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25 Best Places to Visit in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur casts its spell and everyone gets mesmerized by it! It wouldn’t be incorrect if we label Udaipur as one of the most romantic places in India. Proffering a perfect mélange of culture, history and traditions, the gorgeous city makes for the perfect honeymoon destination, cultural centre and one of the best places Rajasthan tourism has to offer.

What gives Udaipur its pretty face is the brilliant architecture, and the Mewar Rulers should be given the credit for it. These wise rulers literally created an oasis amid the desert, thanks to their love for leisure and passion for creation. There is so much that one can see in the city and I have tried to enlist the top attractions in this travel guide that you can add to Udaipur tour itineraries.

List of 25 Best Tourist Places & Attractions in Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Jag Mandir
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Saheliyon Ki Bari
  • Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Ahar
  • Ambrai Ghat
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Shilpgram
  • Moti Magri
  • Vintage and Classic Car Museum
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Eklingji Temple
  • Mansapurna Karni Ropeway
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Udaipur Solar Observatory
  • Doodh Talai Musical Garden
  • Gulab Bagh and Zoo
  • Haldighati
  • Hathi Pol Bazaar
  • Ranakpur
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City Palace: A Reflection of Royal Rajasthan

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

The true reflection of the grandeur of Rajasthan, City Palace is amongst the top places to visit in Udaipur. It is a conglomeration of several buildings and towers and is better recognized as a Palace Complex. Belonging to the royal Mewar family, City Palace has a number of features that greatly attract tourists. The architecture of the City Palace structures that leave the visitor awestruck. Visitors can also stay up late for the Mewar Light & Sound Show organized every evening here.

Must-see in City Palace
  • Amar Vilas
  • Bhim Vilas
  • Krishna Vilas
  • Manak Mahal
  • Moti Mahal
  • Crystal Gallery
  • Chini Chitrashala
  • Fateh Prakash Palace
  • Mewar Light & Sound Show

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5: 30 PM

Time Taken: 45 minutes – 1 hours

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Lake Pichola: A Picturesque Man-Made Lake 

Lake Pichola Udaipur Rajasthan

Just about everybody knows about the gorgeous Lake Pichola; it’s like another major attraction of Udaipur. It is a 4 km long man-made lake and is believed to be one of the most beautiful ones as well. Visitors to Udaipur cannot miss out on taking a boat ride on Lake Pichola which starts from Rameshwar Ghat in the City Palace.

The lake has two famed islands namely Jag Niwas and Jagmandir. At Jagniwas Island one has the opportunity to witness another famous place in Udaipur – the Lake Palace/ Taj Lake Palace, whereas on Jagmandir Island, one can visit the popular Jag Mandir, the palace. A boat cruise from the City Palace to Arsi Vilas Islands for birdwatching in the sanctuary it houses.

Famous For: Nature, Photography, Boat Ride

 

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1 – 2 hour

Also Read: Popular Lakes in Rajasthan

Lake Palace: The Glittering Jewel of Lake Pichola

Lake Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

Built on Lake Pichola, Lake Palace is one of the most visited places in Udaipur. Situated on Jagniwas Island it is now run by the Taj Group and is popularly known as Taj Lake Palace. Set against the Aravalli Hills in the background, Lake Palace makes one of the most romantic places to stay in Rajasthan.

Built by Maharaja Jagat Singh II, the palace is an example of exquisite architecture that comprises gilt moldings, fretwork screens and sculpted marbles. Although one cannot visit Taj Lake Palace if not staying at this heritage hotel, it can still be sighted from the edge of Lake Pichola.

Famous For: History, Photography, Stay, Wedding Hosting

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Jag Mandir: An Impressive Temple Amidst the Water

Jag Mandir Rajasthan

A 17th century structure that stands gloriously amidst Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir or Lake Garden Palace is amongst the best places to visit in Udaipur tour. It is a set of impressive structures with the central building named as Jagmandir, which can be recognized by the marble-made elephants positioned outside. It is a three-storied structure and is ideal for architecture and history enthusiasts. During the boat ride on Lake Pichola, a lot of tourists make sure that they visit this beautiful place.

Must-see in Jagmandir
  • Jagmandir
  • Gul Mahal
  • Garden Courtyard
  • Darikhana
  • Bara Patharon ka Mahal
  • Zenana Mahal
  • Kunwar Pada ka Mahal

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 AM

Time Taken: 45 minutes – 1 Hour

Also Read: Popular Hindu Temples in Rajasthan

Jagdish Temple: The Abode of Lord Vishnu

Jagdish Temple Udaipur Rajasthan

An Indo-Aryan Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh, Jagdish Temple is a major point of interest in Udaipur. The temple is located near the Badi Pol entrance of the City Palace and one can easily find a way up to it through the elephant-flanked steps. The deity of Lord Vishnu in black stone (in the form of Jagannath) presides over this temple. There is also a brass image of Vishnu’s vehicle Garuda facing the statue of Lord Vishnu in the main shrine.

