Udaipur: a romantic lake city in Rajasthan, India

Udaipur is a romantic city in Rajasthan with cozy restaurants, nice shops and narrow streets. And unlike other cities in Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer it bends around the banks of a grand lake in between natural green hills.

Here are some good reasons why should consider adding Udaipur to your list of want-to-visit-locations in Rajasthan, India.

Upaipur picola lake
ABOVE: A view of lake Pichola with the water palace in the background.
Udaipur lake view with birds
ABOVE: Udaipur lake Pichola view with pigeons flying up in the sky.

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola is a large and iconic lake in the middle of Udaipur. There often are many little boats on lake Pichola and there is also a large white palace in the middle of the lake, which is called the ‘Lake palace hotel’. You can visit the lake palace with a taxi boat.

Lake Pichola in Udaipur
ABOVE: Many small boats transport people to the water palace as a daily routine. It’s for this reason that the lake Pichola in Udaipur is almost always dotted with small boats in the background.
Udaipur: View of lake Picola
ABOVE: Lake Pichola in Udaipur is a beauty of Rajasthan. Try to get a view of lake from different locations in the city and you’ll see that every angle makes a great sight.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari

When you are looking to get away from the city center, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is be a place you’ll enjoy. This garden with fountains, a lotus pond and marble elephants is the perfect city escape. It’s located just outside of Udaipur, it’s quiet and offers beautiful garden views. 

As Rajasthan legends tell, this garden once was built by an Indian king for his wife. And as his wife was always accompanied by 48 maiden, this garden was a perfect retreat for the women to enjoy themselves away from political intrigues. The queen used to come here with her female companions for a stroll and for spending their time in leisure.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari pond with fontains
ABOVE: Colorful flowers and marble fountains will welcome you in the Saheliyon-Ki-Bari garden in Udaipur.

How many days you will need in Udaipur

It all depends on how many activities you want to do. And because most of them are located quite far from Udaipur (you will need a day-trip for most of them), you could use Udaipur perfectly as a base camp where you stay for 2-5 days depending on what you want to do in the area.

The city of Udaipur itself isn’t huge and if you are only planning to stay in the city itself then 1-2 days will be plenty enough. Tip:Restaurant Ambrai is a place in Udaipur you’ll definitely want to go to for a nice view on Lake Pichola from the terrace.

ABOVE: Lake Pichola in the background together with many pigeons.

Explore the small streets and many shops

Udaipur has a lot of good shops where you can get about anything. There are even a couple of textile shops that can make clothing for you. It’s a delight to take a stroll through the many small streets in Udaipur and take a look at some of the shops. Keep in mind that you’ll probably often have to bargain hard to get a good price.

The Monsoon Palace

A great place for a panoramic view of Udaipur’s lakes, palaces, and surrounding countryside. The monsoon palace is a hilltop palace that’s definitely worth a visit. The palace is not in great shape, but the surrounding sights over the landscape are marvelous. It’s located a little bit outside of the city center, not that far from Saheliyon-Ki-Bari (read above) actually.

ABOVE: The landscape around the Monsoon Palace is marvellous. You’ll have a good view over Udaipur and lake Pichola from the palace. The palace itself is not in great shape, but getting there will reward you with magnificent views. You can go with a jeep that leaves from the entrance below the hill and it will bring you to the Monsoon palace.

A day trip to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur from Udaipur?

Udaipur is a good starting point in Rajasthan for a day trip to the hill fortress of Kumbhalgarh and the famous marble temple complex Ranakpur. You can do both locations in one tour. It will take you about half a day in total and it’s a recommended thing to do as you’ll get into the amazing hills that surround the north of Udaipur. 

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