the best part of the entire premise where we also enjoyed a candlelight dinner.

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The family of Baneria is part of the nobility of Mewar and three generations of the family have served in the bureaucracy of Mewar and later the state of Rajasthan.

“The whole idea behind the name “Burj” was that one gets a vantage view of Lake Pichola and the old city of Udaipur from our home. This led us to the name Burj because this word originally means a tower on the ramparts of a fort which gives a panoramic view of the surroundings. The design elements of the structure have been taken by the family from their ancestral fort in Village Baneria,” concludes Shivika, the owner of Burj Baneria.

Throughout my stay at Burj Benria, I felt the real hospitality of Udaipur and of Rajasthan of course!

Did you like this travel blog with where to stay, top places to visit and other useful tips about the city of Udaipur? Do you agree with my experience of not liking the place or did you like it and found me exaggerating my feelings? Let’s share your thoughts in the comments below.

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You described Udaipur in a wonderful manner. The city is awesome as I can see in photos and destinations are really worth visiting.

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What a fantastic blog post! Udaipur has always been on my travel bucket list, and your detailed account of your first impression and the essential information about the city has only intensified my desire to visit.

Your vivid description of your initial experience in Udaipur paints a captivating picture. It’s wonderful to hear how the city instantly charmed you with its stunning architecture, serene lakes, and a sense of timelessness. Your enthusiasm and genuine appreciation for the city’s beauty shine through your words, making me feel like I am right there with you.

Moreover, I truly appreciate the effort you’ve put into providing practical tips for traveling to Udaipur. From suggesting the must-visit attractions to sharing insights on how to get around, your advice will undoubtedly be valuable for anyone planning their trip to this enchanting city. It’s evident that you’ve done your research and have a deep understanding of Udaipur’s hidden gems.

I particularly enjoyed reading about the places you recommend visiting. The City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, and the vibrant markets all sound like incredible experiences that shouldn’t be missed. Your personal anecdotes and recommendations add a personal touch to the article, making it even more engaging and relatable.

Thank you for taking the time to share your first impressions and insights about Udaipur. Your blog post has not only sparked my curiosity about the city but also provided me with valuable information to plan my own visit. I can’t wait to explore the magical streets of Udaipur and create unforgettable memories.

Keep up the fantastic work, and I look forward to reading more about your travel adventures!

Best regards, Atinderpal Singh

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The city of lakes, Udaipur, is a wonderfully stunning site that everyone should visit at least once.

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Udaipur is always my favorite place to drop by, have visited Lake palace and city palace many times just for the sculptures and magnificent infrastructure. I suggest people visit these places atleast once, else they could miss perfect spots to witness for their lifetime.

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Most detailed Udaipur guide I have read online. Thanks for writing it so precisely.

I really like Udaipur. My favorite place is Fateh Sagar, City Palace, Lack Pichola, Bahubali hill. I would like to suggest every one to go these amazing places at least once in a life

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I have traveled extensively in India. Now for the past few years, I have started to make trips to other countries that I could afford. I have this dream of seeing the Entire World in my lifetime. Indian youth who quit to become full-time Travelers inspire me a lot. We all know how Indian Passport gets in the way of becoming a full-time World Traveler. Keep up this good work.

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Udaipur, the "City of Lakes," stands as a jewel in the crown of Rajasthan, India. Nestled amidst the Aravalli Range, this city captivates visitors with its regal charm, historic grandeur, and scenic landscapes. Located around stunning water lakes and enveloped by the Aravalli Hills in all directions, Udaipur is known for its azure lakes, magnificent palaces, vibrant culture and delectable food. Along with being a must-visit destination, it is also one of the best places to experience luxury in India.

