Udaipur, the former kingdom of Mewar is one of the must-visit places in Rajasthan. The perfect union of beauty, history, architecture and royal experiences. The charming places to visit in Udaipur not only lure history lovers, but also families, groups and especially the couples on honeymoon. In fact, the city is named among the top romantic places in the world, some by popular magazines around the world.
Blessed with royal architecture, culture, lakes, gardens, temples and many more enchantments, the “City of Lakes” is truly reminiscent of the royal glory of Rajputana.
To have some cherished experiences on your holiday, tick off this list of popular places to visit in Udaipur.
1. Pichola Lake
The star attraction of Udaipur, Lake Pichola is amongst those places which makes you fall in love with. Nestled at the foothills of lush Aravalli Hills, the lake is dotted with four islands, namely Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Arsi Vilas, and Mohan Mandir. The beauty of the lake is one of the reasons why Udaipur gets its name amongst the most romantic places on Earth.
A boat cruise on the lake is one thing you should never miss in Udaipur. Another impressive sight of the lake can be witnessed at sunset. The setting sun and its myriad of shades reflecting on the waters look like an ethereal beauty. Your holiday in Udaipur is made all the more special with Pichola Lake.
2. City Palace
Standing alongside the banks of the famous Lake Pichola, Udaipur’s City Palace is an epitome of architectural excellence. A perfect blend of medieval, Chinese, and European architecture, the entire complex has 11 palaces in total. The style of architecture, marvelous designs and the feel of the royal makes it an unmissable tourist attraction in Udaipur.
A not to miss delight, is the Light and Sound Show held, at evening. Colorful lights, and tales of the former days make it an experience you cherish. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that exploring the City Palace, especially during evening is one of the best things to do in Udaipur.
3. Lake Palace
Surrounded by Lake Pichola from all sides, the Lake Palace one of the most attractive places of Udaipur. Formerly the summer retreat of the Maharanas, it is now one of the most beautiful luxury heritage hotels of India. Managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, the hotel gets mentioned in the list of the best luxury hotels in the world.
Nestled against the backdrop of the green Aravalis, the white-marble monument seems like a vision floating in the azure waters of Pichola Lake. While the beauty is ethereal, the luxuries of the hotel are unmatched. From lodging, dining, spa treatments and hospitality, each feature of the hotel is truly magnificent. In fact, it is one of the favorite royal wedding destinations in India.
4. Bagore Ki Haveli
The waterfront palace, Bagore ki Haveli is settled at the Gangaur Ghat of the charming Lake Pichola. An epitome of Mewar aristocracy, the 18th century haveli is as grand as the day it was founded. Not just a beauty, the experience of exploring the age-old legacy is one of the best things to do in Udaipur.
Take a walk through the 138-room mansion showcasing the longest Rajasthani turban, copper vessels, dice games, jewelry boxes, hookahs, paintings, and royal memorabilia. Evenings are the best time to visit. With a show of music and dance, the fabulous history and culture of Udaipur is recreated.
5. Saheliyon ki Bari
When in Udaipur, even the gardens are beauty beyond comparison. Saheliyon ki Bari is one such beauty. The garden complex was built for the maids of the royal ladies of Mewar. As per tales, a Queen who married into the family brought young women as maids, as a part of her dowry. Here, these beautiful women would dance, sing, play games, and get involved in recreational activities.
Decorated with different plants and flowering trees, kiosks, fountains, elephants made of marble, and a lovely lotus pool, the garden is perfect for bliss. After taking in the sights of the city, take a breather here. Stroll through the beautiful laid walkways, and get some lovely pics.
6. Jag Mandir
A royal palace surrounded by Pichola Lake, Jag Mandir lies on Jag Mandir Island. The 17th century is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. Furthermore interesting is the history of the palace. It was a pleasure palace for the royal family of Mewar, which served as refuge for the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in his years of hiding.
A collection of marvelous structures, The Lake Garden Palace is a beauty beyond words. Beautiful marble-elephant statues greet visitors to the three-storied complex. The spectacular sites to definitely check out are- Darikhana, courtyard in the garden, Gul Mahal, Zenana Mahal, 12 Stones Palace or Barah Patharon ka Mahal, Kunwar Pada Mahal and more. Exploring the Jag Mandir must feature on your list of things to do in Udaipur.
7. Jagdish Temple
Amongst the most beautiful places in Udaipur, the temples are as much worth as the royal palaces. Jagdish Temple is one of those majestic tourist attractions that you must visit on an Udaipur tour. The presiding deity is a form of Lord Vishnu, savior of the universe. The temple complex also has various other small shrines.
The first thing you note about the divine shrine is, the artistic elephants at the entrance. Also, impressive is the brass sculpture of the Garuda, half-man, half-bird, believed to be the transport of the Lord Vishnu. The prayers conducted every morning and evening are nothing less than spectacular. Attend a worship ceremony, it is one of the best things to do in Udaipur.
8. Ahar Cenotaphs and Museum
One of the unique tourist attractions in Udaipur, next on our list we have, Ahar Cenotaphs and Museum. A poignant beauty, Ahar is popularly known as the cremation ground of the rulers of Mewar. Royal cenotaphs in magnificent designs lie in the area making it an unmissable sight in Udaipur.
Even more impressive is the Ahar Archaeological Museum. Showcasing relics that date back to 4000 years, to some antiques of the 10th century, there is plenty to inspire awe. Take a look at the interesting displays. Learn about the everyday life of the primordial people. Recent events of history are not far behind, hear the tales of valour of the Mewar rulers who left the earthly abode but live in the stories of the locals.
9. Fateh Prakash Palace
One of the royal places converted to luxury hotels in India, the Fateh Prakash Palace is a magnificent tourist attraction in Udaipur. Nestled alongside Lake Pichola, the palaces is now one of the grandest accommodation in the city. The majestic architecture beguiles your senses, while the hospitality and the setting gives you the feeling to remember the olden days fondly.
With a royal state you can relive the days of royalty, enjoy their homes and their lifestyle. Be it with family or honeymoon, or with any accompany, the experience is amazing! Getting married here is nothing less than a dream come true. In fact, the palace has been listed amongst the favorite places for royal destination weddings in India.
10. Chetak Circle
A tour of Rajasthan remains quite incomplete if you have not gone shopping. Chetak Circle is one of the best places to go shopping in Udaipur. Here you can pick from the choicest bargains. From the colorful traditional clothes, impressive handcrafts, jewellery, shoes, paintings, brass utensils and more, the list is endless.
Take a break from sightseeing and walk through the by-lanes of the markets. Bargaining is a rule of the market to get some of the best deals. The vibrant marketplace also gets its name from the history of the town. Chetak was the name of the loyal horse of Maharana Pratap, one of the legendary fighters of Mewar.
11. Eklingji temple
Moving on with the list of popular places to visit in Udaipur, we have the temple of Eklingji. Named amongst the well-known temples in Rajasthan, the holy shrine is devoted to the Hindu God Shiva. The 10th century temple is known for the 50-feet high four-faced sculpture of Lord Shiva, made from black marble. Moreover the mighty lingam is bejeweled with a snake made of silver, an impressive sight.
For blessings of the divine, a visit to Eklingji Temple is one of the things to not miss in Udaipur.
By Narendra Kumar
who is an expert in India wildlife destinations.