Have you ever wonder about a city which is grand, naturally beautiful and romantic as well? If at this point you are thinking that I am talking about cities like Tokyo, Mumbai, Shanghai, Mexico, Cairo, New Delhi, and Beijing then you are wrong. These cities may be grand and romantic as well but they are lack natural beauty. It’s time to put a new city on your list. This city is from Royal state Rajasthan in India. Yes! I am talking about Udaipur. In this blog, we are going to tell you about amazing places to visit in Udaipur
Udaipur – City of Lakes
The city was established in the 16th century by Maharaja Udai Singh hence named Udaipur. The city can make you fall in love at first sight. Because of its popularity, this is known by many famous names such as ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, ‘Venice of East’, and ‘City of Lakes’. The city fits all three words which I mentioned earlier. It is the capital of Rajput Kingdom of Mewar with Rajputana forts, resplendent temples and ornate palaces which make it grand.
The lush green Aravali hills in the backdrop, glittering lakes, and romantic sunsets make this city an ideal place for both nature lovers and couples. This makes Udaipur a popular destination for Royal marriages. Now what’s your reaction if I tell you that many Hollywood and Bollywood movies are shot here? Octopussy, the movie screened non-stop for over three decades was shot in Udaipur.
The worldwide popularity of Udaipur attracts tourists from all over the world due to its romantic lakes, masterpiece architectural monuments, and heartwarming landscapes. Busy markets, lavishing gardens and beautiful handicraft is also one of those reasons to visit Udaipur. If you are fascinated with royalty, heritage, and cultural vibrance then this blog is for you. Here we are going to discuss each and every aspect of Udaipur from a travelers point of view.
- 1 Best time to visit in Udaipur
- 2 Places to visit in Udaipur –
- 3 How to reach
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
Best time to visit in Udaipur
As we all know Rajasthan is a dry state, so winter will be the best time to visit Udaipur. The winter season stays from September to March during which temperature remains comfortable for visiting monuments and other places of interest in Udaipur. If you like a sporadic shower of rain then you can visit Udaipur in the monsoon season from the months July to September.
Places to visit in Udaipur –
City palace should be your first stop in Udaipur. It is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. The palace is located on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola. It is a symbol of Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style embellishment. The visitors find it’s architecture unique because it was built by 22 different Maharajas from the 16th to 20th centuries. Time to time renovation makes it different from the others. The palace is completely made of granite and marble.
On stepping inside, you see Rai Angan (Royal Courtyard) where a sage told Udai Singh to build a city around the lake. Passing through this way, you can see plenty of rooms which are open to tourists. There are well-preserved artifacts in the rooms, colorful tiles, beautiful paintings, and walls decorated with stained glass. The grand balconies overlooking the city and the lake give pleasure to the eyes of viewers. You can hire an audio guide who takes you through this artistic marvel which is a total feast to the eyes.
Visiting hours: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- For adults (above 18) Rs. 250
- For children (below 5) no charges
- Separate charges for sound and lights show if you are willing to see.
Lake Pichola is the largest lake in Udaipur and one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan. It is an artificial lake of freshwater named after the village Pichola. With a length of 3 miles and a width of 2 miles, this lake is 30 feet deep also. This lake houses many islands over which many palaces are built. Also, many many temples, bathing ghats, and lofty places make its banks more beautiful. The Lake Pichola is clearly the lifeline of Udaipur.
You cannot miss the boat ride which starts from Rameshwar Ghat of City Palace. This gets a bit crowded during peak season. All the other islands in this lake are only accessible by boat. One of those islands is Arsi Villas. This island works as a sanctuary for birds such as ducks, terns, kingfishers, egrets and many more. I recommend to go for a boat ride during sunset and you will surely fall in love with this city. Its beauty makes it one of the best places to visit in Udaipur.
Visiting hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- For adults Rs. 400 to 600
- For children Rs. 200
- Sunset cruise charges Rs. 700 for adults and Rs. 400 for children
Boating is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Jag Mandir is a palace located on the ‘Jag island’, (one of many beautiful and majestic islands Lake Pichola) on the southern side of the lake. This palace looks like a floating marble structure on the lake. It is only accessible by boat. This island is also popular by the name of ‘Lake Garden Palace’. At the entry of this complex large white elephant statues greet you. The Garden here adorned with roses, palm trees, frangipani trees, and jasmine flowers impresses everyone.
The large reception halls, courts, and residential suites inside the palace give a grand experience to the visitors. The most attractive structure inside the palace is the Gul Mahal. This dome-shaped structure is built with yellow sandstone. The interiors of this mahal are beautifully decorated with colorful rubies, carnelian, onyx, and jade. On the northern side of the palace,
Darikhana is an open terrace which is now operating as a restaurant. This restaurant serves lip smoking cuisines of Rajasthan. The complex also has a museum inside it. Due to all these specifications, Jagmandir Complex is flocked by a huge number of tourists during the season.
