Forts, palaces, extensive public gardens, shaded alleys between houses, the residents ' colourful attire, and camels sauntering past, Udaipur holds a veritable treasure trove of experiences for every traveller. The city blends history and its royal origins with a modern outlook. Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of Rajasthan's most visited tourist places. Situated around beautiful water lakes and covered by the Aravalli Hills in all directions, Udaipur is known for its azure lakes, magnificent palaces, vibrant culture and delectable food.
Udaipur will allow you to experience some of the city's beautiful palaces and lakes and leave you time to go out and explore some of the temples and forts in the surrounding area. Here's how.
City Tour: start your day with visiting City Palace with a visit at Jagdish temple near city palace. City Palace is the largest palace complex in rajasthan, now a museum, luxury hotel & royal residence. Most of the building is now dominated by the Museum with its collection of lavish paintings, mosaics and artefacts, but the chambers, narrow halls and courtyards are also richly rewarding to explore, especially for the intricate glass inlays and mirror work. From there will go to Saheliyon ki bari it’s a majestic garden and popular tourist spot in Udaipur. It is also known the Courtyard of Maidens. As the name suggests, it was made for the maidens who accompanied the Princess after her marriage to Maharana Sangram Singh.
Afternoon enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola. Evening visit Bagore ki Haveli for cultural dance show -This is one of Udaipur's grand palaces, built to house a whopping 100 living quarters scaled lavishly. The royal family, their ministers, and companions, and the domestic staff used the Palace.
Eklingji & Nagda temple visit: It’s a half day temple tour. Eklingji, a temple tangled located in the holy town of Kailashpuri, about 14 miles (22 kilometres) outside Udaipur. The site has around 100 temples of all sizes; most are made of marble or granite, and many feature beautifully carved exteriors dominated by carved arches and pillars. Many are dedicated to Eklingji, a popular form of Lord Shiva that's long been revered by the royal families of the area.
Nagda temple: The Sas-bahu temple in Nagda is famous for the exotic carvings that awaken memories of the artefacts of the great Indian epic, Ramayana. Constructed in the 10th century, the temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Revel in the elegant octagonal roofs of the ‘Bahu’ temple that consists of 8 female statuettes that reek of the rich aesthetic skills of the architecture of the olden days. When you pay a visit to this place, you will discover a total of 10 little shrines that surround the ‘Sas temple’ while there are 4 temples surrounding the ‘bahu’ temple.
Yoga in the Park: There's nothing quite like a journey to India to deepen your practice and help you get closer to the heart of yoga. Yet when it comes to planning a trip to yoga's motherland, there's a good chance you will feel overwhelmed. After all, India is big—it's the seventh largest country in the world and home to about 1.3 billion people. Delve into the rich heritage of the country and learn some yoga postures from the experienced and knowledgeable teachers. Yoga is a healthy practice and should be incorporated by everyone into their lives. Not only is yoga very good for your health, it is a very relaxing and soothing experience leaving you detoxed and destressed! Indulging in a few yoga sessions can enrich your vacation experience.
The gentle morning breeze in Udaipur coupled with the meditative poses and deep breath is a great experience. Practicing yoga in the morning improves your day thoroughly as you feel refreshed and energized. You can learn yoga at the main Gulab Park of Udaipur (5 min walk from Lake Palace).
Our Yoga teachers can assess the capability of people and accordingly suggest and teach a set of postures, mudras and breathing exercises to benefit the individual. Classes are offered aiming for guest satisfactions as well as a service towards humanity.
Mind & Body is all about - "Yoga in Greens". An outdoor YOGA class for both beginners and regular practitioners.
Excursion on Foot in Udaipur surroundings: We organize thrilling tours to unknown and unexplored places near Udaipur. We believe in providing adventurous journeys which are short, sweet and commendable. Our trips are a blend of rural, historical, cultural and wild experiences with stunning nature, jaw dropping views and exciting hikes which are just minutes away from the city of Udaipur. Each and every tour offers a separate experience revealing true gems of its own. We believe that we can provide a valuable service for your guests and offer them a unique offbeat activity to relatively unknown locations near Udaipur.
