Udaipur Travel Guide – Attractions, Food, What Not to Miss

Udaipur Travel Guide
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Udaipur is a city in Rajasthan, India with many attractions. This Udaipur travel guide is about its history, best places, food & what you must not miss.

Udaipur Travel Guide

Romance wraps itself snugly over the royal city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Palaces and forts nestle tantalizingly against the waters of serene lakes, an aura of royalty seems to envelop the city and render it with a charm that makes it unique, not only in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan but India itself. This travel blog on Udaipur aims to help readers plan their Udaipur itinerary and also serve as a Udaipur travel guide, that would help them enhance their Udaipur experience.

It is no surprise that Udaipur figures as one of the top places to visit in India along with other gems of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner for both Indian and foreign tourists alike. Udaipur also figures as one of the destinations to be covered in most Rajasthan road trips too. With many places to see and things to do in Udaipur, one can look at a Rajasthan itinerary that includes at the minimum 1 day in Udaipur though this may not be wholly enough to do justice to the place. 4 days in Udaipur would be more in order.

Udaipur Travel Guide – History, Attractions, Food, What Not to Miss

Udaipur Travel Guide - History, Attractions, Food, What Not to Miss
Udaipur photo of Udaipur City Palace – उदयपुर

Udaipur – the city of lakes and palaces is a veritable treasure house of attractions that present the very best of Rajasthan and its royal past. The landscapes of Udaipur are different from those of other important cities of Rajasthan. Udaipur is located in the midst of the Aravalli range of mountains and is blessed with rich forest cover and multiple lakes that not only enhance its beauty but are a valuable source of water. The legacy of a colourful and rich cultural heritage, as well as a royal history, makes Udaipur an attractive tourist destination. Read on to know more about this beautiful destination.

Where is Udaipur situated

Udaipur is a city located in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan shares its boundary with the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab. On the western side of the state lies the border with Pakistan. Udaipur is located near the Gujarat state border and is about 264 kilometres from the city of Ahmedabad.

Udaipur City Map

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Udaipur Tourist Map / Udaipur Sightseeing Map

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Udaipur – A Brief History

Udaipur Travel Guide – History, Attractions, What Not to Miss
Painting at Udaipur Palace

Udaipur takes its name from the man who founded it, Udai Singh II, who was the Maharana of Mewar, a region which formed part of the present-day state of Rajasthan. Udai Singh II is also the father of Maharana Pratap, one of India’s popular and well-known heroes from history.

Chittorgarh, the capital of the Mewar Kingdom was under siege by Akbar in the mid 16th century. It was at this time that the then ruler of Mewar, decided to shift his capital to a more secure location and the contours of Udaipur emerged on the horizon. According to a myth, a saint was meditating on a hill near a lake that is now famous as Pichhola Lake, this saint advised Udai Singh II to build his capital there. The locale was ideal, surrounded by the Aravalli ranges, and dotted with forests and lakes, the place offered natural and secure boundaries against invaders.

Thus was born the city of Udaipur. The beautiful city of lakes remained the capital of the Mewar Kingdom for about 259 years with successive kings independently ruling it and then in the early 19th century, it became a princely state under British rule. The kingdom of Mewar including Udaipur became part of the state of Rajasthan after India’s independence in 1947.

About Udaipur – Present Day

Udaipur Travel Guide - History, Attractions, Food, What Not to Miss
Udaipur

Udaipur is a city that is situated in the southern extremity of the state of Rajasthan, India. It is located near the border with the state of Gujarat. Udaipur is at an elevation of almost 600 meters above sea level and nestles in the midst of the Aravalli ranges, surrounded by hills, forests, and lakes. The city is home to about half a million people and attracts tourists to the tune of a quarter-million every year.

The economy of the city is driven by tourism though there are other industries like marble processing that also contribute to the coffers of the Udaipur Municipal Corporation.

Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur

One can never be at a loss for what to do in Udaipur. If you pick up any Udaipur travel guide it is sure to be choc a bloc with things to do and places to see in Udaipur. Your itinerary for Udaipur is sure to be jampacked with places to see in Udaipur. Here is a list of the best places in Udaipur.

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – City Palace, Udaipur

Udaipur is a city where you are likely to stumble upon a palace at every step, well almost! So much so that many of the majestic palaces featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy.

But the palace that stands high and dominates the skyline of the city is the historic City Palace. This palace is in many ways synonymous with Udaipur and has been a witness to the history of Udaipur right from inception. The City Palace construction coincided with the founding of the city of Udaipur itself, the construction was started by the city’s founder Udai Singh II in the year 1553 and it took about 400 years to be completed with successive kings adding on to the Palace.

Udaipur Travel Guide - Top Places To Visit In Udaipur - City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – City Palace, Udaipur

The kings of Mewar ruled their kingdom from the City Palace, which is a delightful blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture.

The City Palace is actually a series of palaces built in marble and granite behind a massive and magnificent facade. Part of the City Palace is converted into a museum today and is open to the public, providing a peep into the grandeur of the royal past of Udaipur. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in Udaipur.

Lake Palace

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Udaipur Lake Palace

One of the most spectacular images of Udaipur is that of the Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola. The Lake Palace which was originally known as Jag Niwas was the summer palace of the kings of Mewar. This palace was constructed in the 18th century, more specifically between 1743 and 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh. The palace is an enchanting structure of black and white marble embellished with precious stones and ornamented with many gardens, fountains, canopies, and courtyards. The Lake Palace featured in the James Bond thriller, Octopussy. The Lake Palace is today a hotel, the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur.

Monsoon Palace

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

The Monsoon Palace was built for the King Maharana Sajjan Singh and is also known as Sajjangarh. The Palace stands atop a hill that overlooks the Fatehsagar Lake. This palace too can be seen in the James Bond movie, Octopussy. The Monsoon Palace was built in 1884 and is open to visitors. The Monsoon Palace offers some spectacular views of the sunset from its lofty position. It is about 5 kilometres from Udaipur and is accessible by a winding, motorable road.

Jag Mandir

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Jagmandir Udaipur

Jag Mandir is another palace that stands in the middle of the waters of Lake Pichola. It is located on an island and was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I, in the 17th century. Jag Mandir too was a summer palace of the Mewar kings. The Palace is reached through an entry pavilion that is decorated by sculpted elephants. The palace is a three-tiered structure and includes the Gul Mahal, gardens and courtyards, the palace of 12 stones, and other grand adornments. The Jag Mandir too featured prominently in the James Bond spy thriller, Octopussy.

Ahar Cenotaphs

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Ahar Cenotaphs Udaipur

Outside the city of Udaipur are located the Ahar Cenotaphs, the last resting place of the kings who ruled over Udaipur and their families. The Ahar Cenotaphs are situated about a couple of kilometres outside the city and have around 250 Cenotaphs and include Chhatris or Canopies that are built in the memory of 19 kings of the Mewar dynasty who were cremated there.

Saheliyon- Ki- Baari

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Saheliyon ki Baari Udaipur

The Saheliyon-Ki-Baari is a beautifully landscaped garden with lovely fountains that was built for the royal ladies of Mewar. The garden was built by Maharana Sangram Singh between 1710 to 1734. The queen used to spend time in the pristine environs of the garden along with her maids who were part of her royal entourage. The lovely garden also has a beautiful lotus pond, and sculptures of elephants in marble. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is one of the most beautiful gardens in Udaipur.

Bagore Ki Haveli

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Bagore-ki-Haveli is one of the best things to see in Udaipur. It is a royal mansion(Haveli) that is built on the edge of Lake Pichola. The Bagore-ki-Haveli was built by the Prime Minister of Mewar in the 18th century. The regal mansion has 138 grand rooms and numerous courtyards, balconies, and corridors. The interiors of the rooms are adorned with intricate mirror-work.

