Popular Places to Visit in Udaipur
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 the 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.
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 the 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
Location: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
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.
Distance from the City: 3kms
Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
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.
Distance from the City: 5 kms
Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
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.
Distance from the City: 3.3 kms
Location: City Palace, Udaipur
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 UdaipurOpen: 9.40am to 6.30pm
Fateh Sagar Lake
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
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.
Location: Near By The Garden Hotel, Gulab Bagh Rd, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from the City: 3.2 kms
Timings: 9 am to 8 pm
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.
Distance from Udaipur: 75 kms
Location: South of Udaipur, Udaipur District
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.
Location: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from the City: 1.2 Kms
Maharana Pratap Memorial
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
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 Udaipur: 40 kms
Saheliyon Ki Bari
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.
Location: Saheli Marg, New Fatehpura, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from the City: 4.5 kms
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
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.
Location: Rani Rd, Near Fatehpur Lake Fatehpur to Badi Talai, Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from Udaipur: 7.5 kms
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
Dudh Talai Musical Garden
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.
Bagore Ki Haveli
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.
Distance from the city: 4.5 kms
Location: Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur, Rajasthan
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.
Distance from the City: 22km from Udaipur
Location: Kailash Puri, Udaipur District
Among the most prominent places to visit in Udaipur, the Bada Mahal or the City Palace is a 17th-century architectural magnificence that is a splendid structure that stands for the royalty that is characteristic of the state of Rajasthan.
This 27 meters high framework has been embellished with intricate designs, beautiful carvings and mirror art throughout the complex. Several fountains inside the complex give it a refreshing feel. There are high vaulted ceilings, sprawling corridors, courtyards, beautiful balconies and several carefully manicured gardens that add to its grandeur.
Location: City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 6 km
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM throughout the week
Prices: Rs 30/- for adults
Rs 15/- for children
Rs 200/- for camera
Mansapurna Karni Ropeway
The Mansapurna Karni Ropeway connects the Sri Karni Mata Temple at Machala Hill and the Deendayal Upadhyay Park in Udaipur. The Temple which was on top of a hill was not easily accessible for many, especially the elderly because of the tedious climb up the steep hill. But with the launch of the ropeway has been easier for many to visit the Temple.
Besides its obvious usefulness, the ropeway is a perfect way to get the most spectacular view of the City of Lakes. The cable car ride offers the best view of the most popular places to see in Udaipur such as the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Sajjangarh Fort and the surrounding Aravalli Ranges.
Location: Jawahar Nagar, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
Prices: Indians- Rs 72/- (adult), Rs 36/- (children)
Foreigners- Rs 300/- (adult), Rs 150/- (children)
Tiger Lake is also popularly known as Badi Lake and it was built in the 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh to counter the after effects of droughts in the area. Today it has become one of the most visited tourist places in Udaipur for its serene beauty and cleanliness.
The area around the lake is perfect for a picnic and there is also a hiking trail that leads on a refreshing walk past the villages and up a hill. It is located about 12 kms away from the city center and offers a tranquil and calm environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. It is called Tiger Lake because of the many tigers that used to wander around the area a long time ago.
Location: Lake Badi, Udaipur, 313011
Distance from city: 12 km
Places to Enjoy Nightlife in Udaipur
The Wino is a popular bar in Udaipur serving some of the best selection of international wines, whiskies, vodkas and local drinks. It is one of the best places in Udaipur to unwind and relax after a full day of sightseeing and explorations. It has a very relaxing and refreshing ambience suitable for friends and family.
The bar is a great place to enjoy an evening out and it has something special to offer for everyone. They serve a great selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For those looking for some fresh organic vegetable or fruit juices to rehydrate after a day in the sun, The Wino is the perfect place to be.
Location: Daulat Chamber, 65, M.G.college Near, Sardarpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 4 km
This place has a marvelous view of the Udaipur sunsets. Customers enjoy mouth-watering delicacies while watching the sun bleeding colors into the sky, turning it into a whirl of hues blending into one another. The place has a traditional décor that is inviting and the outdoor area has a pool too.
A large variety of alcoholic drinks are available here that one can enjoy with their feet dipped in the chilly water of the pool. They also serve several cuisines, local as well as international. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Udaipur among the youth.
Location: The Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Distance from city: 3.5 km
Tehkhana RestroBar is one of the most popular bars in town. The ambiance and the crowd are chic and happening. The retro bar is famous for its Happy Hours and DJ nights held on a fairly regular basis. Another attractive feature that this bar has is they put up a large screen TV for major sporting events where friends and families can get together to watch their favorite sport while sipping on their choice of beverages.
