Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples, gardens, and romantic backdrops. It was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.
In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to flee and establish the city of Udaipur. Udaipur remained the capital of the state of Mewar, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's independence in 1947, Mewar was integrated into the state of Rajasthan.
People in Udaipur usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur.
Udaipur offers moderate climate all through the year, but the best season to visit the place is from September to March.
Winters (December to February) offers pleasant climate with a temperature not going beyond 32°C. The pleasing weather is perfect for enjoying holidays and indulging in various tourist activities.
Summers (mid-March to June) has hot weather with a temperature maximum of 45°C, especially April to June. The hot climate is not preferable for Udaipur tourism. tourist activities.
Monsoons (July to September) offer very little rainfall. The scanty amount of rains in Udaipur makes the place very humid. However, during monsoon, the lush green environs of the place become very attractive. Even the lakes are filled with rain water.
Winter months are comparatively cooler than summer months which make it perfect for holidaying and all types of tourist activities of all ages. Plan your travel or book packages for Udaipur during these months. March offers comfortably hot weather and is ideal for sightseeing and adventures. Summer months are very hot and it’s better to avoid visiting during these months. September to November has pleasing climate making it really a good time for sighting and other tourist activities.
Udaipur is easily accessible via major roads from every major destination in India including Chittorgarh (117km), Ahmedabad (257km), Jodhpur (260km), Ajmer (307km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (638km), Jaipur (421km), Bikaner (488km), Agra (638km), Delhi (676km), Mumbai (725km), and Khajuraho (776km).
Dabok Airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport after the son of Udai Singh, is 25km northeast of the city center. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai on Jet Airways, Air India, and SpiceJet.
Taxis between the airport and the city cost ₹650 from the prepaid taxi booth in the airport. Many hotels will offer a prearranged pickup for ₹600-800. There are no public buses between the airport and the city.
Udaipur has direct train connections to many major cities in India including Chittorgarh (6-7 per day, 2 hours. ₹140), Ahmedabad (daily, 10 hours, ₹200), Ajmer (4 per day, 5 hours. ₹135-680), Sawai Madhopur (daily, 7 hours, ₹270-1,625), Jaipur (3 per day, 7 hours, ₹170-855), Agra (daily, 13 hours, ₹360-2,355), Delhi (2 per day, 12 hours. ₹390-1,440), Mumbai (every other day, 17 hours, ₹475-1,785), and Khajuraho (daily, 21 hours, ₹485-3,245).
Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which sometimes be much faster than the train. Buses operate between Udaipur and Mount Abu (₹5 hours, ₹100), Agra (6 hours, ₹120), Ahmedabad (6 hours, ₹200), Jodhpur (8 hours, ₹125), Ranakpur (3 hours, ₹85), Ajmer (8 hours, ₹150), Jaipur (9 hours, ₹200), Bikaner, Delhi (14 hours, ₹420), and Mumbai (16 hours, sleeper ₹600 or seat ₹400).
While most of the city can be covered on foot and the narrow alleyways in the old city make any other form of transportation a hassle, a taxi or autorickshaw/tuk-tuk is necessary to reach the Monsoon Palace or the wilderness park. A tuk-tuk will usually cost around ₹50, and should never cost more than ₹100 within the city.
- Udaipur City Palace. 9:30-17:30. A complex of small and big palaces, museums and gardens encompassing a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. One of the most beautiful palatial structures in Rajasthan. Originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II, it rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 meters. The palace complex has been built entirely in granite and marble. The interior with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibits delicate mirror work, marble work, murals, wall paintings, silver work, inlay work and colored glass mosaics. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the city from its upper terraces. Entrance: ₹250; Phone/Camera Fee: ₹250.
- Amar Vilas. The uppermost court inside the complex, which is a raised garden. It provides entry to the Badi Mahal. It is a pleasure pavilion built in Mughal style. It has cusped arcades enclosing a square marble tub. 'Amar Vilas' is the highest point of the City palace and has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces.
- Badi Mahal (Garden Palace). Badi Mahal is the exotic central garden palace that is situated on a 27 metres (89 ft) high natural rock formation vis-a-vis the rest of the palace. The rooms on the ground floor appear to be at the level of the fourth floor in view of the height difference to its surrounding buildings.
- Durbar Hall. Built in 1909 within the Fatepraksh Palace (now a heritage hotel), the hall was used by the royal ladies to observe the court proceedings. This hall has luxuriant interion with some unusually large chandeliers. Weapons of the maharanas and also some of their unique portraits are also depicted here.
- Fatehprakash Palace. Now run as luxury hotel and inaccessible to public viewing has a crystal gallery that consists of crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs and beds, crockery, table fountains which were never used. There is also a unique jewel studded carpet here.