There are many small shrines other than the main temple and are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. A large number of devotees throng the temple, especially to watch the Aarti that takes place at every sunrise and sunset.

Famous For: Religious, Architecture

Timings: 5:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 

Time Taken: 1 – 2 hours

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Fateh Sagar Lake: A Pristine Lake with Islands

Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur Rajasthan

The tour of Udaipur is incomplete without visiting Fateh Sagar Lake, which is situated in the north of Lake Pichola and is connected to it through a canal. It is also one of the major tourist attractions in Udaipur. Taking a boat ride on Lake Fatehsagar is indeed a must-do activity if you are looking for some fun in the city. There are three islands in the lake out of which Nehru Park is the most famous. It is also an ideal place for family outing as it has a zoo. One can also find Asia’s best solar site named Udaipur Solar Observatory built in 1975 by Dr. Arvind Bhatanagar at one of the islands on Fateh Sagar Lake. Even if you have planned a 1-2 days Udaipur trip, Fateh Sagar Lake should not be missed.

Famous For: Boating, Public Park, Kids Activities

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1 – 2 hours

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Saheliyon Ki Bari: A Glimpse of the Life of Royal Women

Saheliyon Ki Bari Udaipur Rajasthan

‘The Garden of the Maidens’ as it literally means, Saheliyon Ki Bari was constructed by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Situated in the northern part of the city, this exquisite place was built for the maids who accompanied the Princess to Udaipur. Saheliyon ki Bari was one of those places where the maids could make merry, sing, dance and indulge in recreational activities. This must-visit place in Udaipur is festooned with fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool.

Must-see in Saheliyon ki Bari
  • Gardens
  • Lotus Pool
  • Museum

Famous For: Gardens, History, Photography, Architecture

Timings: 9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM

Time Taken: 1 – 2 hours

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Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum: A Glance at the Rich Folk Culture of Rajasthan

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Udaipur

A folk-art museum in Udaipur situated, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is for the history lovers who are searching for a place to witness the culture of Rajasthan. Offering an insight into the lifestyle of the royal era in Udaipur, the museum has a fine collection of dresses, tribal jewellery, turbans, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and puppets.

Must-see in Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
  • Folk dance performance
  • Puppet Show

Famous For: History

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Bagore Ki Haveli: A Peek into the Life of the Royals

Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Situated on the Gangaur Ghat, Bagore Ki Haveli is one of the best sightseeing places in Udaipur.  It offers a splendid view of Lake Pichola and is known for its architectural splendor. The palace/haveli is a massive structure that now offers a peek inside the royal life of the erstwhile Maharajas and the Maharanis.

The grand haveli has 100 rooms and each room has a fine decoration with mirror work. One can also take a look at the jewellery boxes, dice-games, hukkas, pan boxes, nut crackers, hand fans, rose water sprinklers, copper vessels, paintings of Mewar, and beautiful peacocks, which surely are reminiscent of one glorious era. The evening dance and music show is also quite popular amongst the tourists here.

Must-see in Bagore ki Haveli
  • Neem Chowk
  • Puppet Museum
  • Haveli Museum
  • Turban Section
  • Wedding Section
  • Dharohar Dance Show

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Dharohar Dance Show)

Time Taken: 1- 2 hours

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Ahar: The Royal Cremation Ground that has an Impressive Architecture 

Ahar Udaipur

The royal cremation ground in Udaipur, Ahar is situated about 3 km away from the city. Like the palaces, the Mewar Kings have put efforts into making even the cremation area look resplendent. With 372 cenotaphs of the maharanas and queens of Mewar, Ahar is an important place in Udaipur. Amongst all the cenotaphs, Maharana Sangram Singh’s cenotaph is the major attraction in Ahar.

Must-see in Ahar
  • Gangobhava
  • Archaeology Museum

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (for museum), Ahar remained closed on Fridays and Government holidays

Time Taken: 45 minutes – 1 hour

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Ambrai Ghat: A Photographer’s Delight and Ideal Place for Couples

Ambrai Ghat Udaipur

Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, Ambrai Ghat is a wonderful place for photographers. The ghat overlooks the two important tourist places in Udaipur, City Palace and Lake Palace. Ambrai Ghat is also the best place to visit for the couples  in the evening as the place is quite romantic. Sunset is the best time to be here as one can click the most beautiful pictures at that time.

