Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

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Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

 A visit to Udaipur is indeed an exhilarating and charming experience. The City of Lakes, Udaipur is also known as the “Venice of the East” and is one of the marvels Rajasthan has to offer. It has a rich cultural background and heritage. The palaces reflect the history of Rajasthan and the architectural grandeur of the era of Rajputs. The scenic landscape will touch your soul and leave you wanting more.

 

Best places to visit in Udaipur

The city of Udaipur houses several unique attractions, but following is a list of the top 10 places in Udaipur you must visit.

 

City Palace

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

Built-in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh, this is the first place you should visit once you reach Udaipur. It is located on the banks of Lake Pichola and is an exemplary example of European, Medieval and Chinese architectural styles. It consists of 11 palaces in total and the size of the entire place is magnificent with all the terraces, courtyards, hanging gardens, pavilions and more.

After taking a tour of the palace, you should visit the City Palace Museum and then enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Pichola.

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Tickets: INR 30 (for adults) and INR 15 (for children)

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

 

Lake Pichola

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

A man-made lake, measuring around 4 km in length and 3 km in width, Lake Pichola is a wonder of Udaipur. It was developed in 1362 AD and remains surrounded by magnanimous palaces, huge hills, temples, ghats, etc. The islands of Lake Pichola house several tourist attractions. The sunset views are picturesque and the boat cruise will provide beautiful views of the town and the palaces.

Timings:  Open till sunset (every day)

Ticket: Boat ride- INR 340 (for adults), INR 170 (for children)

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

 

Lake Palace

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

Lake Palace has become a symbol of Udaipur tourism and also a famous wedding destination. Also known as Jag Niwas, the palace is an architectural marvel. Located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola, it was built back in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II and was later converted into a luxury hotel. This location has been shown in several Bollywood and Hollywood movies.

Timings: Open every day

Ticket: Museum Tour- INR 75, Gallery tour- INR 500, Boat ride- INR 450

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

 

Lake Garden Palace (Jagmandir)

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

Jagmandir aka Lake Garden Palace is said to have been an inspiration for the Taj Mahal as Shah Jahan took refuge here when he was young. The palace has a vast history and serves as a symbol of friendship between Mughals and Rajputs. Many impressive structures give the palace a regal feel and a delight to any visitor.

Timings: Open every day

Ticket: 30 minute boat ride- INR 225 (for adults), INR 115 (for children); 1 hour boat ride- INR 325 (for adults), INR 115 (for children)

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

 

Vintage Car Museum

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

If you are a motor enthusiast, then you simply cannot miss visiting The Royal Vintage Car Museum. The place was inaugurated back in February 2000 and ever since has become extremely popular as a tourist destination. It houses several famous vintage cars such as the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom that was featured in the Bond film Octopussy, many other rare Rolls Royce models, and more.

Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Ticket: INR 250 (for adults), INR 150 (for children)

Visit Duration: 45 min.

 

Bagore Ki Haveli

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

Located near Pichola Lake, this 19th-century marvel was built in 1878 by Amir Chand Bandwa, CM of the Royal Court of Mewar. This palace was transformed into a museum and retains the royal touch. The museum houses the culture of Mewar in the form of antiques. The museum also has jewelry, hand fans, vessels, boxes, etc. used by the Rajputs. The building has more than 100 rooms and a splendid look due to its unique architectural style. You can also enjoy the shows conducted there in the evenings.

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Ticket: INR 60 + INR 100 (additional charges for camera)

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

 

Saheliyon Ki Bari

This place was built by Sangram Singh II as a gift to his queen and her maids, hence the name “Saheliyon Ki Bari” (the Garden of Companions). It is indeed a mesmerizing and beautiful place designed by the king himself. It was a relaxing spot where the queen would rest with her 48 maids. The garden still serves as a relaxed place and people often come here.

Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Ticket: INR 10 (for Indians) and INR 50 (for foreigners)

Visit Duration: 45 min.

 

Jagdish Temple

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

This is the largest temple of Udaipur and was built back in 1651. This Indo-Aryan architectural marvel costs around INR 1.5 million. It is dedicated to god Vishnu but shelters other shrines as well, such as those of Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti, the Sun God, and Ganesh. The temple has beautiful wall carvings, sculptures of elephant and stunning architecture.

Timings: 4:15 am to 1:00 pm, 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm

Ticket: No entry fee

Visit Duration: 45 min.

 

Sajjangarh Palace

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

Also known as The Monsoon Palace, the Sajjangarh Palace is located on top of a hill and provides picturesque views of the Fateh Sagar Lake. Surrounding the palace is the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The castle is straight out of a fairytale. It is an example of the opulence of the rulers of the Rajput era. The castle was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884, for the sole purpose of watching monsoon clouds. This palace should be on your list for its outstanding lakes, palaces, and mountains. 

Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ticket: INR 10 (for Indians). INR 80 (for foreign nationals)

 

Moti Magri

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur: The City of Lakes

This is the perfect tribute to the grandeur of Maharana Pratap and his dear horse, Chetak. It is located on a hilltop and overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. Just on top of the Moti Magri, is the lifelike statue of the most celebrated ruler of Udaipur, Maharana Pratap, and his horse Chetak. Nearby lie a Japanese rock garden and the remnants of an old fort.

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ticket: INR 20

Visit Duration: 0.5 to 1 hour


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