Udaipur is a lovely city tucked away in Rajasthan’s southern corner. It is renowned for its lakes and palaces and is often referred to as “the City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East.” Over a thousand years of history is woven into the fabric of this beautiful city.

Udaipur, also known as the Jewel of the Mewar Empire, is one of the most popular tourist sites in India. Because of the beautiful surroundings and the history it offers, it is a dream location in India that you simply must see.

Visit this city to be in awe of the palaces’ grandeur and the museums’ architectural design. The two most well-liked attractions in the city are Lake Pichola and Lake Palace. Aside from that, there are many things that tourists should know before visiting Udaipur.

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1. Udaipur City Palace Museum

One of Rajasthan’s architectural wonders, the City Palace in Udaipur is home to the state’s biggest palace complex. It is the most visited attraction in Udaipur. The palace is surrounded by the Aravali Mountain range and is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola. A spectacular perspective of the surroundings is provided by the natural settings. The main Tripolia (triple) gate, which serves as the complex’s entry, provides views of the City Palace’s many architectural styles.

From here, you can experience the best views overlooking the city. Take a walking tour of Udaipur’s neighborhood to learn about its culture. Learn about the illustrious City Palace’s lengthy history.

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2. Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Lake Pichola is a stunning artificial freshwater lake found west of Udaipur’s Old City. As you see Udaipur’s stunning lakes and ghats you will understand why it is known as the “Venice of the East.”
Discover Udaipur’s renowned Ghats, which are the backdrop for many well-known Bollywood films and tv series. Take a walking trip to explore the histories behind Hanuman Ghat, Nav Ghat, Lal Ghat, Ambrai Ghat,and Gangaur Ghat. One of the best things to do in Udaipur is to go on a boat ride around the lake and take in the lovely city’s beautiful scenery It is something you shouldn’t miss.

3. Jag Mandir Palace

On the southern island of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, stands the majestic Jag Mandir Palace. It is sometimes referred to as “The Lake Garden Palace.” The palace has three stories and is built from yellow sandstone and marble. Admire the sight of eight life-size elephant sculptures made of pure white marble that appear to watch over the palace.
Embark on a pleasant boat ride and go to an island in Lake Pichola. Explore the area’s many cafés, pubs, spas, and fine dining establishments. If you are a food lover, enjoy some hearty and tasty local food on the royal grounds while admiring the setting’s regal atmosphere.

4. Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India

The Taj Lake Palace Udaipur provides a serene atmosphere and captivating views from its location in the center of the picturesque Lake Pichola.

It offers enchanting landscapes to shoot and cherish fondly as it is situated among the stunning Aravalli hills and Machla Magra mountainous side. The pictures against the cityscape display a pleasing colour theme as they are bordered by dense trees, vibrant pink trees, and a backdrop of azure blue sky. Capture some amazing pictures of the sun-kissed landscape and Lake Pichola reflecting the golden rays of the setting sun in the dawn.
Enjoy evenings in the café on the rooftop of the Taj Lake Palace from where you may relax to observe the beautiful pond’s lilies and enchanting views of Lake Pichola.

Location: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India. Save on Google Maps.

5. Udaipur Old City

Udaipur Old City in Rajasthan, India

Udaipur a fairy-tale-like city is a favorite destination for many tourists who come to Rajasthan thanks to its romantic old-world charm, glistening lakes, and magnificent architecture.

Go on a tour around the vibrant ancient city of Udaipur. There’s a lot to explore in the Old City area. Check out the impressive collection at the Vintage Car Museum at the Udaipur Palace. Take a stroll through the renowned Pichola Lake from Gangour Ghat to the Clock Tower and witness the live workshops where artists and craftsmen are actively producing fresh and intriguing paintings and antiques. Walk through the local market area, where you will find many handicrafts selling the best shoes and handmade pieces of jewelry and other Rajasthani specialties. Wander around the narrow alleys of the Old City for a street view of colorful wall paintings, Old Havelis, stunning attractions & a lot of colorful surprises along the way.

6. Bagore Ki Haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur, India

Bagore Ki Haveli is a magnificent mansion-turned-museum constructed in the 18th century by one of Mewar’s ministers. This museum has a variety of intriguing Rajput antiquities, including copper utensils, jewelry boxes, hand fans, hookahs, dice games, and other unique items.

In addition to providing stunning views of Lake Pichola, the building serves as a showcase for Rajasthani tradition and architecture.

In the haveli’s more than 100 chambers, you’ll find paintings, intricate glasswork, and sculptures that will wow you at every turn. Plan your visit for the evening if you want to watch the lovely Dharohar Dance Show.

The Puppet Museum, a favorite among children, has a collection of puppets on exhibit. One is greeted with small puppets and other handcrafted furnishings at the museum’s entrance.

You can also enjoy the one-hour Dharohar Dance Show, which begins each evening at approximately 7 pm and is Bagore ki Haveli’s main attraction. This one-hour performance is held in the Neem Chowk courtyard.

Location: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India. Save on Google Maps.

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7. Ranakpur Jain Temple

Marcos at Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan, India

Ranakpur, nestled in a secluded valley in the Aravali range, is located in the Pali district about 60 kilometres north of Udaipur. It is home to one of the biggest and most significant Jain temples in India.

Head out to the Ranakpur Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century. Explore the temple’s five spires, 20 domes, 29 halls, and 420 pillars.

Enjoy the clever architectural design that allows the entire building to be illuminated by natural light. Stroll through the temple’s lit courtyards, which open up to the sky. Near the main temple building, you’ll find three other temple structures with stunning architectural details as well.

Location: Rajasthan, India. Save on Google Maps.

8. Kumbalargh Fort

Visit the 15th-century Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which can easily be reached within a 2 hours drive from Udaipur.

Discover the Kumbhalgarh Fort’s four main entrances, Art Pol, Halla Pol, Ram Pol, and Hanuman Pol. Visit the complex of temples by exploring the many Ganesh, Vedi, Nilkanth, and Mahadev temples. Experience the wonderful vistas of the Kumbha Palace, Jhalia ka Malia, and Badal Mahal or the palace of clouds while you have the chance.
The Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort is a must-see event. The show takes place every evening, in the fort, well-lit by floodlights describing the history and cultures of Maharanas of Mewar.

9. Mount Abu

The hill station, Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli Range. Every year, tourists are attracted here to beat the heat of Rajasthan and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.

Its description as “an oasis in the desert” is not coincidental. The abundance of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls makes it the ideal haven from the oppressive desert heat. Mount Abu is around 163 kilometers away from Udaipur. The drive takes 3 hours. Pass by Nakki Lake, the area’s most well-known lake. It has wonderful mythology behind it in addition to being lovely and spiritual. There are several temples on Mount Abu as well. Visit the five Jain Dilwara Temples and marvel at Guru Shikhar’s priceless marble sculptures.

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