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  • With many places to visit in Udaipur, this city is a famous tourist destination in India and is often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes. Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. It is also home to Jaisamand Lake, claimed to be the second largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. 

    The beautiful City Palace and Sajjangarh was also known as the Monsoon Palace add to the architectural beauty and grandeur of the city. The city is also known for its profusion of zinc and marble. Solar observatory in Lake Fateh Sagar is the only observatory in India located on an island and has been made on the pattern of  Big Bear Lake in Southern California. The ten-day Shilpgram Festival which starts from 21 Dec to 30 Dec pulls in a large number of people interested in arts and crafts. Udaipur was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the new capital of Mewar Kingdom. It is located in the fertile, circular Girwa Valley to the southwest of Nagda, which was the first capital of Mewar.

    This crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerizing temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India.  A boat ride through the serene waters of Lake Pichola will be enough to prove to you why Udaipur is the pride of Rajasthan. Located in a valley and surrounded by four lakes, Udaipur has natural offerings with a grandeur multiplied by human effort, to make it one of the most enchanting and memorable tourist destinations. It justifies all names ever offered to its charm from 'Jewel of Mewar' to 'Venice of the East'. 

    And though the entire city's architecture is flattering, the Lake Palace hotel is something that offers the city a visual definition. The revered Nathdwara temple is about 60 km from Udaipur. Udaipur is the perfect tourist destination for people looking forward to experience loads of culture and heritage. Tour operators organize tours and trails all over the city with the perfect package combo ranging from INR 50,000-1, 00,000 (USD 750-1500).

  • Popular Places to Visit in Udaipur

  • 01The Lake Palace

    The Lake Palace
    Image Credit : Taj Hotels - The Lake Palace

    The Lake Palace in Udaipur is located on the Jag Niwas Island on a sprawling 1.5 hectare land. This magnificent structure was built on the Lake Pichola by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1734. Once a summer palace for the royalty of Udaipur, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

    Still retaining the grandeur, it resembles a fairy tale kingdom. Enhancing the magical aura are the rippling waves and beautiful sunset. The intricate craftsmanship and aesthetic handicrafts and textiles add to the beauty this place. The elegant white marble palace is a fantasy as it arises softly from the blue waters. 4 acres of rock have been used to lay the foundation of this palace and was known as Jag Niwas after its founder.

    Image Credits : Taj Hotels - The Lake Palace


    The palace highlights include fountains, gardens, pillared terraces, painted mirrors, pink stone work, lotus leaves and cusped arches. Dhola Mahal, Bada Mahal, Phool Mahal, Ajjan Niwas and Kush Mahal are some of the apartments in here.

    There are various facilities available in the palace for the guests like swimming pool, bar, restaurants, café and conference hall. There is also a 24 hour business center and 8 meeting rooms with fully updated equipment for corporate meetings and conferences. In here are 12 banquet halls for cocktail parties, wedding and other related functions.

    Distance from the City: 2 kms

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  • 02City palace

    City palace
    The City Palace in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan has a lot in its store to reveal the age-old history it possesses. The royal building is a huge complex with plenty of rooms and pillars inside.

    It took more than 300 years to complete the structure properly. Started during the time of Maharana Udai Singh II. The lake Pichola nearby is the highlight when you get ready for a tour of the greatest places to visit in Udaipur.

    Since it is the biggest building in Udaipur it is considered as one of the best sightseeing destinations.  The flamboyant structure with a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural style dominates other famous palaces and buildings around the city very authentically.

    It is located on a hilltop where you can enjoy a real panoramic view of lake Pichola and the Lake Palace on the banks of this particular lake.

    Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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  • 03Jagmandir


    Known as Lake Garden Palace, Jag Mandir has been built on the island of Lake Pichola. The construction of this structure has been credited to the three Maharanas of Mewar. This palace was started by the Maharana Amar Singh in the year of 1551 and was later carried on by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh. Hence it is called Jagat Mandir or Jag Mandir.

    Serving as a summer resort and pleasure area for the royal family of Mewar, this place is also famous for holding parties and wedding functions. In here you will find Gul Mahal, Darikhana, Garden Courtyard, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal.   

    Jag Mandir is the main palace and it includes the Gul Mahal. The towers at the corner are octagonal in shape and have cupolas on the top. Residential suites, reception halls and internal courts adorn the palace.