Visiting hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry fee: no entry charges (only boat ride charges to reach here)
Sajjangarh Fort is located on the Bandara peak of Aravali hills at an altitude of 945 meters above the sea level. It offers a panoramic view of the city’s palace, lake, and surrounding countryside. The fort stands on the pillars which have flowers and leaves carved all over it. The walls of the palace are plastered with lime mortar. Fort housing a huge court with several quarters and rooms. There are guards monitoring on each tower around the fort.
The domes, fountains, and jharokhas all around the palaces are the exquisite marvels of Rajasthani architecture. The sunset point is one of the most liked sights of this fort. You can have a marvelous view of fort illuminating golden orange glow during sunset. If you are a history enthusiast, then you can move along the palace and explore hilly regions around it. Don’t miss the local Udaipur delights here. Since the fort is located on the outskirts of Udaipur, so you need a car or taxi to reach there.
- Rs. 10 for Indians
- Rs. 80 for foreigners
- Visiting hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Rs. 20 for video camera
5. Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore ki Haveli is an old structure of the 18th century set right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. This was built by the Prime Minister of Mewar kingdom Amar Chand Badwa and restored over the period of time which is now converted into a museum. This marvelous structure houses a huge courtyard, decorative archways, balconies, jharokhas, and fountain.
If you are an art lover then you would surely admire Bagore ki Haveli for its amazing architecture and finest craftsmanship. Glass work is done in all it’s 138 rooms and walls of Haveli. On entering the Haveli, two beautiful and huge lotus fountains welcome you inside. From the puppet museum inside the Havel, you can buy puppets of man, horses, elephants, and dolls of various shapes and sizes. The Shringar Kaksh here was used by the women of royal families as a dressing room.
Princess used to store her possessions in this room. The weapon section of the Haveli is a showcase of the weapons used by the Kings. There is a turban section which showcases the turbans from different states of India. The main interest of tourists is Dharohar Dance performed here in the evening. The lit-up balconies add charm to the beauty of this Haveli.
- Rs. 60 for adults and Rs. 30 for children (for Indians)
- Rs. 100 for adults and Rs. 50 for children (for foreigners)
- Rs. 150 for camera
- For Dharohar Dance show Rs. 90 for Indians and Rs. 150 for foreigners
- Visiting hours: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- For Dharohar Dance 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (only for ticket holders)
Doodh Talai Musical Garden
On the banks of Lake Pichola, there is a small pond named Doodh Talai. Doodh Talai Musical Garden is surrounding this pons and also known as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park. This is a magnificent rock garden with musical fountains and one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. The garden offers mesmerizing views of Jagmandir, Lake Pichola and City Palace. One thing which is liked by most of the tourists is the dazzling sunset point offered by this garden.
The musical fountains add charm to the beauty of this garden. Romantic couples can’t resist this fountain show during sunset. Don’t miss to spend this romantic experience with your loved one. You can enjoy camel riding and horse riding here. Photography is allowed here for no extra cost. The ropeway from Doodh Talai Musical Garden to the Karni Mata temple is a 5-minute ride from a height of 500 meters. This ride will be a valuable experience for you.
Visiting hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Rs. 20 for adult and Rs. 10 for children (for Indians)
- Rs. 30 for each person (for foreigners)
- Visiting hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- For the musical fountain show: 7:00 PM
Fatehsagar Lake is also an artificial lake situated in the north of Lake Pichola. It was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 AD. Beside it is a man-made lake but the natural gifts on nature such as hills and flora add charisma to its beauty. The still water of the lake reflects the tranquility of nature. Having Pratap Memorial on the north side and surrounded by Aravali hills from three sides, this lake is a pride of the city Udaipur.
If you are having a lazy afternoon then the events and activities of Fatehsagar Lake add thrill to the moment. You can take a boat ride for fun and pleasure and witness the beauty of this lake. This boat ride leads you to the three islands of this lake. The largest of them consists of Nehru Park, a small zoo, and a boat-shaped restaurant. Nehru Park is full of lush green gardens. The zoo has many species of birds and animals. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful fountains and palm trees. The second island is converted into a park for recreation and fun activities.
The third island housing Asia’s best solar site named Udaipur Solar observatory. Adventure doesn’t end here. You can take a brief look at the Aravali hills. Also the working of a stone dam named Cannaught Bund can be enjoyed.
Visiting hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry fee: boat rides charges
- Rs. 30 for the regular boat,
- Rs. 100-200 for a motorboat,
- Rs. 200-400 for speed boat
Saheliyon Ki Bari
Saheliyon Ki Bari also known as the ‘Garden of Maidens’ is one of the most beautiful gardens of Udaipur. The name Saheliyon Ki Bari means garden for maids. Rana Sangram Singh built this garden to please his lady love. The garden was built to offer the Queen and the royal maidens a quick getaway from a political point of view. The lush green lawns, marble art, and fountains gives an pleasing ambiance to everyone.
