Visit Udaipur: 8 Top-Rated Places to Visit in Udaipure (2024)
When people think of visiting or vacationing in Rajasthan, one city that features on everybody’s itinerary is Udaipur – the City of Lakes. This royal city of Rajasthan is one of the best cities to visit not just in India but throughout the world. Its popularity is such that this City of Lakes, Udaipur, has also featured in a number of Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies. Over the past few years, Udaipur has also emerged as a top city for destination weddings.
Now, whether you are in Udaipur for a vacation or a wedding, you simple cannot go back home without exploring the beautiful gems of this city. There are a number of sightseeing attractions in Udaipur and you can easily spend three to four days here, exploring all of those places. Each of these tourist spots are worth visiting; however, if you are short on time, then we recommend that you visit at least few of the major spots.
Here is a handy list of the best and must-visit places in Udaipur that you should carry along with you whenever you are planning a vacation to Udaipur in Rajasthan.
1. Udaipur City Palace
Whether you are in Udaipur for just a day or more, if there is one tourist spot that you simply cannot miss visiting, it is definitely the Udaipur City Palace. The construction of this royal masterpiece began in the 16th century and went on till the 20th century. Built under the reign of 22 different Maharanas, this royal palace is one of the best architectural beauty you will see in Udaipur. It comprises of a number of villas such as Amar Vilas, Krishna Vilas, Moti Mahal, and more, stunning hanging garden, terraces, corridors, courtyards, splendid rooms, and pavilions. To know more about the Rajput art, traditions, and culture, visitors can also explore the museum which has amazing Rajput paintings and arts on display.
The palace is full of stunning murals, paintings, marble work, antique furniture, and highly detailed mirror work.
The Udaipur City Palace is open for visitors on all days from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Theentry fee is INR 30 for adults and INR 15 for children.
2. Lake Pichola
One of the main reasons why Lake Picholais a popular tourist attraction in Udaipur is because it is one of the largest and oldest artificial lake in Udaipur. This 4 km long and 3 km wide lake is surrounded by palaces, ghats, temples, royal quarters, chabutaras, etc. One of the best times to visit this lake is during the evening hours when the sun’s golden reflection falls on the lake and makes everything sparkle and shine. The ghats constructed around the lake is the best place to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights around the lake. Visitors can also take a leisure boat ride to explore the lake.
The Lake Picholain Udaipur can be visited on all days from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost of boat ride is INR 400 for adults and INR 200 for children.
3. Eklingji Temple
There are a number of temples in Udaipur and the Eklingji Temple is one of the most popular one. Apart from visiting it for religious purposes, another major reason why tourists visit this temple is to admire its stunning architecture. This temple has a uniquely carved tower and a roof constructed in a pyramid style. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it has one of the most unique idols of Lord Shiva – a four-faced idol which shows four different forms of Lord Shiva.
The statue is made of black marble and has a height of 50 feet. There is also a Shivalinga with a silver snake around it. This temple is quite popular during Shivaratri.
There is no entry fee at this temple, and it is open from 4:30 AM to 7:00 AM, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Located on Lake Pichola’s southern island, the Jag Mandir Palace one of the most exquisite palaces in Udaipur. Also known as the Lake Garden Palace, this three-storied palace is made of yellow sandstone and marble. This magnificent palace is guarded by eight life-sized marble statues of elephants! You will have to take a boat ride to reach the palace which boasts of a splendid garden with white and black marble tiles. It is highly recommended to try out various delicious dishes available at the Darikhana restaurant here.
You can also visit other sightseeing spots here such as Gul Mahal (Shah Jahan lived here with his family), Bara Patharon ka Mahal (made using 12 marble slabs), Kunwar Pada ka Mahal (palace for the enthroned prince), Zenana Mahal (the Royal ladies chamber), etc.
This tourist spot in Udaipur is open on all days from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and there is no entry fee.
5. Jaisamand Lake
The Jaisamand Lake is India’s second largest artificial lake. This lake locally also known as the Dhebar Lake and it is one of the most beautiful spots in Udaipur if you wish to relax and enjoy some peace and tranquility. The surrounding area of the Jaisamand Lake is absolutely stunning as it surrounded by the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary and also features the Queens of Udaipur’s summer palaces in the background.
Visitors to this lake will get to witness a marble dam, six cenotaphs, and a Shiva temple. The lake has three islands and you will find the BhilMinas tribe inhabiting here. Two of the bigger islands are together called Baba Ka Magra and the smaller island is called Piari. On the northern side of the lake, there is a beautiful palace with a courtyard and on the southern side visitors can see a pavilion with 12 pillars.
The Jaisamand Lake can be visited on all days from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and there is no entry fee to be paid. You can also spend some time enjoying a boat ride here.
6. Vintage Car Museum
Udaipur is not just about palaces, lakes, and temples as it has something for automobile lovers as well. The Vintage Car Museum is located close to the City Palace and a must-visit place in Udaipur if you are interested in vintage automobiles and cars. This museum has a number of vintage automobiles on display which were in use during the Mewardynasty. Don’t miss out on checking out custom-made models of Mercedes and Rolls Royce used by the royal family back in the day.
The Vintage Car Museum is open for visitors from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on all days and has an entry fee of INR 250 for adults and INR 150 for children.
7. Sajjangarh Palace
The Sajjangarh Palace stands tall on a hilltop and looks nothing short of a castle out of some fairytale. Also known as the Monsoon Palace, this opulent palace was built solely for the royal family to enjoy the oncoming of the monsoon season. The SajjangarhPalace was built under the reign of Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. If you wish to witness a panoramic view of Udaipur with its beautiful palaces, serene lakes, and mighty mountains, then this is the best spot in the whole of Udaipur!
The Sajjangarh Palace in Udaipur is a great example of Rajput architecture and you can click some amazing pictures here. If time permits, you should visit this palace during the evening hours when the palace is illuminated.
You can visit this palace on all days from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The entry fee is INR 10 for Indians and INR 80 for foreign nationals.
8. Fateh Sagar Lake
Named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur, this beautiful man-made lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Udaipur. Also popularly called as the “Second Kashmir’, visitors to Fateh Sagar Lake will get to see some beautiful shades of blue on the lake. One of the main reasons why the Fateh Sagar Lake is popular among tourists is because it houses four islands with each of them having their own attractions such as public parks, solar observatory, etc. These islands can be visited only through a boat ride.
Apart from functioning as a famous tourist spot, this lake is also responsible for supplying water to the urban areas. This stunning blue-hued lake with beautiful green hills in the background is one of the most picturesque spots in Udaipur.
The Fateh Sagar Lake is open for visitors from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and has no entry fee. The cost of boat ride varies from INR 30 for regular boat to INR 100-INR200 for motorboat, and INR200-INR400 for speed boat.
As mentioned earlier, the list of tourist spots in Udaipur is quite long and it is recommended that you carry this list of the best and must-visit places in Udaipur so that you don’t miss out on visiting at least the popular tourist spots.