If you are looking for a place where you can spend some quality time with your soulmate. Then Udaipur should be on your top list. The ‘City of lakes’ is founded by Udai Singh II of the Sisodia tribe of Rajput in the year 1558. The white city of Rajasthan became the new capital of the Mewar kingdom Covered by the Aravali range, this city is located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan and is situated near the Gujarat border. This historical and beautiful city is famous for its palaces, market, Havelis, temples, lakes. Famous as ‘Venice of the East’ and is also famous for its heritage, paintings, culture, and crafts. It is also a perfect place for a destination wedding. Udaipur is connected with all the major cities of India through road, rail, and transport. The best time to visit Udaipur is between September to march as you can easily explore monuments during the winter season. So, let’s have a small tour of the “City of Lake”. Read on-
1. City Palace
India is famous for its ancient history and If you want to look at the culture and history of the Mewar kingdom, then you should visit the city palace. Located on the eastern bank of Pichola Lake, the palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh II. It is surrounded by Aravali hills which give you a mesmerizing view of the whole city. The palace has a combination of Chinese, European, and medieval architecture. There are beautiful mirror work, marble work, paintings, etc around the palace. Tripolia(triple) gate is the entry point to this adorable palace. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the beautiful palace. The palace is accessible from all major parts of the city through taxi, tongas, autos, and buses. Ferry rides are also available from city palace to jag mandir at INR 400 per person. The best time to explore the palace is from October to march. The sound and talks show also held between 7 pm to 8 pm at maek chowk which you can’t miss. The palace has sections like-
- Jagdish Temple– This is the oldest and beautiful temple of the city is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu.
- Zenana Mahal– Ladies section of Mewar kingdom has now turned into a museum.
- Amar Vilas– The highest point of the palace will give you a beautiful view of the garden, fountain, and towers.
- Krishna Vilas– This area depicts paintings of festivals that the kingdom celebrated.
- Laxmi Vilas Chowk– There are paintings of the Mewar kingdom.
- Rang Bhawan– There are temples of Lord Krishna, lord Meera bai, and lord shiv.
- Sheesh Mahal– This place is decorated with beautiful mirrors.
- Durbar Hall– It is the place where all important gathering takes place.
- Fateh Prakash Palace– This beautiful art gallery has crystal chairs, sofas, tables, beds, and crockery.
Timings: open every day of the week between 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entry fee: Indian adult- INR 30 per person
Indian child- INR 15 per person (between the age of 5 to 12 years)
Still camera- INR 200
Video camera- INR 500
2. Lake Pichola
This lake is much more than just a lake. This lake is named after a nearby village Picholi. It is an artificial lake that was constructed in 1362 AD by a banjara tribesman. Because of the admirable view of the lake, Maharana Udai Singh built the whole city near this lake. The beautiful view of the lake attracts most of the visitors towards it. This place is the perfect destination for the couple and photography as well. Lake Pichola consists of four main islands which are-
- Jag Niwas- This island is now converted into a hotel by the taj group.
- Jag mandir– This is famous for the lake garden palace. The construction of the palace was started by Maharana Amar Singh in 1500 and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh, therefore named after it. This place inspired Shah Jahan to build taj mahal. There are beautiful white marble carved elephants at the entrance. Gul Mahal and 12 stone palace are also in this palace. Tourists can also visit museums inside the palace to know about ancient times.
- Mohan mandir– This place id used bu kings to celebrate the gangaur festival.
- Arsi Vilas– This place is built to enjoy the sunset and relax which is now a bird sanctuary.
Timings Of Lake Pichola: Open Every Day of the Week Between 9.00 AM To 6.00 PM
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Tourists can also enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset while enjoying the boat ride. The boat ride starts from Rameshwar ghat and ends at jag mandir. The best time to visit the place is from October to march as tourists can’t enjoy the view during the summertime.
Entry fee: INR 400 per person for adults
INR 200 per person for child
SUNSET BOAT RIDE
Entry fee: INR 700 per person for adult
INR 400 per person for child
3. Bagore Ki Haveli
If you get excited to know the history of monuments and to know about different cultures, then you should take a walk at Bagore Ki Haveli. It is an ancient place situated on the Gangori ghat of Pichola lake. Your trip is not complete without Bagore ki haveli as it was constructed in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, who is the prime minister of Mewar. In 1878 it was the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore and that’s why it is named Bagore ki haveli. West zone culture center converted haveli into the museum. You can take autorickshaw, tongas, local buses and taxis from the city to reach your destination. The haveli is famous for its glass and fine mirror interiors and paintings. There are 138 rooms in the haveli along with courtyard, terraces, balconies, and corridors. You can enjoy a magnificent view of haveli as haveli lighten up during night time. The architectural view of the haveli is unique that attracts most of the visitors towards it. Thus, add this place to your list now to explore something exciting and beautiful in Udaipur.
