Must Do Things in Udaipur
Explore the City Palace
Constructed on the banks of the Lake Pichola, the City Palace of Udaipur is another marvel of Rajasthan. The work of this palace began under the leadership of Maharana Udai Singh and was completed by his successors. The structure is a nice blend of Chinese, medieval, and European form of architecture. The domes, arches and towers enhance the splendour of the heritage site. City Palace is truly a treat for the eyes with the big corridors, courtyards, terraces, pavilions, and gardens. It is built in marble and granite.
There are a lot of gates known as pols in here. Bara pol is the main gate of the palace. The eight marble arches are known as toranas and triple arched gate is called tripolia. City Palace has a total of 11 palaces inside it which were built by different rulers. Get enchanted with the antique furniture, unique paintings, ornamental tiles and other princely items. The Kumbhalgarh Fort is another attraction in Udaipur and it must top the things to do in Udaipur list.
It is 64 km away from the main city and has a sentimental significance attached to it. This fort was the birthplace of the great warrior Maharana Pratap. This magnificent structure was built by Rana Kumbha in 15th Century and lies below the Aravalli range. The rugged topography of the region made it impossible to be conquered. There are beautiful buildings, temples and palaces built inside the fort and the light and sound show is a must watch. This structure was renovated by Maharana Fateh Singh in 19th Century.
One of the most serene lakes in Udaipur, Lake Pichola was built in 1362 and is surrounded by beautiful architectural work. This 3-mile long lake looks more enchanting during the night when the colourful lights give it the most elite look. The lake is enveloped by palaces, temples and bathing Ghats, and is surrounded by elevated hills on all sides. Furthermore, the City of Palace broadens at the eastern banks of this lake. Another enchanting feature of this lake is the Jag Mandir, which is also a tourist destination. Taking a boat ride on this lake shouldn't be missed and gives an enthralling experience.
Rudyard Kipling once mentioned this lake in his Letters of Marque, “If the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, `see it and die'". Throughout the year, the lake attracts a number of tourists from across the world to experience the enigma of this lake.
Painted with different colours of history, the City of Lakes unfolds many untold stories about its rulers. Once ruled by the mighty Mewar dynasty, this imperial city rose above all and has carved its name on the pages of history.
Walking through the fascinating lanes of Udaipur, one can easily witness its regal past. Forts, palaces, gardens and the lakes in this city still showcase its eternal beauty making it one of the cultural capitals of India. A heritage walk through Udaipur is filled with excitement and wonderment of the Mewar dynasty.
Discover the rustic charm of Udaipur, interact with the locals, know more about its history, enjoy shopping in the local markets and bring home pleasant memories of your heritage walk in the city.
In the mood of visiting a temple and seeking blessings, then Jagdish Temple is your destination. Located inside the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this is the largest temple built in Udaipur and its gateway can be sited at the distance of 150 meters of the City Palace. It’s a three-storied temple and two giant stone elephants welcome its pilgrims.
The entire architecture of this temple is worth exploring comprises of carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. The brass image of Garuda is a must to watch for. With its rich architectural work, the entire temple is defined as the most beautiful one in Udaipur.
- The best taste of a place is only when you get to indulge the amazing food of the region. In Udaipur, this food tour brings to you the opportunity of tasting more than 5 local dishes, from places that are known only to the locals.
- Serving quality, this tour brings you to the best of the locals' favorite restaurants and food joints. You will stroll the lanes and streets of this place, witnessing the keepers prepare the mouthwatering snacks and cuisines.
- A professional storyteller will accompany you on this venture and will tell you interesting stories about the place and the cuisine that you will be trying out. Although this is a food tasting experience, the basic guideline will be to bring an appetite with you.
- Enjoy the sweets, delicacies and sweets, the famous Masala Tea, a unique mouth freshener and then end the experience with Udaipur's favorite dessert.
- The starting point of this experience is the famous Ghantaghar in the Silawatwari region of Udaipur.
