Perfect Itinerary of Udaipur – The Venice of the East
Udaipur, one of the most charming cities of Rajasthan is well famous as City of Lakes or Venice of the East. A rich history that runs more than a thousand years deep, Udaipur indeed makes an enticing place to visit for people of all ages. There are plenty of historical and scenic attractions that are sure to keep one busy and happy. I have earlier mentioned in my Historical Tour of Udaipur article about how I did this was my first historical tour in India. Udaipur has created magical memories in my mind since childhood. So read this post about how to spend 4 days in Udaipur.
I was going through a great package deal on Udaipur best hotels with breakfast and trip and got more great savings with some fantastic deals. The best time to visit is from November till March. So I am planning for my winter Vacation trip to Udaipur. There are plenty of engaging activities that take you to its lakes, palaces, forts, and gardens. So I made a Perfect Itinerary of Udaipur – The Venice of the East for my winter vacation with family. Udaipur is the perfect destination for family, couples, history lovers, architecture lovers, nature lovers and a wedding destination too. Also, there are many historical places nearby like Alwar. If you are a female traveler in India, then read some useful tips about what to wear in India for female travelers with some trendy and comfortable clothing tips. Read this about what historical things you can see in Alwar. If you are Planning for Jaipur then read this post for Perfect Itinerary for Jaipur with kids.
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Sightseeing in Udaipur with my Family – Perfect Itinerary of Udaipur – The Venice of the East
- Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, a magnificent Lake with a surreal movie-like setting. Jag Mandir, Arsi Vilas, Jag Niwas, and Mohan Mandir are its four islands. One of the most joyful things to do in Udaipur is to take a boat cruise around the freshwater lake during sunset. Read more details about City Palace and Lake Pichola boat ride tour. When you are taking tour of incredible landmarks in Asia, then do add City Palace, Udaipur to your itinerary for its grand and lavish Rajput styled royal architecture.
- Visit the favorite garden, Saheliyo ki Bari, which is a favorite visiting spot in Udaipur. The beautifully constructed garden comprises of lush green lawns, marble elephants, and fountains. It is indeed mesmerizing to capture the beauty of the garden in the camera.
- Take blessings at the Karni Mata temple, which is one of the best things to do in Udaipur. The temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Karni Mata is located on the Machla Magra Hills. It attracts people from all across the country and world.
- Explore Bagore ki Haveli which was built in the 18th century by the ruler of the Mewar province. It is situated in the Gangori Ghat, and the mansion operates as a museum today and is composed of 138 rooms. Enjoy looking at many art pieces in the longest turban and gallery.
- City Palace Museum is worth a visit, and it is indeed a unique experience to enjoy the Museum Sound and Light Show. The rooms are extravagantly decorated with tiles, mirrors, and paintings. Look at the varied collection of artifacts.
- Another fun thing to do is to ride the ropeway that will take you to Karni Mata temple. It is a favorite tourist activity that adds to the charm of the City of Lakes. You not only visit the temple but get a magnificent bird eye view of the city from the top.
- Visit the Jagmandir Island that was built by Maharana Karan. There is a romantic sparkle to Lake Palace when it is lit up at night. There are a restaurant, bar, and spa on the island which are open to visitors. Enjoy great food and drinks in the garden as well as lovely views across the lake.
- Explore the 19th-century palace, Sajjan Garh palace that is perched on top of a distant hill. Constructed by Maharana Sajjan Singh, it was an astronomical Centre; it soon became a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. Tourists come here to get marvelous views of the sunset.
Facts about Udaipur in Rajasthan –
- Udaipur is in Rajasthan – a North-Western state of India which is famous for glorious history and rich traditions.
- Currency – Indian Rupees.
- Language – Hindi, English
- Best time to Visit – Winter months (October to March). Read more about places to visit in India in November.
- What to shop for – Colorful cotton fabrics, Authentic and Traditional silver jewelry, Special Rajasthani Quilts, Pottery, Puppet styled dolls, Embroidered Chappals or shoes called as Mojris, Wooden Sculpted Furniture, Marble work, and Ivory items.
- Read more about a two week Rajasthan highlights Itinerary.
Not only there are many historical places in India, but India is also known for pilgrimages sites belonging to all religions. Go for a pilgrimage tour in India and read to know more about Top 7 Pilgrimages sites in India for every spiritual seeker and must be included in your list.