Shilpgram

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Shilpgram Udaipur

Shilpgram is a crafts village located about 3 kilometres from Udaipur. It is spread over a sprawling area of 70 acres. Shilpgram is a living exhibition of the arts and crafts of the rural and tribal people from the western Indian states. It showcases the best of the ethnic arts and culture of the region. Many workshops and festivals are organized periodically at Shilpgram.

Vintage Car Museum

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Vintage Car Museum

The Vintage Car Museum Udaipur is a museum that houses antique cars from the collection of the Maharanas of Udaipur. The museum is located at the original Mewar State Motor Garage. Various cars like Rolls Royce, Cadillacs, etc., can be seen in the museum.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Top Places To Visit In Udaipur – Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is an institute that has been set up with the objective of studying the culture, folk arts, folk songs, folk dances, and festivals of the states of Western India. The states included here are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, etc.. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is a part of this institution and showcases the best of culture and ethnic arts and crafts of the region. One can also enjoy live performances of folk dances and puppetry shows here.

Lakes of Udaipur

Udaipur Travel Guide – Lakes of Udaipur
Udaipur Travel Guide – Lakes of Udaipur

Udaipur is not called the City of Lakes without reason. It is a city that is home to many major and minor interconnected lakes which apart from their cosmetic value serve as a lifeline to the city. It is the interconnected lake system of Udaipur that provides water to the city for various purposes including for agriculture, drinking, and industrial purposes, apart from the recharge of groundwater.

Udaipur’s lake system consists of the lakes that are located within the city, the Upper Lakes, and the Lakes that are located downstream. The main lakes are the Fathesagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Goverdhan Sagar, Rang Sagar, and Kumharia Talab, in the City. Chota Madar, Bada Madar, and the Badi Lake form the Upper lakes. The Udaisagar Lake is the downstream lake. Here are some of the main lakes in Udaipur.

Fatehsagar Lake

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Lakes of Udaipur – Fateh Sagar Lake

The Fatehsagar Lake was constructed towards the later part of the 17th century and is named after Maharana Fateh Singh. The beautiful lake is a popular tourist attraction and has three islands situated in its waters. These are Nehru Park, Udaipur Solar Observatory, and another island with a garden and beautiful fountains.

Lake Pichola

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Lakes of Udaipur – Lake Pichola

The Lake Pichola is situated in the heart of Udaipur city and is next to the City Palace. It is an artificial lake built in the 14th century. It is a very popular tourist attraction with boating facilities. There are four islands located on the lake and these include the Jag Mandir Palace as well as the famous Lake Palace Hotel.

Badi Lake

Badi Lake Udaipur
Udaipur Travel Guide – Lakes of Udaipur – Badi Lake Udaipur

Badi Lake is an enchanting lake that offers a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Udaipur city. The Badi Lake is some 12 kilometres away from the city. The lake is man-made and was built in the 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh and was named Jayana Sagar after the King’s mother, Jana Devi. The lake is a great place to experience spectacular sunsets.

The tranquil waters of the lake, the rosy hue of the setting sun, and the lovely white canopies on the embankment of the lake make for a magical experience. Do head to Badi Lake Udaipur for some moments of tranquillity beside the serene waters of the lake.

Day Trips From Udaipur – Best Places To Visit Near Udaipur

Udaipur is endowed with a very unique and strategic location. There are many attractions of Rajasthan that can be easily visited on a day trip from Udaipur.

Kumbhalgarh (90 km.)

Kumbalgarh Fort
Udaipur Travel Guide – Day Trips From Udaipur – Kumbalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh is a historic city of Rajasthan and one that played an important role in Mewar’s history. The most famous of the Mewar kings, Maharana Pratap was born in Kumbhalgarh. The Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the largest in the world and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and part of the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The perimeter wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort extends to a staggering length of 36 kilometres, making it one of the longest walls in the world.

It is believed to be the second-longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort complex, there are many historic structures including palaces and temples. These include the Badal Mahal, Vedi Temple, Mammadev Temple, and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.