    The architecture of the building reflects Mughal and Rajput style. The Zenana Mahal is constructed adjoining to the main temple and the Kunwar Pada ka Mahal is located at the western end of the structure. The Gul Mahal was built by Maharana Amar Singh and it was developed by Maharana Jagat Singh for housing the Mughal prince Khurram. The palace has been built with sandstone, black marble, and has a crescent of Islam fixed on the dome of the structure.

    Distance from the City: 1.2 Kms

  • 04Monsoon Palace

    Monsoon Palace
    Image Credit : Daniel Mennerich - flickr

    Sitting on a hill just outside the main Udaipur city is the Monsoon Palace, undisputedly one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. The palace was built in 1884 by Maharana Sajjan Singh in order to be able to monitor the approaching monsoon clouds better. Monsoon Palace is a majestic piece of architecture. It is built with white marble and has light, wide corridors and rooms within. But the best thing about the palace is the view from its windows.

    Monsoon Palace looks down at Lake Pichola and beyond the lake is a panoramic, birds-eye view of the city of Udaipur embraced by the Aravalli range. Words cannot describe the beauty of this scene adequately enough. The view is enhanced multi-folds s during the monsoon season. During the rainy season, Monsoon Palace is uniquely suited to present to the visitor the majesty of Udaipur as dark clouds descend upon it.

    It is truly a scene to remember. But on the other hand, sunsets here are also absolutely fantastic. Try to include at least one sighting on your visit. The palace is circled by the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, so you can stroll through the sanctuary inhabited by Tiger, Nilgai, Sambhar Deer and various other animals.

    Distance from the City: 5km from the main town

    Location: Outskirts of Udaipur

    Open: 9.40am to 6.30pm

  • 05Maharana Pratap Memorial

    Maharana Pratap Memorial
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    This is one of the famous, low-key sites in Udaipur. The Maharana Pratap Memorial was built by Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar in memory of the legendary Maharana Pratap. The central figure of the memorial site is that of Maharana Pratap mounted on his horse and loyal friend, Chetak. The statue is symbolic because it tells a story of courage and faithfulness and deep love between humans and animals. Both Maharana Pratap and Chetak are the heroes of this story.

    Apart from this statue, the memorial also has statues of other members of Pratap’s court like Hakim Khan Sur, Bhamashah, Bhilu Raja, and Jhalaman. The memorials are set in the landscaped Japanese Rock Garden. You can take a pleasant stroll around the entire garden, stretch your legs, and look down from Moti Magri to the city around you. The remains of an old Udaipur Fort nearby are an added attraction to the already picturesque landscape.

    Photographers, make sure your batteries are charged and your focus is set because you are going to take a lot of pictures out here. The place just calls for them. Early morning or evening is a good time to visit the memorial. Avoid scorching afternoon heat and if you go in the evening, you get to watch the light and sound show too. A win-win situation.

    Location: Moti Magri, Udaipur

    Distance from the City: 2 Km

  • 06Vintage Car Museum

    Vintage Car Museum

    The vintage car museum in Udaipur was unveiled for the general public on 15th February 2000 and is one of the places to visit in Udaipur. This inauguration has allowed the local and foreign visitors to appreciate the collection of cars of the Maharanas of Mewar. The vehicles in the museum are more than 70 years old but each have been beautifully restored and live in to tell the story.

    The vintage car collection is placed in the Mewar State Motor Garage. This place is also home to a famous garden restaurant, The Bougainvillea. This motor garage is semi-circular in shape and with its forecourt is housed inside a bigger courtyard.

    There is an old Shell petrol pump inside the garage which is still in working condition. This garage was built during a time when only the Maharanas of Mewar had owned the cars.

    Timings: 9 am to 8 pm

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  • 07Saheliyon Ki Bari

    Saheliyon Ki Bari
    Image Credit : Daniel Villafruela - flickr

    Saheliyon ki Bari is a beautiful garden in the city of Udaipur and is one of the popular Udaipur tourist places. Fountains, marble art and the lush lawns attract the public each time. Saheliyon ki Bari in English means the ‘garden of maids’. This garden represents a green retreat of Maharana Sangram Singh in the desert lands and was built in the 18th Century for the royal ladies of Mewar. It is situated on the banks of the lake Fateh Sagar and is one of the stunning places to visit in Udaipur.

    According to the legend here, the garden was personally designed by the king and gifted to his queen. The queen had 48 maids accompanying her after the marriage and to offer them peace and happiness away from the regular life, this garden was built.

    There are four water pools, marble elephants, fountains and kiosks around the here. The bird fountains and the lotus pool are very popular. The stunning and romantic view of the garden makes it a special place for lovers. Rain fountains were added to the garden later by Maharana Bhopal Singh.

