Tourist Places to Visit in Udaipur

With many places to visit in Udaipur, this city is a famous tourist destination in India and is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of lakes. Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. 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 face of Rajasthan. Below are the list of few beautiful places to visit in Udaipur:

  • Lake Pichola
  • The heavenly Lake Pichola is an artificial lake located in the heart of Udaipur, Rajasthan. The oldest and one of the largest lakes of the city, the Lake Pichola observes lakhs of tourists because of its tranquillity and beauty. Flanked by lofty hills, heritage buildings and bathing ghats, it is a dream come true for peace and nature lovers. A visit to the Lake Pichola is incomplete without a boat ride, especially in the dawn. During evenings, it seems the entire place has been dipped in golden as you can see the heritage buildings and the pristine water turning golden with the sun’s reflection. The enthralling views will take you to a different world of stillness and will also bring out your romantic side.

  • City Palace
  • Built on the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace in Udaipur is considered to be the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. The magnificent palace was built in the year 1559 by Maharana Uday Singh and served as the main seat of power, where the Maharanas lived and administered the kingdom from. Subsequently, the palace was made even more splendid by his successors, who added a number of structures to it. The Palace now has an assortment of Mahals, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terraces, rooms and hanging gardens. There is a museum here as well that showcases some of the finest elements of Rajput arts and culture – from colourful paintings to the typical architecture found in Rajasthani palaces.

    Opening hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Entry fee: INR 150

  • Monsoon Palace
  • Located at a distance of about 9kms 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 is now famed for 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.

    Opening hours: 09.30 am to 6.30 pm
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Lying to the north-west of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is a sparkling lake which is one of the major tourist spots in the city. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, it is the second largest artificial lake in the city and is known for its scenic beauty. The atmosphere here is calm, and tourists are bound to find themselves enthralled by the blanket of tranquillity the place warms them up with. One can easily go around the circumference of the Fateh Sagar Lake by driving on the Moti Magri Road and get a fantastic view of the entire lake. Apart from enjoying a laid-back afternoon in the serene beauty of this destination, you can also try your hand at boating and a number of other water sports that are available here for the visitors.

  • Solar Observatory
  • Udaipur Solar Observatory is known to be the best solar observing arena in the whole Asia and is one of the celebrated places to visit in Udaipur. This is situated in the island of the Fateh Sagar Lake and has been designed on the model of the Solar Observatory, Big Bear Lake in California.

    This place was established under the care and expertise of Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar and the Vedshala Trust of Ahmedabad. The observatory aspires to do research in Modern science and is the main lace to develop the solar physics in India.

    As the island is surrounded by water on all sides it offers a perfect atmosphere for solar observations. Sharp images of the sun can be acquired easily on an island because the air turbulence is lesser on an island than on the normal ground. The other advantage is that this observatory is located in Rajasthan that receives maximum exposure to sun.

  • Vintage Car Museum
  • Another peek at royalty can very well be taken at the Vintage Classic Cars Museum, which has a car collection of the Maharaja. 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 1km from City Palace and is indeed one of the best places for sightseeing in Udaipur for automobile and car lovers.

    Opening hours:  9.30 am to 5.30 pm daily
    Entry Fee: INR 100

  • Biological Park
  • Sajjangarh Biological Park is located nearby Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary at outskirts of Lake City, Udaipur. The Total area of the Biological park is 36 ha. A central ring road runs within the Park and covers almost total area of the park. On the north western side of the park, there is a tar road which takes one to a historical monument Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace).

    Sajjangarh Biological Park has been established with the objective of conserving endangered and threatened flora and fauna; developing among visitors an empathy for wild animals; and motivating people to support the cause of wildlife conservation.

    Opening hours: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 35 (Adult),  INR 300 (Foreign Tourist)

  • Lok Kala Mandal
  • If you are interested in artifacts and curious to know how of making these items then Bharatiya Lok kala Museum is definitely the place for you. Located to the north of Chetak circle in Udaipur, the museum has a fine collection of paintings, folk musical instruments, folk dresses and ornaments, dolls, masks, puppets and idols of Gods and Goddesses.