Chittorgarh (119 km.)

Chittorgarh Fort
Udaipur Travel Guide – Day Trips From Udaipur – Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh was the old capital of the Mewar Kindom before Udai Singh II built the new capital at Udaipur. The Chittorgarh Fort is a living fort and part of the Group of Hill Forts of Rajasthan, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fort is full of historical monuments that tell the story of the Kings and Queens of Mewar. Some of the important monuments within the Chittorgarh Fort are Mirabai Temple, Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir, Kirti Stambh, and Vijay Stambh.

Haldighati (46 km.)

Maharana Pratap Museum, Haldighati
Udaipur Travel Guide – Day Trips From Udaipur – Maharana Pratap Museum, Haldighati

A memorial to Maharana Pratap has been built at the site of the famous battle of Haldighati. The famous battle was fought by the forces of Mewar led by Maharana Pratap with the forces of the Mughal Empire led by Mansingh. This is the place where the valiant horse of Maharana Pratap, Chetak, died in battle. There is a cenotaph in its memory at Haldighati. Haldighati Udaipur is a must-visit for those interested in history.

Ranakpur (93 km.)

Ranakpur Jain Temple
Udaipur Travel Guide – Day Trips From Udaipur – Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur is famous for its exquisite Jain temples which include the main Chaturbhuj temple known for its beautiful marble pillars. Other temples of Ranakpur include the Parshwanath temple, Neminath temple, and the Ranakpur Sun Temple.

Nathdwara (45 km.)

Nathdwara Temple images
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Nathdwara is a famous pilgrimage place because of the Shrinathji Temple here. The place attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. The historic temple is dedicated to the child form of Krishna. The idol is believed to have self-manifested from the Goverdhan Hill, near Vrindavan. The deity is in the form of a black marble idol of a 7-year old Krishna lifting the Goverdhan Hill.

Udaipur Travel Guide – Getting Around Udaipur

Udaipur is easy to get around. One can use the services of app-based taxi services like Uber and Ola. Another convenient way to get around Udaipur is by autorickshaws. One can also hire a car or bike to get around Udaipur.

What To Eat in Udaipur And Where To Eat In Udaipur

What To Eat in Udaipur And Where To Eat In Udaipur
What To Eat in Udaipur And Where To Eat In Udaipur

Eating in Udaipur can be an aesthetic experience in itself. Imagine sitting in a restaurant and savouring the local delicacies as you watch a boat gliding in the placid waters of Lake Pichola. Think how nice it would be to be sipping your Cappucino or a glass of cool, spiced buttermilk looking out at the imposing facade of the City Palace. Eating out in Udaipur is all about imbibing the flavours and aromas of local food generously garnished with the royal ambience of the city.

Udaipur apart from its local Rajasthan cuisine offers flavours of the cuisines from across India. To cater to foreign visitors, there are many restaurants offering continental, Italian, and other international cuisines. For those who swear by the colour and flourish of street food, Udaipur has a lip-smacking range of street food on offer. Some of the best places to eat in Udaipur are listed below for your reference in this Udaipur travel guide.

Jaajam Restaurant, a place that offers excellent views of the City Palace. It serves Indian, Italian, Chinese, and American cuisines.

Helloboho Lakeside Restaurant, a place to head to for vegetarians and vegans, the restaurant also offers Gluten-free options. The cuisines available are Indian, Italian, and Chinese. It is a nice cafe in Udaipur to chill.

Jaiwana Haveli Rooftop Restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. It is a good place for local food and serves Indian cuisine.

Festivals in Udaipur

Festivals in Udaipur
Festivals in Udaipur

The fairs and festivals of Udaipur bring alive the spirit of the city in vibrant colours. It is a great experience to be able to plan a visit to the city to coincide with a festival. There are many fairs and festivals that periodically inject the city with an extra dose of joy and enthusiasm. Here are some of the important festivals of Udaipur.