    Distance from the City: 4.5 kms

  • 08Shilpgram Fair

    Shilpgram Fair

    Shilpgram is a crafts fair and is organized annually in the west side of the city of Udaipur. It aims to promote the art, craft, textile and handicrafts of Rajasthan. This state is famous for handicrafts, bandhej, tie and dye, mirror work and embroideries. Camel leather items, hand woven clothes are some other items that are highlight of this fair.

    The gala is usually held during the month of November or December and continues for 10 days. This fair encourages local designers, potters and other visual artists. There are a lot of workshops held for those who are interested in learning the art and craft of Rajasthan.

    Shilpdarshan is also organized at the Shilpgram fair in Udaipur. This program is organized to make the public understand the traditional skills and help in selling the local art works. There is a Crafts bazaar at this fair that helps in selling the Rajasthan handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Tourism is the main stay of income in this state and the government desires to uplift the condition of the rural areas of the state.

    Fair held in: November or December

  • 09Udaipur Solar Observatory

    Udaipur Solar Observatory

    Udaipur Solar Observatory is known to be the best solar observing arena in the whole Asia and is one of the celebrated places to visit in Udaipur. This is situated in the island of the Fateh Sagar Lake and has been designed on the model of the Solar Observatory, Big Bear Lake in California.

    This place was established under the care and expertise of Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar and the Vedshala Trust of Ahmedabad. The observatory aspires to do research in Modern science and is the main lace to develop the solar physics in India.

    As the island is surrounded by water on all sides it offers a perfect atmosphere for solar observations. Sharp images of the sun can be acquired easily on an island because the air turbulence is lesser on an island than on the normal ground. The other advantage is that this observatory is located in Rajasthan that receives maximum exposure to sun.    

    There is a range of telescopes on display that will give a person perfect observation of sun. This observatory has added a new instrument namely, the “solar vector magnetograph”. This instrument will be helpful in determining the magnetic field of the active regions.

    Distance from Udaipur: 7.5 kms

  • 10Fateh Sagar Lake

    Fateh Sagar Lake
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    The Fateh Sagar Lake is known to be the second largest lake in this city, is located on the northern side of Lake Pichola and is just opposite the entrance to Moti Magri Mahal. This artificial lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 and got its name from Maharana Fateh Singh. This water body has a depth of 11.5 metres and extends 2.4 km in length and 1.6 km in breadth.

    There are three intake channels and one overflow channel in the lake that actually comes in play during the monsoon season. The three small islands on the lake can be easily reached by a boat. The large island on the lake has a garden and a boat shaped restaurant named Nehru Park. This island also has a small zoo and is a favourite picnic place for the local people.

    The second island on the lake has been converted into a beautiful garden with a lot of water jet fountains and is looked after by the government of the state. The third island is managed by the Udaipur Solar Observatory which is known as the best solar observing site in Asia.

    This is a quiet place and one can enjoy a boat ride here. The beautiful lake is encircled by hills on all the three sides and offers a stunning view which is considered to be places to visit in Udaipur.

    Distance from the City: 6 kms

  • 11Crystal Gallery

    Crystal Gallery
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    The Crystal Gallery is housed inside the Fateh Prakash Palace and is a world famous gallery. It is spread across the upper gallery of the main Durbar Hall Sabhaghar and has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal across the world.

    This is a very exclusive and exquisite crystal collection and was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It was ordered from a company based in Birmingham. This collection includes perfume bottles, dinner ware, glasses, objects d’art, furniture, decanters and much more. It also has a crystal bed which is only a single piece in this world. This crystal collection has been customised for the royalty of Mewar and all the objects have the crest of Mewar etched on it carefully.  

    There is an audio guide service available at the gallery for the tourists. It narrates the history and small anecdotes about the Shriji Arvind Singhji, the crystal ware and the royal Mewar family. There is a restaurant at the gallery for refreshments and photography is strictly prohibited.

    Timings: 9am to 7 pm

    Photography: Not allowed

    Entry Fee: Yes

    Audio Guide: Yes
  • 12Dudh Talai Musical Garden

    Dudh Talai Musical Garden
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    Dudh Talai Musical Garden is a small pond surrounded by a rock garden which is supposed to have a musical fountain in it. This garden is situated within the city and you can easily stop by for 10 to 15 minutes. While the setting of the garden is good, the best part about it is the wide-ranging view visible from here. Lake Pichola is located nearby and you get to see the Udaipur City Palace at a very good angle from this point.