    The Puppet shows, which are performed all through the day for the visitors, is a major attraction here. The museum also offers many short termed courses including puppet making and theater.

  • ShilpGram
  • 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 3kms 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.

    Opening hours: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 30 (Adult),  INR 50 (Foreign Tourist)

  • Ahar Cenotaphs
  • The royal cremation ground in Udaipur, Ahar is situated about 3kms away from the city. Like the palaces, the Mewar Kings have put effort to make the cremation area look resplendent as well. With 372 cenotaphs of the maharanas and queens of Mewar, Ahar is a spectacular place of snowy domes. Amongst all the cenotaphs, Maharana Sangram Singh’s cenotaph has been the most attractive and popular with the tourists. Ahar is one calm and quiet place and is thus visited by people who either love history or are in search of peace.

  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Bangore ki haveli is a beautiful palace in Udaipur on the waterfront of Lake Picholi and is an amusing spot among the tourist places in Udaipur. 

    It was built during the 18th century and still holds the pride and majestic attitude of the royal family of ancient rulers in a perfect manner. It consists of more than a hundred rooms along with the displays of costumes and modern art. 

    It houses the famous paintings of the Mewar regime inside the Queen’s chamber. In addition, the palace is filled with pieces of art on glass. Wide corridors, windows and spacious rooms enhances the attractiveness of the palace to a higher level. 

    The Rajput clans’ presence is still preserved inside the palace in the forms of jewellery boxes, hukkas, pan boxes and the furniture items used during that period. This is a perfect place to witness the proper Rajput architectural styles displayed very well.

    Opening hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 60 (Adult),  INR 100 (Foreign Tourist)

  • Saheliyon Ki Badi
  • Saheliyon ki Bari is a beautiful garden in the city of Udaipur and is one of the popular Udaipur tourist places. Fountains, marble art and the lush lawns attract the public each time. Saheliyon ki Bari in English means the ‘garden of maids’. This garden represents a green retreat of Maharana Sangram Singh in the desert lands and was built in the 18th Century for the royal ladies of Mewar. It is situated on the banks of the lake Fateh Sagar and is one of the stunning places to visit in Udaipur.

    There are four water pools, marble elephants, fountains and kiosks around the here. The bird fountains and the lotus pool are very popular. The stunning and romantic view of the garden makes it a special place for lovers. Rain fountains were added to the garden later by Maharana Bhopal Singh.

  • Gangaur  Ghat
  • Gangaur Ghat or Gangori Ghat is a main ghat situated near the waterfront of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. It is situated near the Jagdish Chowk area. It is known for Bagore-ki-Haveli, a popular tourist destination of the city.
  • Ambrai Ghat
  • Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, Ambrai Ghat is a wonderful place for photographers. City Palace and Lake Palace overlook this beautiful ghat, which means one gets an exclusive view of the two palaces from here. Ambrai Ghat often remains crowded with a large number of local couples coming here 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.

    Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, Ambrai Ghat is a wonderful place for photographers. City Palace and Lake Palace overlook this beautiful ghat, which means one gets an exclusive view of the two palaces from here. Ambrai Ghat often remains crowded with a large number of local couples coming here 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.

  • Jagmandir
  • Known as Lake Garden Palace, Jag Mandir has been built on the island of Lake Pichola. The construction of this structure has been credited to the three Maharanas of Mewar. This palace was started by the Maharana Amar Singh in the year of 1551 and was later carried on by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh. Hence it is called Jagat Mandir or Jag Mandir.

    Serving as a summer resort and pleasure area for the royal family of Mewar, this place is also famous for holding parties and wedding functions. In here you will find Gul Mahal, Darikhana, Garden Courtyard, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal.

    Jag Mandir is the main palace and it includes the Gul Mahal. The towers at the corner are octagonal in shape and have cupolas on the top. Residential suites, reception halls and internal courts adorn the palace.