Highlight - Walk Through the Erstwhile Hunting Trails, sight some Aoudhis (Hunting Towers), Pass Through Abundance of Flora & Fauna With Some Mesmerizing Views.
Starting from one of the highest regional peaks and through the hills, among the lovely flora and fauna, amidst the best of views is an awe-inspiring journey that is not too long and definitely not tiring. The Sajjangarh palace is the backdrop for half the trail along with glimpses of other monuments encircling the hike, telling you stories of the erstwhile rulers and hunters of Mewar. The name Adbesara refers to a Leopard in the region and hence the location covering this hike is the best suited for a leopards’ hideout.
Embark on a small trek and reward yourself with the bliss of pure nature, vast views and the blessings of “Dhuni Mata”. A secluded trek on the outskirts of ‘Udaipur city’ that has been away from human influence. If you are lucky you can spot some striped hyenas and jackals on your way. It is absolutely worth investing your energy in. 3 to 4-hour journey that includes a scenic jeep drive followed by a trek specially curated by Excursions Udaipur for nature and adventure enthusiasts.
Jeep Tours in Udaipur: We organize thrilling tours to unknown and unexplored places near Udaipur. We believe in providing adventurous journeys which are short, sweet and commendable. Our trips are a blend of rural, historical, cultural and wild experiences with stunning nature, jaw dropping views and exciting hikes which are just minutes away from the city of Udaipur. Each and every tour offers a separate experience revealing true gems of its own. We believe that we can provide a valuable service for your guests and offer them a unique offbeat activity to relatively unknown locations near Udaipur.
An inspirational journey that connects travelers with the roots of the local faith. A highly enjoyable and informative tour that covers some beautiful lakes and temples on the way. The primary stop here is at the famous Saas-Bahu temple monuments followed by refreshments. Next, the tour takes you to the temple of Lord Eklingnath, considered as the supreme deity of the kingdom of Mewar. Visit and pay homage to this famous Shiv temple situated in the small town of Kailashpuri. The trip winds up with some relaxation time beside a lake and we head to Udaipur thereafter.
Highlights - Majestic Sunrise & Sunrise Views Overlooking the Hilly Terrain, Open Jeep Drive, Observing Rural & Village Life
A very recommended journey that starts either early morning or late evening (depending on the season). It’s a short trip covering some of the most scenic and beautiful hilly and rural countryside in the outskirts of Udaipur. It’s not just the drive which makes it a beauty worth remembering but a few locations where you can relax and enjoy unique sunrise and sunset views.
This tour forms a simple picture of the rustic country life at the beginning and end of the day. After the hotel pickup you will be taken to a short journey up the Aravali hills and experience either sunset or sunrise over the majestic horizon. This tour concludes with an optional visit to the Obeshwarji temple.
Highlights - Enjoy Series of Lakes One After Another, Open Jeep Drive, Observing Rural & Village life, Lakeside Relaxation Witnessing Bird's Activities.
The word “talab” means a lake and as it is known that lakes are the treasures of Mewar. As the name suggests this is a brilliant tour where we cover a series of lakes. In this not so long journey, the entire route goes through the rural and interior parts of the Udaipur division. It winds up at a magnificent location on the banks of a secluded lake where sitting arrangements are made with refreshments. During the winter season a lot of migratory birds can be seen here, some of them migrating here all the way from Siberia.
Highlights - Witnessing Stunning Locations & Grasslands, Open Jeep Drives Through the Most Picturesque View Observing Rural Life & Local Tribal People, Visit To a Small Abandoned Fortalice.
Explore untouched gems of nature as you glide past incredible scenery through one of the most stunning drives of this region. This tour is all about getting away from the hustle bustle of the city life and enjoying the calm of the nature. There are no monuments to discover here but a beautiful drive with miles & miles of natural surroundings on either side of the road. Arrangements with refreshments are made available at a scenic location where you can witness a lake view surrounded by hilly cliffs. The tour winds up after a visit to a small abandoned fortalice.