Also known as the "Venice of the East", Udaipur is inarguably one of the most romantic cities in India. At the heart of Udaipur lies the iconic Lake Pichola , flanked by the majestic City Palace , a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens showcasing exquisite Mewar architecture. Boating through the shimmering Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights and highlights of every Udaipur trip. The ethereal Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas, also known as the Lake Palace, appear to float on the serene waters of Lake Pichola, adding a fairytale touch to Udaipur's skyline. Another picturesque lake, Fateh Sagar , is embraced by hills on three sides and dotted with islands, offering a tranquil escape in the midst of nature. The Saheliyon Ki Bari , a historic garden adorned with fountains, kiosks, and marble elephants, is a testament to the royal lifestyle of the Maharanis. Udaipur's architectural splendors extend to the intricately carved Jagdish Temple and the Sajjangarh Palace , also known as the Monsoon Palace, which offers panoramic views of the city and its lakes. Udaipur's vibrant markets, like Bada Bazaar and Hathi Pol , beckon with traditional Rajasthani crafts, textiles, and jewelry, providing a delightful shopping experience . The Shilpgram Crafts Fair, held annually, showcases the rich cultural diversity of Rajasthan through traditional art, crafts, and performances. Culinary enthusiasts can savor the flavors of Udaipur with its delectable Rajasthani cuisine , including dal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, and the iconic dal kachori. The city's rooftop restaurants offer a perfect setting to enjoy a meal while overlooking the shimmering lakes and palaces. The best time to visit Udaipur is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant, making it ideal for exploring the city's attractions. A trip to Udaipur is often combined with a visit to nearby Kumbhalgarh (80km) and Mount Abu. The revered Nathdwara temple is about 60 km from Udaipur.

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Udaipur Travel Guide

In the 16th century, Udaipur rose to be the capital of Mewar. After the constant battle at the capital Chittorgarh, Maharaja Jai Singh built the royal city of Udaipur.

Located in a valley and surrounded by four lakes, Udaipur has natural offerings with a grandeur multiplied by human effort

The city of lakes is one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan . Compared to the other cities in this desert state this is the palce to be. Udaipur offers the most pleasant temperature along with beautiful views and amazing food.

Udaipur has an array of explicit museums portraying its glorious past including Ahar Museum and Bagore ki Haveli. Lastly, the quirky Udaipur Solar Observatory (largest on the continent) near Big Bear Lake, is a must-visit site.

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One of the ceiling desigins at the Palace in Udaipur

Things To Do In Udaipur

City palace.

When in the city it goes without saying that you visit the Udaipur City Palace. It is the epitome of rich Rajasthani architecture. The costs are minimal compared to the glowing scenery that greets you above the dark waters of Lake Pichola.

Inside the compound, there are many structures worth a visit including Peacock Square, Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Fateh Prakash Palace, Durbar Hall, Zenana Mahal, etc.

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Sajjan Garh Palace

Also known as Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh Palace is located at a peak Bansdara Mountain as high as about 944 m above the sea level overlooking the famous Pichola Lake. Though a little far from the city center it is definitely worth a visit.

This Palace also has a Hollywood connection as it was used in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince.

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Vintage Car Museum

Not too far away from the magnificent City Palace Vintage Car Museum is an awesome place for automobile and car lovers. It has numerous vintage cars in its collection which is sure to make you wonder about the richness of our past.

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Jagmandir Island

With its entrance flanked by a row of enormous stone elephants, the island has an ornate 17th-century tower. It is the Gol Mahal, which is carved from bluestone and contains a small exhibit on Jagmandir’s history. It also has a garden with lovely views across the lake.

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Dating back to 17th century, Bada Mahal is a structural marvel. Constructed in Rajput-Mughal architectural style, the Mahal is considered as the area for men in the City Palace.

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Gulab Bagh & Zoo

You must visit Gulab Bagh and Zoo which is not just a garden but a paradise for those who wish to experience more in less time. It has everything you need for a calm evening in the midst of nature.

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It is located at the foothills of Aravali Mountains in Udaipur. Shilpgram is a craftsmen’s village which encloses twenty-six huts constructed in traditional architectural styles  These huts display many household decorative items.


It is a historic site located 40km from the main city. It is famous for the battle between the Mughals and the Rajputs led by Maharana Pratap. There is a cenotaph with thin, delicate marble columns dedicated to Rana Pratap’s horse.

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Crystal Gallery

Crystal gallery has a stunning collection of crystal artifacts and is the largest collection of crystal in the world. The gallery is located inside the Fateh Prakash Palace and was established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877.

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Maharana Pratap Memorial

Overlooking the charming Fateh Sagar Lake, Maharana Pratap Memorial consists of a marvelous bronze statue Maharana Pratap sitting on his faithful horse Chetak. Many people come here to pay their homage to the Rajput hero and his loyal horse.

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Since it is known as the city of lakes, it has no shortage of nature. It has beautiful lakes all over where you can go and spend your whole day looking at the lake and the city bordering it.

Lake Pichola

Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. Pichola Lake is enveloped with lofty palaces, bathing ghats, temples, and hills on all sides.

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Fateh Sagar Lake

An artificial lake constructed by Maharana north of Lake Pichola in 1678. It is located on the northwest of Udaipur.