    Camel rides and horse rides are also available and you may also go boating on the pond. One high point of the location is the ropeway connecting it to the Karni Mata Temple. The location of this garden is good for photography.

    Location: Near Lake Pichola

    Visiting Hours: 8.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M.

  • 13Lake Pichola

    Lake Pichola
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    This is one of the most important places to visit in Udaipur. Lake Pichola is the reason we call Udaipur the ‘City of Lakes’. Built in 1362, and extending 3 miles in length and 2 miles in breadth, this lake is an essential part of Udaipur and far by its best feature. Astonished and amazed by the beauty of Lake Pichola, Rudyard Kipling once wrote: "If the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, `see it and die'".

    Take Kipling at his word and visit Lake Pichola when in Udaipur, both in the day and at night. the lake takes on a whole new character depending on the time of the day. In the morning, lake and palaces are quiet. The lake is speckled with tourist boats and people clicking selfies line the shores. As night creeps in, all the Palaces around the lake light up and illuminate the lake. No boats, no birds, nothing to see except the lit-up palaces as they stand impressively around the lake. It is an awe-imposing spectacle.

    The iconic sites around the lake include Udaipur City Palace, Mohan Mandir, Eklinggarh Fort, Jag Mandir, Pichola Palace etc. The Sitamata Game Sanctuary is located on its western shore.

    Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan

  • 14Bagore Ki Haveli

    Bagore Ki Haveli
    Bangore ki haveli is a beautiful palace in Udaipur on the waterfront of Lake Picholi and is an amusing spot among the tourist places in Udaipur.

    It was built during the 18th century and still holds the pride and majestic attitude of the royal family of ancient rulers in a perfect manner. It consists of more than a hundred rooms along with the displays of costumes and modern art.

    It houses the famous paintings of the Mewar regime inside the Queen's chamber. In addition, the palace is filled with pieces of art on glass. Wide corridors, windows and spacious rooms enhances the attractiveness of the palace to a higher level.

    The Rajput clans' presence is still preserved inside the palace in the forms of jewellery boxes, hukkas, pan boxes and the furniture items used during that period. This is a perfect place to witness the proper Rajput architectural styles displayed very well.

  • 15Jagdish Temple

    Jagdish Temple

    Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, Jagdish Temple, situated within the Udaipur City Palace is another one of the great works of architecture from the olden days. It has finely carved pillars, beautifully decorated ceilings, gorgeously painted walls, and spacious halls and corridors. Apart from this, the architectural expertise also extends itself to the pyramidal spire, mandap (prayer hall) and the porch. There are 50 finely carved pillars, each on the first and the second floors of the three storey temple.

    The main shrine, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is reached by climbing 32 marble steps and it is encircled by minor shrines of Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively. All the fine details of the palatial temple are built in accordance with the Vedic Vaastushastra, which speaks of the science of building. The entire structure today serves not only as a place of worship but also as an initiation into the culture of the people of the past.

    It shows how highly they regarded architecture as a means of expression of sentiments; the construction of this temple cost Jagat Singh 1.5 million rupees. It is a magnificent temple and a must see when in Udaipur. Do include a visit to this temple on your visit to the City Palace. It is open practically all day- from 5.30 am to 10pm.

    Location: City Palace, Udaipur

  • 16Eklingji Temple

    Eklingji Temple
    Image Credit : archer10 Dennis - Flickr

    The Eklingji Temple Complex is one of the architectural sights you need to put on your list of places to visit in Udaipur. It is a complex whose foundation dates back to 734 AD. The first temple of the complex was built back then by Bappa Rawal and dedicated to Eklingji. Eklingji is a form of Shiva and the complex is full of figurines of Shiva along with figurines of Parvati, Saraswati, Ganesh, Kartik and Nandi.

    Over the time, the complex has grown to house 108 temples, all of them are made out of marble and granite with complex designs cut into the stone. The sole temple of the Lakulish sect in India, known simply as the Lakulish Temple and built in 971 is also housed here. This complex is a not just a place for history enthusiasts and people who want to pay their respects in the temple. It is a place full of memories of a distant past; a time when modern technology could not aid in the construction of complicated buildings.

    The main temple, built in the 15th century, has a structure topped with elaborate domes that will boggle your mind. Appreciation for the marvellous stone work will be the overwhelming sentiment you experience when you walk around the 108 temples. You can understand the time at which the temples were built through the plaques outside the respective temple or you could hire a local guide to walk you around the complex.

