Top 7 Places in Udaipur, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
A complete travel guide to Udaipur- City of Lakes!
Grand palaces, sparkling lakes, temples, and monuments are just some of what awaits the curious traveler in Udaipur. Romantic and whimsical, Udaipur will make you fall in love at first sight. Frankly speaking, the city is truly a traveler’s paradise, showcasing the royalty of Rajasthan.
Known as the “Venice of the East,” Udaipur is a colorful city filled with beautiful architecture, and the setting, amidst the Aravalli Hills, can’t be beaten. The city has become a very popular destination for marriages, kudos to all Bollywood and Hollywood films that have been shot here.
Udaipur holds a veritable treasure trove of experiences for every traveler. You are sure to fall in love with Udaipur at first sight and are sure to make several trips here. Interestingly, Udaipur is also called ‘the White City as it is home to myriad stunning lakes and beautiful marble architecture.
Udaipur is a royal city that had been the capital of Mewar rulers for centuries. Udaipur gleams in its abundance of lakes, marble palaces, and picturesque gardens. Udaipur City was discovered by Maharana Udai Singh II in the 15th century, later in the 16th century, it was selected as the capital of Mewar Kingdom.
The romantic city of Udaipur has a legend behind its origin and it goes like this. Maharana Udai Singh II on his hunting expedition near Pichola Lake he encountered a Sage, who advised him to build the palace on the same spot and bestowed his blessings assuring that it will be a safe location.
In 1568, Chittor was attacked by the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and to ward off this danger, Udai Singh shifted the whole kingdom to Udaipur. Udaipur was naturally safe under the fortifications made by Aravalli Hills. Since that time, Udaipur developed into a full-fledged city.
Udaipur continued to be the capital of Mewar, till it became the princely state of British India in 1818. When India got independent in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur granted the place to the Government of India. At that time, Mewar was merged into the state of Rajasthan.
Udaipur is known for its picturesque surroundings and its royal past. Various ancient monuments, massive palaces, architectural temples, and beautiful lakes fascinate people to visit the ancient land of Royalty.
Places to visit
Being one of the top travel destinations in India, Udaipur is well connected and can be easily accessed from all the major cities. One can easily navigate the route and reach Udaipur by flight, road, or railways. Even traveling within the city is not a difficult task, thanks to auto, rickshaws, and cabs.
1. By Air: Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport is located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi. There is no international airport or terminal at Udaipur.
2. By Train: There are frequent trains that run to and from Udaipur connecting Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore Mumbai and Delhi. There are ample trains to Udaipur from different major cities of the country. If you don’t want too many stops along the way, you should opt for Express trains.
For supreme luxury seekers, ‘The Palace on Wheels’ train is a very good option. You can find more information about the palace on wheels here. This train is a wonderful new experience in train travel.
By Road: If you want to drive to Udaipur, the roads are fairly good. There are many private and state buses connecting Udaipur to nearby cities and they are fairly regular. Udaipur is 663 km away from the national capital, taking about 12-14 hours for the journey. Ahmedabad (252 km), Jodhpur (266 km), Jaipur (405 km), Mumbai (760 km) away from Udaipur.
Places to Visit
Udaipur is called ‘Venice of East’ for vivid reasons. It is around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalli, a vision in white drenched in romance and beauty. Full of dreamy vistas and experiences, experiencing Udaipur is all about reliving royalty and appreciating the city’s man-made beauty. Here are the places you must not miss in Udaipur:
1. City Palace: This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors.
The palace is a mélange of rich Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese styles. The palace is constructed completely of marble and granite. The city palace museum exhibits a monkey holding a lamp, Maharaja flaunting his mustaches, and many other objects and artifacts including photographs, paintings, sculptures in silver, and so on.
2. Saheliyon Ki Bari: Saheliyon ki Bari is one of the most beautiful gardens and a major tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art, and fountains. Garden of maids was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. Garden of Maidens is a marvelous wonder of nature and beauty.
