Udaipur is a beautiful city founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II and located in the Girwa Valley of Rajasthan. If you are looking for places to visit in Udaipur, you will find yourself immersed in a wide range of options from lakes to palaces, and havelis to bazaars and much more.
Udaipur is set amidst the rugged yet inviting landscape of Rajasthan and has inspired many visitors from across the country and around the world to come explore the sands of time.
This city is a must-see on everyone’s list as it puts forward a grand display of Udaipur’s rich culture, well-preserved architecture, food, lakes and romantic backdrops. So the next time you visit Rajasthan, explore some of the best places to visit in Udaipur as listed below:
1. Excitement of Udaipur City Palace
The City Place is one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Udaipur. Located on the banks of the Lake Pichola, the City Palace stands tall with its majestic appeal. The palace served as a place of residence for the ruling royalty. It offers breathtaking views of the Pichola Lake and the surrounding landscape from its numerous balconies and towers.
It offers breathtaking views of the Pichola Lake and the surrounding landscape from its numerous balconies and towers. Entrance to the City Palace is through the Big Gate (Bari Pol) which leads into the premises of the palace where the true art and skill of craftsmanship of this palace are clearly visible.
The main section of the palace is converted into a museum which displays numerous artefacts. In addition, the walls, paintings, ornamental tiles and glass work are nothing short of the spectacular work that it took to create a palace of this nature.
2. Brilliance of Lake Palace
Originally known as the Jag Niwas Palace, and built in the 17th century, this palace counts as one of the famous places to visit in Udaipur. It is located in the serene waters of Lake Pichola. The palace courtyards have sprawling gardens, fine fountains and many pillared terraces.
Now a luxury hotel which hosts multiple rooms and suites, the Lake Palace offers exquisite features such as the black and white marbled walls, ornament and semi-precious stones.
3. Inspirational Jag Mandir
Once a prime summer resort for the royal family during the ruling era, and now a tourist place in Udaipur visited by many travellers, the Jag Mandir is an inspirational palace located on an island on Lake Pichola. The three storey palace is built in yellow sandstone and marble.
The palace is adorned with palm trees, jasmine flowers, frangipani trees in its beautiful gardens. Eight life-size elephants carved out of white marble stand tall as they give the impression of protecting the palace.
4. Serenity of Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake, an artificial lake which is against the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains make the city of Udaipur feel like ‘second Kashmir’. The lake lies north of Lake Pichola and it houses three small islands.
Each island on the lake is home to popular tourist attractions in Udaipur. The largest island, Nehru Island is a popular picnic spot while one of the islands is home to the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Each of these islands on the lake is accessible via boats.
5. Blissful experience at Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake was created in 1362 AD for the purposes of drinking and irrigation needs of the city of Udaipur. The lake is now a prominent destination as it is home to several palaces, temples and bathing ghats.
The picturesque views of the Aravalli’s, City Palace, Jag Niwas Island and the Pichola Palace add to the combined experience of heritage and nature in a single frame.
6. Sunset gazing at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park
The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park is among one of the popular tourist places to visit in Udaipur. This serene garden offers spectacular views of the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, City Palace and the majestic Lake Pichola.
A quiet and rarely crowded park, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park is the perfect location to get a glimpse of the beautiful sunset overlooking the Lake Pichola. The park is also popular for its musical fountains and has a ropeway to the Karni Mata temple.
7. Cultural experience of Shilpgram
Another great attraction and tourist place in Udaipur is the Shilpgram, which is located near Lake Fateh Sagar. This destination has been considered as a living museum depicting the lifestyle of the tribal people of Rajasthan.
The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is spread across 70 acres and is a true representation of the village culture of Rajasthan which includes cultural shows, a tribal dance known as Ghoomer, the Lah Bangles, and eco-friendly kitchenware.
8. Beautiful Monsoon Palace
Located on top of Bansdara Mountain of the Aravalli range and perched at a height of 3100 ft. the 18th-century Monsoon Palace was initially commissioned as an astronomical centre.
However, it was later converted into a Monsoon Palace which offers panoramic views of the countryside to the visitors. During the night, the palace is beautifully lit up which reflect off the white marbles and carved pillars.
9. Pristine Waters of Doodh Talai Lake
Doodh Talai Lake is nestled between several small hills and is among popular places to visit in Udaipur which offers magnificent views.
The lake is host to the Doodh Talai Lake garden which gives sensational views of the Dayal Upadhyay Park and Manikya Lal Verma Garden. The Lake is most popular for its panoramic views and beautiful sunset.
10. Beauty of Sukhadia Circle
Sukhadia Circle, in the north of Udaipur, has a 21ft. three-tiered marble fountain which is surrounded by gardens that create a perfect oasis. Sukhadia Circle is a great destination for a quick walk in the lush greenery and represents an amazing experience of tranquillity in Udaipur.
11. Style of Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore Ki Haveli is a palace located at Lake Pichola and was built in the 18th century. The palace hosts more than 100 rooms. The interiors glass and mirror are designed in classical haveli style.
Renowned as one of the best places to visit, Udaipur is the city of lakes and beautiful places which the above list doesn’t do it justice until you visit this great city. If you have already made a trip to Udaipur, then let us know in case we have missed out on any of the other tourist attractions in the comments section below.