8 Must See Tourist Attractions in Udaipur
Udaipur is often called the most romantic city in India because of its famous lakes and palaces. Therefore it is natural to have a prominent place in the list of the main attractions of Udaipur and places to visit. Experiencing Udaipur, try to revive royalty and appreciate the majestic beauty of the city.
Here is the best places to visit in Udaipur are:
- City Palace
How did royal rulers of Rajasthan survive after India became a democracy, and their states merged into the Union of India? They converted their palaces into hotels and tourist attractions in order to generate an income. City Palace, belonging to the royal family of Mewar, really sets the standard in terms of tourism of such heritage.
This destination incorporates two authentic mansions and the Palace Museum of the city. A collection of vintage cars and Jag Mandir, a palace of pleasure in the middle of Lake Pichola, add to the interest. Definitely do not miss any of that! It is the largest palace in Rajasthan.
- Bagore Ki Haveli
Another place of architectural splendor, Bagore Ki Haveli was built at the end of the 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. It is located on the edge of Lake Pichola, in Gangaur Ghat (which is a relaxing place to sit by the water). After five years of restoration work, the Haveli was converted into a museum. It’s a pleasure to tour and provides a more fascinating look at the lifestyle of the royal family. Inside there are more than 100 rooms, patios and terraces, many with beautiful frescoes and fine mirror work.
Real paintings, costumes of royal kings, personal items and Rajasthani traditional crafts are on display. There is also a puppet gallery and turban collection with the world’s largest turban. The Haveli is open daily from 10:00 to 19:
- Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake
Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake (north of Lake Pichola and connected by a channel) are the most popular artificial lakes of Udaipur. A boat trip on Lake Pichola gives a new perspective to the city, especially the Palace complex city.
Barcos Salen de Rameshwar Ghat in the gardens of the City Palace (you will have to pay a small fee to enter the City Palace if you are not going to stay there). One hour of travel costs 400 rupees for adults (or 700 rupees at sunset), including a stop at the Jag Mandir. If you want a cheaper option, the boat stand at Lal Ghat offers 30-minute rides 150-250 rupees (depending on the size of the boat) at any time of the day. Plan your trip to Lake Pichola through the Palace on Wheels luxury train which offers world-class amenities onboard the train.
- Ambrai Ghat
Udaipur has many points of view for photography but without a doubt the best one is Ambrai Ghat, especially at sunset. It has been located directly in front of the City Palace and also fronts the Lake Palace Hotel, so you have an unparalleled view of both as your lights come on.
To get there, head to the Hanuman Ghat area and continue walking along the road that runs parallel to Lake Pichola as soon as you can, past the Amet Haveli Ambrai hotel and restaurant. Keep in mind that you may feel a bit uncomfortable, as Ambrai Ghat is a popular local place for couples. (Of course, the locals know the most romantic place with the best views of the city!)
- Monsoon Palace
The Monsoon Palace can be seen in Udaipur, perched on top of a hill above the city. As its name suggests, it is a favorite destination of the royal family during the monsoon season. The palace belonged to the royal family of Mewar until it was placed in the hands of the government. After being closed for a while, it is restored but not very well maintained. The Palace is a popular place of sunset due to its unsurpassed view in Udaipur.
Those who are familiar with the Octopussy movie of James Bond will also recognize the palace as the home of the main villain, Kamal Khan. The Palace unit takes about 30 minutes and passes through Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. Entry fees are to be paid, and some people feel that the cost of 300 rupees for foreigners is too expensive and it is not worth it. Auto Rickshaws can not enter the Wildlife Sanctuary so it is best to rent a car or take the special minibus that leaves Gangaur Ghat at 5pm every day.
- Jagdish Temple
This imposing white Hindu temple, with intricate architecture and sculptures, is an unmissable landmark in the Lal Ghat area near the entrance to the City Palace. It was built in 1961 by Maharana Jagat Singh and houses a black stone idol of Lord Jagannath (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Else highlights the evocative aarti (cult ceremony) every dawn and dusk.
- Mansapurna Karni Mata cable car
Red cable cars ferry tourists on short trips (five minutes one way) to the hill of Deen Dayal Park Doodh Talai (next to the Shiv Niwas Palace hotel) to the Karni Mata temple. There is a viewpoint and it is another popular place to watch the sunset over the city. Tickets are about Rs. 80 for adults, and there is an option to pay more and not have to wait.
Shilpgram (meaning “village of artisans”) is a complex rural art and craft, located three kilometers from Udaipur and established by the government in 1986. It shows rural life and traditions of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. The complex has cabins of each of the States, incorporating its architectural features. Artisans also sell their wares and perform folkloric dances.
Know more about the Palace on Wheels train online booking for this season. Enjoy horse and camel rides are also offered. The complex really comes alive during the 10th Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair at the end of December. Otherwise, although it is a great concept, it tends to be sadly rather mediocre.