    Image Credits : archer10 Dennis - Flickr

    Distance from the City: 22km from Udaipur

    Location: Kailash Puri, Udaipur District
  • Best Places to Eat in Udaipur

  • 17Charcoal by Carlson

    Charcoal by Carlson

    As the name implies, they are specialists in everything cooked on Charcoal. They cook veg and non-veg on their barbecue and in tandoor. They even grill up some vegan options. They also provide genuine Rajasthani food and always have something new and exciting on the menu. At Charcoal, by Carlson, they love to try new food and love it, even more, when they find something they like to share with you. Some dishes are seasonal and will never find its way into their menu and will only be presented here and on the restaurant blackboard. Once in a while they also have a special food festival weekend with a certain theme of food and music, so make sure to check back for new things. This is one of the places to visit in Udaipur to get your taste buds tingling.

    Distance from airport: It is 22km from the airport and can be reached by taking a cab or a bus which will not be hard in your pocket.

    Location: 12, Behind Jagdish Temple, Lal Ghat Rd, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Open Timings: 7AM–11PM

    Cost: Above INR 2000(USD 30 and above) for two.

    Main attraction: A range of meats and vegetables are cooked on charcoal grills at this stylish BBQ restaurant.
  • 18Sheesh Mahal

    Sheesh Mahal

    Sheesh Mahal is a two-level, open-air fine-dining Indian restaurant, overlooking the lake. Sheesh Mahal mirrors the true essence of the kitchens of India and elevates fine dining to another level. They welcome you to feel like royalty as you enjoy Indian flavours to their authentic best. Using recipes mastered in royal kitchens, with contemporary nuances added to them, the two-level restaurant takes diners through a journey of exquisite Indian flavours. The ambience of the open-air restaurant glitters under a clear sky full of stars. Added to it, the evening glow of candles in various hues adds a resplendent touch of a bygone era.

    Distance from airport: It is 25 km from the airport and can be reached by taking a cab at a price of INR 200(USD 3).

    Address: The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Cost: Above INR 2500 (USD 35 and above)

    Open timings: 11 AM–11PM

    Main attraction: The Alfresco settings caressed by the cool breeze from the lake, and the magical charms of the city views will redefine the essence of fine dining here.
  • 19Aravali Lakeview by Radisson

    Aravali Lakeview by Radisson

    Aravali Roof Top is a luxury dining restaurant that falls under the prolific Carlson Group of Hotels and offers multi-cuisine dishes of fine taste and supreme quality. The menu offers various offerings, especially handpicked by the skilled chefs so that you can enjoy a posh dinner or lunch with your family and friends, without giving a second thought to how the dishes would taste. The fabulous ambience that is out of this world fully complements the standards of the place and instantly lightens up your mood. An addition to the offering is a well-set bar and a breezy rooftop that make the place best of both the worlds.

    Distance from airport: It is 26 km from the airport and be reached by taking a cab or an auto rickshaw at pocket-friendly prices.

    Address: B-1, Near Fateh Sagar Lake, Opp. Aravali Hospital, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Cost: Above INR 3000 (USD 45) for two.

    Open Timings: 7PM–11PM.

    Main attraction:  Aravali Roof Top Restaurant pairs contemporary cuisine with stunning lake views and amazing palette of food.
  • 20Khamma Gani Restraunt

    Khamma Gani Restraunt

    Khamma Ghani Restaurant having 5-star ambience is one of the best fine dining destination. Appealing to the eye this multi-cuisine restaurant does stimulate the senses fully. They serve delicious flavours from all across the globe be it Traditional Indian, Chinese, Continental Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food with an exotic range of mocktails all under one roof with the soothing environment. You will find the best place to dine with your friends and family and it is one of the fabulous places to visit in Udaipur for exquisite dining.

    Distance from airport: It is 25 km from the airport and be reached by taking a cab or an auto rickshaw at pocket-friendly prices witching an hour.

    Address: No 63, Rang Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Cost: Above INR 2500 and above ( USD 40 and above)

    Open Timings: 8PM–11PM

    Main attraction: Khamma Ghani Restaurant having 5 star ambience is one of the best fine dining destination.
  • 21White Terrace Restaurant

    White Terrace Restaurant

    White terrace restaurant brings together both modern comforts and traditional style. Ideally located with a panoramic view of Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort. White terrace serves excellent multi-cuisine delicacies to the guests. Pamper your taste buds with the mouthwatering food of the White terrace during your stay in Udaipur. One who wants to stay with Lake View and peace they prefer this most visited tourist attraction in Udaipur. Restaurant White terrace is a place where you can experience the five basic elements of the body - Earth, Water, Air, Sky and Fire to wholly absorb your body and soul.