- Jagadish Temple. Located 150m north of the palace in Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple walls and the shikara or tower are decorated with carvings of Vishnu, scenes from Lord Krishna’s life and figurines of nymphs or apsaras. The street square, where the temple is located, is also known as Jagdish Chowk from where several roads radiate in different directions.
- Krishna Vilas. Another chamber in Fatehprakash Palance with rich collection of miniature paintings that portray royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. However, there is tragic story linked to this wing of the City Palace. In the nineteenth century, a royal princess was unable to choose from two suitors seeking her hand in marriage, one from the royal family of Jaipur and another from Jodhpur, and hence in a state of dilemma, she poisoned herself to death.
- Manak Mahal. Approach from the Manak Chowk, the palace has a raised alcove inlaid completely in mirror glass. One of the prominent emblems of Sun is depicted on the façade of the Manak Chowk, which can also be seen from the outermost court.
- Mor Chowk (Peacock Square). A pillared hall with glass and mirror mosaic decorations is integral to the inner courts of the palace. The elaborate design of this chamber consists of three peacocks (representing the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon) modeled in high relief and faced with coloured glass mosaic, built into successive niches in the wall area or jharoka. These were built during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign, 200 years after the palace was established. The peacocks have been crafted with 5000 pieces of glass, which shine in green, gold and blue colours. In an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj, mosaic of mirrors adorn the walls. The Badi Charur Chowk within this chowk is a smaller court for private use. Its screen wall has painted and inlaid compositions depicting European men and Indian women.
- Rang Bhawan. The palace that used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, Meerabai and Shiva, located here.
- Sheesh Mahal. The palace of mirrors and glasses was built in 1716. A shrine of Dhuni Mata is also located in the complex. This location is considered as the oldest part of the Palace, where a sage spent his entire life meditating.
- Zenana Mahal (Women's Palace). Proceeding further from the Mor Chowk, in the Zenana Mahal or women’s quarters (now converted into museum) is exquisitely designed alcoves, balconies, coloured windows, tiled walls and floors are seen.
- Fateh Sagar Lake. An artificial lake constructed by Maharana in north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur. Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands.; the largest of these is called the Nehru Park, the second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third island is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Every year a festival called the Hariyali Amavasya Mela (Green New Moon Fair) is organized at the lake precincts, in the month of August/September.
- Pichola Lake. An artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake’s surroundings and the several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries, with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats. The famous Lake Palace (now converted into a heritage hotel) is located in the middle of the lake. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake. Local buses, Tongas, auto-rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.
- Doodh Talai. A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which connects one of the dudh talai gardens to Karni Mata temple.
- Gulab Bagh and Zoo. A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, chinkara gazelle, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.
- Nehru Garden. This is a park situated in the middle of Fateh Sager Lake. This park covers about 41 acres (170,000 m2), with flower gardens and a lily pond. It was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and gives a view of the Aravalli hills on three sides.
- Saheliyon ki Badi. Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of the Maids. This garden area lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place. There is also a small museum here. Sahelion Ki Bari' was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.
- Bagore-ki-Haveli. An old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century and it is now a museum. The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The building has a large and exquisite collection of Mewar painting and glassworks.
- Ahar Museum. The Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of royal cenotaphs located in Ahar, about 2km east of Udaipur. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over approximately 350 years. There are 19 chhatris that commemorate the 19 maharajas who were cremated here.
- Aapni Dhani. A very good place to spend your evening. This place has a small zoo, magic show, puppet show, nat ka tamasha, dance shows and to top it all a nice Rajasthani dinner - unlimited of course. The ticket is about ₹250 per person. The shows start in the evening around 5-6PM.
- Sukhadia Circle. A large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. centrepiece of the Circle is a large, three-tiered fountain just over 21 m. high, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif, representing prosperity. Illuminated at night, it is now a well-known landmark.
- Udaipur Solar Observatory. Located on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake, the observatory is claimed to be one of the Asia's largest. The observatory was built in the year 1976 by Dr. Arvind Bhatanagar following the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear lake in Southern California.
- Backstreet Academy ( BA), Aakash Deep, Chetak Circle (Near PNB), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-5PM. An alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as cooking classes in a local's home, stone carving workshops, miniature painting, making your own paper jewellery, even a puppet class where you learn to create your own Rajasthani puppets from a master craftsman in Udaipur. A social enterprise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will pick you up from your hotel and translate for you. These facilitators are usually young students looking for work to pay for their education or orphans looking to transition into society. Transport is provided for most activities. ₹10.
