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13 Best Things To Do In Udaipur, India

13 Best Things To Do In Udaipur, India
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Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 as the new capital of the Mewar Kingdom, Udaipur, the “Lake City” of Rajasthan is often referred to as the “Venice of the East.” Udaipur is famous for performing arts and crafts and for its plethora of zinc and copper mines. Housing the largest artificial lake in Asia, Jaisamand Lake, and one of the best solar observatories of Asia, Udaipur is a marvel in itself. The miniature painting of Udaipur is also renowned worldwide. Let’s take a look at what this beautiful Rajasthani city has in store for travelers. Here is a list of the 13 best things to do in Udaipur:

1. Visit the forts of Udaipur

Exhibiting the glorious past and the royalty of Mewar, the forts of Udaipur keep imperial history alive within them. These solid structures have resisted all type of weather over the years. The most prominent forts are Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh Forts.

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i) Chittorgarh Fort

Located on a hill close to the Gambheri River, Chittorgarh Fort is known as the largest fort in India. It was built by the Maurya rulers in the 7th century and is the crowing glory of Udaipur. This time tested fort has witnessed many wars and is presently open for visitors around the globe to come and admire the majestic beauty of its fine architecture.

Address: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Opening Hours: 9:45 am to 6:30 pm

Time Required: 1.5 to 2 Hours

Entry Fee: Approximately 0.20 USD

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ii) Kumbhalgarh Fort

Secure on top of the Aravalli Hills, Kumbhalgarh Fort is located in the Rajasmand district of Udaipur. It is one of the unconquerable forts of the Mewar Kingdom and illustrates glory.

Address: Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Time Required: 2 Hours

Entry Fee: Approximately 0.20 USD

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2. Take a city tour

Following our guide below, a tour of Udaipur city will present you with a number of experiences. Here, you can explore museums, parks, and several other areas of interest.

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i) Gulab Bagh and Zoo

The Gulab Bagh is the largest garden in Udaipur, displaying an assortment of rose varieties, hence the name. It is spread over 100 acres (40.46 hectares).

Address: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: 6 am to 8 pm

Time Required: 1.5 Hours

Entry Fee: 1 USD (Entry fee, zoo fee, and camera fee included)

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ii) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park

The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park, built around the Doodh Talai, is a feast to the eyes. It provides a spectacular view of the Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, and the City Palace.

Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: All Day

Time Required: 1.5 Hours

Entry Fee: Free

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iii) Haldighati

The legendary mountain pass in the hills of the Aravalli Range connects the district of Rajsamand and Pali from Udaipur. This pass gets its name from the yellow coloured soil of the region since turmeric is known as haldi in Hindi.

Distance from Udaipur: 40 km (24.85 mi)

Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Time Required: 3 Hours

Entry Fee: Free

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iv) Monsoon Palace

Built on the top of the Bansdara Mountain in the 19th century, the Monsoon Palace was used as a hunting lodge by Maharana Sajjan Singh. Also, known as the Sajjangarh Palace, this beautiful palace offers a stupendous view of Udaipur’s skyline and other nearby areas.

Address: Kodiyat, Rajasthan 313011

Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm

Time Required: 1 Hour

Entry Fee: 1 USD

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v) Ahar Museum

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The Ahar Museum is an extraordinary cluster of cenotaphs (burial monuments or memorials) of the Maharanas of Mewar. The museum also holds a rare collection of earthen pottery and one can also see sculptures and archaeological findings dating back to 1700 BC. The most significant attraction of the Ahar Museum is the 10th century metal figure of Buddha.

Address: Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Time Required: 1.5 Hours

Entry Fee: Less than 0.05 USD

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3) Shop at Shilpgram Village

Shilpgram Village is the rural arts and crafts complex near Lake Fateh Sagar. It is spread over 70 acres (28.32 hectares) surrounded by the Aravallis. Shilpgram Village is now envisaged as a living museum to depict the lifestyles of the different ethnic groups of the West Zone.

Address: Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: 11 am to 7 pm

Time Required: 2 Hours

Entry Fee: Approximately 0.50 USD

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4) Spend a day at City Palace and Lake Palace

City Palace and Lake Palace hold the real essence of Udaipur. You must plan a day to visit these two landmarks while in the city.

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i) City Palace

Soaring over the Lake Pichola, the balconies, cupolas, and towers of City Palace give a splendid view of the city and the lake. Consisting of four major and several minor palaces, the main part of the palace is preserved as a museum to display ancient arts and crafts.

Address: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Time Required: 1.5 Hours

Entry Fee: Approximately 0.50 USD

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ii) Lake Palace

Originally called the Jag Niwas Palace, the Lake Palace was once used as a summer palace. It is built on an island in Lake Pichola. It has now been converted into a hotel. The walls of black and white marble are adorned by semi-precious stones.

Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Time Required: 1.5 Hours

How to Reach: Take a boat from the banks of Lake Pichola

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5) Boat ride in Lake Pichola

A boat ride around sunset at Lake Pichola is a sight worth seeing for anybody visiting Udaipur. The island in Lake Pichola houses the Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas.

Address: Pichola | Rameshwar Ghat - City Palace Complex, Udaipur 313001, India

Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Time Required: 50 Minutes

Fee: 4 USD per person

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6) Enjoy a cultural evening at Bagore ki Haveli

Bagore ki Haveli, another important sight in Udaipur, is also located near Lake Pichola, at Gangaur Ghat. Amar Chand Badwa built Bangore ki Haveli in the 18th century. It is a massive palace, with glass and mirror interiors, built in a classical haveli style. It has over a hundred rooms displaying costumes and modern art. The cultural event in the evening at Bagore ki Havelli is a sight to behold.

