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What You Should Know More About Udaipur

  • Travel advice

    • Avoid travelling to this beautiful city in summer, because it is the hottest during this time.

    • Carry ethnic clothes, cameras, water bottles, cash in hand, and flat footwear when you visit Udaipur.

    • You can reach Udaipur by flight, bus, and train from various cities in India.

    • Always bargain when travelling in auto rickshaws and shopping, as they overprice the tourists.

    • It is best to take guided tours to visit places of interest in Udaipur. They come with the pickup and drop facility at the hotel.

    • Do not wear skimpy clothes when taking tours, as you will be started at.

    • Keep the dress code to causal and ethnic when in the city during daytime as well as partying at night.

    • You do not have a lot of water sports and outdoor activities to do in Udaipur, except for taking jeep safaris and trekking in a few areas.

    • If you are willing to go camping in the nearby places, carry backpacks with trekking and camping gear.

    • You will find budget hotels as well as luxurious resorts to stay at Udaipur.

    • You must always book accommodation prior to your travel to Udaipur.

    • The Maharana Pratap Airport is the airport 20 kilometers away from Udaipur, and you can reach here by flight from most of the cities in India.

  • Drinking Laws

    You can get drunk in hotels, clubs, and bars. Udaipur is a conservative city. Do not ask for drinks at a restaurant if it is not in the menu. Most of the restaurants are vegetarian, and you must not drink while walking or taking tours in Udaipur.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Udaipur Tourism

    Forum :

    Things to do in Udaipur

    Books :

    Maharana: The Story of the Rulers of Udaipur by Brian Masters


  • What is the best time to visit Udaipur?

    While planning on a visit to Udaipur, October to March offers the best period to visit though the area is pleasant throughout the year.

    Here is a month wise breakup for all seasons:

     

    November to February: 

    During this time one can enjoy the winter season as the maximum temperature during this time does not go beyond 30 degree Celsius and the minimum hovers around 12 degree Celsius.  This time is perfect for sightseeing and exploration.

     

    July to October: 

    This time constitute the monsoon season and you may find city more humid than the rest of the year but one can appreciate more lush green that accentuates the gorgeous natural surroundings.  This also happens to be the off season in Udaipur and an apt time for budget travelers to visit the city 

     

    March to June: 

    This time constitute the summers when days are hot with the maximum temperature ranging between 45 and 40 degree Celsius. Summers should be avoided, but travelers can still visit Udaipur as it's not as hot as compared to other parts of Rajasthan and West India and evenings are quite pleasant.

  • How to reach Udaipur?

    The magnificent city of Udaipur can be reached in a number of ways.

    By Air

    The nearest airport in Udaipur is called the Maharana Pratap Airport which is situated about 20 kilometres away from the city center. It is well-connected by air to all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur.

    By Bus

    There is a very well-established bus service network to Udaipur, linking it to several cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmedabad, among others. There are a number of options when it comes to travelling by bus. These include deluxe buses, air-conditioned coaches and State-run transport.

    By Train

    Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai and Kota. Some of the popular trains that run daily are Mewar Express, Gwalior-Udaipur Express, Bandra-Udaipur SF Express, Chetak Express and Annanya Expres. 

  • Which are the best places to visit in Udaipur?

    Often called the ‘Venice of East’, Udaipur has a plethora of places to visit with the most pleasant sights. Udaipur has natural offerings with a grandeur multiplied by human effort, to make it one of the most enchanting and memorable tourist destinations.

    Some popular places which you just can’t miss on your Udaipur trip are:

    • Lake Pichola-for an enchanting boat ride
    • City Palace-to appreciate the regal beauty
    • Fateh Sagar Lake-to enjoy the surreal waters
    • Sajjangarh Palace-for the most amazing hill top view
    • Doodh Talai Musical Garden- witness a spectacular sunset
    • Jaisamand Lake-nature’s real paradise

  • What things can I do in Udaipur?

    Udaipur offers an array of activities for tourists who can enjoy the best time on their vacations. Often cited as one of the most romantic cities, Udaipur is a favorite among vacationers known for its grand celebrations, class functions, shopping, fort and palace tours, desert safaris etc.

    Some of the most recommended activities to do in Udaipur are

    • Visit the forts of Udaipur
    • Go on a sightseeing tour of the city
    • Visit the Udaipur City Palace
    • Explore the Udaipur Lake Palace
    • Paddle on the old city cycle tour
    • Go on a rural rumble cycling tour
    • Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Udaipur with helicopter joyride
    • Private Charter with Photography in Udaipur
    • Morwaniya to Badi Trek near Udaipur
    • Go for a heritage walk
    • Visit Ranakpur Jain temple
    • Go on a helicopter excursion in Haldighati
    • Enjoy horse riding
    • Go for shopping in Udaipur
    • Visit the Udaipur Solar Observatory
    • Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort

  • Which are some best resorts to stay in Udaipur?