Gangaur or Mewar Festival

This is a colourful festival that showcases the colourful culture of Rajasthan and is celebrated in the month of April. The festival is marked by dance and music programmes and the highlight is a procession that is taken out across the city.

Holi

Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Udaipur, just as it is celebrated across India. The festival sees people greeting each other with colours and bonhomie. The beautiful city of Udaipur offers a perfect setting for celebrating Holi.

Shilpgram Festival

A festival that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the region is organized by Shilpgram. The festival is a great opportunity for an immersive experience of the local arts, crafts, and culture.

Diwali

The festival of lights transforms the skyline of Udaipur into a surreal hue. The palaces and lakes glisten with the glow of a million lamps and the sky is brilliantly lit by fireworks. Celebrating one of India’s most important festivals in Udaipur is a dream come true.

Culture & Tradition of Udaipur

The rich and colourful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in Udaipur. Be it in the traditional dresses of the region which includes colourful Ghaghra Cholis of women or the multi-hued turbans sported by men. The ethnic people of the region called Bhils still retain their ancient heritage.

Udaipur is a teeming centre of arts and crafts that are being nurtured and kept alive by institutions like Shilpgram. Dance and music are an integral part of the culture of the region, and these are alive and flourishing in Udaipur. Dances like Ghoomar, Kalbeliya, and others showcase the rich history and heritage of the region.

Shopping In Udaipur –What To Buy In Udaipur Mementos / Souvenir

Shopping In Udaipur -What To Buy In Udaipur Mementos / Souvenir
Shopping In Udaipur -What To Buy In Udaipur Mementos / Souvenir

Shopping in Udaipur is definitely something to plan and look forward to. There is so much to buy and take back home from Udaipur. Some of the best places for shopping in Udaipur are listed below.

Bada Bazaar

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Shopping in Udaipur – Bada Bazaar Udaipur

Not far from the City Palace is located a colourful melange of small and big shops that entice you at every step with their colourful wares. This is the Bada Bazaar( Big Market ). One can buy the famous Bandhani sarees and dress material or other traditional Rajasthani apparel here. If you fancy jewellery, this is the place for you too. For those looking to take back home the colourful and exquisitely designed Rajasthani footwear termed as Juttis, there is a complete section devoted to this named Mochiwada Bazar.

Bapu Bazaar

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Shopping in Udaipur – Bapu Bazaar

Again in the vicinity of the City Palace is the Bapu Bazaar. This is the place to head to for some shopping at leisure. A place to pick up crockery and other Rajasthani handicrafts. You can also indulge your tastebuds on some street food also in this place.

Rajasthali

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Shopping in Udaipur – Rajasthali

This is the handicrafts stores that is run by the Rajasthan State Government and is the place to head to for buying authentic textiles and handicrafts. Textiles, wooden craft in the form of toys, and furniture, Blue Pottery, and other mementoes and souvenirs can be brought in Rajasthali.

Hathi Pol

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Shopping in Udaipur – Rajasthani Painting

This is a market where local artists sell their creations. Famous miniature paintings of Rajashtan can be bought here along with other traditional handicrafts and textiles.

Shilpgram

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Shopping in Udaipur – Shilpgram

For authentic and traditional handicrafts one can also head to Shilpgram, where apart from shopping one can get a feel of rural Rajasthan and its culture.

Sim card/Mobile operators

Udaipur is a major urban centre of Rajasthan and has a good communication network. WiFi will be available at most of the hotels. Mobile networks are good too. All major mobile operators operate in Udaipur, including Airtel, Jio, Vodafone, BSNL etc..

Currency/ ATM/ Money

Currency/ ATM/ Money
Currency/ ATM/ Money

Indian Rupee is the currency accepted in Udaipur. Udaipur is a tourist hub and a commercial centre, and an ATM or a centre for money exchange is never far away.

Languages that are spoken

Marwari and Hindi are the local languages spoken in Udaipur. However, English is understood by most people.