    Distance from airport: It is 26km from the airport and can be reached by taking a cab for INR 250 (USD 3).

    Address: 85, Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Cost: Above INR 1200 (USD 20 approx) for two.

    Open Timings: 11AM–11PM

    Main attraction: White Terrace Restaurant is a popular tourist destination in Udaipur which serves a wide range of Rajasthani and continental foods.
  • Best Places to Go Shopping in Udaipur

  • 22Hathi Pol Bazaar

    Hathi Pol Bazaar

    Hathi Pol is a local market in Udaipur that you should definitely visit when looking for indigenous arts and crafts as the place epitomises the rich Rajasthani culture at its best. It's most famous for its folk art, miniature paintings, authentic souvenirs and wooden handicrafts and if you're an art lover, you cannot miss the Phad and Pichwai paintings in particular. Also look out for colourful ‘Nagra’ slippers that are made from camel skin and are beautifully embroidered and is one of the important tourist attractions in Udaipur.

    Distance from airport: It is 30 Kms from the airport and can be reached taking a cab.

    Address:  Hathipole, Chamanpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Main attraction: The famous Pichwai and Phad paintings of Rajasthan, apart from other miniature paintings and traditional Rajasthani artwork can be purchased here.

    Entry fees: Free entry.
  • 23Bada Bazaar

    Bada Bazaar

    This vibrant Indian bazaar is full of small shops selling textiles, leather and jewellery. Visitors are likely to find some great local crafts at extraordinarily cheap prices. Pick up a pair of evening slippers for INR 700(USD 5), souvenirs for pennies or a kurta blouse. Conservative shoppers who are willing to pay for designer clothing, quality and reliability should stick to the Rajasthan Government Emporium, located just outside the City Palace Complex, or the more expensive Shopping Arcade located inside the complex. Brightly coloured traditional clothes available every 20 steps you take through the bazaar would make great souvenirs for your loved ones. These traditional clothes are available in batik and handprints. Dyed saris and textiles are also a good deal and this is one of the compulsory places to visit in Udaipur.

    Distance from airport: It is km from the airport.

    Address: 12, Maldas St, Nada Khada, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Main attraction:  Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, City Palace and City Palace Government Museum, Eklingji Temple and Fateh Sagar Lake surrounded the market. Rajasthani silks like bandhani and batik prints are available at cheap rate.

    Entry fees: Free entry.
  • 24Chetak Circle

    Chetak Circle

    Chetak Circle is a popular market in Udaipur. The hub of shopping in the City of Lakes, foreign and domestic visitor crowd the market. It is reputedly one of the places to buy beautiful remembrances of holidays in the appealing city. The popular product found within the retailers of Chetak Circle are folks toys, enamel or Meenakari work, dhurries, tie-dye and block-printed materials, decorated baggage and wear, silver jewellery and paintings. Brass wares, salutation cards, valuable stones, traditional jewellery boxes that are superbly painted, hand stitched papers are the most sought items. Don’t miss this enriching expertise since it provides tourists the chance to urge an inspiration a few typical native bazaar of Rajasthan.

    Distance from airport: It is 22 km from the airport and can be reached by hiring a cab in an hour.

    Address: Chetak Cir, Zinc Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Main attraction: Chetak Circle makes a wonderful display of Paintings, especially miniature paintings created on marble, wood and silk, ivory and silk and paper which are the major draw of the bazaar.

    Entry fees: Free entry.
  • 25Rajasthali


    If you are running short on time and want to do some quick shopping, head to Rajasthali, a handicraft emporium run by the Rajasthan Government to promote the folk arts and handicrafts of the state. Showcasing everything from fabrics to puppets and jewellery to footwear, Rajasthali is a good place to discover all the myriad colours of Rajasthan. Pick up that colourful jootis that caught your fancy and that oxidised silver pendant you have been wanting forever. Save yourself the hassle of bargaining as these shops are fixed price and assure the value of your money.

    Distance from airport: It is 22km from the airport.

    Address:  Hospital Road, Chetak Circle, Near Chetak Cinema, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

    Open Timings: 10AM–7PM

    Main attraction:  It is a one-stop shop for both traditional and contemporary crafts of Rajasthan – Furniture, Textiles and Furnishings, Brassware.

