Udaipur Travel 2024 – The City Of Lakes (Complete Guide)

Welcome to the Udaipur Travel Guide 2024!

Discover the charm of Udaipur – A romantic tourist attraction. The City of Lakes can make you fall in love with it instantly. Yes, it has that power. It happened to me. It can happen to you also. 😉

Udaipur is renowned for its rich history and breathtaking architecture. Udaipur – Venice of East, offers a range of experiences for travelers.

From exploring majestic City palace to taking serene boat rides on Lake Pichola, there are countless things to do in Udaipur.

I have prepared an awesome Udaipur travel guide that will help you plan a memorable Udaipur vacation.

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Photo: Aravali Mountains in Udaipur

Little bit about Udaipur

Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities to travel in Rajasthan.

City of lakes Udaipur is the inclusion of enormous palaces, ancient forts, mesmerizing lakes, dense green gardens and temples.

Not just that Udaipur is also famous for its romantic sights and rich heritage which make it a center of attraction for travelers all over the world.

The Best time to visit Udaipur?

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Image: Beautiful Lake of Udaipur and Boating in the Evening

Understanding the ideal time to visit Udaipur enhances the enjoyment of your Udaipur journey.

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Personally, I chose to explore Udaipur during winter, particularly in December.

During my Udaipur visit, the days greeted me with warm sunshine while the evenings brought a refreshing chill.

This combination made my experience truly delightful. From delicious cuisine to famous Udaipur tourist spots, every aspect of the trip was thoroughly enjoyable. So, according to me the best time to visit Udaipur is from October to February.

Can’t go to Udaipur in best season, what now?

City Palace Udaipur Lake Side
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Photo: City Palace Udaipur Lake Side

Not everyone can go to Udaipur in best season. Many people has responsibilities, work and other things. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Udaipur in non-best season. By making some adjustments you can still enjoy your Udaipur trip in different seasons.

Summers in Udaipur

Summers in Udaipur start from March to June. The weather is quite extreme from April to June. The temperature varies from 40 degrees to 45 degrees Celsius.

The tourism is least in Udaipur during this time and Most tourist sights are less crowded.

If you want to explore Udaipur on budget then this can be the suitable time for you. You can also get some good deals on hotels due to off season.

You can also enjoy summer festival events in Udaipur.

Events to check out:

  1. Holi, Festival of colours (Early March)
  2. Mewar Festival (Mid April)
  3. Gangaur Festival (Early April)

Tip: Enjoy Udaipur’s summer mornings by exploring tourist spots early for a great full day experience.

Monsoon in Udaipur

You can also plan a visit to Udaipur during monsoon time which is from July to September. The weather is mostly cool but sometimes humid. If you can manage with that then you can visit lush green Udaipur and nearby tourist places.

During the monsoon, continuous rainfall (Sometimes) in Udaipur may bring challenges to you. It’s wise to check weather updates before planning your visit during this season.

The Aravalli mountains range nearby Udaipur turns green in Monsoon. You can experience some beautiful scenic views in pleasant weather during monsoon.

Monsoon brings magic in whole Rajasthan. Similarly, Monsoon in Udaipur is mesmerizing.

Winters in Udaipur

As said earlier, its the best time to visit Udaipur. The temperature varies from 12 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius. Mornings and evenings are a bit chilly during the winter.

Visiting water bodies like Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake during morning or evening is quite a pleasant experience.

My pleasant Experience: I visited Fateh Sagar Lake in the evening in winter. That evening was cold and windy so I had to wear 2 layers of warm clothes. But sitting near the fire pit and ‘drinking hot milk with Jalebi’ is something that I still remember.

Winter is the perfect time for travelers to explore the beautiful sights of the Lake city.

Due to peak season in Udaipur hotel & taxi fares are high, it is advisable to book your hotels early.

How can you reach Udaipur? 

Reaching Udaipur is easy. Mainly three options are available.

1. By Flight:

Maharana Pratap Airport also known as Dabok Airport situated 22 km east of the city is the quickest way to reach Udaipur.

The airport is connected to other metro cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Delhi and others.

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2. By Train:

Train is the next convenient option to reach Udaipur. Direct train services are available from different cities like Delhi, Indore, Kota, Bikaner, Jaipur etc. You can check the IRCTC website for more information.

Below are some trains that connects Udaipur to other Indian cities.

  1. Mewar Express (Train No. 12964/12963): Connects Udaipur City to Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi.
  2. Chetak Express (Train No. 12982/12981): Connects Udaipur City to Delhi Sarai Rohilla.
  3. Udaipur City New Delhi Intercity Express (Train No. 19602/19601): Connects Udaipur City to New Delhi.
  4. Ananya Express (Train No. 12315/12316): Connects Udaipur City to Sealdah in Kolkata.
  5. Udaipur City Palace Queen Humsafar Express (Train No. 19669/19670): Connects Udaipur City to Dehradun.