Timings: 2 slots available through the day: 12 PM and 6 PM
Minimum number of people required to book this tour:1
How to Reach?
The Tour starts from the Ghantaghar in the Silawatwari region of Udaipur and you can easily reach the starting point by public transport.
- The city of lakes right in the middle of a desert, Udaipur is a true oasis of Rajasthan. A great source of its fame, the lakes of this place have been attracting a large number of tourists from all around the world.
- This walking tour to one such famous lake of Udaipur takes you through the Aravalis towards the famous Tiger Lake. The tour starts from the village of Morwania. As you arrive, you will meet the navigator for the tour, who will then begin walking you towards your destination. On the way, you will pass a number of villages and get to interact with the locals here.
- After a stop midway for refreshments, you will start a climb uphill to reach the amazing lake, and be treated to enticing views of the city of Udaipur.
- Minimum number of people required to book is 2.
Timings: Winter 8 AM | Summer 7 AM
Starting Point: Morwania Village
- Udaipur the city of lakes have had the pleasure of being the most beautiful and pleasant city in the state of Rajasthan. And that is because of the gift of the Aravalis. This walking/hiking tour of Udaipur takes you into the lap of the Aravalis in Udaipur.
- The tour starts with your arrival at the starting point of the trek, which will be the Ubeshwar Temple. From here the local navigator will take you on this hike of about 3-4 hours. You will stop midway for a short break for refreshments.
- The hilltop provides us with a panoramic view, it’s the best place to take the photographs which would be a memory of a lifetime. Later we continue our trek and finish it at Morwania village.
- The interactions during the trek will be a memory for a lifetime, whether your fellow trekkers or with the locals who live in these areas.
Start Point- Ubeshwar Temple
End Point- Morwania Village
How to reach:
The starting point of this activity is easily reachable by cabs from anywhere in the city.
Min 2 & max 10 people are allowed to book this activity.
Visit the Taj Lake Palace
When planning things to do in Udaipur, you must take time out and visit these stunning structures. The most celebrated among the palaces here is the Lake Palace situated on the Jag Niwas Island amidst the waters of Lake Pichola. It was built by the Maharanas of Mewar as a summer retreat, keeping in mind the blistering heat of Rajasthan. But now, this plush palace has been converted into one of the finest heritage hotels in India.
Providing the perfect setting is this fairy-tale place of elegant white structure against the cool blue waters and a perfect sunset. The rooms in here are adorned with lotus leaves, painted mirrors, pink stone works and cusped arches. The use of local textile and handicrafts inside the palace weaves a magic. The fountains, pillared terraces and gardens add to the beauty.
This palace is well equipped with all the modern amenities like restaurants, cafe, bar and lounge, swimming pool, conference rooms, 24 hour business centre, and 12 banquet halls. It has now become the most popular destination for marriages.
Also known as Sajjan Garh Palace, this hilltop palatial residence is the most visited palace in Udaipur. If you're looking for things to do in Udaipur, then visiting Monsoon Palace should be on your list. The palace offers a beautiful pano view of cityscape with lakes and palaces around. The purpose of building this palace was to get watch monsoon clouds and so it is known as Monsoon Palace. Located high on Aravalli Hills, this place look beautiful during the night when the entire area is illuminated by lights.
At the foot of the hills located is the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. One can reach this palace by hiring a taxi or auto-rickshaw for a single or round trip.
Horse Riding in Udaipur
The best way to discover the rural areas of Rajasthan is on a horse back. For you can visit villages and the lower region of the Aravalli Hills. Udaipur has many lakes both big and small along with a variety of wild animals such as blue bull, antelopes and chausingha.
If you are a beginner then you can opt for a short horse ride. The pace can be manoeuvred according to your comfort level. Riding a horse overnight or hiring them for longer periods is strictly meant for professional riders only. The special equipment required can be borrowed from the operators.