Visa rules for foreign tourists – Visa policies

Indian Visa
Indian Visa

The general visa rules for entry into India apply for Udaipur too. So if you have a valid visa for India, you can travel to Udaipur. There are no other permissions or documentation required to visit Udaipur.

Best Time To Visit Udaipur

The best time to visit Udaipur is from September to March. This is the winter season and hence comfortable for exploring the wonders of the city. The summer months tend to get hot and one would not be comfortable with walking around the different monuments that a visit to Udaipur entails.

Udaipur Travel Guide / Udaipur Tourism – How To Get To Udaipur

Udaipur Guide

  • Udaipur is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan
  • Delhi to Udaipur distance is about 662 kilometres
  • Ahmedabad Udaipur distance is about 262 kilometres
  • Agra to Udaipur distance is about 631 kilometres

By Train

Udaipur is well connected to different parts of India by rail. Delhi Udaipur distance is about 662 kilometers. Udaipur Railway Station is about 2.5 kilometers from the city centre. There is another subsidiary station developed to decongest the main station, known as Rana Pratap Nagar Railway Station.

Some of the options for reaching Udaipur are:

Ajmer to Udaipur train

Agra to Udaipur train

Ahmedabad to Udaipur train

Bangalore to Udaipur train

Bikaner to Udaipur train

Chittorgarh to Udaipur train

Mumbai to Udaipur train

Apart from the above one can reach Udaipur by train from many other locations in Rajasthan and the rest of India.

By Road

Udaipur is also well connected by road to other parts of India. One can travel from Delhi to Udaipur by road or  Ahmedabad to Udaipur bus is a good option, there are buses from other parts of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, etc.. One can choose to drive, or avail public transport like cabs and bus services. There are Delhi Udaipur bus services, Jaipur Udaipur bus services, Ahmedabad Udaipur bus services, etc..

By Air

  • Udaipur is serviced by the Maharana Pratap Airport
  • Udaipur airport is about 20 kilometres away from the city centre
  • There are flights to Udaipur from the major cities of India
  • There are many Delhi to Udaipur flights
  • There are many lights from Udaipur to Mumbai
  • Air India, Vistara, Indigo, have Delhi Udaipur flights operating
  • Udaipur is also connected by air to Mumbai, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Surat

If you are planning a visit to Udaipur, you can book an inexpensive flight through TripAdvisor or Agoda or CheapAir or Cleartrip or Makemytrip or Priceline right here. If you are thinking of a road trip across Rajasthan covering Udaipur then you can get there by self-drive car or cab or bus.

Udaipur Travel Guide – Where To Stay In Udaipur

Best Hotel in Udaipur - The Maharana Bagh Udaipur
Room at The Maharana Bagh Udaipur

This travel guide to Udaipur would be incomplete without talking about the best places to stay in Udaipur. Udaipur has some of the best luxury hotels in the world. Some of the palaces of Udaipur have today been converted into hotels including the famous Lake Palace hotel. There are also many resorts and budget accommodation to choose from in Udaipur.

We chose to stay a little away from the city in a beautiful resort called The Maharana Bagh, check out our review of The Maharana Bagh. You can book the best resorts in Udaipur right here. You can book your choice hotel in Udaipur including The Maharana Bagh right here!

You can also book any other hotel in Udaipur or anywhere in Rajasthan or for that matter in India or the world,  right here!

Book your hotels through TripAdvisor or Cleartrip or Agoda or Makemytrip or Priceline and avail handsome discounts!