3. By Bus:

Travellers can also reach Udaipur by bus. RSRTC and private bus travels companies like Jakhar travels, Mahalaxmi travels, Rishabh travels operate many AC and non AC buses which you can choose for your Udaipur journey.

4. By taxi or your own vehicle:

If you want to enjoy the scenic road trip to Udaipur then hiring a taxi or driving your car is the most preferred choice. Below are some national highways that connects Udaipur to other cities.

  1. National Highway 27 (NH-27): Connects Udaipur to Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
  2. National Highway 48 (NH-48): Connects Udaipur to Delhi via Jaipur and Ajmer.
  3. National Highway 76 (NH-76): Connects Udaipur to Chittorgarh and Kota.
  4. National Highway 58 (NH-58): Connects Udaipur to Mumbai via Ahmedabad.
  5. National Highway 53 (NH-53): Connects Udaipur to Indore via Ratlam.

Where to find good hotels in Udaipur?

Depending on your budget many hotels are available in Udaipur to stay. The hotels can be slightly costly in Udaipur compared to other cities of Rajasthan due to high demands during winters.

The budget hotels can be found in the interiors of the city near the city palace which may range from ₹ 1500 – ₹ 2000 a day.

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Mid-range hotels may cost you around ₹1600 – ₹5000 per night and for those who are seeking luxury, the hotels’ costs may start from ₹6000 to upwards.

Where to eat in Udaipur?

From mini restaurants to high-end restaurants both are located at the banks of lakes, many food options are available in Udaipur.

You can also lookout for street food stalls for breakfast which are usually present outside the famous tourist places in Udaipur.

You must give a try to Rajasthani Thali and Rajwadi Chai in Udaipur which is very famous and delicious.

The rooftop restaurants with the breath-taking view of lakes can instantly make your day in Udaipur.

I have some recommendations:

  • Lotus cafe
  • Udaipur View
  • Sunset View Terrace
  • Ambrai
  • Jaiwana Haveli

Sukhadia Circle Udaipur Choupati

Sukhadia Circle Udaipur Choupati
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Image: Sukhadia Circle Udaipur Choupati

Sukhadia Circle Udaipur Choupati is a famous food haven, particularly at night.

You can eat sizzling snacks, and fast food here at the Chaupati. Indulge in a variety of Indian chaat, from pani puri to bhel puri, each bursting with sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors.

You should try Mirchi Vada pakora and delightful sweet treats like Gulab Jamun and jalebi at Sukhadia Circle Udaipur Choupati.

Experience Udaipur’s lively street food scene here!

10 Best Places You Must Explore in Udaipur

1. City Palace

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Image: City Palace, Udaipur

Situated on the bank of Lake Pichola, City Palace is one of the most wonderful examples of Rajasthan’s history, royalty, art and architecture. City Palace is considered as the largest palace of Rajasthan. It has other 11 small palaces constructed from granite and marble.

The interiors are as beautiful as exteriors consisting of mirror works, paintings, silver- works, marble works on the walls and coloured glasses on the windows and doors which makes it a worth visiting place in Udaipur.

You can hire a travel guide at the city palace which may cost you from 200 to 300 INR.

Entry fee₹ 30 for adults
₹ 15 for children (5-18 years of age)
Museum₹ 300 for adults
₹ 100 for children (5-18 years of age)  
Camera charges ₹ 250 for still camera
₹ 500 for video camera
Parking₹ 300 for car
Timings9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

2. Lake Pichola

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Picture: Pichola Lake & Boating, Udaipur

Lake Pichola is the oldest artificial lake of Udaipur consisting of 4 islands jag mandir, Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas and Arsi Vilas. The shimmering Lake Pichola is a most calming place in Udaipur which gives beautiful views of nature and palaces.

In the mornings the place is less crowded so it could be a great option to start your day with chai and poha on the lakeside.

Boating in Lake Pichola could be the most memorable experience and is highly recommended.

Boat Rides start at 10 a.m till 5 p.m in the evenings.  

Boating Charges may vary between ₹ 200 to ₹ 400 for Adults and ₹ 200 for children in the mornings depending upon the type of boat you choose.

The Lake give mesmerizing view during sunset. Hence boating is expensive in the evenings compared to mornings.

Read: Shocking Facts Bhangarh Fort

3. Fateh Sagar Lake

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Image: Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur

Another pride Udaipur upholds is Fateh Sagar Lake. The place is a perfect combination of the hills, water and flora which makes it the most beautiful treasure of nature.

The Best time to visit Fateh Sagar lake is in the evening.

The lake has three islands Nehru Garden, Public Park where you can enjoy some fun activities and the last one is Udaipur Solar Observatory which you can explore through boats.

