Experiencing Udaipur is all about reliving royalty and appreciating the city’s regal beauty. Udaipur, the city of lakes is often called the most romantic city in India because of its famed lakes and palaces. Below are the places you can plan to visit in this wonderful city of India.
Lake Palace, Pichola Lake: Boating by the Jal Mahal
Lake Pichola is one of the several contiguous lakes, developed over the last few centuries in and around Udaipur city. The beauty of the lake, the picturesque images of the monuments and the lush green surroundings, hills, temples and havelis make this place a top place to visit in Udaipur. The Lake offers mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views from Lal Ghat, Gangaur Ghat and Hanuman Ghat. It also offers excellent opportunity for boat riding. One can take a boat from the City Palace jetty on Bansi Ghat. This huge lake comprises many islands, including the one, which has the lake palace.
Lake Pichola has two main islands, Jag Niwas & Jag Mandir. One of the famous palace is the Lake Palace in the middle of the lake also called the Pichola Palace or Jag Niwas.
Opening hours(Boating): 10 am to 6 pm
Jag Mandir palace is built on an island in Lake Pichola and is known for its beautiful interiors and grand style of architecture. The intricate sculptures on the marbles are key attractions of this place apart from the majestic view of the lake from the palace. Famous for serene boat rides and the grand solitude of the temple, Jag Mandir is definitely among the best places to visit in Udaipur.
Fateh Sagar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Rajasthan. It consists of three islands and each one has well maintained public parks that can be reached through a boat ride. It is a good place to spend the evening, as the view of the city gets better while the sun sets at the horizon. If you’re on a short visit, add this among the places to visit in Udaipur in one day.
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Udaipur city palace is located on the banks of lake Pichola. The architecture of the palace is splendid and is known for its rich history, the beauty of the palace is a benchmark for many structures even to this day. The City Palace comprises of 11 wonderful palaces, which were built by different rulers. The Museum contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day. A collection of miniature paintings depicting the real life stories of Radha-Krishna adorn the Bhim Vilas.
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Bagore ki haveli
At a distance of 2 km from City Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli is an old royal building situated in front of the Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat in Udaipur. It is home to one of the most popular galleries exhibiting Rajputana heritage and history. The haveli is known for its antique monuments and is especially famous for the exhibit of world’s largest turban.
In the museum, the aristocratic culture of Mewar has been portrayed. Premium mural paintings of Rajasthan designed in Mewar, along with the costumes of the royal kings and modern art are notable highlights of the museum. Dharohar is the name of a cultural event held every evening at Neem Chowk inside Bagore Ki Haveli. This event is a musical concert combining 7 traditional Rajasthani folk dances performed every day for last 10 years.
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.
The fort was built, basically, to watch the monsoon clouds floating by. hence, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It guarantees panoramic views of the surrounding country side and sunsets at distance. The palace offers spectacular views of Udaipur city and its stunning lakes, mountains and palaces. High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside Udaipur, the Palace also provides a beautiful view of the sunset. Visitors can also visit the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which encircles the palace.
Jagdish Temple is a Hindu temple located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur. This is one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.
At the entrance, visitors are welcomed by two huge stone elephants. To reach the main shrine, one has to take a marble flight of 32 steps. The doorway of Lord Vishnu is guarded by a brass image of Garuda, the celestial bird. The main shrine houses the striking four-armed black stone image of Lord Vishnu.
Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway
Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata Temple is a Hindu temple located on the Machla Magra Hills, near the Doodh Talai Lake. Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway is a popular cable car ride that connects Sri Karni Mata Temple at Machhala Hill Top and Deendayal Upadhyay Park in Udaipur.
After reaching to the cable car stop point, one has to walk through steps to reach Karni Mata’s Temple. Inside the temple there is a white stone idol of the goddess Karni Mata.
From the cable car, one can see the best views of Udaipur including Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, magnificent City Palace Complex, Sajjangarh Fort and landscapes of Aravali mountains on the other side of lake. There is also a view point which is the popular spot for seeing the sunset over the city. Also, at night the lighting done on the different palaces gives a splendid view.
Ahar Cenotaphs: A museum over the memorial site
Because of its archaeological significance, Ahar is one of the popular destinations for tourists in Udaipur. It was used as a major burial ground for the royal family. The memorial site also has an archaeological museum, which has a fascinating collection of rare monuments dating 10th century. As a tourist place, it draws crowds for its historic significance and the evergreen charms for ruins.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians, INR 20 for foreigners
Fort is a bit far from Udaipur, about 64 km. Kumbhalgarh fort is an architectural wonder and surely among most extravagant palaces and forts of Rajasthan. With a humongous wall stretched over good 30 km, the fort is 1900 metres above the sea level. A drive to the fort itself is quite enjoyable and the panoramic view from the fort is a sight to behold, which makes it one among the most scenic tourist attractions in Udaipur.
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saheliyon-Ki-Bari: The garden of Maids
At a distance of 6 km from Udaipur City Railway Station and 6 km from City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari or Garden of Maidens is a major garden located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur. It is known for its pleasant lotus pool, marble elephants, excellent architecture, fountains and beautiful gardens.
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Shilpgram: Handicrafts and Artisans
The Shilpgram is an arts and crafts village, located about 3 km from Udaipur. This sprawling village of 70 acres is responsible for sustaining the heritage and arts of the rural areas and provides support to the artists and craftsman. Visit this village to witness the rich traditional art forms, various crafts and wonderful paintings.
Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Vintage Car Museum
The Royal Vintage Car Museum is a must visit for any visitor. It was inaugurated in Feb 2000 and has become a very popular tourist destination since then. The museum houses many famous vintage cars like the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom used in the Bond film Octopussy and many rare Rolls Royce models to name a few. For all car enthusiasts, this place is a must visit.
Tickets: 250 INR for adults and 150 INR for children
Timings: Open all days (9 am to 9 pm).
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