    Tourists can find some of the most luxurious and exquisite resorts in Udaipur. Famous for their gracious hospitality and regal decorations, most resorts provide the vacationers a royal affair which one cannot forget anytime soon.

    Some of the best resorts in Udaipur are:

    • Chinar Villa
    • Tree of Life, Udaipur
    • Devi Garh by Lebua
    • The Ananta
    • The Oberoi Udaivillas
    • The Leela Palace Kempinski
    • Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa
    • The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace
    • Taj Lake Palace
    • Udai Kothi
    • The Hotel Hilltop Palace
    • Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa
    • Jagmandir Island Palace
    • Bhairav Garh Palace
    • Amantra
    • Boheda Palace

  • Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Udaipur?

    One can enjoy the most amazing Rajasthani cuisine at various restaurants in Udaipur. One can just not miss out the famous Dal Bati Choorma or Gatte ki Subzi. Also, do try out the famous Dalkachori, Mirchi kachori, Kachori Chaat and Rajasthani Thali incorporating all important elements of local cuisine.

    To spice up your taste buds, you can visit the following eateries on your Udaipur Tour-

    • Chandni
    • Ambrai
    • Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel
    • Lotus  Cafe
    • Udai Kothi
    • Mayur Rooftop Cafe
    • Natraj Hotel Dining Hall
    • Savage Garden
    • 1559 AD
    • The Oberoi Udaivilas

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Udaipur?

    To commute around Udaipur, one can find various modes of transportation which are both convenient and easily accessible. If you are touring the city, you can hire taxi/cab as per your preference, comfort and luxury. Other popular means include tongas, Auto-rickshaws and Three-wheelers which are cheap but you will need to haggle with the drivers. Udaipur also offers a reasonably good bus service and city buses are the most common means of transport used by people. However to add some twist to your trip, one can embark on exploring Udaipur on a bicycle too.

  • What are the best places of shopping in Udaipur?

    One of the most exciting activities to do in Udaipur is to go for shopping and buy some unique Rajasthani handicrafts. Some popular things one can spot in the shops include are precious stones jewelry, bright colorful textiles, paintings, sculptures etc. You can also find some gorgeous pieces to decorate your home like fine marble floorings, paintings in semi-precious stones, antique wooden furniture, jharokhas, lovely statues etc.

    The most popular places to splurge your money while shopping in Udaipur are:

    • Hathi Pol Bazaar
    • Bada Bazaar
    • Chetak Circle
    • Bapu Bazaar
    • Shilpgram
    • Rajasthali
    • Sadhna Emporium
    • Lake Palace Road
    • Jagdish Temple Street
    • Clock Tower

  • Which are some famous forts and palaces in Udaipur?

    Udaipur has a number of forts and palaces located in its vicinity, which portrays the true essence of lavishness and regal nature of Mewar culture. Displaying some marvelous architecture and being a witness of the royal era, these places stand as a pride of Udaipur.

    Following famous forts and palaces in Udaipur are counted as the top tourist places to visit in Rajasthan:

    • City Palace
    • Fateh Prakash Palace
    • Lake Palace
    • Kumbhalgarh Fort
    • Shiv Nivas Palace
    • Chittorgarh Fort

  • Why Udaipur is known as Lakes City? How many lakes are there in Udaipur?

    This city is rightly called the Lakes City as the lakes are regarded as the prime sightseeing destinations of Udaipur. The lakes of the city being interconnected form a lake system which supports and sustains the entire city. The city derives most of its beauty from these fascinating blue waters surrounded by palaces and forts.

    Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake and Jaisamand Lake (Dhebar) are the five major lakes of Udaipur. Apart from these lakes Doodh Talai, Jiyan Sagar and Swaroop Sagar are other small lakes that form the part of watercourses in Udaipur.

  • What are some romantic experiences in Udaipur for honeymoon?

    With its regal ambience and air of tranquility, Udaipur offers one of its kind romantic getaways for honeymooners. Along with the majestic forts and gardens and a setting which seems to be just out of a story book, Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in India.

    So if you wish to spend some enthralling moments on your honeymoon which you can look back and cherish with your better half, Udaipur is the perfect place to be.

    Some romantic experiences which you should look forward to when on your romantic trip to Udaipur are:

    • See the spectacular sunset from Sunset Terrace at Fateh Prakash Palace
    • Go on a romantic boat ride in Lake Pichola
    • Spend some romantic moments on a date night at Ambrai
    • Engage in safari on the camel-Ship of desert
    • Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Jaipur with paragliding
    • Attend the Mewar Light and Sound Show at Manek Chowk
    • Revisit the heritage legacy of the city with historical attractions
    • Enjoy the peaceful countryside and explore Shilpgram

  • Where can we go for horseback safari in Udaipur?

    Horseback safari is a popular activity which you can partake in when you are visiting Udaipur. It provides an excellent chance to explore the countryside and ride through the fascinating landscape of the region.  On horseback, you can visit small villages and discover the Aravalli Mountains which surround Udaipur.