Udaipur Heritage Walk: Udaipur, also known as City of Lakes, is indeed the most romantic town of Rajasthan. On this exclusive guided Walking Tour we will show you ‘The Real Udaipur’ —its people, its living traditions, its appealing localities and vibrant bazaars.
We walk through Udaipur's most beautiful streets and sites, navigate hidden lanes, meet interesting residents and artisans, witness pottery and bamboo craft. Learn about popular legends, living heritage and religious beliefs of this charming town. These tours are led by our expert “City Explorers” whose excellent local knowledge and passion will help you discover Udaipur unlike regular tourists.
Main Features: –
- Visit the famous Ghats and historic temples on the banks of Lake Pichola.
- Visit an ancient step well which were once used for Drinking water.
- Meet a local family for a cup of tea in their 150 years old residence decorated with fascinating fresco paintings and mirror work.
- Walk through sunarwada and meet silver and goldsmiths at work. Observe the traditional way of making clay potteries and water pitchers.
Udaipur Cycle Tour: The City of Lakes, Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in the world and has also earned the sobriquet “Venice of the East”.
Get a chance to understand the fantastic countryside, tiny hamlets, and the vast ecology of the Aravalis and the vibrant culture in the outskirts of Udaipur.
We start from the Glorious FatehSagar Lake in the bright morning sun as we breathe in the soft breeze of the lake, get mesmerized by the beauty of the lake water sparkling with the morning sun. We ride through colorful narrow lanes of Udaipur crossing many lake side’s as we do.
From here we proceed towards the Badi Lake, this part of the ride is a little steep and has certain switchbacks too. Riding through the country roads crossing several seasonal waterfalls we finally reach the lake. Few relish and re-energize ourselves over light refreshments at the beautiful lake and get ready to ride back to the city taking an alternate route through the forests and some of the vibrant colorful Villages.
Destination – Udaipur, Rajasthan (India)
Meeting Place – FatehSagar Lake
Start Time - 0700 hours
Distance Covered - 18- 20 Kilometers
Total Time - 3-4 Hrs
Highlights: FatehSagar Lake, Badi Lake, Udaipur Country Side
The region around Udaipur is marked for its beautiful architecture and stately forts. Kumbhalgarh can easily be visited on a day trip and is usually combined with a stop at the Ranakpur Jain Temple, built around the same time as the fort. The temple's most notable feature is its 1,444 marble pillars, each of which features its unique look. Alternatively, head out to Chittorgarh, one of the six Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Likely built in the seventh Century, the fort is the largest in India, encompassing around 700 acres (283 hectares), and is big enough to merit an entire day of exploring.
The artificial lake is one of the wonders of Udaipur. Boating on this lake is highly recommended. Many locals visit this area and sit on the banks of the lake awaiting the sunrise, sipping on kulchas of chai, or simply chatting with each other. The lake has a hill range and bathing ghats, and several old palaces on one side.
Just like palaces and forts, Udaipur abounds in ghats and kinds. The Ambrai Ghat offers a beautiful view of Udaipur and is considered one of the city's most romantic spots. It is located just outside the City Palace and close to the famous Hanuman Ghat. If you are in Udaipur with your partner, you should certainly catch the mesmerising sunset at this ghat. If it's some quality time you seek with your partner, this is a critical Udaipur tourist place.
This curiously-named temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws lakhs of devotees yearly during Shivratri. Boasting a magnificent two-storey structure, it features a pyramidal roof and a carved tower – nobody knows how these un-Hindu elements made their way into the temple architecture. A series of steps lead to a lake behind the temple.
Every Udaipur travel guide lists the Jag Mohan Palace as a must-visit spot in the city with good reason. The Palace is a three-storey structure crafted out of yellow sandstone and marble, and it gleams like a flame at night when the lights in the area are switched on. It features a majestic entrance depicting eight giant elephants carved out of marble.