It is also one of the best tourist places in Udaipur to enjoy a relaxing evening without putting a big dent in your holiday budget.
Location: Hitawala Complex - IInd, 1/A, Saheli Marg, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance: 4.5 km
Club Volcano is exactly what its name suggests, volcanic. It is a high energy, youthful, chic nightclub with the best collection of Jazz music and creative cocktails. It is a great place to unwind and spend the night grooving to some loud trendy music.
The decor here is more chic and upmarket catering mostly to the urban youth. It is one of the best places in Udaipur for a nightcap. The Mojitos and Sangrias here are specially recommended. Club Volcano is large and spacious, perfect for a party or get-together as well.
Location: New Fatehpura, Panchwati Udaipur, 313004
Distance from city: 5 km
Aangan Bar is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. It is completely different from all the other bars and nightclubs in the city. The bar has an open kitchen and while you sip on some chilled beer, you can enjoy the wonderful cultural performances such as folk dances, puppet shows, horse dance and other cultural delights.
The Rajasthani decor adds to the ambience and the food served is authentic Rajasthani cuisine. They also serve a wide selection of wine, vodka, rum, whisky, gin, cocktails and mocktails. The terrace bar also offers a fantastic view and excellent ambience for a relaxing evening. The traditional Indian puppet show is the highlight of Aangan Bar.
Location: B-1 Ambamata Scheme Opp. Aravali Hospital, Malla Talai, Udaipur
Distance from city: 7 km
Best Places to Eat in Udaipur
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 Cuisine: A range of meats and vegetables are cooked on charcoal grills at this stylish BBQ restaurant.
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).
Location: The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Cost: Above INR 2500 (USD 35 and above)
Open timings: 11 AM–11PMMain Cuisine: 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.
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.
Location: 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 Cuisine: Aravali Roof Top Restaurant pairs contemporary cuisine with stunning lake views and amazing palette of food.
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.
Location: No 63, Rang Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Cost: Above INR 2500 and above ( USD 40 and above)
Open Timings: 8PM–11PMMain Cuisine: Khamma Ghani Restaurant having 5 star ambience is one of the best fine dining destination.
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).
Location: 85, Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Cost: Above INR 1200 (USD 20 approx) for two.
Open Timings: 11AM–11PMMain Cuisine: 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
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.
Location: Hathipole, Chamanpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Main Cuisine: 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.
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.
Location: 12, Maldas St, Nada Khada, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Main Cuisine: 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.
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.
Location: Chetak Cir, Zinc Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Open Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Main Cuisine: 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.
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.
Location: Hospital Road, Chetak Circle, Near Chetak Cinema, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Open Timings: 10AM–7PM
Main Cuisine: It is a one-stop shop for both traditional and contemporary crafts of Rajasthan – Furniture, Textiles and Furnishings, Brassware.
Entry fees: Free entry.
The colorful Bapu Bazaar has everything that tourists look for during the shopping excursions in Udaipur. The market has several local handicrafts, authentic and intricately decorated Rajasthani fabric and traditional dresses, exquisite pieces of jewelry, local utensils, traditional footwear, etc.
This place is a must-visit among all the places to visit in Udaipur. It also has a taste of the street food of Rajasthan with mouth-watering gol-gappas and so much more. It also has several souvenir shops and shops selling beautiful Rajasthani paintings such as the Phad paintings and the Pichwai miniature paintings.
Location: Bapu Bazar, Jawahar Nagar, Udaipur, Bapu Bazar Road Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
Distance from city: 3 km
Other Places to visit in Udaipur
Ahar Cenotaphs represents the courage and valor of the Mewar Dynasty. The place is famous for its history as well as for its architectural importance. The arched roofs and fine carving will remind you of the 15th-century temples. There are 19 cenotaphs carved out of the finest marbles. You will even find a beautiful sculpture of Lord Shiva and a figure of Maharana with his ‘Satis’- all of his wives who gave their lives in his cremation flames.
Location: Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 1 km
Mewar Biodiversity Park
Mewar Biodiversity Park is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur to witness the rich biodiversity of this enchanting city. The park is home to about 300 different types of plants which include 300 to 400 years old mango, mahua and banyan trees. The park is also inhabited by a wide variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians and animals.
This place is a perfect destination for bird lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, researchers and nature lovers. Adventure sports facilities have also been included within the park for visitors. These include zip lines, valley crossing, tree walk and ground obstacles. There are also provisions for eco-tourism, swings for children and an interpretation center. Visitors can also camp here for the night.
