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Things to do in Udaipur

Udaipur is a beautiful city situated in the western state of Rajasthan in India. A huge number of people visit this “City of Lakes” all throughout the year to spend vacations with their family or friends. Here are a few things that you should try if you are planning a trip to Udaipur.

One of the best things to do in Udaipur is going for a day tour around the city. This tour would include a visit to the Eklingji temple, Haldighati, and Nathdwara. Eklingji is a religious site situated in the northern part of Mewar. There are 108 temples in Eklingji that are made of marble and sandstone. It was created in 734 AD, and the temples are surrounded by huge walls and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place of Haldighati has a historical significance as the venue for the famous Battle of Haldighati fought between Maharana Pratap and Akbar in 1576 AD. Nathdwara is a Vaishnavite shrine that came into existence in the 17th century. It is most popular for the pious Shrinathji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.

One of the most exciting activities to do in Udaipur is to visit Mount Abu. You should select a tour package that includes a visit to the famous Mount Abu hill station. You should hire a car to reach Mount Abu from Udaipur because there are no trains and buses that run directly from Udaipur to Mount Abu. It is a hill station situated in the Aravalli Range and is also known as ‘an oasis’ in the desert due to the presence of waterfalls and lakes in it.

Sightseeing is one of the compulsory activities to do in Udaipur. Go out for a full-day tour with your friends and family members in this wonderful city. Hire a car that will take you to the famous places around the city. It will be a memorable experience for you when you visit the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Dudh Talai, Sukhadia Circle and other tourist spots.

Nature trail trek in Aravalli is one of the interesting activities to do in Udaipur. The Aravalli mountain range is one of the oldest in the world. It has a beautiful semi-dry deciduous forest and is also rich in flora and fauna. The hiking tour starts from the Ubeshwar temple and continues for around 3 hours. You can get a wonderful view of the city from the lofty mountain ranges of Aravalli. You can also interact with local people living in the villages to know more about the people there.

If you are in Udaipur, then you must set out for a day tour at Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur. Kumbhalgarh is located ninety kilometers away from Udaipur. It is now the World Heritage Hillfort of Rajasthan. The Kumbhalgarh fort is placed 1180 meters above the sea level, and its major attraction is the second longest wall in the world which is 36 km long. You can view the Aravalli ranges from the highest point in the fort. Ranakpur is a Jain temple that was built during the rule of Maharana Kumbha of Mewar.

Some more things to do in Udaipur

Once you reach, the first thing you should do is visiting the spectacular Lake Pichola. The lake consists of four islands, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas, and Arsi Vilas. You can take a boat trip around the lake especially at the time of sunset. It is surely going to be a lifetime experience for you.

If you are looking for a tourist spot in Udaipur where you can click wonderful photos, then Saheliyon ki Bari is the ideal place for you. It is a famous tourist attraction in the city of Udaipur. Saheliyon ki Bari is a garden that has been designed brilliantly with marble elephants, fountains and lawns.

You can visit the Bagore Ki Haveli, which is a museum located in the Gangori Ghat of Udaipur. Earlier it was a mansion that was built in 18th century by the ruler of Mewar. There are almost 138 rooms in Bagore ki Haveli. The main attraction of this place is the longest turban and a gallery that has several art pieces placed in it. Don’t forget to attend a one-hour evening show that displays folk dances and performances of Rajasthan.

You should pay a visit to the famous Karni Mata temple in Udaipur. It is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Udaipur. You can reach the temple by cable car, or you may also trek your way up to the hilltop to reach there. Also known as Shri Mansapurna Karni Mata temple, it is situated on the Machla Magra Hills. Devotees and tourists come to visit this temple from all over the world. The ropeway leading to the Karni Mata Mandir is a thrilling ride that allows you to enjoy breathtaking views of the valley. Once you reach the temple, you can have some awe-inspiring views of the Udaipur city. It is definitely an activity filled with fun and adventure.

If you are a food lover and like to taste different kinds of dishes, then you must try the ‘Laal Maas’ or red meat, which is a popular dish in Rajasthan for the non-vegetarians. Mutton, herbs are red chilli curry are the main ingredients of this spicy dish. Jagat Niwas is known to serve the best Laal Maas in Udaipur. The location of this hotel is in Lal Ghat, Chandpole.

One of the best shopping destinations in Udaipur is the Hathi Pol Bazaar. You can buy a variety of things from this market, like paintings, souvenirs and other artistic products. You can bargain the prices if you wish to.

If you are fond of vintage cars, then you must visit the Vintage and Classic Car Collection Museum. The museum is home to a number of vintage cars which are very well-maintained. It offers you the rare opportunity to see the royal and classical cars of the older generation. These cars have also featured in many popular movies and TV serials.

If you are looking for the best hotels in Udaipur, then the majestic Taj Lake Palace is the best stay option. It is one of the most popular hotels not only in India but also in Asia. It is located in the middle of Lake Pichola and has been built with white marble, carvings of ornate and excellent glasswork. If you are willing to have a luxurious stay in Udaipur, then this hotel is the perfect place for you. But be ready to spend a nice budget on it.

Udaipur is rightly called the City of Lakes, as there are so many lakes within the city boundaries. You can go on a lake tour, and get a chance to admire the beauty of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Badi Lake and Dhebar Lake.

Cycling tours are organized in the city. You may visit the historic sites, rural places or old city on cycle.

Chittorgarh is around 120 km away from Udaipur. If you have enough time, you may consider taking a 1-2 day trip to Chittorgarh as well from Udaipur. Places worth visiting in Chittorgarh include Chittorgarh fort, Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Rana Ratan Palace, Jain Swetambhar Temple and others.

Other places worth visiting in Udaipur include Jungle Safari Park, Chandpole, Gulab Bagh, Jeel Water Park, Sajjan Garh Fort, Nehru Garden, Rajiv Gandhi Garden, Sahastra Bahu or Saas Bahu Temple, Monsoon Palace and others.

Udaipur has a unique ambience that is a perfect mix of tradition and modern. Whether you are an adventure seeker or a religious person, whether you want to admire the beauty of nature or appreciate the architectural magnificence of buildings, you will get all that and much more in Udaipur.