Bagore ki haveli has five sections as follows-
- Puppet Museum- there are puppets of horses, dolls, elephants, etc. at another side, there are puppets of the king, queen and their ministers sitting in their seats, showing the time when they make decisions.
- The Main Haveli– there are numerous bedrooms, a kitchen, and their things. In the lobby area, you can explore various paintings depicting ancient times. You can have a stunning view of Lake Pichola from the terrace.
- The Turban Section– this section shows how people from various states of India wear a turban.
- The Weapons Section– shows the weapons used by the army during the fight.
- The Wedding Section– depicts various stages of an Indian wedding which is a must view.
Timings: open every day of the week between 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entry fee: Indian adult- INR 60 per person
Indian child- INR 30 per person (between the age of 5 to 12 year
Foreign adult- INR 100 per person
Foreign child- INR 50 per person
Darohar dance show- Rajasthani folk dance and music is formed in the courtyard of Bagor ki have at night. You can have a look into the traditional culture of Rajasthan as you have to sit on the mattresses and enjoy the calm music. Various forms of dance and puppet show organized which you can’t miss.
Timings: open every day of the week between 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Entry fee: Indian adult- INR 90 per person
Indian child- INR 45 per person (between the age of 5 to 12 years)
Foreign adult- INR 150 per person
Foreign child- INR 75 per person
4. Saheliyon Ki Bari
Are you a nature lover? Then this is a perfect place for you. The garden of maidens was constructed by Rana Sangram Singh during the 18th century and is famous among tourists. The garden was built by the king for his queen and the queen was accompanied by 48 maids at the time of marriage. Queen and her maids spent their leisure time at this garden away from the chaos of court. This beautiful garden is situated on the banks of Pichola lake. The lake has various fountains and elephants made up of marble. The garden also has a museum which depicts collections of royal households and ancient pictures. There are also cobras and other animals in the museum which makes it an adventurous spot. The garden offers a wonderful sight to tourists as there are 2000 crystal fountains in every corner of the garden, lotus flower pool, and water sprinkling birds. The fountains are imported from England. It is a great place for capturing your wonderful moments and relaxing your mind. There is also a marble seat where maharana and queen sat on to have a beautiful view of the garden, which you can’t miss. The best time to visit this magnificent garden is from September to March as the weather is pleasant.
Timings: open every day of the week between 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Entry fee: INR 10 per person for Indians
INR 50 per person for foreigner
5. Jagdish Temple
If you want to relax your mind and soul, then you must visit the Jagdish temple. The temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. 1.5 million was spent by maharaja Jagat Singh to renovate the temple. Situated within the city palace complex, The temple is dedicated to lord shiva, lord Ganesha, goddess shakti and sun goad. The temple is famous for its Indo-Aryan architecture which includes craved pillars, beautiful ceilings, and hand-painted walls. There are two huge stoned elephants at the entrance of the temple. The Shikhar of the temple is 79 feet high and includes statues of dancers, elephants, musicians, who practice during that time in the temple, which makes it a wonderful sight to watch.to reach the main shrine you have to climb 32 steps through a marble staircase. This holy place of worship attracts many pilgrims from different regions of the nation. The main gateway of the temple is 150 meters away from the bada pol of the city palace. You can reach the temple by bus or taxi. As it is a crowded place you should take care of your belongings and your family members.
Timings: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 4:15 AM To 1:00 PM and 5:15 AM To 8.00 PM
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
JADISH TEMPLE AARTI TIMINGS –
1. Mangla aarti- 4.30 a.m. to 5.00 a.m.
2. Dhoop aarti- 7.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
3. Shringar aarti- 10.15 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
4. Rajbhog aarti- 11.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
6. Vintage Car Museum
Are you a royal car lover? If yes, then this place is worth a visit. Udaipur is famous for its history and royal heritage and this museum depicts the royal antique cars used by royal families of Udaipur. The museum has 20 cars which include 4 classic Rolls-Royce, 1 MG-TC convertible, 2 1939 Cadillacs, 1 ford-A convertible, 1 1936 Vauxhall-12, some models of Mercedes, some solar operated rickshaws and many other vehicles. Few of these cars are used in Hollywood movies also. The vintage car museum is owned by Rana Shri Arvind Singh Ji Mewar and inaugurated by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu ( who was the founder of the national motor museum, England) on 15th February 2000. The museum is located on lake palace road near Gulab bagh zoo and can be reached by any public transport. If you are lucky you can also spot a royal family driving the royal car. You can also purchase a meal ticket and enjoy delicious food and a cafe also. You must click awesome photographs of this astonishing sight. It will take you around 45 minutes to 1 hour to explore this heaven’s delight. The ticket price includes a welcome drink and a guided tour of the museum.