Regarding palaces, you might also want to visit this Udaipur tourist place named after its creator, Maharana Sajjan Singh. The king was a keen astronomer and commissioned this building to be the largest observatory in the country.
This imposing memorial is dedicated to – and conceptualised – the brave Rajput warrior Maharana Pratap and his faithful steed Chetak. This significant Udaipur tourist place shows Maharana Pratap astride Chetak, ready to charge into battle.
History remembers this site where the bloody Haldighati battle was fought between Maharana Pratap and Raja Mansingh, the king of Amber province. The massive amount of bloodshed on the battlefield is said to have permanently stained the soil red.
Since visiting the Garden City of Udaipur, make a pit stop at the famous Saheliyon Ki Bari. Located on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake, the garden was created for the companions of Maharana Sangram Singh's Queen after she married him. The maidens would use the garden away from prying male eyes – nobody was supposed to visit the vicinity when the Queen and her companions used it.
The cable car offers panoramic views of the city, and the sunset at the top will entrance you. But get in line early or pay more to skip the line – there is always a crowd waiting to try the cable cars, so the wait is long.
Far from statues, monuments, and gardens are the little artists' village of Shilpgram. The place is like a moving museum, showing the lifestyle and creative culture of not just Rajasthani artisans but those from Western India. It was originated by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Shilpgram has located about 3 km from the city center and is an important tourist attraction.
All lovers of old cars should make a stop at this unusual museum. It houses a sizeable collection of old and expensive cars, from Rolls Royce to Mercedes models. Most of the cars in the museum have been sourced from the stables of the erstwhile Mewar families of Udaipur, amongst the wealthiest royal families in India. Many of the cars on display were custom-made for their owners, and you can study the plaques to get more information on each car.
This market is a magnet for those looking for various things to take back home: from colourful uttis to embroidered kurtas and junk jewellery to home décor items. If you have just a day free to yourself, we suggest you go to this market and satisfy with some retail therapy.
In his deep baritone voice of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the present Custodian of the House of Mewar, which welcomes guests at the start of the son et lumiere and sets the mood for the evening, at the magnificent Manik chowk of City Palace.
Timings: 1900 – 2000
Cost: U$ 25
Duration: 60 minutes
You see the ‘real Udaipur’ – its people, its living traditions, it’s interesting localities and vibrant bazaars. Walk through Udaipur's most beautiful streets and sites, wonder in the hidden alleyways and meet locals and various artisans engaged in jewelry making, pottery and bamboo craft. Learn about popular legends, living heritage and religious beliefs of this charming town.
Timings: Preferably morning
Cost: U$ 30
Duration: 2 hours
Explore the ‘City of lakes’ on a bike, swerving to un-treaded nooks and corners through the beautiful city and absorbing this historic capital of Mewar at your own pace.
Timings: Preferably morning
Cost: U$ 50
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Bagore Ki Haveli is an ancient building that stands on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The splendid architecture of the mansion boasts of delicate carved work and excellent glass work.
Timings: During city tour
Cost: U$ 10
Duration: 45 minutes
A unique private collection of vintage cars of the House of Mewar - the world’s longest serving dynasty. The Vintage & Classic Car Collection is a landmark in the city of Udaipur ever since it was inaugurated. The grand limousines and cars showcased in the Collection are still in perfect running condition.
Timings: During city tour
Cost: U$ 15
Duration: 45 – 60 minutes
Udaipur is famous for its ‘school’ of miniature painting. The miniatures are executed in a primitive and vigorous folk style and are completely uninfluenced by the Mughal style. You visit an artist’s workshop and try your hand at creating a miniature yourself.
Timings: During city tour
Cost: U$ 20
Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Every state has its own flavor and own delicacies. Indian kitchens are a place of sanctity and simplicity. You will get to visit the private homes to witness the cooking along with tips from the housewives. You can learn authentic cooking. Indian culinary tours also include visits to spice markets and spice plantation gardens to understand the meaning of spices and herbs and their health benefits.
Timings: After city tour
Cost: U$ 25
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
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