Udaipur is renowned for region’s culture and heritage. The place never fails to delights its tourists with its charming set up and royal history. No doubt Udaipur is one of the must to visit and one of the best travel locations in India.
Looking for place full of serenity, magical sunsets, and breathtaking views? Udaipur is the perfect place to be. The city has so much to explore, below is the must to visit places in Udaipur. Lets dive in-
1. Jagdish Temple
Largest Hindu temple located in the middle of the city is must to visit. The temple has idol of Lord Vishnu in black stone. One has to climb few steps to reach the temple. The first two floors of the building have 50 pillars; each pillar has intricate carvings depicting a perfect example of Indo – Aryan style architecture. The temple has beautiful sculptures of elephants, dancers, musicians and horsemen making it truly marvelous.
2. City Palace
This majestic palace is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. It was built over 400 years back. This is the place where Maharanas lived and administered their kingdom. City Palace offers mesmerizing ambience with massive windows, balconies, hall of mirrors and amazing lake views.
You will get amazed by watching small mahals, museums, courtyards, terraces, hanging gardens, rooms and great collection of antiques and rich history. It is filled with priceless and royal queen’s chambers. The rooms are beautiful featuring amazing arts and you can even see a swing.
Colorful glass inlay works, intricate paintings, small chamber covered with glass and mirrors, all are superb. The palace has several stairs and narrow doors inside which makes it more interesting.
You will be fascinated by total grandeur of the palace. There are different shops inside the palace where you can shop soviuners, books and snacks.
3. Jag Mandir
The spectacular views of sparkling water of the most beautiful lake and largest water body of Udaipur are indeed an awesome experience. The Jag Mandir Island is one of the oldest palaces accompanied by a big garden courtyard. Beautiful elephants adorn the entry of the palace. Jag Mandir is accompanied by a beautiful and big garden where you can spent some time while enjoying mesmerizing views of Lake Pichola from this island.
4. Karni Mata Temple –
Karni Mata Temple is another Hindu temple located on height near Doodh Talai Lake in Udaipur. This temple is famous for offering beautiful view of whole city from the top. One can reach there by cable car and then need to climb few steps to reach the temple. The temple is dedicated to holy Karni Mata. It is also known as temple of rats as it houses about 25,000 of rats. Feeding these rats is considered as prestigious.
5. Sajjangarh Fort or Monsoon Palace
This beautiful place is built in white marble and offers breathtaking views. Located on peak of Aravalli hill, one can reach there by sharing cabs that runs from main entry gate.
You can see exhilarating bird eye view of the whole city and the surrounding hills in its full glory. Perfect place to watch sunrise or sunset. This palace was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh to enjoy monsoon.
The palace has beautiful carving of flowers and leaves on the pillars. The walls are plastered with lime mortar and few parts of the palace are still under construction, but it is worth visiting.
6. Ambrai Ghat
It is the main ghat situated near the waterfront of Lake Pichola. The ghat is a beautiful place to just sit and relax. You can spent hours here by just embracing the natural beauty of the lake and enjoy calm and peaceful environment. An awesome place to hangout with friends and family and click some good pics nearby lake. A visit to this serene ghat is must to have experience. Ambrai Ghat has good sitting option and is safe as it has marble boundaries all over.
7. Saheliyo ki Bari
The garden is famous for colorful flowers, lotus pool and marble fountains and elephants. Once you get inside, you will get mesmerized with its beautiful architecture, lush green garden, lotus pond and carved monuments.
It is believed that the garden was made for maids of queen to spend some leisure moments. You can enjoy greenery here and can click some good photographs.
8. Gangaur Ghat
Locals used this ghat for celebrating festivals and for bathing. The ghat offers mesmerizing views of the lake. The Ghat is the feeding place for pigeons, you can see a lot of pigeons flying here and there which makes kids engaged too. The ghat is not so clean and well managed but you can visit for some time to relish the lake views and feed pigeons.
9. Bagore ki Haveli
The building has spacious archways, balconies, jharokhas, terraces, etc. It depicts true Rajasthani culture with lake views. The haveli has different sections namely, puppet museum, haveli museum, turban section, weapons section and wedding section. You can explore whole haveli in 1.5 hours and can click good pictures. Dharohar, dance show at Bagore ki Haveli is a beautiful show performed by the skilled artists showing their culture. The ladies are dressed up in their traditional attire and perform various dance forms accompanied by puppet show. Dharohar has kept the old traditions alive. The show is well organized and well choreographed. This show takes place in haveli. It was awesome in sitting in old haveli and watch artists perform with beautiful lighting and music.The program begins with narrative detailing in both languages – English and Hindi. This fabulous and mesmerizing show runs from 7 to 8 pm everyday. Do not miss to enjoy this amazing show while in Udaipur.
10. Fateh Sagar Lake
Walking on the pathways along the lake, watching birds flying, sitting on the bench, soothing breeze touching your face, lively atmosphere is something soulful which can be experienced by visiting this beautiful manmade lake. The lake has a mesmerizing backdrop of green hills which makes it exceptionally attractive. One can enjoy boating here and explore Nehru Park located in the middle of the lake. Can go for a camel ride or horse ride. Have some delicious street food. Shop for souvenirs or just relax and admire the beauty of the place.
I have covered mainly all must to visit places in Udaipur. Few other places to visit in the city include Vintage car museum, Shilpgram, Badi Lake, Doodh Talai Musical garden, Gulab Bagh and Zoo and Moti Magri Memorial.