Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes is a major city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is also the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in former Rajputana Agency. Udaipur is a very popular and well-known tourist destination. It is famous for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. Another remarkable thing about the city is it was voted as the best city in the world in 2009 by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Mentioned below is the list of places you must see during your visit in Udaipur.
1. Lake Pichola
This artificial freshwater lake created in 1362 AD is surrounded by hills, gardens, temples and Havelis. It is like the crucial identity of Udaipur. One should not miss the boat ride on Lake Pichola which starts from Rameshwar Ghat. The lake also has four islands on it, Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas.
2. City Palace
Built over a period of nearly 400 years it is flamboyant in style and is considered the largest in Rajasthan. It is located in the heart of Udaipur and is a must visit for one who has a keen interest in history. Built on a hill it gives a breathtaking view of the city. The major part of the City Palace has been converted into a museum which displays a diverse range of preserved monuments and armor.
3. Fatehsagar Lake
It is a major charm of Udaipur named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar. Located in the north of Lake Pichola it is connected to it through a canal. Nehru Park inside the lake is very famous and an ideal place for family outing. This is the magic of the place. One can pass several hours sitting beside it and watching the scenic beauty of the lake.
4. Jagdish Temple
It is a very popular Hindu temple located in the middle of the city. It was built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh. The temple is raised on a tall terrace and attaches a double-storey Mandapa (hall) to a double-storey saandhara (with a covered ambulatory) sanctum. It is the city’s largest and most resplendent temple. Shoes need to be removed before entering the temple.
5. Monsoon Palace
The Monsoon Palace is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of the lake also known as Sajjan Garh. It was named after Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty. It was built in 1884 to watch the monsoon clouds hence very appropriately known as Monsoon Palace. It offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces, and surrounding countryside.
6. Crystal Gallery
The famous Crystal Gallery is housed in the City Palace of Udaipur. It was put together by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877 from Birmingham-based F&C Osler Company. Its opulent interiors with huge chandeliers and special lights, portraits of the Maharanas of Mewar, royal artifacts and the legendary armory of the Mewar dynasty – transport you to times past when the Maharanas held forth in The Durbar Hall Sabhagaar. The gallery also provides an audio guide for foreign tourists.
7. Saheliyon ki Bari
It is a very popular tourist garden in Udaipur. Located in the northern part of the city the garden has so much to offer. It has beautiful fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Maharana Bhopal Singh for a group of 48 young women attendants of the princess.
8. Ambrai Ghat
Ambrai Ghat is a great place for photography, especially at sunset. It offers a splendid view of City Palace and Jag Mandir located in the middle of Lake Pichola. To get there one has to pass Hanuman Ghat and keep walking on the road running parallel to Lake Pichola.
Situated 3 Km west of the city it is a very famous rural arts and crafts complex. Shilpgram is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region. It is also a great place for children as it offers thrilling horse rides and camel rides. It is a must visit if you come to Udaipur in a month of December because of its Shilpgram arts and crafts fair.
10. Bagore ki Haveli
Bagore ki Haveli is another place of architecture splendor. It is located on the waterfront of Lake Pichola. Built in the 18th century the haveli has over 100 rooms which display various costumes and modern art. There’s also a puppet gallery and turban collection with the world’s biggest turban. The Haveli is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A folk dance performance and puppet show is held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.