Famous For: Couples, Photography, Sunset

Timings: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Time Taken: 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Monsoon Palace/Sajjangarh Palace: A Palace with Stunning City View

Monsoon Palace Udaipur

Located at a distance of about 9 km from the Old City of Udaipur, Monsoon Palace was once the favoured destination of the royal family during the monsoon season. The palace is perched upon a hill and from a distance looks like one of those castles from a fairy-tale.  The palace overlooks the beautiful Fateh Sagar Lake and City Palace. The major attraction of Monsoon Palce the sunset view. One can also visit the nearby Sajjangarh Wildlife sanctuary if you want to add to the fun of visiting the Monsoon Palace.

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Shilpgram: A Place to Learn About the Culture of Many Destinations of India

Shilpgram Udaipur

If you are someone who likes to learn about culture, Shilpgram in Udaipur is the right place for you. This Craftsmen’s Village is situated at a distance of 3 km from the main city. Shilpgram is a wonderful place to see the different traditions and culture of India as this government-owned complex showcases the rural life of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. Other than buying the traditionally made items here, one can also enjoy horse and camel rides along with traditional dance and music at Shilpgram.

Famous For: Culture, History, Handicraft

Timings: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Moti Magri: A Hillock with Myriad Architectural Marvels

Moti Magri Udaipur

Also known as the Pearl Hill, Moti Magri is a hilltop that houses the famous Maharana Pratap Memorial. The hill overlooks Lake Fatehsagar and also has one of the earliest palaces in Mewar called Moti Mahal, where once Maharana Udai Singh lived.

The delightful Japanese Rock Garden and the Pratap Smarak are the major attractions of Moti Magri. The height of the hill allows tourists to get a panoramic view of Udaipur City. A light and sound show is also organized in the evening here showcasing the history of Mewar rulers.

Must-see in Moti Magri
  • Maharana Pratap Memorial
  • Moti Mahal
  • Japanese Rock Garden
  • Pratap Smarak

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Vintage and Classic Car Museum: A Look Inside the Royals’ Collection of Cars

Vintage and Classic Car Museum Udaipur

Another peek at royalty can very well be taken at the Vintage and Classic Car Museum, which has a car collection of the Maharajas of Udaipur. Housed in the former state garage are 22 vehicles, which includes a seven-seat 1938 Cadillac; 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom, which was used in the famous James Bond movie, Octopussy; and the Cadillac convertible that once whisked Queen Elizabeth II to the airport in 1961. This museum is situated at a short distance of 1 km from City Palace and is indeed one of the best sightseeing places in Udaipur.

Famous For: Vintage Cars, History, Photography

 

Timings: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

 

Time Take: 30 – 45 minutes

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Kumbhalgarh Fort: The Second-Largest Fort in India

Kumbhalgarh Fort Udaipur

Kumbhalgarh Fort is about two hours drive from Udaipur and is an absolute visual delight. It was built by Rana Kumbha during the 15th century and so far it is considered the most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. Kumbhalgarh is among the largest fort complexes in the world, the second-largest fort in India after Chittorgarh Fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is believed that the legendary Mewar warrior Maharana Pratap was born here in the fort, and thus, this place of interest catches the attention of tourists. Kumbhalgarh Fort is an important tourist attraction and thus a must-visit if you are planning a 3-4 days visit to Udaipur. Along with the fort, one can also visit the famous Haldi Ghati where the great battle involving Maharana Pratap took place.

Must-see in Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Lakhola Tank
  • Hanuman Pol
  • Ram Pol
  • Bad Shahi Bavdi
  • Ganesh Temple
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  • Parsva Natha Temple
  • Bawan Jain temples
  • Golera Jain Temple

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 2-3 hours

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Eklingji Temple: An Architectural Masterpiece

Eklingji Temple Udaipur

One of the most famous temples of Rajasthan, Eklingji Temple is located at a distance of 22 km from Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. The architecture of the temple is worth praising. It is a double-storied temple that looks magnificent with its pyramidal style of roof and distinctly carved tower.

Inside the main temple is a huge pillared hall or ‘mandap’ and on entering the hall one can see a silver image of Nandi. The temple also boasts of a four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) which is made out of black marble and is of the height of around 50 feet. The Shivlinga (The phallic form of Lord Shiva) is garlanded by a silver snake and is also the major attraction for devotees.

Famous For: Religious, Architecture

Timings: 4:30 AM to 7:00 AM, 10:30 AM to 1:30 AM, and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Time Taken: 45 minutes to 1 hour

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Mansapurna Karni Ropeway: A Fun Way to Get the Stunning Views of Udaipur

Mansapurna Karni Ropeway udaipur

A popular tourist attraction, Mansapurna Karni Ropeway is enjoyed by almost everyone visiting Udaipur city. This cable car is installed between two mountains on the bank of Lake Pichola. Tourists admire the view from the Gondolas and click a lot of photographs as from here you can get the best view of Udaipur. Lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar, City Palace complex, Sajjangarh Fort and the Aravalli mountains on the other side of the lake can be seen from here clearly.