    Entry fees: Free entry.

  • Places to Visit near Udaipur

  • 26Jaisamand Lake

    Jaisamand Lake
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    Lake, also popular as Jaisamand Lake. This is the second largest artificial lake in Asia with an area of 87 square kilometres. The lake is surrounded by the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. As a result, the entire location is very scenic and peaceful. The huge lake was built in the 17th century by Rana Jal Singh, who constructed a marble dam across the Gomti River, thereby creating this lake. There are three islands in this lake which are home to the tribes of Bhil Minas.

    Thanks to the nearby sanctuary, the aquatic life of the Jaisamand Lake is fertile too. The whole lake is a magnificent structure but its bund is perhaps its most striking feature. It is no exaggeration to call it gigantic at 202 feet long, 116 feet high and 70 feet broad (at the base). All along the marble dam are quaint little attractions like the Shiva temple, the elephant statue made of marble, and six exotic cenotaphs (marble chattris).

    And crowning the lake stands the grand palaces of the Queens of Udaipur. The lake is a marvellous example of riverine architecture and a place to behold. Visit it in the winter months for the best possible experience. You can take boat rides on the lake for as little as 30/- INR. And then you can stop by the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the wildlife there.

    Image Credits : Rajasthan Tourism

    Distance from the City: 50km

    Location: South of Udaipur, Udaipur District

  • 27Haldighati

    Image Credit : Puneet Sharma - wikicommons

    This place deserves a visit for the dramatist and historian in you. Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli range, connecting the districts of Rajsamand and Pali. It gets its renown for the battle of Haldighati that took place between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Raja Man Singh of Amber in 1576. It was a singularly ferocious battle that is still alive in the memory of Rajasthan. A marble chattri is located 4km from the site with a marble statue of Chetak, the faithful horse of Rana Pratap Singh, nearby. Chetak is said to have fallen during this battle. This statue honouring his death was put up by Maharana Pratap in 1576.

    The place gets its interesting name from the yellow colour of the sand which looks like turmeric (haldi). Other interesting places close to Haldighati that you can tour are Balicha Village which is famous for its terracotta crafts and Badshahi Bagh, famed for its Chattri-Gulab and a place where you can get your hands on some rose water and Gulkand which is touted to have amazing medicinal properties.

    Distance from the City: 40kms

    Location: Haldighati

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  • 28Kumbhalgarh Fort

    Kumbhalgarh Fort
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    The Kumbhalgarh Fort is another attraction and tops the list of the places to visit in Udaipur. It is 64 km away from the main city and is the second important structure after the Chittorgarh fort. This magnificent structure lies in the lap of Aravalli Ranges and was built in 15th Century by Rana Kumbha.

    Due to hostile topography of the region this fort has remained unconquered and served as a refuge for the ruler of Mewar during the times of conflict. This place also served as a refuge to baby king Udai of Mewar and is the birthplace of the King Maharana Pratap. The walls of the fort are very thick and stretch across 36 km. Maharana Fateh Singh of Mewar renovated the fort during the 19th Century. Only once has this fort fallen prey to the reign of Amber and Mughal Empire.    

    There are beautiful buildings, temples and other architecture inside the fort. Badal Mahal is of great significance as this place offers a great view of the surrounding areas.

    Location:  Rajsamand

    Distance From Udaipur: 64 Kms

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  • 29Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction for the people visiting the city of Udaipur. It falls in the district of Rajasamand in Rajasthan and lies 65 km away from the main city. This reserve spreads on a sprawling 578 sq km land and encircles the fort of Kumbhalgarh. It covers a broad area that includes the Rajasamand, Pali and the city of Udaipur.

    This sanctuary was built to provide shelter to the endangered animals like jackal, jungle cat, sloth bear, wolf, leopard, sambhar, hyena, chital, wild boar, Chausingha, Chinkara and many more. This is the only sanctuary in Rajasthan where you can actually trace the activities of the wolf. It is an important attraction in the Udaipur tourist places list.

    Distance from Udaipur: 65kms

    Location: Rajsamand

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  • 30Chittorgarh Fort

    Chittorgarh Fort
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    Chittorgarh Fort lies 112 km away from the city of Udaipur and is a true embodiment of the pride and chivalry of the Rajput tribes making it one of the places to visit in Udaipur. The fort tells a long story of sacrifice, courage, romance and determination. The marvellous site has a well- designed palace, towers and cenotaphs.

