Udaipur: The City of Lakes

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Udaipur is a favorite among domestic and foreign tourists alike. The city may be the dream wedding destination for many, especially after Yeh jawaani Hai Deewani, but that’s not all. Udaipur is not only rich in heritage, shopping and lakes but this town is also known for its food and scenic spots. Here is a list of all those places that you shouldn’t miss out on while visiting this city:

City Palace, UdaipurCity Palace in Udaipur

The most visited tourist spot in Udaipur, The City Palace of Udaipur was built over 400 years ago! The area occupied by it is vast and the palace has two entry points. The imposing structure houses various halls, rooms, palaces and a museum inside it. The architectural style is fantastic to look at, with a cross of European, Chinese, Mughal and Rajputana styles. Although, there may be a bit of tourist rush, a visit to the City Palace is definitely worth it.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Entry Fee: Adult; Rs.250, Child: Rs.100

Days Open: All Days

Saheliyon Ki BariSaheliyon ki Bari

Literally translated as the ‘Garden of Maidens’, these lush green gardens were built in the 18th century. A popular relaxing spot amongst all the royal ladies and their maids, this garden was made specifically for the royal women. The fountains in the garden were imported from England and the area around the fountain was built later. The garden provides a nice and soothing atmosphere, perfect for a relaxed evening stroll or an early morning visit.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: Indians: Rs.10 Foreigners: Rs.50

Days Open: All days

Jag MandirJag Mandir

Occupied by the Shah Jahan during his exile, the Jag Mandir Mahal was built sometime in the 17th century. The then Maharaja had constructed the palace on Lake Pichola, as a hiding spot for Shah Jahan and his family. The most significant part of the Palace is the Gul Mahal where the aristocrats resided. You can enjoy your evening at the Palace with some lip-smacking cuisine and a lively atmosphere.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: Adult: Rs.325 Child; Rs.125

Days Open: All Days

Jagdish TempleJagdish Temple

An Indo-Aryan temple built in the 17th century, Jagdish temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The main shrine has an idol of Lord Vishnu which is carved out of a single piece of black stone and it is enclosed by four smaller shrines. The temple is renowned amongst all Hindu worshippers and has delicate carvings on its wall boasting its beauty. The location of the temple is central, making it convenient for tourist and worshippers to visit it.

Entry Fee: None

Timings: 4:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Days Open: All days

Lake PicholaLake Pichola

Built by a banjaara (gypsy) in the late 1300s, Lake Pichola is the most famous and oldest lake of Udaipur. The city of Udaipur was built around the lake and it has hence been an integral part of its heritage. The lake is adorned with a few small heritage islands including the Jai Mandir Palace and the Lake Palace. One can enjoy the sunset by the lake with their loved ones, while relishing the calm and serene atmosphere that surrounds them.

Timings: Open throughout

Entry Fee: None

Days Open: All days

The Lake PalaceUdaipur Lake Palace

Situated right in the middle of Lake Pichola on the Jag Niwas Island, this Palace is the most visited palace of them all after the City Palace. The Lake Palace is beautifully constructed with gilt moldings and white marble. The Palace also offers breathtaking views of the Jag Mandir, the Aravallis and the City Palace. If you’re willing to shell out some money, do book a room for one night at the Lake Palace to enjoy a royal stay right at a floating palace!

Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry fee: None

Days Open: All Days

Vintage Classic Cars MuseumVintage Car Museum

If you’re a car lover, then this must be on your top 5 list of the places to see in Udaipur. A collection of vintage cars is just a small glimpse that the common man gets into the life of the Maharajas of Rajasthan! Be prepared to see all types of old vintage cars, from Rolls Royce to Ford, this museum has them all!

Timings; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry Fee: Adults: Rs.250 Child: rs.150

Days Open: All days


The craft or the artisan village of Udaipur, Shilpgram is the hub of Udaipur’s Cultural heritage. Spread across a vast 70 acres, Shilpgram gives importance to the rural art and craft and creates awareness about the rural work. Every year, the Shilpgram Festival brings together urban and rural artists, along with various cultural performances celebrating the heritage of the state. A visit to this place is essential for all heritage and history lovers!

Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Entry Fees; Indians: Rs.30 Foreigners: Rs.50

Days Open: All except Sunday

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Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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