Timings: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 9:00 AM To 9:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 250 Per Person For Adults
INR 150 Per Person For Children
7. Moti Magri
Fondly known as pearl hill, the place is made to pay tribute to the hero of Mewar kingdom, Maharana Pratap. There is a statue of Maharana Pratap riding his favorite horse which is made up of bronze. the statue is 11 feet high and weighs 7 tonnes. The place was constructed by maharana Bhagwat Singh in 1948. This famous spot for tourists is also known as Pratap samarak. The place is also popular for music and light show. People visit the place to pay tribute to their hero Maharana Pratap. The place is situated near Fateh Sagar Lake and offers an astonishing view of Aravali hills. There is a Japanese rock garden alongside the memorial which is also famous among tourists. A museum is also on the hill that depicts paintings of Rani Padmavati, Meera bai, the battle of Haldi ghati, and many more. The best time to explore the place is between November to February.
Timings: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 9:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry fee: INR 20 Per Person For Indian Adult
INR 10 Per Person For Child
INR 50 Per Person For Foreigner Adult
MOTI MAGRI SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW
Timings: In Summer- 8:15 PM & In Winter- 7:30 PM
Entry fee: INR 35 per person for Indian adult
INR 10 per person for child
8. Fateh Sagar Lake
If you are a nature lover, you should not miss this place. This mesmerizing lake is located near Moti Magri hill. The lake was originally constructed by maharana Jai Singh in 1687 but vanished by floods. Then maharana Fateh Singh built the “Connaught dam” on lake Dewali. The dam expanded the lake. That’s why it was named Fateh Sagar lake after Maharaja Fateh Singh. This second largest artificial lake has three islands. the largest island of the lake has converted into a park, “Nehru park”. One Island has a boat-shaped restaurant that offers delicious food and a small zoo which is a favorite spot for children. The second island has now turned into a public park that has water fountains. The third island is Udaipur solar observatory, which is the best solar site in Asia. The lake is surrounded by Aravali hill and rich in flora and fauna.thelargest island of the lake has converted into a park, Nehru park. An adventurous person?- motorboat ride is a must. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake on this ride. Along with the boat ride, you can also go to under the sun aquarium which is situated on the bank of the lake. This aquarium has more than 150 different species of fishes and is one of the largest aquariums. You can also visit halls of the hero museum which is dedicated to heroes of the Mewar kingdom and statue of maharana Pratap samarak. You can also enjoy a mesmerizing view of the sunset at the Dewali Sunset Point.
Timing: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 8:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: No Entry Eee
Timing: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 8:00 AM To 4:30 PM
REGULAR BOAT RIDE- INR 30 per person
MOTORBOAT RIDE- INR 100- 200 per person
SPEED BOAT RIDE- INR 200-400 per person
FOREIGNERS- INR 60-125 per person
9. Sajjangarh Palace
If you wish to know about history, then this palace is a perfect delight. This beautiful fort is located on the bansdara peak of Aravali hills and constructed in 1855. This fort is partially residence of maharana Sajjan Singh. It was built by maharaja Sajjan Singh, so it is named as Sajjan Garh palace and is now regulated by forest authorities. The palace is also fondly known as monsoon palace as it is used by the royal family to watch the monsoon clouds and as a hunting lodge. The palace is built by white marble and there are various rooms and quarters inside the palace.palace was to a 9 storied but due to the sudden death of maharaja Sajjan Singh and plan stopped but later completed by his successor, Maharana Fateh Singh. The palace looks astonishing at the time of sunset, so you should never miss that. There is a wildlife sanctuary near the place where you can enjoy with your children. The palace is also featured in James bond film, octopussy. The palace is lightened at night time which makes it a beautiful sight. It will usually take 1 hour to visit the palace and the best time to visit the palace is between November to February.
Timings: Open Every Day Of The Week Between 8:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry fee: INR 10 per person for Indians
INR 80 per person for foreigner
INR 20 per person for video camera
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