    Some places to go for horseback safari in Udaipur are:

    Princess Trails

    Pratap Country Inn

    Krishna Ranch

  • Where can we go for wildlife safari in and around Udaipur?

    Get an adrenaline rush by engaging in a wildlife safari in Udaipur. With some amazing wildlife sanctuaries located in the vicinity, Udaipur a natural abode to diverse flora and fauna. For an offbeat adventure, one can try out a day excursion in and around Udaipur by going on a wildlife safari.

    Some popular places that offer wildlife safari here are:

    • Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary: Here one can find different species like Leopards, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Sambhar, Chinkara, Peacock, Doves, Kingfishers etc.
    • Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary has many wild animals like Panther, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Blue Bull etc.
    • Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary: You may find various species like Panther, Wild Boar, Deer and other Antelopes, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Fox etc.
    • Baghdara Nature Park: The reserve has a lake and offer home for Crocodiles. Baghdara is famous for the Crocodile Breeding Project of Rajasthan. 
    • Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary:  The bio-diversity found in the Sita Mata Jungle boasts of 121 species of plants, 24 species of trees, 275 species of birds, and 54 species of mammals and reptiles.

  • How far is Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur? What places we can see in Kumbhalgarh?

    Kumbhalgarh is a city in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan located 102 km west of Udaipur. You can reach Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur with the help of a private cab by road.

    Kumbhalgarh is a paradise for photographers and people who wish to indulge in an exciting jungle safari. On the off change, you can also engage in trekking to Kumbhalgarh Fort with your family or friends for some adventure.

    The most exciting places to visit in Kumbhalgarh are:

    • Kumbhalgarh Fort
    • Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Mammadev Temple
    • Badal Mahal
    • Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple
    • Vedi Temple
    • Ranakpur Jain Temple
    • Muchchal Mahavir Temple
    • Parshuram Temple

  • How far is Haldighati from Udaipur? What’s so special about it?

    Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan in western India which connects Rajsamand and Pali districts. The pass is located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Udaipur.

     

    Due to the turmeric color of the mountains, these are called Haldi-Ghati. Haldighati is a famous historical site known for the gallantry of Maharana Pratap which makes it special when speaking in the historical context of the country. If you are interested in historic battles and heroic deeds of the courageous soldiers, then Haldighati is the perfect place to visit. Haldighati is a significant historical site that observed the battle of 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Raja Man Singh of Amber.

  • How far is Chittorgarh from Udaipur? What all we can see in Chittorgarh?

    Known for being the home to the largest fort in India and the capital of erstwhile Mewar, Chittorgarh is located at a distance of 112 kilometers from Udaipur. You can easily traverse the distance from Udaipur to Chittorgarh with the help of a private cab, bus or train.

    Chittorgarh is famous for its beautiful forts and temples exuding a rich cultural heritage. Being a subject matter of numerous folklores in India, the city of Chittorgarh is a magnificent princely jaunt to explore the remnants of history.

    Some popular places to visit in Chittorgarh are:

    • Chittorgarh Fort
    • Vijay Stambh
    • Gau Mukh Kund
    • Maha Sati
    • Kirti Stambh
    • Rana Kumbha’s Palace
    • Fateh Prakash Palace
    • Kalika Mata Temple
    • Shyama Temple

Traveller Tales from Udaipur

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Nanda Mehra

06 September 2016

Thanks to my colleague Satish for suggesting me a day sightseeing of Udaipur. I have been to Rajasthan on official duty many times, but this time I wanted to hang out with my friends and colleagues. The trip was not only affordable but it covered all the places on-dot. The driver was punctual and seemed to have knowledge of not only the local places but also of the famous hotels and shopping places, this was like an icing to our cake. In short we bought many things at a very nominal price. The lunch and snacks we had at the recommended places were hygienic and clean – full marks to our driver for helping us out in and out. Communication was never a problem as the localities are able to speak Hindi very well. The magic of the tour is still lingering in my eyes, the beauty of the places at Udaipur are to be seen personally. We are very much satisfied with the services and the day package. At some places we hired the guides and they were totally co-operative and flexible in communicating with us. Overall Kudos to the tour organizer for their excellent provision of behind – the –scenes insights! There are no words to give a complete review of what we felt – but here are some highlights of the trip – the city palace is the most popular place which shouldn’t be missed out, the Jagdish temple shows the artistic skill of the craftsmen, the Pichola lake even though being an artificial lake gives a real look that soothes your eye and soul, and your trip will not be complete if you don’t visit the sukhadia circle at the evening time. The tour ended within a day but the memories of it are still sweet and fresh in our mind.

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Keerti Sinha

06 September 2016

Just returned from the one day sightseeing Udaipur trip, went over here with my husband and three kids. It was a very nice experience both from the point of view of sightseeing and period of stay, my special thanks to the Driver for making our trip memorable and pleasant. Not all drivers deliver such type of service, But this person was helping us, guided us to all the best places and covered literally all the places that are never to be missed out, even though each of the places were far from one other, our driver took pain and patience to cover up all the important venues on time.

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