- Dharohar Dance Show @ Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A 60-minute Rajastani dance and marionette puppet show. Includes live music with local instruments, local folk dancing, and a lady balancing up to 9 stacked pots on her head. A must-see! Admission: ₹100; Camera fee: ₹100.
- Puppet Show @ Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Saheli Marg, Madhuban (In the north of the city, 300m north of Chetak Circle). Daily 60-minute puppet show at 6PM. Great for children. ₹50.
- Shilpgram. Frequently hosts plays and dance performances. No schedule is posted - inquire while you are in town.
Outdoor activities and sports
- Art of Bicycle Trips. Organized bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.
- Udaipur Ropeway, Deen Dayal Park (On the top of hill near Lake Pichola, near Karni Mata Temple), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9am-9pm. Spend the evening overlooking the city lights from a high altitude. There is a restaurant on top of the hill with a nice view. Adult: ₹78; Child: ₹39.
Situated in the middle of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here:
- Krishna Ranch. Dinesh Jain organizes professionally guided horse rides, starting from his ranch 7km from Udaipur in the beautiful Aravalli Hills. All rides include a visit to the beautiful and unspoiled Tiger Lake and pass through small traditional villages. Possibilities: 2.5 hours, half day, full day and multi-day safaris with camping. The guides are all fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area's culture and nature. Very good, imported riding helmets, well trained horses and clear instructions during the ride make these safaris very safe, even for beginners. Horses are very well looked after. The ranch has nice, spacious stables and a beautiful enclosed space where horses can walk freely. Treks by walk also can be organized. Stay at the ranch in comfortable, nicely decorated rural cottages is also possible. The ranch is very peaceful surrounded by trees, mountains and agricultural land. A great place to get away from the hectic Indian cities. Entrance:.
- Princess Trails. Run by an Indo-German couple. They have around 15 very well kept Marwari horses and always some foals and young ones on their farm, approximately 8km outside Udaipur. They organize trail rides for individual riders and small groups of 2 hours, 4 hours and full day through the tribal villages of the Aravalli foothills and also arrange overnight accommodation in comfortable Swiss tents (with attached bathroom, AC and private terrace) on their farm. Horseback lessons and nature hikes are also arranged and non-riding companions can spend a relaxing morning/afternoon in the garden of their farm with a beautiful Hollywood swing. They offer free pick up from the hotels in town and have a collection of imported riding helmets and half-chaps which they lend out to their riders. A large emphasis is put on the safety of riders and horses! Riders and guests fed up by the noise and pollution of Indian cities can stay overnight in comfortable Swiss tents on the farm and enjoy the quiet and peaceful rural life. Longer horseback safaris with overnight stays in a Safari Camp are also arranged. Also offers jeep safaris.
- Animal Aid Unlimited, Near Badi TB Hospital, Badi Village, Liyo Ka Gurha (7km from the old town), ☎ . 350 ownerless animals are given love and nursed back to health by volunteers. run by an American family who will welcome you any time between 9 and 5. Did you ever scratch a donkey under his chin? Have you ever bottle fed a baby goat? Ever helped a dog who lost her leg learn to walk again? Here's your chance. Free, Donations encouraged but not mandatory.
Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs and Mughals. You are unlikely to find these items elsewhere in India. These cost as little as ₹100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake. Items such as handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items and paintings are easily available in the tourist area. Other popular purchases include toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards, pottery in both metal and adobe, pots, plates, vessels and containers, brassware, and terracotta sculptures.
Udaipur also has typical bazaars including Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road.
- Vegetable Market (Take a tuk-tuk). A traditional market where mostly women vendors sell fresh produce. A fantastically colourful spot for endless eyecatching photographs and people watching. The spice market is also nearby.
- Bombino Arts, 9 Alok School Road, Sector 11 (Opposite Agrawal Dharamshala). Famous for handmade granite etching portraits and artwork. You can see the artist working in the store.
- Boutique Namaste India, 67 Ghadiya Devra (Near Hotel Gangaur Palace), ☎ . High quality custom-made suits and clothing.
- City Palace Museum Shop, City Palace. A good place to purchase miniature paintings but prices are higher than other shops.
- Gothwal Art, 20 Gangour Gatt (in the center of the tourist area), ☎ . This simple little art store is run by a lovely artist couple and is your best option for Udaipur-style miniature artwork. The owners are honest people and there is no hassle/pressure, unlike in most other stores. They will also custom frame paintings at a minimal cost, making for classy gifts and souvenirs. ₹100+.
- Indune Lifestyle, 178 Moti Magri (Near UIT Circle), ☎ . Sells a wide range of handcrafted gifts, accessories, home décor, artifacts and furniture. Fair Trade.
