Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities located in Rajasthan, India. It is the city that displays an abundance of stunning architectures, rich cultural heritage and the heavenly nature’s beauty. Also known as Venice Of The East and The City Of Lakes, Udaipur has five prominent lakes around the city and is also surrounded by picturesque hills and mountains. The peacefulness and the pleasurably beautiful attractions in the city leaves a very mesmerizing and delightful impact on tourists who come to visit from around the world. There are plenty of things to do in Udaipur, variety of restaurants and many accommodation options to choose from. If you are planning to visit this royal city, here’s a guide comprising all the details regarding places to visit in Udaipur, recommended time to visit and best accommodation options in the city.
When To Visit Udaipur
The best time to visit Udaipur is during the winter season which falls between October and February. The summer season which falls between March and July must be avoided because they are very hot and extreme.
Places to Visit in Udaipur
1. City Palace
The City Palace, Udaipur is one of the major attractions that beautifully portrays the royalty and historical significance of Mewars. This magnificent palace has an extremely beautiful architecture and is located at the banks of Lake Pichola. A part of this palace is a residence for the royal family of Mewar and is managed by them. It is the largest palace in Rajasthan and consists of various towers, domes and arches. The towers and domes are easily accessible within the palace from where you can get stunning picturesque overlooking views of the mountains and Lake Pichola.
The City Palace exquisitely comprises of chambers, rooms, hanging gardens, terraces, alleys and courtyards. You will also find many weapons, artifacts, paintings and intricate decorations depicting the grandeur and prosperity of the ancient royalties. The Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and Dilkhush Mahal (Palace of Joy) also have very beautiful and well preserved decorations. The Crystal Gallery and Vintage Car Museum showcasing beautiful crystal work and an impeccable collection of cars respectively are also worthy visiting.
The opening hours of City Palace, Udaipur is from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. You can easily spend at least three hours at this palace so make sure you have ample time to explore it.
- Adult Entrance Fee: Rs. 30 (USD 0.45 approx)
- Child Entrance Fee: Rs. 15 (USD 0.25 approx)
- Crystal Gallery Fees (Adult): Rs 550 (USD 8 approx)
- Crystal Gallery Fees (Child): Rs. 350 (USD 5 approx)
- Vintage Car Museum Fees (Adult): Rs. 250 (USD 4 approx)
- Vintage Car Museum Fees (Child) : Rs. 150 (USD 2.50 approx)
2. Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola is the most scenic and picturesque man made lake located in the heart of Udaipur City. This lake is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. It is beautifully surrounded by the Aravali Mountains and has two main islands named Jagniwas and Jagmandir Island. The famous and exquisite Taj Lake Palace is located on the Jagniwas Island. This luxury hotel having the most gorgeous views is a perfect paradise for a romantic and relaxing getaway. This splurge worthy property is accessible for the hotel guests only. The other significant island, Jagmandir has a beautifully set restaurant which is open for everyone. This island is easily accessible through the boating service located at the City Palace. You can also preferably go for the sunset boat rides on Lake Pichola for a more mesmerizing experience.
There are many hotels, restaurants and cafes located at banks of Lake Pichola offering roof top views where you can spend time with your loved ones with the backdrop of the delightfully captivating surroundings.
The timings for boating on Lake Pichola is from 9 AM to 6 PM everyday.
The boating fees on Lake Pichola is as below:
Regular Boat Ride:
Adult: Rs 400 (USD 6 approx) Child: Rs. 200 (USD 3 approx)
Sunset Boat Ride:
Adult: Rs 700 (USD 10 approx) Child: Rs. 400 (USD 6 approx)
Note: The charges may vary on seasonal basis.
3. Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir is a magnificient island palace located on the Jagmandir Island. The entrance has a marvelous row of marble statues of elephants around the wall giving a royal look to it and an impression of this beautiful lake palace being guarded by them. The stunning architecture of the palace also consists of a beautiful garden with the prettiest flowers on it’s southern side. The Darikhana restaurant at this island offers multi cuisine dining offers and an open cafe where you can dine, adore the impressive surroundings and capture beautiful memories on this charming island. This palace can be easily reached through a boat ride on Lake Pichola from the City Palace.
The opening hours of Jagmandir Palace, Udaipur is from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You can stay at the palace as long as you want and take a ride back to the City Palace by any boat available.
The entrance fee is already included in the boat ride fee from the City Palace.
4. Bagore Ki Haveli
The Bagore ki Haveli is an ancient royal residence located at the Gangaur Ghat on Lake Pichola. It has been now turned into a museum comprising of several rooms having many well preserved artifacts, paintings, sculptures, weapons, murals, beautiful glass and stone works also displaying many costumes of the royalties of Mewar. The Haveli also has a puppet museum which is set up as a royal courtroom, a turban museum displaying different turban styles of India and a section depicting the rituals and celebrations followed during an Indian royal wedding. The Bagore ki Haveli also has a Rajasthani traditional folk dance performance known as the Dharohar Dance show organised during the evening where you can sit back and enjoy the entertaining live show.
The opening hours of Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur is from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The Dharohar Dance show takes place everyday from 7 PM to 8 PM.
