It doesn’t matter how many countries you visit, you’ll always have a special place in your heart for your own. Like for me, it always has and will be “Mera Bharat Mahan”. And when it comes to a place you grew up carrying loads of memories to cherish forever, it automatically occupies that soft corner of your soul.
Cherry on the top, to have been brought up in a city filled with eternal beauty and everything magical around, it becomes a blessing in disguise for you to even be its minutest part.
Sunset scenes at Pichola lake Udaipur City
So to describe it, a place, which is famous for its Rajput-era palaces and scenic locations, a place which is on the bucket list of so many tourists, a place where many plan their dream destination weddings, a place that carries a wide history and culture with it and is known by the names the City of Lakes, Venice of the East, and the Kashmir of Rajasthan. You are right; it is none other than, Udaipur, the city where my heart lies.
Boat ride in Pichola lake near city Palace Udaipur city
You must be thinking, what took me so long to write a blog post about my hometown? I had been waiting, waiting, and waiting. For something special!! And well, my 50th blog (Yayy, I am really glad) post seemed like the perfect moment to introduce you to my beautiful city! So what comes to your mind when you think of Rajasthan? Deserts!! Right? Make a visit to the Udaipur City and you will be left surprised. With lush green surroundings of Aravalli mountains, Udaipur is a home to many lakes; Pichola lake, Fatehsagar lake, Swaroopsagar lake, Badi lake to name a few.
Udaipur city as seen from Neemach Mata Temple
So is the city all about lakes? Obviously not!! Udaipur has each and every ingredient which can relish its visitors. Forts, palaces, museums, temples, hills, zoo, gardens, forest, fountains, statutes, beautiful hotels, malls, fairs, and what not!! This city has the power to make you forget all your worries and feel like this is the only place where you truly belong to.
Lake Palace Udaipur City
How to reach Udaipur city
The cheapest and the most convenient way to reach Udaipur is via railways. There is direct connectivity of Udaipur to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Agra, Khajuraho, Kota etc. by railways. You can also opt for a bus journey as Udaipur is well connected by roadways.
Getting around Udaipur city
The city is small and the best way to explore it is by strolling through the streets(mainly areas surrounding the old city). For a few of the places, you will need a transport. Auto rickshaws are generally expensive and a lot will depend on your bargaining skills; Ola/ Uber are a far better option.
If you are good with fitness and love riding bicycle, there cannot be a better option. Cycles are easily available on rent; check out PEDL by Zoomcar and MYBYK. Tired of cycling, another good option will be renting a motorbike. Check out this post on bike rental services in Udaipur. You can choose the one which you find affordable.
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur City
I have been asked a couple of times that how many days are good enough to explore Udaipur? To be honest, I don’t have an answer to this one, as it differs from individual to individual depending on their way of exploring. What I advise is that if you are planning a trip to Udaipur, plan for at least 3 days to cover the must-see places. Also if you have more days in hand, you can combine your trip to Udaipur with nearby places.
Solar Observatory Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur City
Must see places in Udaipur City
Popularly known as FS among the locals, this lake is the heart and soul of every Udaipurite and indeed the most happening place in Udaipur. After a long day at work, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax. View of the sunset from here is just mesmerizing.
Don’t miss doing this:
- A bicycle ride around the lake, you will get cycles over there.
- Morning walk near the Chhatris.
- Sitting on the Paal in evening and having Coffee in Kulhar along with Pakoras.
- An evening camel ride across the lake.
- Taking a boat to reach Nehru Garden for sunset views.
- If you visit Udaipur in the months of August/September, a Hariyali Amavasya Mela(once a year) is also organized at the lake.
Boat ride: INR 30 (Indians), INR 125 (Foreign Nationals), Motorboat: INR 200 (Adult), INR 100 (Child), Speedboat: INR 200 for 30 minutes (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM).
