Udaipur is such a magical city, full of sights to take in, that you will need to approach it only with a concrete plan for every minute of your time there. Otherwise, your time here will end quickly, but you will find that you have come away without enjoying some of the best things the city has to offer its visitors. So, let’s plan your trip, shall we? Here are the top things to do in Udaipur.
Best things to do in Udaipur (Palaces, Views & Boating)
1. Stay at the Taj Lake Palace
This is one of the things to do at Udaipur, but may not be possible for all. A glittering gem in the crown of Udaipur, the Taj Lake Palace, accessible only by boat, is out of bounds for people who are not staying there. Most people take a boat ride around it at sunset, while the deep-pocketed visitors get to enjoy its royal hospitality.
2. Go On A Romantic Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
Another great thing to do when at Udaipur is to go boating and take a ride around the freshwaters of Lake Pichola. Another great option for boating in Udaipur is the Fateh Sagar Lake. Spread over 2.4 kilometers, this is a scenic lake with three small islands, two beautiful parks, with water-jet fountains in one of them.
3. Fill An Album With Insta-worthy Pictures
Selfies or otherwise, there is really no reason why you would not want to keep shooting picture after picture when you are in Udaipur. The charming place has too many beautiful palaces, parks and lakes that the best thing you can do in Udaipur is to make sure that you have the perfect click of the moment or view stored away, for you to brood over and enjoy, years from now.
4. Get a Panoramic View of Udaipur From Monsoon Palace
The Sajjan Garh or Monsoon Palace was built to offer a view of the monsoon clouds to the royalty of Mewar. One of the best things to do is to visit the palace and get an absolutely stunning and panoramic view of the city with its lakes, gardens and palaces.
Or watch the city lights at night reflect on the glittering waters all around. You could also go for a balloon ride, which offers an aerial view of the city.
5. Watch the Sunset From A Boat
Sunsets over water are celebrated the world over and watching Udaipur’s sunsets is one of the best things you can do here. The advantage here is that you get to watch it while taking a boat ride along the beautiful lake, feasting your eyes on the historic structures lining the banks, or floating on the water, like the Taj Lake Palace.
Top Things To Do in Udaipur (Culture & History)
6. Take a Heritage Walk
One of the top things to do in Udaipur is to take in the sights of Udaipur by walking through its lanes. Relive the wonderful times under Mewar rule, which resulted in the construction of the various regal monuments, parks, gardens and lakes around Udaipur.
Enjoy the sights as you immerse yourself in the history of this magical and enchanting city, and leave a bit of your heart behind while you carry a bit of the city with you forever.
7. Become a Historian
Did you know that Maharana Pratap had a faithful horse named Chetak which saved him during the battle of Haldighati, fought against the Mughal army and Raja Man Singh?
They say Chetak carried a badly injured Maharana away from the battle to safety and died in the process, after taking a several feet long leap across a river. History lovers will find that visiting the cenotaph of the faithful Chetak is the best thing to do, at Udaipur.
8. Watch a Sound and Light Show at a Fo
Visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort and watch the sound and light show which gives you an insight into the rich history and culture of the Maharanas of Mewar and Kumbhalgarh amidst the floodlights. An amazing experience, not to be missed. Do add it to your list of top things to do in Udaipur.
9. Visit the Vintage Beauties
See the perfectly maintained, imported cars owned by the Maharanas of Mewar bearing witness to the grandeur of their lifestyle. James Bond fans would have seen the grand 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom of the Maharanas in the movie Octopussy.
They have a fine collection of beautiful vintage cars which include a 1946 Buick and a 1930 Ford.
Top Things To Do in Udaipur (Food & Shopping)
10. Go Shopping
Shopping is an inevitable part of any trip and a visit to Udaipur will not be complete without stopping to pick up some of the colourful and beautiful handmade items of Rajasthan. We have already mentioned the puppets, but the miniature paintings, silver trinkets, hand-embroidered jackets and leather purses will also prove to be eminently worthy of your interest.
11. Catch a Puppet Show
Puppet shows are an intrinsic part of Rajasthan’s culture. Indulge the child in you by visiting a puppet show at the Bharathiya Lok Kala Museum or any of the other places when you see one advertised. The shows enact classic and timeless tales loved by one and all, leaving you mesmerised. Remember to carry a set home, as a souvenir, when you go out shopping.
12. Sample the Local Fare
The cuisine of Rajasthan is unique to its rich heritage and arid climate. There are a wide variety of delectable dishes, with a reasonably long shelf life which come for Rajasthan.
Milk and lentils dominate the cooking instead of fresh vegetables and many dishes are aimed at one’s sweet tooth. If you haven’t ever tasted the delectable Dal-Baati-Churma, Laal Mas or Bikaner Bhujia, add it to your list of must-do things in Udaipur.
Top Things To Do in Udaipur (Religious Places)
13. Worship Karni Mata
If you are not musophobic, you will be quite surprised by the ambience of the Karni Mata temple at Deshnoke where you get to see thousands of rats being fed and held in reverence. Go here to seek the blessings of the Goddess and see the faithful partake of the food nibbled on by the rats here!
14. Visit Eklingji
Worshipped by the Mewar Ranas as the supreme God, Eklingji must be visited to see the abiding devotion of the Kings to this God, which has the present-day Maharana visiting the temple every Monday. The complex houses 108 different temples to major and minor gods from the Hindu Pantheon and is a fine example of the beautiful workmanship of the sculptors of lore.
Top Things To Do in Udaipur (Adventure)
15. Ride a Horse
Yes, you got that right. If you are inspired by the tales of faithful horses and valiant kings, now could be the time for you to try riding a horse yourself and exercise some unused muscles. Operators here let you try it, and provide all possible support and even special equipment to make it possible. If nothing else, definitely a photo-op!
16. Ride the Ropeway
Another way to get an aerial view of Udaipur to enjoy the scenic views and be enchanted by the palaces and lakes of Udaipur, also known as Venice of the East. Take the reasonably priced ropeway and ride to the famous Karni Mata temple and enjoy the view while doing so.
17. Go on a Safari
There are two wildlife sanctuaries to visit when you are at Udaipur, and both are blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Visit the Sajjanpur Biological Park to spend your time on a safari and look into the eyes of a tiger in its natural habitat or go to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary to see the pristine beauty of untouched forests at close quarters.
18. Trek to the Hills
Udaipur offers an amazing trekking trails with an amazing opportunity to observe the splendid culture, tradition and diversity of the lives of people of Rajasthan. The proximity of the Aravalli hills makes Udaipur an ideal location for trekking, so add it to your list of things to do, if you are an enthusiast.
Udaipur is a beautiful city with a lot to offer a visitor, and we have made an attempt to cover the top things to do here. Do write in and tell us how you enjoyed them and also tell us of any offbeat experiences which you may have enjoyed.