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Udaipur Travel Guide – Distances of Other Famous Places of Rajasthan From Udaipur

  • Chittorgarh to Udaipur distance is about 119 kilometres
  • Distance from Udaipur to Mount Abu is about 163 kilometres
  • Distance between Udaipur to Jaisalmer is about 494 kilometres
  • Distance between Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is about 90 kilometres
  • Distance between Udaipur to Nathdwara is about 45 kilometres
  • Bikaner to Udaipur distance is about 484 kilometres
  • Ajmer to Udaipur distance is about 265 kilometres
  • Jaipur to Udaipur distance is about 393 kilometres
  • Jodhpur to Udaipur distance is about 260 kilometres
  • Pushkar to Udaipur distance is about 277 kilometres
  • Ranthambore to Udaipur distance is about 412 kilometres
  • Ranakpur to Udaipur distance is about 93 kilometres

Udaipur Travel Guide – Tour & Tour Packages

Tour & Tour Packages
Udaipur Travel Guide – Tour & Tour Packages

Udaipur is an important tourist destination both for Indians as well as foreign tourists. Though it is far from Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur and is not part of the Golden Triangle of India tour that covers Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, there are tour companies that offer the golden triangle with Udaipur tour. There are many tour packages that cover the sightseeing in Udaipur including Udaipur markets. Apart from local Udaipur sightseeing, tours also combine day tours to nearby places.

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FAQ About Udaipur – Udaipur Travel Guide

Is Udaipur (उदयपुर) worth visiting? Is Udaipur beautiful?

Udaipur is a lovely city to visit. Its landscapes are different from the other cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, etc.. Lakes, forests, forts, and palaces make Udaipur an enchanting place to visit.

What is the best time to visit Udaipur?

The best time to visit Udaipur is in the winter months so as to avoid the summer heat.

Is Udaipur safe for tourists?

Udaipur is completely safe for tourists. The people are very friendly and helpful.

What is Udaipur famous for?

Udaipur is famous for its palaces, lakes and forts.

Which city is better Jodhpur or Udaipur?

Both the cities have their individual characters and it is not possible to choose one over the other. Both are equally attractive destinations.

Is Jaipur better than Udaipur?

Jaipur and Udaipur are each beautiful cities in their own right. The City Palace and the Lakes of Udaipur are as endearing as Amer Fort and other attractions of Jaipur.

How many days are enough for Udaipur?

The time required depends on how you want to travel. If you are looking at an immersive experience, you need more time. If you want to visit just Udaipur and its attractions, Udaipur itinerary for 2 days would be required, you would need more days if you are looking at visiting other places near Udaipur.

Are there any forts in Udaipur? Which is the best fort in Udaipur?

The forts in and around Udaipur are Sajjangarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, and Chittorgarh Fort.

Which is better Udaipur or Jaisalmer?

Both the cities of Udaipur and Jaisalmer have a beauty of their own. While Jaisalmer is close to the desert, Udaipur is nestled in the midst of the Aravalli hills and surrounded by lakes.

Which is the most beautiful city in Rajasthan?

All the cities of Rajasthan are beautiful in their own right and present different facets of the heritage and beauty of the state.

How far is it from Jaipur to Udaipur?

The distance from Jaipur to Udaipur is about 395 kilometres.

What is Udaipur famous for? What can I buy in Udaipur? What should I buy in Udaipur?

Udaipur is a famous cultural centre that offers myriad experiences. It is famous for its lakes and palaces that bring alive the grandeur of its royal past. Udaipur is a great place to pick up souvenirs. Anything from the colourful sarees and turbans to decorative items and wall hangings can be purchased in Udaipur.

Which is the best area to stay in Udaipur?

If you are looking at the best hotels in Udaipur Rajasthan, there is no dearth of options including the famed 5 Star Udaipur hotels. The best Udaipur hotels can be found in and around Lake Pichola and near the main sights of the city. One can also prefer to stay in the Udaipur resorts located on the outskirts of the city.

What food is famous in Udaipur? What is the famous food in Udaipur? What to eat in Udaipur?

Udaipur like other cities of Rajasthan is a foodie’s paradise and offers the unique and authentic flavours and aromas of the state. Some of the local food like Kachoris, Daal Bhati, and Churma Bhati.

What is there to do in Udaipur at night?

Udaipur with its spectacular palaces and enchanting lakes dazzles vibrantly in the night. One can enjoy a walk around the palaces and lakes and see Udaipur by night.

What should I wear in Udaipur? Can I wear shorts in Udaipur?