The entrance fee is for Bagore Ki Haveli is Rs. 60 (USD 1 approx) for Indians and Rs. 100 (approx USD 1.50) for foreigners. The tickets for Dharohar Dance show are available from 6:15 PM and the ticket prices is Rs. 90 (USD 1.50 approx) for Indians and Rs. 150 (USD 2 approx) for foreigners.
5. Monsoon Palace
Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjangarh Fort is a hilltop castle offering enchanting panoramic views of both the significant lakes, forest and the mountains around Udaipur city. Although the castle itself is not very well maintained still the sunset views from this place is an ideal and well worthy reason to make a visit to this ancient royal residence. The ride to the Monsoon Palace itself is a thrilling and adventurous experience. It is advisable to travel by a car or cab to this hilltop attraction. If you are interested in jungle safari, you may also visit the Sajjangarh Wild Life Sanctuary which is located at the foot of the hill. This sanctuary houses reptiles, jackals, tigers, hyenas, wild boars and panthers.
The opening hours of Monsoon Palace, Udaipur is from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM while the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The entrance fee is for Monsoon Palace is Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 80 (USD 1 approx) for foreigners. The tickets for Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary are priced at Rs. 30 for Indians and Rs. 300 (USD 4.50 approx) for foreigners.
6. Fateh Sagar Lake
The Fateh Sagar lake is another significant lake located at the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake comprising of three islands which are very well maintained and accessible via boat rides. The largest island houses the famous Nehru park which is a beautiful garden island having pretty lawns, fountains, a boat shaped restaurant and a small zoo. The second island has a public park maintained by Government of Rajasthan while the third island houses the Udaipur Solar Observatory which is the best solar observing site in India. You may also spend a great time at the Fateh Sagar lake waterfront which has a scenic and relaxing atmosphere. There are many cafeterias offering kullad coffee and snacks to keep you engaged in this awe worthy environment.
The timings for boating on Fateh Sagar Lake is from 8 AM to 6 PM everyday.
The boating fees on Fateh Sagar Lake starts from Rs. 200 (USD 3 approx) per person for a speed boat ride. For the regular boat rides the price is Rs. 30 (USD 0.50 approx) per person.
Note: The charges may vary on seasonal basis.
7. Saheliyon Ki Bari
Saheliyon-Ki-Bari also known as the Garden of Maidens is a very beautiful garden which is also a very famous tourist spot located at the banks of Fateh Sagar lake. It was designed and built by the king Maharana Sangram Singh for his queen. The queen would come to this garden with her maids to spend some enjoyable and leisure time. The garden has very pleasing lush green lawns, lotus pool, flowerbeds, trees, bird fountains and marbled elephants sprinkling water. This garden is divided into many sections that are completely different from each other and extremely picturesque. A stroll on the tidy pathways in this garden is one of the most pleasurable and eye pleasing things to do here.
The opening hours of Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Udaipur is from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
The entrance fee is for Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is Rs. 5 per person.
8. Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway
Mansapurna Karni Mata ropeway is a very popular cable car service connecting Shri Karni Mata Temple at Machhala hilltop and Deendayal Upadhyay Park in Udaipur. This cable car ride gives you the most spectacular and scenic views of Udaipur city. It’s amazing to see the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and Aravalli hills throughout the cable car ride. If possible try to take the ride about one hour before the sunset time to witness one of the most cherishing sunsets of your life from the hill top. This city lits up beautifully during the sunset and the lakes seem to sparkle too. If you don’t prefer a cable car ride, you can climb the hill following the cemented pathway. This a very popular tourist spot and may be crowded during the evenings.
The opening hours of Mansapurna Karni Mata ropeway, Udaipur is from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
The ticket prices for Mansapurna Karni Mata ropeway cable car ride is Rs. 87 (USD 1.50 approx) for Indians and Rs 300 (USD 4.50 approx) for foreigners. The tickets are easily available at the shop outside the entrance to Deendayal Upadhyay Park.
Best Udaipur City Tours :
If you are short of time, to make the most out of your trip to Udaipur, book this guided private sight seeing tour which covers all the major attractions. Here are some of the trusted tours by Get Your Guide.
Also, refer to this perfectly planned 3 day itinerary for your Udaipur trip.
Where to stay in Udaipur
Udaipur city offers a variety of hotels available whether you are on budget or planning a luxurious stay in this beautiful city. I would highly recommend you to stay near Lake Pichola since all the major tourist attractions such as the City Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli, Jagdish Temple, etc are just at a short walking distance around the lake. It’s truly the best way to explore the city’s culture, food, marketplace and sight seeing. Here are some of my recommended accommodations in Udaipur that are located near the Lake Pichola and of course offer a great lake view;
Hostels: Banjara Hostel, GoStops Hostel, Zostel Udaipur
Budget: Mewar Haveli, Panorama Guest House
Mid-Range Budget: Aashiya Haveli, Jaiwana Haveli
Luxury Hotels: Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, Taj Lake Palace
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The grandeur of the forts, palaces and the cultural heritage in Udaipur is an experience to look out for. You will definitely be mesmerized by the city’s beauty, calmness and aesthetic vibes.
Have you been to Udaipur, or plan to make a visit? Do share your experience/opinion here, I would love to hear from you.
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