- Lord & Tailor. Has a large selection of pashmina wool and cashmere wood scarfs and shawls. Prices are higher than you will find elsewhere, but the quality is really good. You can bargain for a better price that what is quoted. Pashmina scarfs: ₹4,000.
- Mangalam: The Women Shopee, Sukhadia Circle (Opposite Panchratna complex), ☎ . The shop is best for textiles, sarees, handicrafts, dhurries, and similar products.
- Pushpa Furniture, NH-8 Bhuwana (Before Sukher Bypass), ☎ . A store that offers a wide variety of products like wooden furniture, antique reproduction, marble handicrafts, silver furniture, meenakari enameled handicraft furniture, inlay product & furniture, marble & stone inlay products, Rajasthan furniture, white metal furniture, glass inlay work and semi precious stone work.
- Rajasthali Emporium, Chetak Circle (1km north of the old clock tower), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The government-operated fixed-price emporium is a good place to gauge handicraft prices.
- Rukmani Arts, NH-8 Bhuwana (Before Sukher Bypass), ☎ . Offers a range of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs.
- Sadhna: A Women's Handicraft Enterprise, 2 locations in Udaipur (Take a rickshaw to Seva Mandir's NGO Campus, and walk through the large gate with the grate over the threshold), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm. Browse for hand-stitched garments, homewares, and linens. A purchase here means contributing to the income over 1,000 rural and tribal women who are involved in this enterprise. The aesthetic is very western, so you can feel comfortable wearing the items at home.
- Silver Emporium, Bapu Bazaar (Main Market), ☎ . Offers traditional and antique jewelry with a gem testing lab for the convenience of customers. Gemologist available at all times.
- Smile Merchants, Bhattiyani Chohatta (near Jagdish Temple), ☎ . Leather Items such as belts, wallets, handbags, laptop bags and accessories, jackets, and luggage.
- Soma Shop, Lake Palace Road (Near Hotel Mahendra Prakash), ☎ . An exclusive boutique for block print clothes and other crafts.
There are 3 conveniently-located malls offering a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.
- Celebration Mall, Bhuwana NH8 (5km from the old city). Stores include Adidas, Nike, Woodland, Metro, Levis, Wrangler, Flying Machine, United Colors of Benetton, Arrow, Van Husen, Allen Solly, Raymond's, Blackberry, Offbeat, Peter England, W, Mom&me, Gini & Jony, Crossword, Archie's. Others: McDonald's, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day, Jashn-Food Court, PVR Cinemas, 5D Cinema, and Hungama Game Planet.
- LakeCity Mall (North of the old city), ☎ . 10AM-10PM. Mix of national and local retailers: Woodland, United Colors of Benetton, Metro, Nike, Levis, Puma, Wrangler, Just I, Mufti, Lotto, Lee & Cat. Others: KFC, Pizza Hut, Moti Mahal Restaurant, INOX Cinemas, Viking Game Zone, and 7D Masti.
- R Kay Mall. Stores include Zari, Westside, Fab India, United Colors of Benetton, Dollar Store, Lilliput, OMG-Food Court, OMG Game Zone.
Udaipur is famous for its spicy snacks such as mirchi bada and kachori. Other common local cuisines include Dal Baati Churma (Lentils and rice), Pyaz Kachori (onion/flour balls), and Gatte Ki Sabzi (gram flour dumplings with curry). These are common on the menu of just about every restaurant and should definitely be eaten!
Cooking classes are also commonly offered in Udaipur.
There are a couple Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savoury bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more). There are also American fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Subway in the Celebration Mall (see listing above). Outside of the old town, you can find street stalls selling cheap chaat (Indian fast food).
There are many rooftop restaurants with romantic views of Lake Pichola. However, in all cases, you will usually have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to them.
- 1559 AD, SH 50, Ambamata, ☎ . Popular with tour groups, this restaurant has a rooftop area with very romantic views of the lake. Elevator.
- Ambrai @ Amet Haveli Hotel, Outside Chandpole, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. lake-side level of Lake Pichola, with a view of the City Palace and the nightly fireworks show. Very romantic. Reservations are mandatory. Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines. mains: ₹250-400.
- Aravalli @ Trident Hotel, Haridasjiki Magri, Mullah Talai (Near Lake Pichola), ☎ . 6AM-11PM. Superb in every way. You can choose between a-la-carte or the marvelous buffet which is one of the best in Udaipur. A visual delight and a gourmet's paradise. The restaurant is attractive, luxurious, relaxed and has a traditional touch. ₹500+.
- Bawarchi Restaurant, 6 Delhi Gate (East of Gangaur Ghat). Good food and fast service but it is popular with locals and thus can be very crowded. Thali: ₹140.
