Udaipur is known by many names – sometimes it is called the “Venice of the East”, while others refer to it as “The City of Lakes”. It was once even dubbed the most romantic spot in India! All of these, of course, are well deserved. Surrounded by the deep, blue waters of numerous lakes and bounded by soaring mountain ranges, Udaipur is indeed filled with natural beauty. What sets Udaipur apart, however, is that it is also equally rich in history, culture, and art – having been the capital of the Mewar kingdom. On your next trip to Udaipur, why not take a day to discover the Venice of the east? We’ve listed below the best day trips from Udaipur, Rajasthan, so be sure to check them out on your next trip there.
History buffs wouldn’t want to miss the Chittorgarh Fort on a trip to Udaipur! Sometimes referred to as simply Chittor Fort, the colossal Chittorgarh Fort is one of India’s largest fortresses, and it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort precinct is home to numerous historical sites, including palaces, temples, and two prominent commemorative towers. Due to its large size, exploring the fort may take a couple of hours. However, you can choose to go on an all-day, one-on-one guided tour! With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you can see and discover all of the fort’s most fascinating bits and stories.
Private Day Trip to Chittorgarh Fort from Udaipur
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
2. Jaisamand Lake
Spanning 36 square miles (93 sq km), Jaisamand Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in all of Asia, second only to the Rihand Dam in Pipri. Also known as Dhebar Lake, Jasisamand Lake was created in 1685 by Maharana Jai Singh. At the center of the lake, there is also a large island that is home to numerous species of birds. You can explore this vast, majestic lake and learn more about its colorful history by going on a day trip! The lake is a very popular weekend destination among visitors and locals alike, as you can enjoy walking, bird-watching, or even set up a lovely picnic.
3. Mount Abu
Set atop the peak of the Aravali range and surrounded by lush, verdant forests, it is little wonder why Mount Abu is one of the most visited destinations in Rajasthan during the summer! Here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the plains from above, and keep cool, even during the balmiest summers. There is plenty to do here, as well. At Nakki Lake, you can enjoy boating. You can also visit the centuries-old Dilwara Temples, and marvel at the ornately carved white marble.
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Much like the Chittorgarh Fort, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is a historical treasure, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a massive structure, with walls that are said to be second only to the Great Wall of China in length! When touring the fort, you will also be able to visit its famed Jain Temples, which are enclosed within the fort. The fort is also a sight to behold during the early evening, with a beautiful light and sound show held there regularly.
Private Day Tour To Kumbhalgarh Fort And Ranakpur Jain Temple From Udaipur
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Hidden within verdant forests, just 100 km (62 miles) from Udaipur, is Ranakpur – home to some of the most beautiful temples in India! You can explore some of these prized architectural gems when you go on a day tour of Ranakpur! The tour easily covers over a century’s worth of history and culture. You’re sure to learn plenty about the time of the Mewar Kingdom and about Jainism by visiting the three major Jain temples – all carved ornately from white marble and dedicated to Rishabhdev, Parshvanath and Neminath, respectively.
Nestled along the banks of the Banas River in the Aravalli hills, about 48 km (29.8 mi) north-east of Udaipur, is the town of Nathdwara. This bustling town is home to a good number of temples – including the holy Vaishnava temple of Lord Shrinathji, which draws in thousands of devotees every morning. This makes it a highly popular destination not just among devotees, but also tourists and visitors who are fascinated by the culture. If you’d like to see these beautiful temples and learn more about the local culture and faith, then a day trip to Nathdwara should be on your itinerary!
Though home to many historical sites, the town of Dungarpur is anything but dated or dull. With countless festivals held all throughout the year, Dungarpur is incredibly lively! You can easily explore this vibrant town in one day, and see its architectural wonders, including the Shrinathji temple, Shree Jetholeshwar Mahadev Temple and Shri Adinatha Jain Swetamber Temple. Meanwhile, the Haveli Juna Mahal and Udai Bilas Palace are fascinating recollections of the opulence of times past. Finally, there are the Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Government Archaeological Museum, where you can learn in depth about the colorful history of the region.
Though somewhat small and quiet, the town of Molela is very rich in culture, art, and character. This small town is home to generations of master potters, each gifted in the craft of terracotta pottery! On a day trip to Molela, you’ll find some of the most intricate and vibrant works of art. You can visit the terracotta museum to learn more about the craft itself and its history in the town. If you’re lucky and decide to visit during magh (January to early February), you will see plenty of terracotta idols, which are commissioned by priests of nearby small villages to offer in temples for protection from diseases and evil spirits.
Located just 40 km (24.9 mi) from Udaipur is Haldighati, a popular mountain pass by the Aravelli Range. Best known by its characteristic yellow soil, the area gets its name from the similarly yellow spice, Turmeric – which is called “haldi” in Hindi. Haldighati has also witnessed important events in India’s history, such as the Battle of Haldighati, fought by the brave men of the Rajput King. Nowadays, you can explore the area by going on a day trip! Be sure to see the Maharana Pratap National Memorial, which is a cenotaph with white marble columns, and displays a bronze statue of the Maharana.
Want to get as much sightseeing and historical site visits done during your trip? This tour of Eklingji & Nagda will take you through some of the most popular historical sights, all in one day! The tour begins with a trip to the temple at Eklingji, followed by the Devigarh Palace. You will also visit Nagda, a historical site located at the foothills of the Aravali range. Though it has traces of 6th century A.D., Nagda is better known for being home to the elaborate Sahastrabahu temple, which dates back to the 9th - 10th century A.D. Finally, the tour concludes at dusk with a visit to the Monsoon Palace, another breathtaking historical site, once owned by the Mewar royal family.
Eklingji & Nagda Day Tour with monsoon palace By Car
Duration: 1 day
Discover Udaipur, one day at a time
Though a day is certainly not enough time to see the entire city of Udaipur, it is plenty of time to discover and fully explore some of its most beautiful spots. We hope that this list helps you discover this breathtaking city, one day at a time.
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