Speed Boat Ride on Fateh Sagar Lake
Located in the northern part of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh and is the second most beautiful artificial lake in Udaipur. It was built in 1678, the lake is spread over 2.4 km and is a well-planned lake having three intake channels. The lake comprises of three small islands and can be reached by a boat ride. There are two beautiful parks, Nehru Park and a public park having water-jet fountains built by the Government of Rajasthan.
One of the interesting parts of this lake is the twisting route that presents a stunning view of the lake and Aravalli Hills. For tourists, Fateh Sagar Lake is a must visit that can be the part of things to do in Udaipur.
Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The most visited attraction in Udaipur is close to the Sajjangarh Palace and covers 5.19 sq km. The entire sanctuary is encircled by a solid wall of Kishan Pol and hillside. When Udaipur was attacked by the Scindias, the hillside was helpful and was used as artillery dump. Tourist can still find some cannons in the area. The wildlife sanctuary is blessed with amazing flora and fauna and is the home of reptiles, hyenas, panthers, jackals and others. The reserve is also a good trekking point as the adventure trek can begin from the Gorilla Point to the Jiyan Sagar to the Aravalli Hills.
There are some major attractions in the sanctuary including Bari Lake, Jhar Water Hole and few others. The Tiger Lake was built by Maharana Rah Singhji and was named after Jana Devi. The opening hours of this sanctuary is 10 am- 6 pm.
Located near Udaipur, Haldighati plays an important part in Indian History. A mountain pass in the Aravalli Hills linking Pali and Rajasamand, it is a haven for those fascinated with historical sites. Situated at 40 km away from the main city, it was named so because of the yellow coloured soil of the region which looks like turmeric.
While here, you can pay your respects to the great warrior Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak. Haldighati is where a severe battle was fought between Maharana Pratap and Raja Man Singh of Amber.
The battle led to a lot of bloodshed and the yellow ground was said to be turned red. This is the very place where Chetak saved his master from the enemy. There is a cenotaph built in the memory of the faithful horse Chetak at a distance of 4 km from the battleground.
Best time to visit: During the Day
Distance : 40 kms from Udaipur
Ranakpur Jain Temple
The Jain Temple at Ranakur is one of the most beautiful temples in India. A three storey temple, it is popular for its sculptures and architecture and must be included in things to do in Udaipur list. The place of worship is surrounded by Aravalli Hills and stands on the banks of the river “Magai”.
This grand structure was erected in the 14th Century and has four facets. It spreads over 48000 sq ft area and is 102 ft tall and echoes the 50 years hard work of hundreds of sculptors and artisans.
Located in the lap of Madri hills, it was gifted by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar. This is the reason why a small town came into being just 2 km away from the temple.
Earlier known as Ranpu, Ranakpur got the name from Rana . The Ranakpur Jain Temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankar, Lord Adinath. Erected on a high platform, this structure has nine basements, 84 gods, 4 Megh Mandaps and 1444 stunningly decorated pillars. There are two shrines of Surya Narayan and Lord Parsvanath.
Location: In Ranakpur, near Sadri town
Distance From Udaipur : 91 kms
Other Experiences in Udaipur
Visit the Vintage Car Museum
This beautiful museum was built in the year 2000 in the Palace Udaipur and is currently unveiled to the general public. The museum is the house of some astonishing cars which are truly vintage in looks. All the vehicles in the museum belong to Maharanas of Mewar. The collection is located in the former Mewar State Motor Garage and has some fine assortment of vehicles. Visitors can also have some refreshment at The Bougainvillea- coated Garden Hotel and Restaurant located within the range of garage.
