This winter we traveled to India’s very own ‘City of Lakes’ – Udaipur. The royal regal destination with old architecture at every corner and heritage buildings takes you back to an era of emperors and Mughals. The entire city comprises of monuments and sights that attracts thousands and lakhs of tourists from all over the country and abroad each year.
All though there is a lot to do in Udaipur, if you are on a short trip like we were, we have some of the top places covered for you on our must-do list. We highly recommend doing a mix of touristy stuff with experiencing something that the locals do, and that is the exact memory you will take back home to ponder on for years to come.
Here is our top 10 must do list for Udaipur.
- The boat ride from City Palace – Head straight to the City Palace Complex ticket counters and ask for a boat ride ticket. Follow the path that takes you through the complex premises to reach the boarding spot. While you are in the queue to hop on to your boat, take a good view of the casfromform the outside, the lake and boundary walls, the sights are majestic.
Price: Adult Rs. 450/- & Child Rs. 200/-
- Jagmandir Island Palace- Enjoy a drink sitting on the island of Jagmandir. The boat ride will drop you for a short break at this beautiful island location named Jagmandir, a palace before and a hotel now with fully functional restaurant and a café onsite. Enjoy the lake-view sitting by the café table and sip a beverage of your choice – hot or cold.
Beverages range from Rs. 150 and up, plus the taxes.
- Guided City Palace Tour – The ultimate highlight of this destination is a tour of the City Palace itself. Built over 400 years with contributions of several rulers of Mewar dynasty, the entire complex is pack with rich historical sites and a mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architectures. We highly recommend opting for a guided tour to completely understand historical references of different aspects of the palace. Guides are readily available at the very entry of the palace gates.
Palace entry ticket: Adult: Rs. 300/- Guide: Rs.200/- for the group of 3.
- Breakfast at JMB – If you are on travel, always always eat like a local. The perks are you will get your hands on some of the best and freshest food out there. Famous breakfast joint among locals and tourists alike, JMB will lure you inside its little outlet with enticing aromas of hot jalebis fried in pure ghee and crispy Pyass Ki Kachoris to devour on. Again, it doesn’t end at these two, there are a hell lot of other options if your appetite permits. Khandvi, Khaman, Fafda, Samosa, Imratis, and many more.
Price –Pyaas Ki Kachori at Rs. 20/- each.
- Moti Magri – This monumental tribute to the great warrior Maharana Pratap and his ever so loyal beloved beast – Chetak, is located by the lake Fateh Sagar. The entrance to the site way before the actual spot, by the lake. We recommend buying tickets for yourself and the vehicle, if you have one, so you don’t need to climb uphill to the actual site. Once up, the site is absolutely breath-taking, you can see the panoramic views of the entire city and the lake and spend time spotting different monuments and roads from a birds-eye view. We had one of our best times in the city, at this place.
Ticket: Adult Rs. 50/- and Child Rs. 25/-
- Fateh Sagar Lake – Once you are at the lake, ditch the vehicle and take a stroll soaking the atmosphere. The place can be busy with tourists, but you can always find a quite spot from where you can admire the beauty of the water and flock of birds flying over it. The lake is surrounded by many small and big mountains of the Aravali. If you are a tea lover like us, enjoy a good Kulhar of Chai, spiced tea in an earthen pot.
Kulhar ki Chai – Rs. 20/-
- Lunch a Natraj Dinning Hall – Eat the best authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati food to your heart’s content that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or drowsy. Every morsel is full of flavors of the region, and so much variety to choose from, the entire Thali is colourful mix of taste and aromas. Savor the dishes you love, dig and hog on them as much as you wish, as more and more will just keep coming.
Price for Thali at Rs. 220/-
- Bagore Ki Haveli – This is a part of City Palace complex with a separate entrance from Gangaur Ghat at the Lake Pichola. Although, it is a historical monumental site, the main agenda is not a site seeing but a folkfore show that takes place every evening. Be there in time to grab your ticket for the next show and enjoy a musical and dance journey of folk performances of the Mewar region. The fact that the entire event takes place in the real castle, makes the ambiance even more enchanting.
- Dinner by one of the roof top restaurants – Well, we just recommend having a good authentic non-veg dinner, with Laal Maas as a highlight dish at any good terrace restaurants by the Lake Pichola. There are innumerable hotels in all-star categories and each one of them boast of a fine dining lake view restaurant to enjoy a romantic and quiet meal, to make the dining by the Pichola a memorable experience. Pick whatever suits your budget.
We picked Rooftop restaurant at Jagat Niwas hotel in Chandpole. Bill for two without drinks was approx. Rs. 1,000/-++
- Shilpgram – Enjoy the village-like fair with puppetry, magic shows and folk dances on one side and abundance of handicraft shopping on the other. There is so much to choose from, artifacts and crafts made from wood, metal, stones, clay and a lot of other things naturally available. Every few mintues take a break and enjoy a cup of either frothy hot saffron and cardamom milk or a comforting corn soup – a hit dish of the season among locals. Bite into juicy steamed corn-on-cob or fried crispy Khichia Papads sprinkled with roasted cumin powder. There is so much to shop and eat at this place, that it makes a perfect end to your enduring Udaipur Trip.
Other spots: Apart from our top ten, there are few more spots that can be explored if you have time at hand, We did visit them, however they have not made it to our top list, such as Saheliyon Ki Bari, Crystal Gallery at City Palace Complex, Jagdish Temple and Shopping at Bada Bazaar.
Travel: We suggest taking a local auto-rickshaw booked for the entire day to yourself, all the streets with main sights in Udaipur are very narrow and with sharp crooked turns, which can be best travelled over foot or in an auto. Also, this will offer you a nice close view of the streets, and all the action, letting you soak-in the city’s atmosphere. Just stop wherever you want and hop on again as you finish, convenient and cheap.
Best Time to Visit: Considering a desert state of Rajasthan, the best time to visit is between November to March when the weather is much pleasing, with December and January being peak of winter months, is the best time to visit any destination in Rajasthan.
What to pack: Walking shoes, a hoodie for the day and a good sweater for the nights, a pair of jeans or two, sun shades, and a really good moisturizer and lip balm. Camera of course!