You can enjoy food, coffee and boat and camel ridings at Fateh Sagar Lake.You can also explore Maharana Pratap Memorial situated on Pearl Hills and Under the Sun Aquarium which has 150 different species of fish.

Boat Rides Prices are mentioned below:

Simple Boat rides may₹ 15-30 for adults
₹ 60- 125 for foreigners
Motor Boat₹ 200 for adults and ₹ 100 for children
Speed Boat₹ 200
Timings8:00 a.m to 4:30 pm

4. Saheliyon ki Badi

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Photo: Saheliyon ki Baadi, Udaipur

Saheliyon ki Badi is another excellent example of Rajasthan’s ancient architecture. It is said that the place was built by Maharana Sangram Singh for himself and later was gifted to his queen and her 48 maidens.

This place is adorned with lush green gardens, fountains with water pools and a kiosk made up of white and black marbles. All together creates a pleasing and romantic ambience as soon as you enter through the gates.

The place also has a small museum showcasing a collection of royal households. If you are a photography enthusiast this place is worthy of providing you with some amazing pictures.

Timings9:00 am to 7:00 p.m
Entry charges₹ 10 for Indian Visitors ₹ 50 for foreign Visitors

5. Karni Mata Temple

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Picture: Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur

Shri Mansapuran Karni Mata temple is located in Machala Hills Near Din Dayal Upadhyay Park.

You can reach the temple either by stairs or ropeway route which will cost you around 117 to 250 for two-way travelling.

It should be the must visiting place on your list while travelling to Udaipur. The charismatic view of the city and lakes are visible from the top of the temple. The spiritual environment red sky during sunset will make your visit worthwhile.

6. Jagdish Temple

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Photo: Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

Situated in the centre of the old city of Udaipur, the Jagdish Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Due to its architectural beauty and historic importance, it is the center of attraction for the tourist. The temple is built on 50 pillars engraved with different breathtaking artworks.

The temple is open for all visitors,  there are no entry fees. The temple opens mainly two times a day first in the morning from 4:15 a.m to 1:00 p.m and the second time from 5:15 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

7. Sajjangarh Palace

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Picture: Sajjangarh Fort, Udaipur

Sajjangarh Palace is 10 km away from the main city. It is located on Banasdara Hill. It was built by the Mewar king Maharana Sajjan Singh.

Sajjangarh Palace is also named “Monsoon Palace”.  It was the partial residence of the royal family during the monsoon season to enjoy witnessing the beautiful greenery, natural setup around the Palace and monsoon clouds.

Read: Kota Riverfront

If you are a history enthusiast and a nature lover this could be a worth visiting place to spend your evening.Watching the sunset and sky painted red and orange creates a beautiful scenery. I am pretty sure, you will love this.

There is also a wildlife sanctuary at Sajjangarh Palace which you can visit and enjoy with your family and kids.

Timings8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
Entry Fees₹10 for Indian Visitors ₹ 80 for foreigners

8. Bagore ki Haveli

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Photo: Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur

Bagore ki Haveli is situated on the bank of Lake Pichola at Gangore Ghat. 

It was built by Shri Amarchand Badwa in the 18th century.

This brilliant piece of architecture has 138 rooms whose walls are beautifully portrayed with the mural and fresco paintings and artworks of that time. The haveli has an array of balconies, big courtyards, jharokhas and fountains.

The haveli also has a museum which depicts the royal lifestyle which you can explore. The traditional dance and music show Dharohar is also organised at haveli in the evening starting from 7 p.m.

Museum charges₹ 60 for adults ₹ 30 for children
Camera charges₹ 50
Cultural Event₹ 50

9. The Ghats

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Picture: Ghats in Udaipur

The two most famous ghats in Udaipur are Gangore Ghat and Ambrai Ghat. These could be the perfect places to relax in the evening with your loved ones.

At night when everything lights up gives you a magical and romantic ambience. You should visit these places after dinner or for long walks.

If you are looking for some great instagramble pictures , this is a perfect place for you.

Read: Oxyzone Park, Kota

10. Shopping in Udaipur

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Photo: Market in Udaipur

Well, for all our lovely ladies travel is always incomplete without shopping.

 So, if you love shopping Udaipur can offer you some beautiful handicrafts, Rajasthani print materials like (bandhani and lehariya prints),  juties, silver jewellery and Rajasthani miniature paintings. Places you and visit for shopping are mentioned below :

  • Hathipol Market
  • Shlipgram

Final Thoughts

The words will always fall less to describe the beauty of Udaipur.  Last but not least I have tried to cover all the information I could think of. I hope this blog helps you in planning your trip to Udaipur. If there is anything else I can help you out with, please comment below. I would love to hear from you.

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