When visiting Udaipur one should dress according to the weather. Winters are somewhat cold and one should wear woollens. Dress in light cotton dresses in the summer months. Shorts can be worn in Udaipur, but ensure you are dressed modestly, especially when visiting religious places.

What should I wear in Udaipur in December?

Wear woollens that protect you from the cold in December. It can get quite cold especially in the mornings and evenings.

What about City Palace Udaipur hotel for staying in Udaipur?

The Shiv Niwas Palace is the hotel that is located within the City Palace Udaipur complex. It is a property of the HRH group of hotels.

Are app-based taxi services like Uber and Ola available in Udaipur?

There are cabs in Udaipur that can help you get around Udaipur city. You can also look at Car rental Udaipur as an option. App-based cab services like Uber and Ola are also available.

Is there prohibition in Udaipur?

There is no prohibition in Udaipur.

What is Gulab Bagh Udaipur?

Gulab Bagh is the name of the Udaipur Zoo.

What is the City Palace Udaipur entry fee?

There is an entry fee for the City Palace Udaipur, one can also buy tickets boating on the Pichola Lake at the same ticket counter.

What is the City Palace Udaipur timings?

The normal City Palace Udaipur timings are 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.

Which are the places to visit in Udaipur in 3 days?

If you have a 3-day Udaipur itinerary, you can visit all the Udaipur attractions and also some of the nearby places.

Can I cover all the places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days?

Yes, you can do so, comfortably.

Which is the fort of Udaipur?

The City Palace and fort are synonymous with Udaipur.

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19 thoughts on “Udaipur Travel Guide – Attractions, Food, What Not to Miss”

  1. I wish I had visited Udaipur when I was in India last year. The lakes and palaces look so beautiful, especially Lake Pichola with the floating palace.

  2. Wow, Sandy, what an amazing post! You’ve definitely sold us on visiting Udaipur and you’ve answered My son wants to know about the bronze statue of the seated warrior with a spear. I would love to visit the lake palace. It looks like such a beautiful city. Thanks for also mentioning some restaurants and hotels. Looking forward to when we are able to travel again so we can explore these marvellous wonders.

  3. Wow, Sandy, this is the best guide to Udaipur that I have ever seen – and I read a few before I visited the city some time back! I was in Udaipur for a wedding and I made sure that I had a few extra days there so I could travel. The architecture, the palaces and the natural beauty were all breathtaking – can’t wait to go back!

  4. There sure is a variety of great things to do in Udaipur! I’d especially like to visit the City Palace and Ahar Cenotaphs as they look amazing, but also Shilpgram to get some more insight in local cultural of today. Thanks for all the great tips and practical travel information for Udaipur!

  5. A visit to Western India is at the top of my bucket list! Udaipur wasn’t on my radar, and now it looks like a great place to visit. The architecture looks beautiful, and a what compliment to the natural beauty of the lakes! My father-in-law would also love the Antique Car Museum.

  6. I have visited Udaipur many times but the way you have described indepth & detailed ; i think i should visit following your blog as guide. Best blog post on Udaipur .

  7. Shreemayee Chattopadhyay

    Wow!! Udaypur is my dream destination. I don’t know why I am not able to make a trip there yet. Soon will make a plan to this city of lakes and palaces. Your post will help me a lot. Thank you for such a detailed description and beautiful pictures.

  8. Incredible read and must read post. Sandy you explain each and everything so beautifully that no one can ever make mistake while travelling. The details, the art, the historical things you have mentioned is commendable. Always love reading your blog. 🙂

  9. Wow this is such an amazing post! You have explained everything so well and in such details! I would love to visit Udaipur someday.. It’s so beautiful!

  10. Udaipur is a must see destination. Don’t wanna miss this amazing city with a rich heritage and culture. It’s lakes and exotic palace kind hotels are superb. Great thoughts.

  11. I am yet to travel to Rajasthan. I have heard and read so much about Udaipur but this article has given such a wider and better picture of the place so that it is easier to travel

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