Some of the leading classic cars in the house are- 1946 Buick, A pair of 1938/39 Cadillac, 1930 Ford, and few others. All these cars are maintained very well by caretakers keeping them lively
Charcoal by Carlson
Ride the ropeway of the City of Lakes
This famous ropeway activity is done in the City of Lakes and is hugely popular among tourists. It is one of the important things to do in Udaipur apart from exploring tourist locations. The ropeway was built by Kailash Khandelwal, a business in collaboration with UIT in 2008. Tourist after reaching the cable car stop can visit Karni Mata's Temple. This temple is famous for white stone idol of goddess Karni Mata. Upon travelling through the cable car, one can get the best view of Udaipur including Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, City Palace Complex, etc.
During the night, one can get an amazing view of palace illuminated by light. The adventure rope way is located in the prominent location of the city and one can easily reach this place using local transport.
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.
Stay at the Taj Lake Palace
Visit Eklingji Temple
Second most visited temple in Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is located in the Eklingji town itself. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal. The temple is known for remarkable architectural work. The outer area of the temple is designed with steps descending to serene water. On the entrance of the temple, tourists will be welcomed with the silver image of Nandi.
The best part of the temple is the striking four-faced idol of Eklingji made completely of black marble. The zenith of the idol is known as Yantra, standing for ultimate reality. Another striking feature of this temple is the Shivlinga encircled by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. Apart from this temple, there are other temples like Pataleshwar Mahadeo, Arbuda Mata, Rathasan Devi and Vindhyavasini Devi.
Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort
The sound and light show at the Kumbhalgarh Fort is a spectacle that must not be missed. It takes place every evening in the fort which is lit brightly with floodlights. This performance describes the history and rich culture of the Maharanas of Mewar and the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
This show starts at 6.45 pm and gives an overview about the royal Rajputs. It is narrated in Hindi language and is organised by the tourism department of the Rajasthan State Government. This show lasts for 45 minutes and is highly recommended to all the tourists if you plan to stay at the Kumbhalgarh Fort or nearby areas for the night.
Distance from Udaipur : 65kms
Visit the Udaipur Solar Observatory
If you like astronomy or want to know more about Sun then the best place for you to visit in the desert land is the Udaipur solar observatory. This site is known to be among the best in the whole of Asia and is one of the celebrated places of interest in the map of Rajasthan.
The solar observatory is located in an island on the Fateh Sagar Lake and is one of the rare ones to be situated in an island across the world. It was designed according to the model observatory situated at the Big Bear Lake in California.
Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar and Vedhashala trust of Ahmedabad were deeply involved in establishing this organization. This marvel aids the research in Modern science and technology.
It is the main place for the development of solar physics in India. The device gives accurate observations of the sun because of the atmosphere around it. As it is located on an island covered with water on all sides it serves as a perfect atmosphere for the observations. The air turbulence on the island is lesser than on the level ground and thus it becomes easy to catch the sharp images of the sun.
Another advantage that the observatory gets is that it is located on a desert land where it will always receive the proper and maximum sunlight. This must be on the things to do in Udaipur list.
There is a wide variety of telescopes on display in the solar observatory all of which provide the best observation of sun. Off late, there is a new instrument brought in known as the Solar Vector Magnetograph. This instrument will prove really helpful to the physicists and other scientists there to determine the activated magnetic field of the sun.
Distance from Udaipur : 7.5 kms
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife, nature and photography lovers. This reserve falls in the district of Rajasamand area in the state of Rajasthan and is 65 km away from the main city of Udaipur.
This wildlife sanctuary spreads across 578 sq ft area and circles the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It covers a large area that includes the districts of Rajasamand and Pali, the city of Udaipur.
The sanctuary was established to protect the endangered animals like sloth bear, jungle cat, jackal, wolf, hyena, chuasingha, chinkara, chital, wild boar, blue bull, and leopard etc. This is the only sanctuary in the state of Rajasthan where it is easy to trace the activities of the wolf.
This sanctuary has a total of forty wolves and in the summer days you can easily spot a pack of them strolling around the small lakes nearby. It is here you will find a wide variety of birds in the area including the peacock, doves, grey jungle fowl, bulbuls, parakeets, white breasted kingfisher, red spur owls, grey pigeons and golden oriole. The birds can also be easily spotted near the water sources.