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur City
Built over a period of nearly 400 years, a visit to the Palace is a must if you want to dig deeper into the rich history of Mewar kingdom and all of its rulers. You can enter the complex through Badi Pol, or the Sheetla Mata Gate. The palace towers on the banks of Lake Pichola and thus gives a beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding city. A light and sound show is organized at Manek Chowk from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Timings: Museum at the city palace opens at 9 am and closes at 5:30 pm.
Entry fees: There are many combinations in which one can buy tickets. For just entrance to the City Palace premises one has to pay INR 30. For a museum, the charges are INR 300. For detailed ticket options, check out Eternal Mewar.
City Palace Udaipur City
Coming to Udaipur and missing the sunset views from a boat ride in this lake will be an absolute blunder! Such breathtaking are the views from this lake. Built-in 1362 AD, Pichola Lake is an artificial lake which houses four islands namely Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas. Flanked by Aravalli hills, bathing Ghats, and heritage buildings, the lake has every aspect which can delight its visitor. The famous Lake Palace hotel is located in the middle of the lake. At the onset of sunset, it seems the entire place has been painted gold.
Boat charges: 150 INR (Indian National), 250 INR (Foreign Nationals).
Sunset view from Pichola lake Udaipur City
Sajjangarh Palace and Biological Park
Also known as the Monsoon palace, it is situated at the top of a hill and provides a perfect panoramic view of the city. It was built basically to watch the monsoon clouds. The view of the sunset from this palace is stunning. The Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a glow of a mixed yellow-white. Timings to visit: 9:30 am to 7 pm; Charges: INR 100.
On your visit to the Monsoon Palace, you can also visit Sajjangarh Biological Park which is located just beneath the palace.
Sajjangarh Palace Udaipur City
Sajjangarh Biological Park:
Spread over an area of 36 hectares, the park is a home to different varieties of animals and birds. Currently, it has animals of 21 species including tigers, lions, alligators, ostriches etc.
Timings: 10 AM to 5:00 PM. Charges: INR 30 for entry, INR 50 if you want to take Golf Ride.
For more details on the park, check out Sajjangarh Biological Park.
Crocodile At Sajjangarh Biological park Udaipur City
Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, it is one of my favorite places in Udaipur! At night, the view of City Palace and Lake Palace from the Ghat is just stunning. The clicks you take here might turn out to be your next great profile picture/wallpapers due to the perfect background this place offers. Just search Ambrai Ghat in Gmaps to get to the correct location. A journey to Udaipur will be incomplete if you don’t visit this Ghat.
View of City Palace from Ambrai ghat Udaipur City
Bagore Ki Haveli and Gangaur Ghat
Located on the edge of Lake Pichola, it is a mansion built in the 18th century having over 100 rooms which display the modern art, royal paintings, crafts, and costumes of the Rajasthani culture. A cultural folk dance program Dharohar is held every day from 7 pm to 8 pm. The charges for the same are INR 90 (Indian National) and INR 150( Foreign national), but it’s absolutely worth it.
Dharohar at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur City
Just next to the Haveli entrance, you must visit the Gangaur Ghat. Observing the flocks of Pigeon on the Ghat is definitely a moment to remember. Views of Lake Palace with Aravalli Hills in the backdrop are stunning from here.
Pigeons at Gangaur Ghat Udaipur City
Karni Mata Temple
Situated on the Machla Magra hill, Karni Mata Temple is dedicated to the female Hindu sage Karni Mata. From the top one can enjoy a splendid view of the Lake Pichola, Sajjangarh Fort, City Palace and a few parts of the city. There are many white rats in the temple, feeding them is believed to bring good fortune. Again, sunset view from here is outstanding as well and one shouldn’t miss the same. There is a staircase to reach the top and it generally takes 15-20 minutes to reach the spot.
View from Karni Mata Temple at night
One can also opt for the ropeway option to reach the top. Same is available from the ropeway station near Deendayal Upadhyay Park. Charges for the ropeway are INR 103 inclusive of a return journey ticket.