Location: Udaipur Bypass, Amberi, Rajasthan 313024
Distance from Udaipur: 17 km
Under the Sun Aquarium
Location: Fateh Sagar Overflow, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 3 km
This place is emblematic of the architectural splendor and natural beauty that Udaipur is characterized with. It overlooks the Pichola Lake that generously splashes its waters on the Ghat and mesmerizes the viewer. There are several birds and a lovely wind flowing here. It gives a spectacular view of Udaipur which is a sight to behold.
The place becomes the most crowded in the evening when people come to relax and it is also a beautiful spot for lovers. This is no doubt one of the most spellbinding places to see in Udaipur.
Location: Chandpole Maji Ka Mandir, Cheerwa, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 4.5 km
Marvel Water Park
Marvel Water Park is the first water park in the city and one of the best places to visit in Udaipur for a fun filled day with family and friends. Nestled amidst a shelter of lush green trees, the water park makes for a perfect destination for a day of adventure.
The water slides, simulated rain dances, splash pools, toddlers’ lagoon, sky slides and so many other rides are available for visitors of all ages. The staff is well trained, there is a cafe and multi-cuisine restaurant, suits are available on rent and there are several seating areas under the shade. There are safety lockers and separate changing rooms for ladies and gents as well.
Location: Saras Parlor, NH 8, Goverdhan Villas, Sector 14, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 9 km
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
This place is a haven for Indian folklore and culture, carefully preserved and exhibited in a beautiful manner. It is one of the most famous places to see in Udaipur. It has a collection of art and folklore of Rajasthan and the neighboring states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. There are various beautiful masks, dolls, musical instruments, traditional rural dresses, paintings, puppets, and ornaments to look at.
Location: Saheli Marg, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Aravali Nature View
Udaipur is popular as a holiday destination for its beautiful lakes, majestic palaces and royal gardens. But there is also another side to Udaipur’s beauty and that is its magnificent nature views. Being in the vicinity of the Aravalli hills, Udaipur offers excellent hiking and trekking trails up these majestic hills. T
he Aravalli range is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife and there are several sanctuaries and national parks within this belt. The area also offers excellent rock climbing opportunities and the view from the top is nothing to be compared with. The nature view in Udaipur has so much to offer for any adventure enthusiast. Here you will find easy and difficult treks, exploring villages on the foothills of the Aravallis and beautiful unspoilt lakes.
Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Distance from Udaipur: 12 km
Gangaur Ghat is located in the old city on the banks of the famous Lake Pichola and it is one of the main ghats in Udaipur. The area is a great place for photography and the sunset and sunrise views are absolutely stunning. The Gangaur Ghat is one of the most popular tourist places in Udaipur.
The ghat truly comes alive during the colorful celebrations of the famous Gangaur Festival and Jal Jhulni Ekadashi. Other festivals celebrated here are Navratri and Ganesh Chaturthi and the idols are immersed here after the pujas. The best time to visit this beautiful place is at sunset or at night. A visit to Udaipur would be incomplete without a trip to Gangaur Ghat.
Location: Old City, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Places to Visit near Udaipur
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.
Distance From Udaipur: 64 Kms
Udaipur Ghat represents the religious and spiritual side of Udaipur. The ghat witnesses a horde of devotees throughout the year and especially so during major festivals. They travel from far and near to take a holy dip in the waters of the Udaipur Ghat.
The place also attracts lots of tourists coming from other parts of the country as well as abroad. Udaipur Ghat is ideally located in the heart of the old city and the area around it is filled with excellent options for accommodation. The area also has several cafes and restaurants serving excellent food selections. This is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Udaipur.
Location: 23-25, Lal Ghat Road, Lal Ghat, Behind Jagdish Temple, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Distance from city: 4.7 km
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: 65 kms
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
Location: Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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
Location: Desuri, Ranakpur Rd, Sadri, Rajasthan 306702
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
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.
Distance from Udaipur: 12 kms
Location: It will take almost 30 minutes to reach the location from Udaipur City.
Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary
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
A 17th-century structure, Nathdwara temple is among the most religious places to visit in Udaipur. It has a simple structure but the spiritual aura and the marble carvings set it apart. The temple is known among locals as the Srinath Ji ki Haveli and has a religious significance in Udaipur.
The statue of Krishna in this temple is the avatar of a 7-year-old boy. It is carved out of black stone and several legends run around the temple and the idol that is worshipped there.
Location: Nathdwara, Rajasthan 313301
Distance from city: 47 km
Timings: 5:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Tuesday to Sunday), 5:30 AM to 6 PM (Monday)