    Built by the Mauryan rulers in the 7th Century, this fort is a huge structure that is secured with strong gates. It covers a total area of 700 acres and is near to the Gamberi River. The fort has seen a total of three battles in the lifetime. There are seven giant pols that you will come across while travelling towards this place.

    Reflecting the splendour of Rajput architecture are the Padmini Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace. Padmini Palace is the place that served the beautiful queen of the king Rattan Singh. Rana Kumbha Palace has underground cellars where Rani Padmini committed Jauhar (self-sacrifice to protect one’s dignity) with her children and other ladies of the household.

    There are a lot of temples inside the fort namely Jain Temple, Meera Bai, Sammidheshwara, Kumbha Shyam, Kalika Mata, and Mahadev. The architecture of the ancient temples has intricate work and carvings all over.  Bhimtal Tank and Gaumukh Reservoir are some other places in the fort that are worth visiting. The Gaumukh Reservoir is a huge tank of water where water gushes from the mouth of a cow shaped rock. This is the place where Allaudin was allowed to see the reflection of Rani Padmini.

    Distance From Udaipur: 112 Kms

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  • 31Ranakpur Temples

    Ranakpur Temples
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    Ranakpur is one of the five holy places for the Jain community across the world. The temple of Ranakpur was created in the 15th Century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. The Chaumukha or four faced central structure is dedicated to Lord Adinathji. This revered place of worship has 29 halls and 1444 pillars all delicately carved enhancing the beauty of the place. All the temples inside Ranakpur four faced structure are with intricate engravings.

    This place partly reflects the art and architecture of the Dilwara temples in Mount Abu. Parsavanath and Neminath are the main temples with exquisite architecture and delicate carvings similar to the Khajuraho. In here is the famous Sun Temple which is dedicated to the Sun God.  It is a polygonal structure with richly embellished walls and carvings depicting the warriors, sun, other nakshtras and the horses. Ranakpur is a place that strives to provide peace and tranquillity to the pilgrims and tourists.

    Distance From Udaipur: 91 Kms

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  • 32Saas Bahu Temple

    Saas Bahu Temple

    The quirky name of this temple complex is actually a corruption of the original name- Sahastra Bahu temples, meaning Lord of One Thousand Arms. These temples belong to the 10th Century and are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Though the temples are almost in ruins now, the architecture of the olden days still shines through, revealing the delicate, detailed artistry that went into creating them. The temple complex is located near the Eklingji Temple complex so visitors can make a combined visit to them.

    Though it has been termed as a heritage monument, the temple site is a forgotten tourist spot so you will find it mostly deserted except for birds. But if you want to spend some silent, meditative time away from tourists, nothing can be better than this temple complex. It will offer you a retreat where you can energise yourself in conversation with yourself, the birds and the ancient stones. Pay a homage to the art and architecture of the olden days by visiting the Saas Bahu Temple.

    Distance from the City: 20km

    Location: Near Eklingji, Udaipur District

  • 33Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Surrounding the Sajjangarh or Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a favorite destination of tourists who go to enjoy the sights of the best places in Udaipur. Very rare species of wild animals can be spotted here such as sambars, wild boars, chitals, hyenas, jackals, panthers, hares and blue bulls. In the background of the sanctuary, you can see the Bansadra hill that will let your heart get replenished. 

    There is the Tiger Lake which is also known as Bari Lake or Jiyan Lake supports the ecosystem present inside the sanctuary. It is home to another kind of animals such as panthers, hyenas, and jackals. Jhar water hole is situated in the western region of Bansadra Hill and also there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Machla Magra which has the shape of a fish is a hill situated near to the sanctuary from where you can spot the collection of wild animals in the sanctuary.

    Location: It will take almost 30 minutes to reach the location from Udaipur City.

  • 34Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary

    Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the shores of Jaisamand Lake, the second largest artificial lake of Asia. The lake and the sanctuary work in synergy with each other which helps the marine and the forest life to thrive and grow immensely. In existence since 1957, the wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 62 square kilometres and houses wildlife such as sloth bears, leopards, chitals, chinkaras, wild boars apart from a wide variety of the birds like Darter, Open Bill Stork, Pond Heron, Little Cormorant and Indian Shag.

    The density of the flora is matched by the depth of the fauna in the lake which includes various species of fishes, turtles and many crocodiles. The Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary is a great compliment to the Jaisamand Lake. Do visit both together for an optimal experience.

    Distance from the City: 51 kms

    Location: Next to Jaisamand Lake

  • 35Nathdwara Temple

    Nathdwara Temple

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