Udaipur has an unparalleled splendor and remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a city famous for its bewitching architecture, scrumptious Rajasthani cuisine, and striking monuments that hold rich history behind its walls. Such is the charm of the city that a one-day visit seems incomplete just by the mention of it. There are simply so many places to explore in and around the city and each place is so alluring, it feels as if it just doesn’t want to let go of you.
Millions of tourists travel to the beautiful City of Lakes every year to find out what the fuss is all about, and much to their amazement, go back with a truckload of memories and stories worth giving an ear to! It is one of the most sought-after places for travel enthusiasts and a popular backpacking destination as well.
Most of the tourists visiting Udaipur throughout the year are backpackers and budget travelers who visit the city for merely a day and search for places to go to that can make their traveling videos and photo albums a lot more colorful. Well, Udaipur never disappoints, and for the same purpose, we have come up with a list of places you must visit during a day’s trip (supposedly, morning to evening). Have a look:
1. Fatehsagar Lake:
A trip to Udaipur would be a trip in vain if you do not visit the majestic lakes in the City of Lakes! You must not miss the sight of the rising Sun and the tranquility that is during morning around these lakes. The sound of the chirping birds and water hitting the shore is soothing and with a plate of ‘Poha’ and sizzling hot ‘Chai’ (tea), should you even ask for more? You can spend the morning hours here as well as at Lake Pichola overlooking the City Palace, Jag Mandir, and Lake Palace from Karni Mata as the rest of the city becomes operational mostly after Ten.
2. The City Palace Museum:
And to take a deeper look into the rich history of Mewar kingdom and all of its rulers, a trip to the Palace is a must. After you have had your breakfast, you must move on to the City Palace complex. The City Palace complex is a splendid example of Rajasthani architecture and the cultural heritage of Mewar built by Maharana Udai Singh II. A visit to the museum typically takes 2-3 hours and entry to the museum is chargeable at a fee of ₹300 for adults and ₹100 for children aged 5-18. The museum opens at 0900 hours and closes at 1730 hours. Also, check out Palki Khana Restaurant inside the palace complex.
3. Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace):
Painted with white artistic domes on top of a hill is the glorious Monsoon Palace. It is named after Maharana Sajjan Singh Ji who built the palace chiefly to visit during the Monsoon season. It provides a panoramic view of the city and surroundings which a delightful sight. A visit here takes 2-3 hours and entry to this Palace is at a nominal cost of ₹80-90 for each person whereas vehicles are charged too. The preferred timing to visit Sajjangarh is from 1000 hours to 1700 hours. You can also visit the Sajjangarh Biological Park and Zoo located at the foot of the hill.
4. Old City Tour and Shopping:
A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without some shopping from the local markets. Udaipur is famous for wooden handicrafts, traditional jewelry, brassware, pagadis (turban), mojadis (ethnic footwear), leather items, etc. Visit these local markets at Hathipole, Bapu Bazaar, and Palace road and treat yourself with some amazing collection of items from the local nearby villages. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds with some lip-smacking Rajasthani food as well. And don’t worry if you are left with some more time, try visiting Jagdish Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Bagore ki Haveli, Maharana Pratap Smarak (memorial), you will be left in awe!
5. Dinner by the Lake – ending it in style!
As the day closes to an end, there is one thing that will haunt you for the rest of your lives if not done, while in Udaipur, and that is a blissful candle-lit dinner by the lakeside overlooking the City Palace as it lights up in all its glory. There are several lake-facing restaurants by Pichola serving cuisines from all over the world with an ambiance worth every penny that you shell out. Dig in at any of these places and don’t forget to click pictures as you are definitely going to be making this trip, a trip of your lifetime!
A lot remains unexplored during this one-day trip to Udaipur. Take out some time and come back soon because one visit just ain’t enough!
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Have a great day.