Top 5 Places to Visit Udaipur The ‘city of lakes’ Udaipur is a paradise for those who love forts, lakes, palaces, historical grandeur, colourful handicrafts and romantic evenings. Knows for its Rajputana-era architecture and stunning sunsets, the city is known as one of the most romantic places in the subcontinent, also a city where the elite have their ‘destination weddings’.
Unfortunately a couple of historic palaces such as Lake Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace are not open to public viewing as they have been converted into ‘5-star luxury hotels’. On the bright side, you can book a stay in these heritage hotels and feel like a royal. A day in Udaipur will transport you back to a glorious chapter in Indian history. Find below the best places to see in Udaipur for a day.
The sprawling City Palace was built by the kings of the Mewar dynasty over a staggering 400 years! Built atop a ridge facing the Lake Pichola, the architecture is infused with Rajput and Mughal styles. Granite and marble were used in the construction, and the interiors are laced with exquisite inlays of mirrors, colored glass, paintings and murals. Enter the palace complex from the Badi Pol in the north or through Chander Chowk in the south.
Best time to visit: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reasonable time to be spent: 120 to 180 minutes Tips: Catch ‘The Mewar Sound and Light Show’ at the Manek Chowk from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monsoon Palace or Sajjan Garh
This 19th century palace on a hilltop has seen better days. Still, if you dig sunset views over cityscapes, plan a trip. It is arguably the best place to view a sunset in Udaipur.
Best time to visit: At sunset Reasonable time to be spent: 90 to 120 minutes Tips: The Sajjan Garh wildlife sanctuary located at the foot of the hill is a biological park. An electric golf cart ride is available, and you can spot bears, chitals, sambars, jackals, crocodiles amongst other animals.
Lake Pichola and its Ghats
Pichola is the most famous among the many lakes developed in and around Udaipur city.The lake has four islands, including the Jag Niwas on which the iconic Lake Palace was built. If visiting Udaipur during the Mewar & Gangaur festivals in spring, witness the festivities at the eponymous Gangaur Ghat. Married women carry idols of Goddess Gauri in a colourful procession to the Ghat, and submerge the idols in Lake Pichola.
Best time to visit: At sunset Tips: Boat rides are available from Rameshwar Ghat (every hour) and Lal Ghat. You can make a pit stop at the Jagmandir Island, the palace at the island was built by Maharana Karan Singh II in 1620.
This picturesque patchwork of gardens was designed by Maharana Sangram Singh for his bride queen and the 48 maids who accompanied her. The beautiful pavilions, fountains, pools and marble elephants add to the royal charm. Timings: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reasonable time to be spent: 45 to 60 minutes
Bagore Ki Haveli Museum
Bagore ki Haveli – a well restored mansion near the Gangaur Ghat – is a must among places to see in Udaipur. A few of the 130 odd rooms have been recreated to give a glimpse of the life in the 18th-century era.
Best time to visit: At 7 p.m. every evening, Rajasthani artists put up a cultural performance with puppet shows, folk dances, magic show et al. Reach the venue well before 7 p.m. to ensure a seat. Reasonable time to be spent: 120 minutes Tips: Do not forget to check out the 30-inch high pagdi or turban at the museum, it stakes a claim to being the world’s largest.