- Cafe Edelweiss, 71 Gangaur Ghat (Near the lake; follow the signs), ☎ . A German bakery that has amazing pies, cinnamon rolls, coffees, and sandwiches. Cinnamon roll/pie slice: ₹40-80; Sandwiches: ₹140.
- Charcoal @ Pratap Bhawan Hotel, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This outdoor rooftop restaurant has a tandoor and a barbecue. Serves Kingfisher Strong beer. Great barbequed dishes.
- Cool Cafe Restaurant, 28 Panduwadi, 1st floor, Gadiya Devra, Jagdish Temple Road (Opposite Hotel Gangaur Palace, Gangaur Ghat), ☎ . Really great prices on both food and alcohol. There is a large TV for watching movies and water pipes are also available for use. Unlimited thali: ₹150.
- Gateway Restaurant, Shop No. 2, Jagat Shiromani Temple, Outside City Palace, ☎ . Rooftop restaurant near the city palace and Jagdish Mandir. Serves Indian food and Italian food ₹50-350.
- Hukam: the Family Restaurant, UIT Bridge, Saheli Marg, ☎ . Serves traditional Indian, Mughlai, Rajasthani, Chinese, Continental, and Sizzlers.
- Jaiwana Haveli Roof Top Restaurant, 14 Lal Ghat (Just west of the Jagdish Mandir), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Another outdoor rooftop restaurant with a great view. Excellent dal baht. It is a bit of a climb to the roof.
- Mewar Haveli Hotel Rooftop Restaurant, 34-35 Lal Ghat (Near Lake Pichola and behind the Jagdish Temple), ☎ . Covered dining room and rooftop restaurant with beautiful and romantic lake views.
- Natraj Hotel Restaurant, New Bapu Bazar Road (Behind Ashoka Cinema, across from Town Hall), ☎ . Very good food in a clean and modern setting. Indian vegetarian food is served by roving waiters and includes naan/paratha, rice, dal curry, paneer, other curries, and yogurt. Unlimited thali: ₹120.
- Paantya Restaurant @ Shiv Niwas Palace, The City Palace Complex, ☎ . 7AM-10:30 PM. Traditionally-dressed waiters serve superb food from a varied menu. A great place for that special occasion.
- Raaj Bagh Restaurant @ Hotel Rampratap Palace, 5-B, Alkapuri, Ambamata Road (Near Fateh Sagar Lake), ☎ . 11AM-11PM. A garden style restaurant at the edge of Lake Fateh Sagar. Indoor AC seating also available. The best lal maas ever! Excellent service, exceptional food.
- Rainbow Restaurant, Lal Ghat Road, ☎ . Great view. Try the fried shrimp if it is available!
- Savage Garden, 22 Inside Chandpole, ☎ . Set over several floors of a pleasant building with cascading bougainvilleas and a towering banana tree in its blue-walled courtyard. Besides some standard Indian fare, you can order toned-down, simplified versions of traditional cuisine, such as spinach mutton served with boiled potatoes, grilled fish with mash, and even an unusual vegetarian kela curry or banana curry. ₹100.
- Whistling Teal, 103 Bhattiyani Chohtta (inside Jhadhol Haveli, just east of the City Palace), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the most romantic dining spots in Udaipur with a nice view of oasis in the city. Seating is on the lawn or under candle-lit canopies with exquisite traditional Rajasthani thalis. Beautiful garden.
- Cafe Coffee Day, The Celebration Mall, ☎ . 10AM - 11PM. Cafe Coffee Day is famous coffee shop in Udaipur. The chain serves a wide varieties of coffees with Pizza & Sandwiches. All major credit cards are accepted.
- Fatehprakash Palace Hotel, City Palace (On Lake Pichola), ☎ . 7:30AM - 10:30PM. The open air Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace hotel becomes the heart of the City Palace Complex. People flock there to have a drink, and watch Lake Pichola.
- Garden Hotel Udaipur, Gulab Bagh Rd. Guests choosing to stay at the Garden Hotel Udaipur will be able to dine at the onsite restaurant. They will also be able to have a drink at the garden bar.
- Govinda's Cafeteria, 169 city palace Rd (jagdish chowk). 9AM-9PM. Serves real Lavazza espresso. They have a nice real espresso machine and serve a huge variety of excellent Italian coffee. Shakes and frappes also available. Espresso ₹50, caffe latte ₹65, cappuccino ₹60. Spoil yourself with an amazingly yummy brownie shake (made with a whole piece of brownie, chocolate ice-cream and milk, tastes to die for) for ₹120. With A/C.
- RTDC Hotel Kajri, Shastri Circle, ☎ . 10AM - 11PM. Let your spirits soar high at the well stocked bar of Hotel Kajri in Udaipur. The bar features an eclectic selection of both Indian and Rajasthani liquor and wine.