3. Lake Pichola: Named after the nearby village Pichola, it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. Flanked by islands, palaces, temples, mansions, ghats, and restaurants, Lake Pichola offers something for everyone. Lake Pichola is the central nerve of the city. The pristine blue waters of the lake leave a soothing impact on the spectator.
4. Jag Mandir: Located majestically on an island on Lake Pichola, the only way to reach Jag Mandir is by boat ride. This 17th Century architectural marvel is very famous for destination weddings and is a very popular spot for film shootings. The striking feature of this architectural marvel is the spacious courtyard with black and white marble tiles.
5. Vintage Car Museum: The premises of the museum was originally the Mewar State Motor Garage, or the Palace Garage, now under the HRH group owned by the current heir of the Mewar family, Rana Shri Arvind Singh Mewar. The museum was opened to the public in 2000 which included several Rolls Royce and Mercedes models.
6. Haldighati: A picturesque mountain pass, Haldighti is famous for several wars that were fought here. The battle fought at the Haldighati mountain pass on 18th June 1576 is one of the most famous battles ever fought in Indian history. It was a bloody contestation of power between the all-powerful Mughals and local Rajput rulers.
It is also the place where the gallant Chetak, the beloved horse of Maharana Pratap, lost his life while trying to save the king. There is a cenotaph built in pure white marble, dedicated to Chetak. The presence of ‘Chaitri-Gulab, original and authentic rose water, and ‘Gulkand’ is unique to this garden.
7. Sajjan Garh Fort: Located at the top of Aravalli hills, the fort is also known as Monsoon Palace. The best time to visit the fort is during the evening time when every nook and corner comes to life. Stay at the palatial hilltop residence that overlooks Lake Pichola and offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes and palaces.
Shopping in Udaipur
Udaipur is filled with enough spots for shopping enthusiasts. The most popular place for shopping is Hathipole Market, offering you clothing, fabrics, craftwork, and shoes in typical Rajasthani style. Udaipur’s rich and vibrant art culture is palpable.
Other markets to visit are Bapu Bazaar for bags and leather notebooks, Bada Bazaar for jewelry, Mochiwada Bazaar for shoes and sandals, Chetak Circle for souvenirs and nicknacks, and Ghanta Ghar for Rajasthani turbans and tapestries.
Eating hubs in Udaipur
Food in Rajasthani culture is going to soak you into its aroma and taste. Udaipur hosts ample plenty of options available Ambrai Restaurant is a must when visiting Udaipur. The combination of the breathtaking views with the seriously delicious food makes the most romantic and memorable experience.
JMB Restaurant on 90 Bapu Bazar and Jai Bhole Mishthan Bhandar inside Delhi Gate are the key places if you wanna munch some sweets or snacks. Also, Sai Paratha has earned a reputation for serving the most delicious stuffed parathas in the city. You may try tandoori chai at sigdi Chai and Wapango.
Where to Stay?
Udaipur spoils you for choice with so many luxury hotels, resorts, and palaces. The city isn’t short of high-quality, budget guesthouses and hostels. However, you may have to loosen your pocket a bit more if you are visiting the city during the peak season as it is highly occupied by the film industry and international travelers.
When to Visit?
Rajasthan is home to the inhospitable Thar Desert. The summers are really hot and trust me can be really brutal. April to June are the months of heatwaves. You may sweat till October afternoons, despite occasional rains during the monsoon season falling between July to September.
If you plan to visit Rajasthan, do so between October to March. The winter season sees many regional festivals specially Mewar Festival which is surely not to be missed. This festival takes place sometime in March. If you happen to be in Udaipur during this time, it will surely be a treat!
Things to Remember
Keep clothing according to the time you are visiting. Light, comfortable and bright clothes in summers but jackets and thermals in winters are advisable. Do not forget an umbrella or raincoat for untimely showers. Since you are likely to be out all day exploring, mostly on foot, it is better to pack your bag with comfortable walking shoes along with a sun hat and sunscreen lotion.
Keep your body hydrated to overcome heat waves. Avoid eating too much-fried food in summers, but winters are a foodie paradise. Do Carry with you a necessary first aid kit. Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport, or license.