View from Deendayal Upadhyay Park Udaipur City
Located on a hill just near Fatehsagar, the temple and the stone idol are known to have a connection with a Neem tree and hence the name. The view of the whole city from here will make you fall in love with the place. Also, you can see peacocks in the vicinity. One can reach the top either by the stairway (around 400 stairs) or the uphill slope (850meters). It generally takes around 20-25 minutes to reach the top. An evening trek will bless you with some stunning view of the city shining under lights.
Night View from Neemach Mata Udaipur City
Situated around 6-7 kms from Fatehsagar Lake, it is an artificial freshwater lake. It is comparatively less touristy from the other lakes and one can enjoy some peaceful time over here. You can hire a cycle and reach here if you are fit. There is a hill next to this lake, which is locally known as Bahuballi Peak. Views of the sunset from the top of this hill are just fabulous. Do hike the hill if you get time!!
View from Bahubali Hill Badi Lake Udaipur
Apart from these, there are still many places which are worth visiting on your trip to Udaipur including Jag Mandir, Ahar Cenotaphs and Museum, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Sukhadiya Circle, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, Doodh Talai Lake, Fish Aquarium, Deendayal Upadhyay Park, Crystal gallery, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Chetak Smarak, Nehru garden, Rajiv Gandhi Park to name a few. I am not going to cover these places in details, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them. 🙂
Saheliyon Ki Bari Udaipur City
Also, there are a few pool party venues in Udaipur. For details check out best pool party venues in Udaipur under INR 300. There are a lot of places nearby, which you can visit on your next trip to Udaipur. I will be soon writing a blog post on the same.
Festivals in Udaipur
Different festivals are celebrated in the city at specific times of the year; Shilpgram, Hariyali Amavasya, and Gangaur being the major ones. The variety of culture showcase at these festivals will leave you spellbound. For more details check out this post: Festivals in Udaipur.
Fateh Sagar lake walking area – no vehicles allowed
Food options in Udaipur
Hopefully, the below links will be good enough to get an idea of spots to fill your tummy.🙂
- Five dhabas worth visiting
- Restaurants serving Thali in Udaipur
- Best Coffee places in Udaipur
- Amazing places to eat Rajasthani food in Udaipur
- Best Pani Puri in Udaipur
- Unlimited food under INR 250
Don’t leave the town without enjoying the delicious Dal baati!!
Chai and Pakori time at Fatehsagar lake
Shopping guide for Udaipur
A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without some shopping from the local markets. The town is famous for traditional jewelry, pagdis, traditional clothes and wooden handicrafts. Most of this local stuff can be bought from local markets at Hathipole, Bapu Bazaar, and the area nearby Jagdish temple. There are also three malls in Udaipur – Celebration mall, Lake City mall and R k Mall. For more details check out Famous shopping markets in Udaipur and Street shopping in Udaipur
Celebration Mall Udaipur city
Stay options in Udaipur
Being a famous tourist town, Udaipur has loads of budget accommodation options. I will suggest you to stay in Hostels, as they are a good budget option and also you get to meet many fellow travelers. Zostel, Banjara, Bunkyard, Backpacker Panda, Moustache, The Journey, the Hostel Crawl, goStops are a few famous ones. Check out this: Hostels in Udaipur under 500 INR, stay in the hostel at Udaipur, Best Area to stay in Udaipur.
Also, you are most welcome to stay at my home!! 🙂
Jagdish temple Udaipur City
Best time to visit Udaipur
Just try to avoid visiting Udaipur in the summer months of April to June as scorching heat is prevalent in the whole region. The best months to visit Udaipur are from October to December as the monsoon season would have already left the city lush green.
Sukhadiya Circle Udaipur City
So what are you waiting for? Start planning a school trip, a college trip, honeymoon trip, solo trip, family trip, couple trip, etc. 🙂 Udaipur is waiting to welcome you!!!
Udaipur city as seen from Karni Mata Temple
Special thanks to my friends Shuchi Mehta and Drishti Kothari for helping me out with the edits to this much-needed blog. Our love for Udaipur is infinite and this made us work on this article together. It was great working with you!
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