    The architecture of the building reflects Mughal and Rajput style. The Zenana Mahal is constructed adjoining to the main temple and the Kunwar Pada ka Mahal is located at the western end of the structure. The Gul Mahal was built by Maharana Amar Singh and it was developed by Maharana Jagat Singh for housing the Mughal prince Khurram. The palace has been built with sandstone, black marble, and has a crescent of Islam fixed on the dome of the structure.

  • Lake Palace
  • The Lake Palace in Udaipur is located on the Jag Niwas Island on a sprawling 1.5-hectare land. This magnificent structure was built on the Lake Pichola by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1734. Once a summer palace for the royalty of Udaipur, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

    Still retaining the grandeur, it resembles a fairy tale kingdom. Enhancing the magical aura are the rippling waves and the beautiful sunset. The intricate craftsmanship and aesthetic handicrafts and textiles add to the beauty this place. The elegant white marble palace is a fantasy as it arises softly from the blue waters. 4 acres of rock have been used to lay the foundation of this palace and was known as Jag Niwas after its founder.

    The palace highlights include fountains, gardens, pillared terraces, painted mirrors, pink stone work, lotus leaves and cusped arches. Dhola Mahal, Bada Mahal, Phool Mahal, Ajjan Niwas and Kush Mahal are some of the apartments here.

  • Maharana Pratap Gaurav Kendra
  • Pratap Gaurav Kendra Rashtriya Tirtha is a tourist spot at Tiger Hill in Udaipur city, Rajasthan state, India. The project, which was started by the Veer Shromani Maharana Pratap Samiti, aims at providing information about Maharana Pratap and the historical heritage of the area with the help of modern technology.
    There are a number of attractions at Pratap Gaurav Kendra, the main one being the 57 feet high metal statue of Maharana Pratap in a sitting posture. There is also a 12-feet metal statue of Bharat Mata.

  • Wax Museum
  • Who would you like to meet at the Famous Hollywood Wax Museum? Featuring lifelike wax creations of your favorite celebrities. Lonavala Wax Museum let’s you “grab hold” of your favorite stars. You’ll have the pictures to show everyone you hung out with stars. Along side we have 9D CINEMA, MIRROR MAZE and HORROR SHOW. AMAZING all are at one roof at Our Wax Museum campus. Udaipur is hill station in the Indian State of Rajasthan.

    Opening hours: 08.30 am to 9.00 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 150 (Adult)

  • Marvel Water Park
  • Marvel Water Park is a state of the art amusement water park the first of its kind in Udaipur. Marvel Water Park is nestled in natural beauty with a backdrop of cooling shelter of trees . An idyllic hideaway, Marvel Water Park offers matchless excitement and promises a whole of fun time with water slides, simulated Rain Dances and Dry slides.

    Opening hours: 10.30 am to 6.00 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 400 (Adult),  INR 250 (Children Below 4ft. Height)

    Marvel Water Park is the oldest and largest of its kind in the city. The water park is the most popular weekend hangout place among families, friends and couples. It has a number of water and regular rides along with various water sports adventures, a food court to tend to your hunger pangs, changing rooms, lockers etc.

    Opening hours: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry fee: Adults – INR 400, Kids (below 4 ft.) – INR 250

  • KarniMata Ropeway
  • Mansapurna Karni Ropeway is a splendid way to commute from Udaipur and Machhala Hill Top. The 387 metre ropeway is the best mode of transport to reach the Karni Mata Temple located on the hill. It was built in 2008 by Kailash Khandelwal and offers a breathtaking aerial view of the Aravali mountain range surrounding the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Pichola Lake, the Sajjangarh Fort and the City Palace.

  • Neemach Mata
  • Surrounded by lush greenery, Neemach Mata Temple is located on a hill in Dewali, on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is dedicated to Goddess Neemach Mata. It takes climbing a distance of 900 metres from the base through the enchanting natural surroundings. The temple is also famous for the fabulous view of the city from the top.