Within the confines of Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands. The largest of these is Nehru Park. The second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain, and the third is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory.

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Located nearly 12-14km from Udaipur, it is a beautiful and calm destination. You can hire a bicycle or motorbike and have an exciting morning ride to this peaceful destination. Badi Lake is completely undeveloped with no toilets, walking paths, shops, or villages.

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Saheliyon Ki Bari

This garden area lies in the northern part of the city and has fountains, kiosks, a lotus pool, and marble elephants. Each water channel has a distinct sound, and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambiance of the place.

It also has a small museum. Sahelion Ki Bari was created for a group of 48 young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.

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Dhudh Talai

A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which you can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the old city. Take the aerial tramway (ropeway) which connects the Doodh Talai gardens to the Karni Mata temple.

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Udaipur is famous for its miniature paintings inspired by the style of Rajputs and Mughals. You are unlikely to find these items elsewhere in India. These cost as little as ₹100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake.

Items such as handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items, and paintings are easily available in the tourist area.

Other items you can buy include toys, puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards, pottery in both metal and adobe, pots, plates, vessels and containers, brassware, and terracotta sculptures.

Udaipur also has typical bazaars some of which are

  • Bada Bazaar
  • Chetak Circle
  • Palace Road.

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Jagdish Temple

Dedicated to the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu, the Jagdish Temple stands in the City Palace Complex in the city of Udaipur. Beautiful carvings, numerous appealing statues and an atmosphere of serenity make this place of worship an ideal choice for seekers of solace and faith.

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Eklingji Temple

Almost 22km away from Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Take a cab to this temple to reach it. Other modes of transport might not be very convenient. It is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan, known for its remarkable architecture.

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Neemach Mata Temple

Surrounded by lush greenery, Neemach Mata Temple is located on a hill in Dewali, on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is dedicated to Goddess Neemach Mata. It takes climbing a distance of 900 meters from the base through some mesmerizing natural surroundings.

Local cuisine

Udaipur is famous for its spicy snacks such as  mirchi bada  and  kachori . Other common local cuisines include  Dal Baati Churma  (Lentils and rice),  Pyaz Kachori  (onion/flour balls), and  Gatte Ki Sabzi  (gram flour dumplings with curry) definitely worth trying.

There are a couple of Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savory bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more).  Outside of the old town, you can find street stalls selling cheap chaat (Indian fast food).

There are many rooftop restaurants with romantic views of Lake Pichola. However, you will usually have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to them. But eating dinner here watching a Bond Movie is an experience you should have.

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Have a cup of Khulad Coffee by the lake

Other Activities

  • Check out organized bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture, and heritage.
  • Take the ropeway and spend the evening overlooking the city lights from a high altitude. There is a restaurant on top of the hill with a nice.
  • Try horse riding to get back the feel of the Rajputs. You can get in touch with any of the organizations which do the same. Princess Trails and Krishna Ranch are few.
  •   Mewar festival is to welcome the arrival of the spring season (March/April). The festival is celebrated especially for women giving them the opportunity to dress in their finest clothes and join the celebrations of the fest.
  • Shilpgram Mela is an annual event in the west of the city of Udaipur in the month of November/ December. The fair is organized to promote the arts and crafts of Rajasthan. This fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works, and handicrafts.

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Artifacts displayed during the mela

Getting Around

Reaching Udaipur is easy. After arriving at Delhi Airport just take another flight to Dabok/Maharana Pratap airport. The airport is 25 km away from the city; so, take a cab or taxi from the airport.

Buses can also bring you to Udaipur from any city including Delhi, Jaipur , Mumbai, and Agra.

Best Time to Visit

Summers are uncomfortably hot in India and Udaipur is no exception. Rajasthan is the Sahara of India with temperatures soaring above 50 degree Celsius. Tourists from temperate and polar countries will not find it bearable.

Best not to visit during April-May. Instead, come during November-March. Temperatures during the winter and spring are more pleasant. 

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The city palace during night time

Where to stay

The city has numerous places to stay. It has places to suit all budgets, from 5-star hotels to budget hostels. Airbnb is a good option in the city. 

Depending on your budget you can check in on online sights like Make my trip or Yatra  or Trivago to get the best deal.

There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing.

Udaipur has a profusion of ayurvedic healing centers and therapeutic massage salons with services at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the west. There are yoga classes available.

December 28, 2017 11:03 pm Published by Staff Writer

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