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So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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Thanks for sharing this fantastic Article, really very informative.
I thought to gift myself a visit to Udaipur on my birthday last year but due to some personal reasons it didnt work out and I ended up being in Agra. This year too due to COVID, I couldnt get to do it. Well, let’s see if this works the next year.
Hopefully you will soon make it.
Hi Yukti! Is tipping common in Udaipur? Some of my Indian friends said not to give more than a dollar or give at least 10% of the bill. To be honest, I am quite uncomfortable giving tips because the last time I did it, lots of people followed me on the streets asking for money. What is the best percentage (and fair, of course) for tipping in Udaipur? Thank you for your help!
It is not necessary or mandatory in India, but you can tip whenever you like someone’s service. And if you dont want to catch unwanted attention, then you can tip the person, personally by giving in envelope or covering it. And percentage too depends on how much you like the service, as there is no specific rule.
That sunset cruise on Lake Pichola sounds like a dream! The city museum sound and light show also sounds like fun. It’s time I planned a trip to Udaipur! 🙂
This beautiful city is in my list since quite a long time but I haven’t been able to make it. After reading this, I think its high time to visit Udaipur now…
I must say you have amazing writing style which will take you so far in your future. Can you write something about hostels in India for backpackers it will be great to see something like this.
Thanks for liking my writing style and in future I would surely write for hostels and backpackers in India.
Udaipur is best place I ever visited. The climate and surrounding were awesome and also the peoples are very helpful to each other.
Udaipur is one of my favourite places in India. It’s small enough you can easily explore on foot yet it’s packed with palaces, temples and narrow winding lanes with lots to discover. Of course, the lakes add to its beauty.
Thanks Christina and yes Udaipur is very interesting due to its history, culture and many colors
I have just come back from Udaipur and I loved my experience. It has a very different pace to it unlike other cities of Rajasthan. I loved Badi lake and Ambrai Ghat a lot. Though I couldn’t do ropeway to Karni Mata temple. May be next time. Loved the post 🙂
Thanks and it is great that you have recently visited Udaipur.
This post is really helpful for me.
Thats a fantastic post and images are just superb. bookmarking this post for future visit.
Looking forward to my trip to this amazing city in the next few weeks. Very helpful and timely read post which gives me some tips on what to do. Unfortunately I’m traveling in the peak season so paying a premium. The architecture is one of the most fascinating and colourful aspect and one I’m looking to capture. A very informative post and thanks. Truely the Venice of the east.
Thanks Amar, Yes Udaipur is truly enchanting with lots of history and rich culture heritage
I have traveled in Rajasthan extensively but somehow, never got to Udaipur. I think next time, I will make a trip only to be in this beautiful city and the itinerary here seems just perfect. Did not know that there is cruise on Lake Pichola which one could take. That’s awesome. Bagore ki Haveli sounds fascinating and so historic and of course, City Palace Museum is a must. Learning about Sajjan Garh palace for the first time and would love to see it. Saving this guide on Udaipur for our future trip!
Thanks Navita, And I have only traveled to Udaipur in Rajasthan and still looking for other places there. Yes cruise on Lake Pichola is lovely thing to do here.
Agree with this itinerary you shared Yukti. A single day is not enough for Udaipur and one can visit a few places only which you already mentioned. I guess one can visit these on Day one and keep the Day two to explore city and street food. at least, I did that (:
I had been to Udaipur a long time ago. But I did not do half of the things on the post here. I would dearly love to go back and check out the intricate architecture on the city palace and of course the serene lake Pichola. The small city has so much to offer for repeat travelers like me:) Will surely come back. Thanks for the inspiration!
Udaipur is both beautiful and interesting. The Karni Mata temple sounds like the perfect spot for views of the city and lake . There are so few places that have any kind of cable car in operation. Fun itinerary! Have fun!
Wow, Udaipur and Lake Pichola is just stunning! I l’ve not yet been to India, but I’d love to see this city, and all these incredible temples. I live half the year in Veneto, where Venice is the capital, so it’s nice to see another reference to a water-based city! I can definitely see why Udaipur is a must-see, I just hope I can visit soon!
Yes Lisa, Udaipur is really worth visiting with palaces and lakes all around.
What an awesome adventure, I really enjoyed reading this, and the pictures and great. Thank for sharing!