Famous For: Cable Car Ride, Bird’s Eye View of Udaipur

Timings: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Time Taken: 30 minutes (including sightseeing)

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Jaisamand Lake/Dhebar Lake: An Ideal Place for Nature Photography

Jaisamand Lake udaipur

One of the largest artificial lakes in India, Jaisamand Lake is located at a distance of about 48 kms from Udaipur. Also known as Dhebar Lake, it was built in 1685 by Maharana Jai Singh. It sprawls across an area of 36 sq km, which makes it quite massive. The dam on this lake is the major attraction as it is about 1202 feet in length, 116 feet in height and 70 feet in width at the bottom. Another attraction of Jaisamand Lake is the Shiva Temple. The lake is a great place to sit by alone or with a loved one. It is also a great place for nature photography.

Famous For: Nature, Photography

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Udaipur Solar Observatory: The Best Solar Observatory in India

Udaipur Solar Observatory udaipur

Situated on one of the islands on Fateh Sagar Lake, Solar Observatory of Udaipur is considered as the best solar observatory in Asia. It was designed as per the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear Lake in Southern California and was established by Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar. Surrounded by water, it offers a great atmosphere for solar observations. The only way to reach the observatory is by taking a boat and that definitely enhances the fun and adventure here. If you are in Udaipur it is one place that you should pay a visit to.

Famous For: Solar observation

Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Doodh Talai Musical Garden: An Amazing Place for Relaxing and Witnessing a Sunset

Doodh Talai Musical Garden Udaipur

A beautiful fountain and rock garden, Doodh Talai Musical Garden is amongst the top attractions in Udaipur. It is the first garden in Rajasthan with a musical fountain. The garden has a gorgeous lake and a spot for enjoying a beautiful sunset in Udaipur. It is also connected to Karni Mata Temple via a cable car.

Famous For: Sunset View, Entertainment

Timings: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Gulab Bagh and Zoo: A Perfect Place to Visit with Family

Gulabh Bagh and Zoo Udaipur

A large-sized garden, Gulab Bagh is an important sightseeing place in Udaipur and is an ideal place to visit with family. The garden has a wide variety of roses, and hence the name, Gulab Bagh. A short distance away from the garden is the zoo which along with many animals is a home to a rare wide-eyed owls. The zoo in Udaipur is quite popular amongst kids as it features a toy train. Another attraction that adds to the beauty of the zoo is an artificial lake named Kamal Talai.

Famous For: Flowers, Zoo, Toy Train

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Haldighati: A Historical Place Taking Back in Time

Known for the historic battle between the Rajputs and the Mughals in which legendary Maharana Pratap participated, Haldighati is one of the most important places to visit near Udaipur. The major attraction of Haldighati is a cenotaph made from marble, dedicated to Chetak, the horse of Maharana Pratap. Also, the place is known for the beautiful Mulela art wall hangings that the local artisans make.

Famous For: History, Photography, Souvenir Shopping

Time Taken: 2-3 hours

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Hathi Pol Bazaar: The Best Shopping Destination in Udaipur

Hathi Pol Bazaar Udaipur

Home to intricately embroidered and block-printed clothes, jewellery, home decors, accessories etc., Hathi Pol Bazar is a perfect destination for shopping in Udaipur.  An important market in Udaipur, Hathi Pol is where you can find a wide variety of handicrafts and folk arts of Rajasthan. If you are a fan of Rajasthani art, this market is the place for you to shop in Udaipur.

Famous For: Rajasthani Handicraft, leather items, home decor

Timings: Mon-Sat 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Time Taken: 2-3 hours

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Ranakpur: A Stunning Jain Temple with Marvellous Architecture

Ranakpur Jain Temples Udaipur

Situated at a distance of about 93 km from Udaipur, Ranakpur is home to one of the most beautiful Jain temples in India. The impressive temple is made of white marble and its ceiling is supported by 1444 pillars. The carvings in the temple are quite impressive as well which without a doubt make it one of the best places to see near Udaipur.

Famous For: Architecture, Religion

Timings: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the top sightseeing places in Udaipur?

The top places in Udaipur are Lake Pichola, City Palace, Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake, Sajjangarh Palace, Eklingji Temple, and Vintage and Classic Car Museum.

Q.What is the best way to reach Udaipur?

Udaipur is well-connected by air, rail, and road. One can choose the means of transport according to their convenience to reach Udaipur.

Q.What is the best time to visit Udaipur?

The best time to visit Udaipur is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing.

Q.How many days are enough for Udaipur?

You will need at least 2-3 days to explore Udaipur at a leisurely pace.

Published: 13 Nov, 2020 | Last Updated: 16 Nov, 2020

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.