Address: Gangori Ghat, on the banks of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur

Opening Hours: 10 am to 6.30 pm

Time Required: 1 to 2 Hours

Fee: 1 USD per person

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7) Visit Udaipur Solar Observatory

Resembling the Solar Observatory at Big Bear Lake in southern California, the Udaipur Solar Observatory is built on an island in Fateh Sagar Lake. It is one of the best solar observatories in Asia.

Address: Near Fatehpur Lake Fatehpur to Badi Talai, Rani Rd, Shilpgram, Udaipur

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Time Required: 1 Hour

Fee: 3 USD per person

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8) Roam around Fateh Sagar Lake

North of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake is bordered by hills and woodlands. It is an artificial lake connected to Lake Pichola by a canal. Nehru Island and the islet holding the Udaipur Observatory are located in the Fateh Sagar Lake. It was initially known as Connaught Bundh as it was inaugurated by the Duke of Connaught.

Address: Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur, Udaipur

Opening Hours: 8 am to 5 pm

Time Required: 2 Hours

Fee: 4 USD per person (by speed boat)

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9) Temples of Udaipur

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i) Jagdish Temple

Built in 1651, Jagdish Temple is an example of Indo-Aryan architecture and is one of the most famous temples of Udaipur. This three-storey temple has beautifully carved pillars, graceful ceilings, and painted walls and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh. This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu.

Address: RJ SH 50, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Built in: 1651 A.D

Built By: Maharana Jagat Singh

Dedicated to: God Vishu and Goddess Lakshmi

Highlights: Pillars feature intricate carvings.

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ii) Bohra Ganesh Temple

Situated near Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Bohra Ganesh Temple is a very old and famous temple in Udaipur. As the name already suggests, this temple is devoted to Lord Ganesha and thousands of devotees visit this temple every year.

Address: Bohra Ganesh Rd, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Built in: Approximately 350 years ago

Dedicated to: God Ganesh

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iii) Other famous temples

Other temples of Udaipur include the Karni Mata Temple, Ekling Ji Temple, and Neemach Mata Temple to name a few.

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10) Sukhadia Circle

Lying to the north of Udaipur, Sukhadia Circle has 21 foot (6.4 m) tall, three-tiered marble fountain in a small pond. This fountain is artistically carved with motifs and is a treat to see when the fountain lights up at night. Surrounded by lush green gardens, Sukhadia Circle seems like an oasis for visiting tourists.

Address: Sukhadia Circle, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Opening Hours: 10 am to 8 pm

Time Required: 2 Hours

Entry Fee: Free

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11) Rajasthani Thali Set (from 17 USD)

Thali is a vegetarian cuisine where a set of never-ending array of delicious dishes rich in aromatic spices such as vegetables, curries, chutneys, rice and many more are served. The dishes come on small bowls on a round plate. The ghee accompanying the speciality gives a distinctive taste on the dishes. On the average, there can be between 10 to 15 different types of food in a typical Rajasthani thali. If you are a lover of thali and do not have time to go all around, this cooking session is the best way to truly experience it, on a lighter version! This session will show you the essence of the cuisine that combines sweets, ghee and spices. Treat yourself to a delicate melt in your mouth halwa. Practice your chopping techniques in preparing the vegetables for other dishes such as pulau, bhindi curry, chapati and matar paneer. Enjoy sumptuous food, great company and authentic ambiance.

Rajasthani Thali Set

Price: from 17 USD

Duration: around 4 hours required.

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12) Rajasthani Puppet Making (from 30 USD)

Rajasthani’s puppetry is one of the most common form of spectacle in Indian culture. Several wooden dolls are dressed up in vibrant colours, moved around by the puppeteer using the strings attached to them. Ever wondered how these puppets are made? If you’re travelling with your family, take your kids along and spend a half day in this unique and delightful workshop. Mukesh Bhatt, our puppeteer will teach you the three phases in making puppets from carving the faces of the puppet out of a block of wood, painting its face and arms and cutting the colourful fabrics for its costumes. The workshop covers all the materials and includes transport from your hotel to the site. The best part is coming away with a sense of accomplishment as you finish your puppet souvenirs.

Rajasthani Puppet Making

Price: from 30 USD

Duration: around 4 hours required.

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13) Sitar Music Lesson with a Maestro (from 25 USD)

Here’s a treat to musical enthusiasts! No matter what your age or music experience, come along and join the fun playing sitar. A sitar is a string instrument (18, 19 or 20 strings), like a guitar. It is mostly used for Hindu classical music. In this session, let our sitarist serenade you and bring welcome and warmth to your heart. Learn about the basics of holding a sitar, improve your music skills and understanding, practice your way with a simple music piece and engage in good conversations. Don’t forget to bring your own fingertip protectors so you can have non-stop sitar jamming session with the maestro.

Sitar Music Lesson with a Maestro

Price: from 25 USD

Duration: around 2 hours required.

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Are you ready for an Udaipur retreat?

The marvellous city of Udaipur is a treat for visiting tourists due to its rich cultural diversity. This beautiful city of lakes has a great grandeur of breathtaking buildings, temples, and gardens. One must pay a visit to the “Venice of the East” because it illustrates marvels created by humans.

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