10 Best Things To Do In Udaipur: An India-Oasis Amidst The Deserts

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Udaipur is known as Venice of East India. It is the city of lakes filled with a set of well preserved palaces, lakes, temples and ghats. It is the capital of Mewar kingdom and is also the cultural center face of Rajasthan. Udaipur is most famed for it’s intricate peacock mosaics.

1. Lake Palace

Udaipur, Lake Palace Hotel (6269601174)
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It is located 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the city and seated on the Jag Niwas Island on a sprawling 1.5 hectare (3.7 acre) land. It is built over Lake Pichola, was once a summer palace for royalties. Now it has been made into a heritage hotel. Lake Palace is an elegant white palace which gives us a fairy tale scene with blue water rippling and sunrise/sunset views.

Lake Palace

Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

2. Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola Udaipur
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This is the largest lake in the city. It’s one of the most beautiful lakes in India and surrounded by hills and gardens. The famous city palace is built on the middle of this lake. It is a main tourist attraction and boat rides are available in this lake.

3. City Palace

Udaipur City Palace
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This royal building is a huge complex with plenty of rooms and pillars inside. It took more than 300 years to complete the construction. It is the biggest building in Udaipur. It is near Lake Palace and Pichola Lake. Its architecture style is authentic. It is located at hill top which helps the visitors enjoy the panoramic view of the entire city.

City Palace

Address: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Website: City Palace

4. Fateh Sagar Lake

Fateh Sagar Lake and Sajjangarh palace Udaipur Rajasthan India
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It is the second largest lake in the city. It is an artificial lake and has three islands which can be reached by boat. The first two islands are made into gardens and the third island has been made into a solar observatory which is also a place of attraction for the tourists. Boat rides are available at this lake.

5. Eklingji Temple

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This is a Hindu temple, which has more than 100 pillars. It was built with granite and marbles. The temple is famous for its four faced statue of Lord Shiva. It is one of the very few Hindu temples in Rajasthan. Eklingji temple can be reached by a one hour drive from Udaipur.

Eklingji Temple

Address: Siyol, Rajasthan 313202

Website: Eklingji Temple

6. Dudh Talai Musical garden

Taken at India's most beautiful Garden Mughal Garden, Delhi(Musical Garden, President House)1
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Dudh Talai is a small lake and it’s the most ideal place to take a peaceful stroll. All the important places such as Lake Pichola, City Palace and Lake Palace can be seen from this garden. It has a rock garden with a musical fountain. It also has a sunset point which offers great views.

Dudh Talai Musical garden

Address: Dudh Talai, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Website: Dudh Talai Musical garden

7. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari

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This is known as the garden of maids. It has beautiful fountains with lush lawns and marble arts. This was lovingly gifted by the King to the Queen. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari served as a peaceful and enjoyable place for the Queen’s 48 maids.


Address: Lake City, Near Science Museum, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Website: Saheliyon-Ki-Bari

8. Jag Mandir

Jagmandir, Lake Pichola, Udaipur
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This is known as the lake garden palace. It has served as a summer resort and pleasure area for royalties. This palace has been built with sandstone and black marble. The architecture style reflects Mughal’s and Rajput’s.

Jag Mandir

Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

9. Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort at Sunset
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This fort has thick walls, beautiful buildings and temples. There are various architecture styles present inside the fort. It served as refugee for the King during times of conflict. It is around 60 kilometers (30 miles) from the main city.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Address: Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325

Website: Kumbhalgarh Fort

10. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

Ganesh, folk art, Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, Udaipur, India
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This institute engages in the studies of folk art, culture, songs and festivities of Rajasthan. It has a museum which exhibits the rural dresses, ornaments, puppets, folk musical instruments and paintings of Rajasthani culture. The puppet theater here offers puppet shows as well.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

Address: Saheli Marg, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Website: Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

Rajasthan is not only about deserts

Udaipur is full of surprises. It is one of the most romantic places in India. September and March are the best time to visit this city, take a royal vacation and get caught in the spell Udaipur Casts!

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