There is wide variety of flora and fauna in the sanctuary. You will be able to locate many medicinal herbs in the area. The jeep safaris are always available for a day trip inside the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Distance from Udaipur: 65kms
Shilpgram is a very celebrated crafts fair organized at Udaipur every year and is one of things to do in Udaipur. Organized at the western side of the city, this fair is held to promote the textile, crafts and handicrafts of the region.
Rajasthan is extremely famous for textiles and handicrafts. The marble and terracotta sculptures, tie and dye, bandhni, mirror work are some of the highlights of the region and are available at the fair. Camel leather work, embroideries, hand woven clothing items are some other items that you can look forward to.
Since the winter time is the ideal for something like this, the Shilpgram fair is held during the months of November and December. This grand affair goes on for ten days. It is mainly held to market the products of local designers of the region and other artists.
This fair also holds a lot of workshops that can be enjoyed by the tourists and local people. It is especially a delight for those who are interested in learning pottery or other type of handicraft. Crafts and tourism are an important industry for the state of Rajasthan.
During this fair, Shilp Darshan is organized. This program is specially designed for the tourists and others who do not know about the traditional skills and troubles local artisans go through in making the goods. It is held to help selling the goods of these talented people. A crafts bazaar that is held here helps in selling the souvenir and other handicraft items. This fair is organized by the government to promote the cottage industries of the desert land.
Distance : 3kms West from Fateh Sagar Lake
Shopping in Udaipur
As you saunter through the market of Udaipur you will find many articles, textiles and handicrafts that interest might not only you but can be quite useful too. The markets in this city cover a variety of items like silver ware, jewellery, textile, clothing, handicrafts, wooden toys, paintings, and a lot more items.
In here are a variety of handicrafts in store for the tourists such as handmade papers, toys, cloth lanterns, wall hangings, and puppets. Udaipur is also famous for pottery and you will find a variety of items like vessels, plates, pots and other containers. Pichwai paintings, batik prints, tie and dye, bandhni sarees are some other items that will interest you. These paintings are exclusive to Mewar culture and make for a perfect souvenir.
The artwork is prepared in bright colours and narrates Lord Krishna tales. They are found in silk, marble, ivory and paper. The popular places to shop are Bada Bazaar, Hathi Pol, Palace Road and Chetak Circle. You can do a lot of bargaining here. Rajasthali and Sadhna are two government led emporiums that sell all kind of products in a single roof. These markets keep good quality products at a fixed rate.
Famous places to shop in Udaipur :
- Hathi Pol
- Bada Bazaar
- Sadhana Emporium
Visit Sas Bahu temple
This 10th-century temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built by Kachwa King Mahapala at the Nagda village in Udaipur. Though the name of the temple defines Daughter-in-law and Mother-in-law, the origin is known as One with Thousand Arms, a form of Vishnu. The main entrance of the temple is made up of carved lintels and multi-lobed arch. The temple of Sas compared to Bahu is quite large and is surrounded by ten subsidiary shrines. The Bahu temple, on the other hand, is adorned with eight intricate female figures.
The entire temple is finely adorned having beautiful carvings of Ramayana. Moreover, the entire projection of the temple is quite exquisite making it look magnificent. At the top of the temple, there is a beautiful lotus, which makes the temple look adorable.
Do traditional shopping at Hathi Pol Bazaar
Touring around Udaipur and not indulging into shopping is certainly an incomplete task. The entire shopping area is known for offering some amazing piece of art including the Pichwai and Phad paintings of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is known for its artistic piece of paintings and during the shopping one can find range of items. You can indulge in miniatures and discover some artwork of Rajasthan. You will surely love the handicraft work of this city and each work has vibrant and intricate workmanship. If you're good in bargaining, then Hathi Pol Bazaar is your place to shop at.
The opening and closing time of this shopping area is 9.30 am to 5.30pm