- Soul Meet Cafe, next to Dyaji Bridge (walking bridge) (big green building—you can't miss it), ☎ . This place has been opened very recently and King the owner is slowly building the place up from scratch. A perfect place to take in outstanding scenery of the Old Town and the Lake, whilst relaxing with a 'special' lasi and a sheesha.
- Tehkhana (Restaurant & Bar), Hitawala complex,Saheli marg (Saheliyo ki bari), ☎ . 12:00. The Tehkhana Restaurant is a pleasant and elegant contemporary restaurant ideally located near the Sukhadia Circle .With hazelnut coloured walls and vivid paintings this is an ideal place to hang out Choices of Indian, Chinese, Continental, South Indian & Italian cuisines is available to satisfy the taste buds.
Udaipur has a wide range of accommodation options.
- Anjani Hotel, 77 Gangour Ghat Marg, e-mail: email@example.com. A former palace. Rooms have balconies with lake views. Rooftop restaurant. ₹1,530-2,210.
- Gangaur Palace / Ashoka Haveli, 339 Gangaur Ghat Marg, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A charming haveli centered around a courtyard. Rooftop restaurant. ₹800-1,800 depending on the room, breakfast: ₹170.
- Krishna Ranch, Near Badi village (7km northwest of the city center). A large ranch with horses in a rural setting. Cottages are spacious and are decorated with regional handicrafts. Great if you want to go bird watching, horse riding, hiking, biking, or exploring the local villages. Transport from Udaipur can be arranged. Some food served is grown on-site. Single: ₹2,000, Double: ₹2,500, breakfast included.
- Kumbha Palace (In the center of the old city). Run by a Dutch-Indian couple, Dinesh and Francine Jain. Beautiful garden adjacent to a wall of the city palace. Rooftop restaurant with great views Single: ₹550, Double: ₹650.
- Mewar Inn, 42 Residency Road (Opposite G.B.H. American Hospital, 3km northeast of the City Palace), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 20 rooms. Away from the noisy tourist/old town area but easily accessible via tuk-tuk or 10 minutes by foot from Delhi Pol. Price changed in early 2015. Hard to beat the price. The hotel also has a rooftop restaurant. Single economy ₹92 Double economy ₹172 more options until ₹292.
- Mewargarh Palace, 733, Near Bade Purohit Ji Ki Haveli, Imlighat (Near Chandpole Gate, just north of the Jagdish Temple), ☎ . Check-out: 10AM. 5-room homestay accommodation. Rooftop restaurant. Free rickshaw pickup from train station. Hidden in an alley next to a mosque. ₹650.
- Nayee Haveli, Gangour Ghat, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A 100+-year-old haveli with 6 rooms, lake views, and a rooftop restaurant.
- Padmini Palace, 27 Gulab Bagh Road (Directly east of the City Palace), ☎ , fax: +91 294 2419663, e-mail: email@example.com. 20-room budget hotel across the street from a garden. From ₹1,200.
- Panorama Guest House, Hanuman Ghat (Directly across the lake from the City Palace), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Great panoramic views. ₹500-1,400, depending on the room.
- Pleasure Guest House, 12, Surya Marg, Kotda House, Jagdish Road (In front of Jagdish Temple), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A very friendly homestay run by Jitu aka G2, who makes you feel at home. Rooms have balconies. Great views of the palace. Kitchen is available for use. ₹350.
- Poonam Haveli, 39 Lal Ghat Road (On the lake), ☎ . Rooftop restaurant. Great views. ₹2,000.
- Rajkamal International, 123 Bye Pass Road (9km northeast of the City Palace, close to Celebration Mall), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 rooms. ₹800-1,800, depending on the room.
- Zostel Udaipur, 25-26 Nav Ghat (Near City Palace), ☎ . A great place to meet young travelers. Rooftop café. Free walking tours. Some rooms have a lake view. On a narrow road. Dorm bed: ₹449, Double: ₹1,999.
- Aashiya Haveli, 15,17-20, Lal Ghat (On Lake Pichola), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Spacious rooms with nice views. ₹1,800.
- Broadway, Burman Chambers, UIT Bridge, Saheli Marg (next to UIT circle), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 10AM. 26 rooms with nice views. Single: ₹1,850-2,450; Double: ₹2,250-2,950.
- Chandra Niwas Homestay, 43/44 Shanti Niketan colony Bedla- Badgaon Link Road (just outside city centre), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Run by the founder of the DAAN foundation (an organization that works to improve education for village children in Rajasthan). Owner will sometimes show you around. Many volunteers stay here. US$18-36, breakfast included.