  • Sukhadia Circle
  • Sukhadia Circle was built in 1968 and opened for public in 1970. It has been named after Late Mohan Lal Sukhadia, the ex-Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur.
    Sukhadia Circle is a small pond, at center of which lies a 21 ft high three-tiered fountain. The fountain is made of white marble, and is shaped like a wheat-ear motif, which stands as a symbol of prosperity. The pond offers boat ride, and options for camel and horse ride around the Sukhadia Circle are also available. It is also surrounded by many small gardens and food joints, and kids play-zone areas around it.

  • Bahubali hills
  • At a distance of around 12 km from Udaipur rests a Hill named Bahubali near Badi Lake. Badi Lake has always been a center of attraction amongst all the Udaipurites and Bahubali Hill simply adds up to the beauty as it provides a spot to all the wanderers to adore the magnificence of the Lake and the Aravali Hills surrounding the place.

  • Badi Lake
  • It is an artificial fresh water lake. The lake was built in the village of Badi, about 12 km from the city of Udaipur, by Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to counteract the devastating effects of a famine. He named it Jiyan Sagar after his mother Jana Devi. The lake covers an area of 155 km2., and has an embankment 180 m. long and 18 m. wide, which is graced by three artistic chhatris (kiosks or pavilions). Devoid of any commercial activity, the Badi Lake gives a view of a never-ending expanse providing a serene and calm atmosphere to the visitors. The lake is amongst the major tourist attractions of the city.

  • Bada Mahal
  • Dating back to 17th century, Bada Mahal is an incredible structural marvel. Constructed in Rajput-Mughal architectural style, the Mahal is considered as the Men”s section of the City Palace.
    The massive palace encloses beautiful garden, greenish landscaped lawns, vast courtyards, massive pillars and terraces, royal balconies, attractive fountains and royal apartments.

  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • It is one of the most attractive places to see in Udaipur. Bagore ki Haveli is situated on the Ganguar Ghat (on Lake Pichola) and thus offers a splendid view of the lake. Known for its architectural splendor, the Haveli is a massive structure that now offers a peek inside the royal life of the Maharajas and the Maharanis. This grand structure has 100 rooms and each room has 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.

  • Gulab Bagh
  • Gulabh Bagh Zoo is located in the most abundant garden called Gulabh Bagh and implicit to the name it has a variety of well-maintained roses. The mini zoo within the garden is a short walk away from the rose gardens. A very few numbers of species of animals are housed in this zoo including the wide-eyed owls and has enough places to visit within the vicinity like the toy train which is open to the kids and the adults. There is an enormous artificial water body called Kamal Talai which adds to the palace like the beauty of the Garden and a Navlakha Mahal, a religious place for parents to visit.

  • Nehru Garden
  • Constructed in an Island at the heart of Fateh Sagar Lake, Nehru Garden encloses many distinct water fountains resembling those in Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. Another major attraction of the garden is a floating restaurant, in a boat shape.

  • Maharana Pratap Smarak (Moti Magri)
  • It is a hilltop that has 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 Pratp Smarak are the highlight of Moti Magri. The height of the hill allows tourists to click some of the best pictures of the city. A light and sound show is also organized in the evening here showcasing the thousand years of rule of Mewar.

  • Crystal Gallery
  • Crystal gallery has a stunning collection of crystal artefacts and is the largest collection of crystal in the world. The gallery is located inside the Fateh Prakash Palace and was established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. He had ordered the crystal artefacts from Birmingham in 1877. However, by the time they were delivered, Maharana has passed away. 110 years later, in 1994, the artefacts were displayed in the gallery which has been open to the public ever since.

    Opening hours: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (Tuesday Closed)
    Entry Fee: INR 500 (Adult),  INR 350 for Children (Child 5 – 12 year)

  • Jagdish Mandir
  • Jagdish Temple is an Indo-Aryan Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh. 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 Jagganath) 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.

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