The garden has four water pools along with fountains. The lotus flowers in the water pools attract the eyes of tourists. The garden has a museum showcasing the households of the Royal families. Also, the collection of some animals adds thrill to the sight. The huge bath area in the center of the garden is also decorated with many fountains which are the main attraction of this garden. Saheiyon Ki Bari offers endless beautiful things that are worth capturing so this is a perfect destination for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Try to visit the garden early in the morning to escape from scorching heat and keep your water bottle with you. But always keep in mind, garden authorities are very strict against throwing garbage here and there inside the garden. So, it becomes your responsibility to not throw any plastic bottles, wrappers, and garbage to maintain the charm of this place.
Visiting hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Rs. 10 for Indians.
- Rs. 50 for foreigners
Gulab Bagh and Zoo
For flora and fauna lovers, Gulab Bagh and Zoo is a must-visit place. Located at the Bapu Bazaar Road, Gulab Bagh and Zoo is one of the most beautiful and well-kept animal and plant habitats in the Udaipur region. It is also popular by the name Udaipur Zoo. The place gets its name due to the plenty of roses here.
The Gulab Bagh premises has many special varieties of trees of mango, grapes, mulberry, pomegranate, jackfruit, ground flora, and many more. The zoo here contains many rare species of animals such as Hoolock gibbons, ostriches, zebras, rhinoceros and black leopard are some of them. People love to see these animals which are rare to find anywhere.
So if you guess, this is the main reason for the tourists to visit this place frequently, then maybe you are right. Also the lotus pond here is a treat to the eyes of the visitors. Gulab Bagh has the first library of Rajasthan named Saraswati library. The books like archeology, history, manuscripts here count up to 32000 in number. Don’t miss the toy train ride available for both adults and children.
Visiting hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Rs. 25 per person for Gulab Bagh.
- Rs. 5 per person for a zoo.
- Rs. 15 for camera
Shopping in Udaipur
Rajasthan is known for its amazing handicrafts which makes it one of its kind. Udaipur shops also promote popular handicrafts here. If you are to keen to shop in Udaipur, then City Palace must be your one-stop for everything. This is because most of the shops pick up clothes and knick-knacks are found near City Palace. Tourists love to buy paintings, copper items, precious stones, colorful textiles, sculptures, panels, etc. If you love to get a good bargain then here is a tip for you. Prefer street markets for shopping to get settle for a good deal.
Food in Udaipur
You can make your dream come true of dining like a Maharaja. Trust me! There is no place better than Udaipur restaurants to fulfill this fantasy. Some restaurants offer gorgeous views while eating. Some romantic restaurants offer you to spend a great dining time with your love. Besides these expensive meals, Udaipur is popular for its street food which is good for a budget trip here.
The famous street food consists of poha, vada-pav, falooda, jalebi, paan, boiled egg, kachoris, bread pakoda, dabeli, Pani puri, pav bhaji, sandwiches, kulhad coffee & tea, and mini Mirchi vada. You wonder to know that these street foods cost only Rs. 50 on an average. Isn’t it amazing? Enjoy meals in Udaipur because deals are available for every type of person.
How to reach
Maharana Pratap Airport is also known as Udaipur airport is only 20km away from the city center. It is well connected with regular flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. Outside the airport, you can hire an auto or a taxi to reach your destination.
Udaipur Railway Station is well connected with major destinations of India such as Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Ajmer and many more. Hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw for further journey.
Udaipur has a wide network of bus services. There are regular buses available from Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, and Kota for Udaipur. You can choose from air-conditioned coaches, luxury buses, and state transport buses according to your convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is Udaipur famous for?
Ans. Udaipur is famous for its history, culture, man-made lakes & islands, garden, zoo, scenic locations, and Rajputana Palaces.
Q2. What is the best time to visit Udaipur?
Ans. The best time to visit Udaipur is the winter months from September to March. During these months, the temperature of Udaipur remains pleasant for the visitors.
Q3. Is it safe to roam around the city at night?
Ans. Yes, it is quite safe. But there is no sense to wander at night because there may be many wild animals and criminally minded monkeys over which police have no control. So be safe.
Q4. Which type of clothing should one carry while visiting Udaipur?
Ans. As Udaipur is a dry region and also it is mentioned to visit Udaipur in winter, so carry light woolens and jacket. Extra cold weather cannot be expected there.
Q5. Is non-vegetarian food available in Udaipur?
Ans. There is no lack of non-vegetarian food in Udaipur. One can easily find meat, flesh even halal food in Udaipur.
Q6. What are the best places to visit in Udaipur?
Ans. Best places to visit in Udaipur are City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagmandir Complex, Sajjangarh Fort, Bagore ki Haveli and many more.
This is all about Udaipur from our side. We try to cover each aspect from the travelers’ point of view. We know there are many more places to visit in Udaipur if you have plenty of time. But most people stay in Udaipur for two or three days so we are describing the places which can be visited in this interval. We hope you like this information about one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Rajasthan. Please keep supporting us with your valuable suggestions in the comment box. For more posts like this in the future, stay tuned with Trip2divine.