Udaipur, the city of lakes, is a stunning gem located in the heart of Rajasthan, India. Often referred to as the Venice of the East, this city boasts a rich history linked to the Rajputana dynasty and has served as the birthplace of the legendary warrior, Maharana Pratap. With its stunning architecture, picturesque lakes, and breathtaking scenery, Udaipur is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. From exploring its vibrant cultural heritage to witnessing its rich history, Udaipur has something to offer for every type of traveler. Whether you’re a history buff, culture aficionado, or simply looking for a tranquil escape, Udaipur is the perfect destination for you. Join us as we delve into the top fifteen things to do in Udaipur to help you plan your next trip.
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1. Explore the Udaipur City Palace
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Pichola is the City Palace. The palace is a flourishing representation of the culture and traditions of Rajasthan. It is spread in a vast area, with the Lake Palace and the Monsoon Palace being a part of the palace complex. A fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural style, the traditional artworks and mirror works used are seamlessly beautiful. Don’t miss out on witnessing the panoramic cast of the city from the jharokhas of the palace. You’ll love your view. Within the palace, you’ll find numerous collections of the belongings of various kings and queens. It is advisable that you bring along a guide who can tell you all the stories and intricate details. You’ll feel like you are gliding through a part of history.
2. Visit the Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace
The Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace is a stunning architectural marvel located on the peak of the Aravalli hill in Udaipur. It was built to serve as a retreat for the royal family during the monsoon season, offering breathtaking views of the city from its perch in the clouds. The palace is a testament to the grandeur of Rajasthani architecture and is rich in history, with various historical artifacts and royal tokens on display for visitors to admire. In addition to the palace, the Sajjangarh Biological Park is also located nearby, offering a chance to experience the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or nature, the Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace is a must-visit destination that offers something for everyone.
3. Know the history of the Kumbhalgarh Fort
The Kumbhalgarh Fort of Mewar is a good hundred kilometers away from the city of Udaipur and yet holds a prominent position in the list. The fortress has a deep history and has more than once has stood in the defence of the Maharajas of Mewar. Only second to the Great Wall of China, this World Heritage Site is one of the longest walls in the world. It is registered under the Hill Forts of Rajasthan by UNESCO. You can also enjoy an amazing light and sound show as the day sets.
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4. Take a leisure stroll along the Lake Pichola
Over the last few centuries, many artificial lakes have been built around the city of Udaipur and Lake Pichola is one of them. While touring across the rest of the city is all about learning something about history and culture, this is where you can simply relax. You can either book your private boat or the passenger ones and can feel at peace while you take a ride around the river. The best time to be at the lake is around sunset. As the sun sets, the city starts illuminating and you don’t just get to enjoy a serene sunset but also an amazing illuminated view of Udaipur city. Additionally, the lake has four islands: Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas. The Jag Niwas is where the Lake Palace is built and Jag Mandir has a palace by the same name. Mohan Mandir is the site from where the king would watch the Gangour festival and the Arsi Vilas is home to many bird species and is famous for bird watching.
5. Fateh Sagar Lake
Another one of the four artificial lakes of Udaipur, the Fateh Sagar Lake is situated on the north of the Pichola Lake. When it comes to boating, Fateh Sagar offers the same experience as Pichola. However, this lake also has three islands. The largest of the three houses is the Nehru Park, the second one has a public park with grand fountains and the third one is home to the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Based on your interests and what appeals to you more, you can visit any of the two lakes or even the Udai Sagar and the Debar Lakes for that matter.
6. Vintage Car Museum
If you are a Gearhead in spirits and cars make your heart soar, this is one place in Udaipur you just can’t miss. The museum houses an exquisite collection of royal antique cars. The 1934 Rolls- Royce used in the famous James Bond franchise, Octopussy is also a part of the collection here. The museum also showcases some very rare automobiles and is a must have in your Jaipur itinerary. It is located close to the Saheliyon ki Bari and the Pichola Lake as well. A heritage site, the museum is the perfect peek into the royal lives of the Maharajas.
7. Saheliyon ki Bari
A gift from Maharaja Sangram Singh to his queen, Saheliyon ki Bari is a sight to behold. The garden was designed by the Maharaja himself so that his queen could have leisure moments with her maids, away from the court. With magnificent fountains, lotus ponds and marble elephants, you’ll find a lot of grandeur and greenery in and around the establishment. The garden is located by the Fatehsagar Lake and is a refreshingly beautiful landmark amidst the sand dunes of Rajasthan.
8. Neemach Mata Temple
On a hill, on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake is the Neemach Mata Temple. The deity, Neemach Mata, is the family deity of the Dokot khandan of Bhatnagar. The hill on which the temple is located in a no-vehicle zone and requires the worshipers to walk. There are both a slope and stairs to access the temple. One of the major highlights of the experience is the view. During the trek and from the temple top, the worshiper has an amazing view of the city and its lakes.
9. Eklingji Temple
Eklingji temple complex is in the Kailashpuri village in the Udaipur district. Eklingji is believed to be the ruling God of the throne of the princely state of Mewar while the Maharana rules as his Dewan. The temple is said to be originally built in the 8th century, only to be destroyed during the invasion by Delhi Sultanate and was restored in the 14th and the 15th When in Udaipur, make sure you seek the blessings of Eklingji.
10. Bagore ki Haveli Museum
The Bagore Haveli Museum Is right at the Lake Pichola at the Gangori Ghat. The museum has hundreds of rooms displaying costumes and modern art. You can also see the private quarters of the royal ladies including their bathrooms, dressing rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, worship rooms, and recreation rooms. The interiors of the Haveli is done with fine mirror work and close attention is paid to every jharokha, courtyard and chamber. In the evening, the Haveli hosts a string of cultural performances that one should definitely not miss out on.
11. Nehru Garden
Located on an island on the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Nehru Garden is an ovular-shaped garden, built to look like a palace from the outside. The garden has a series of flora and fauna. The place is also very relaxing and has majestic fountains. If you are a birdwatcher, a photography buff, or simply someone seeking peace in the bustling city, this is the spot you need to add to your list of things to do in Udaipur.
12. Udaipur Solar Observatory
The sky conditions of Udaipur city are favorable for observing the sun. If astronomy is an interest you harbor, you cannot miss out on this observatory that is situated on another island in Lake Fateh Sagar. It is definitely an experience that is different from the rest. The lake works in the favor of the observatory since the heating of the ground and the resulting air pressure is eliminated from the process resulting in accurate and clearer images.
13. Shop at the Hathipole Bazar
Hathipole Bazar is one of the few markets in Udaipur where you can find traditional Rajasthani crafts, folk art, miniature paintings, colorful Nagra slippers, traditional jewelry, vintage collectibles, and clothes among others. You can take back from here, memorabilia for yourself and souvenirs for your friends and family.
Shilpgram is another market in the city of Udaipur that goes way beyond being a market. Shilpgram is the representation of the ethnicity of the rural areas of Rajasthan. With mud houses and the whole village set up, this market exhibits the work of local and tribal artisans. The Shilpgram Mela is an event with an abundance of beautiful clothes with Rajasthani mirror work, handicrafts, pottery, and art pieces.
In conclusion, Udaipur is a city that offers something for everyone! With its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant culture, it is no wonder why Udaipur is considered one of the most beautiful cities in India. Besides admiring the stunning architecture and beauty of the city, try some delicious Rajasthani food, and don’t forget to share your Udaipur experiences with us!