- Dayal, 7 Opposite Kothari Bhawan, Near Shastri Circle, ☎ . Clean hotel.</ ₹2,550-2,950.
- Devra, Sisarma - Bujra Road, Kalarohi (A 15 minute drive from the city centre), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12.30PM, check-out: 11.30AM. Comfortable rural retreat with nice panoramic views. Restaurant on site. Good for relaxing and quiet atmosphere. ="₹5,500, breakfast included.
- Hotel Boheda Palace, Kalaji Goraji, near Lake Palace Road (Directly east of the City Palace), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Features large rooms with Rajasthani decorations, luxury heritage accommodation and dining facility. You can enjoy excellent views of Lake Pichola & the City Palace from this hotel. ₹2,700.
- Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, 24 - 25 Lal Ghat, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A restored 17th-century haveli. Some rooms have lake views, but are much more expensive. Central courtyard. A narrow archway connects the haveli to the old city. Standard room: ₹1,850-2,150; Lake view rooms: ₹3,250-6,750, 25% discount in the low season.
- Jaiwana Haveli, 14 Lal Ghat (eastern bank of Lake Pichola), e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 10AM. Formerly the private residence of the Thakur of Jaiwana. 24 rooms, some with lake views. Excellent rooftop restaurant. Standard room: ₹2,560; Corner room: ₹2,995, 30% discount in the low season.
- Hotel Lake Shore, Outside Chandpole hanuman gate (On the shore of Lake Pichola), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 200 year old haveli. 5 guest rooms with views of the lake and the washing ghats. Decorated in traditional Rajasthani style.
- Lake Pichola Hotel, Outside Chandpole, Near Hanuman Ghat (East of the City Palace), ☎ . Well-maintained heritage hotel. ₹2,250.
- Madri Haveli, 70 Ganesh Gati, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 14-room hotel in a renovated 300-year old building that belongs to the King of Madri. Peak Season: ₹3,500; Off Peak Season: ₹2,750.
- Mahendra Prakash, Lake Palace Road (Just east of the City Palace), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-out: 12PM. 26 guest room haveli with courtyard and swimming pool. Views of the Sajan Niwas Gardens as well as the city palace. Massage therapy tent. From ₹2,000.
- Mewar Haveli, 34-35 Lal Ghat, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12PM. 12-room hotel in the style of a traditional Rajasthani haveli. Features views of Lake Pichola, the Old City, Lake Palace, Jagmandir Island Palace and the rugged Aravalli range. ₹1,850-2,550.
- Mountain Ridge, Sisarma (6km southwest of the city center, off National Highway 76A), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Peaceful environment. Plenty of activities such as swimming in the pool, trekking, going on a village safari, bird watching, mountain walking, having a massage or just sitting and relaxing with your favorite book with the soothing sounds of nature in the garden. ₹2,500-5,700.
- Raj Niwas, 16 Lal Ghat (On Lake Pichola), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Newly-built haveli constructed in the traditional style. Rooftop restaurant. Lake views. ₹4,000-₹5,000, depending on view.
- Vishnupriya, 9 Garden Road, Near Gulab Bagh, ☎ , fax: +91 294 2421315, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 12PM. 51-room heritage hotel. Single: ₹3,500-₹4,000; Double:₹4,000-₹5,500.
- Bhairav Garh Resort, Near Maharana Pratap Khel Gaon, Chitrakoot Nagar, Maharana Pratap Khel Gaov, Ahead of Bhuwana Bypass, Sukher (8km from bus stand), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12.00 Noon, check-out: 12.00 Noon.. The resort is in Sukher, in the Aravali range with all modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. ₹5500 - ₹14000.
- Fateh Prakash Palace, City Palace Complex, ☎ . It is located on the eastern shores of Lake Pichola.
- Inder Residency, Goverdhan Vilas, Ekling Nagar, Shikharbadi Rd.
- The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola.
- Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa. Opened on 1st Aug 2010. From ₹11,000/night.
- Shikarbadi Hotel Udaipur, Goverdhan Vilas Sector 14, Hiran Magri, ☎ . The hotel is spread over 250 acres and set amidst the serene wooded landscape of the Aravalis.
Udaipur is safe place and local people are very helpful. However, visitors are advised to take care of their personal belongings, particularly if they have very large cash, credit cards or carrying passport. To avoid pick pocketing, concealed money belts are helpful tools.
Don't leave cash or any valuables in the hotel room. Cross check all hotel, restaurant and lounges bills for errors. Never pay anyone for anything upfront, including taxi drivers. If you are traveling alone then it is advisable to take hotel in Udaipur itself and not in remote areas.
There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing. The blood bank services are in quick time and it not only serve blood within Udaipur but most of the small towns around the city.
- Ayurvedic hospital, Moti chohtta (Tel: 2-421968)
- Maharana Bhopal general hospital (Tel: 2-528811-19)
- Natural hospital, Bhatyani chohtta (Tel: 2-422700)
- T B hospital (tel: 2-560310)
- Women's hospital (Tel: 2-523989)
- Aravali Hospital, 332 Ambamaata Scheme, Mullatalai, Udaipur (Tel: 2430222, 2431222)
- Goyal hospital, 328-A, Vasant Vihar, Sector-5, Hiran Magri, Udaipur (Tel: 0294-2465764)
- J.K. Hospital & Research Centre, Bhupalpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2418544)
- Jagrati Orthopedic Hospital, Hospital Road, Udaipur (Tel: 2529234)
- Sanjeevani Nursing Home, Sevashram Chowraha, Udaipur (Tel: 2412770)
- Shreyas Children & Maternity Hospital, Fatehpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2560861)
- M.B. Govt. Hospital Blood Bank, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2528811)
- Udaipur Americal International Hospital, 101, Kothi Bagh, Bhatt Ji Ki Bari, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2426000)
- Udaipur M/s Saral Blood Bank, 30, Bhikharinath ka math, Bhupalpura, Udaipur. (Ph. No. 0294-2416285)
Fairs and festival
The city of Udaipur celebrates all the fairs and festivals with equal fervor. The important fairs and festivals that are closely associated with Udaipur are Mewar Festival and the Shilpgram Fair. If you want to catch the vigor of these desert people, catch them during their famous fairs and festivals.
- Mewar Festival - Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring season (March/April). The festival is especially meant for women and offers the best time when they dress in their finest clothes and join the celebrations of the fest. To conduct the ceremony, women assemble to dress the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati). After dressing the idols, they carry them in a traditional procession passing through different parts of the city. In the last, the procession makes its move towards the Gangaur Ghat at Pichola Lake. At this point, the images are transported into special boats and immersed in the deep waters of the lake. When this religious part gets over, people engage into various dances, songs and other cultural events revealing the culture of Rajasthan. Mewar festival is concluded with a glittering show of fireworks.
- Shilpgram Crafts Fair - Shilpgram Mela is held annually in the west of the city of Udaipur in the month of November/ December. The fair is organized to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. This fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.
Udaipur offers great excursions to its outskirts. Hire a cab or explore by yourself to the some of the great escapades on the city outskirts.
- Eklingji Temple - 22 km north of Udaipur is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. The magnificent architecture of Eklingnath Temple is simply remarkable.
- Haldighati - An important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40 km from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that gives a sense of turmeric (in Hindi)
- Jagat Temple - Being located at the village called Jagat, at a distance of 58 km in the south-east of Udaipur. Built in 961 A.D, the Jagat Temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors.
- Kankroli - A small town, located at a distance of 65 km from the city of Udaipur mainly known for its temple, which is sited on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake.
- Nagda - Located besides Bagela Lake at a distance of 23 km in the north-west of Udaipur on the way to Nathdwara. Nagda comprises many small and big temples, but the main attraction is gained by its 'Sas-Bahu' temple.
- Ajmer - An ancient town located 288km from Udaipur is famous among the spiritual and religious sects for the shrine of Khwaja Ajmer Sheriff and the only Brahma temples by the banks of Lake Pushkar.
- Bhilwara - The administrative city of Mewar region located 168km from Udaipur. The city contains some of the exquisite neolithic temples that adorn the Nagar style of architecture.
- Bundi - An ancient town located 275km from Udaipur inhabited by local tribesmen famous for its historical fortresses and kunds (holy wells).
- Chittorgarh - About 140 km from Udaipur, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar from 734 AD to 1559. Chittorgarh Fort is a massive fort situated on a hilltop near Chittorgarh town in Rajasthan state in India.
- Jodhpur - A popular gateway to the Thar Desert located 269km from Udaipur with the massive Mehrangarh Fort and access to Osiyan desert.
- Kumbhalgarh - A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36km of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.
- Mount Abu - A popular tourist hill station located 185km from Udaipur. highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples especially the Dilwara Temples.
- Nathdwara - Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its 'pichwai' paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
- Ranakpur - Ranakpur is widely known for its magnificent marble Jain temple devoted to Lord Adinath and is a "must see". Ranakpur is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Easily accessed by road, Ranakpur is around 100 km north of Udaipur. Its architecture is said to be better than even that of famous Taj Mahal. It is said that the experience of visual treat inside the temple can hardly be described in words. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there are 1008 heads of snakes and numerous tails over the head of Lord ParsvaNatha. One cannot find the end of the tails. The image faces all four cardinal directions. The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Jain Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.