Udaipur, also known as the “city of lakes” is one of the most sorted tourist destinations in India. Once a historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar is now one of the glamorous city in Rajasthan.
It is on the southern part of Rajasthan which is close to the border of Gujrat. It is surrounded by Aravali range which separates it from the Thar desert.
Famously known as “Venice of the east” has 7 lakes in its kitty.
How to spend 3 days in Udaipur?
1. Soak in the grandeur of the “City Palace”
Are you someone who loves history? You will be mesmerized at the City Palace. This palace has a history of about 400 years and is one of the must-visit attraction in Udaipur.
City Palace is built with a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The entire palace complex is built with granite and marble.
There are 11 small palaces within this complex and all are interlinked with zigzag corridors. This was to protect each palace from any direct enemy attacks.
One more architectural marvel that you would not want to miss is to notice the front facade of the palace in detail. From the front, you will notice that there are multiple floors with windows overseeing the garden, on the contrary, you will not come across any of these windows while you explore the interiors. Reason being, the front facade is just a cover-up to hide the rock behind it.
You will definitely want to hire a guide to notice all these finer details.
City Palace by the day.
Archway at the City Palace.
City Palace by the night.
2. Enjoy the beauty of “Lake Pichola” and a boat ride to “Jagmandir Palace”
You will actually get the very first glimpse of Lake Pichola as soon as you enter the City Palace area. This is an artificial freshwater lake which was built centuries ago so solve the water problem of the otherwise most dry city of Udaipur.
I would say sunset would be a perfect time to take the boat ride. The golden rays of the setting sun on the city palace is a treat to watch.
Aravali mountains on the west provide a perfect silhouette for your sunset pictures.
While you are still in the boat, take a closer look at one of the costliest hotels in India, “Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur”. I’m sure you have already seen in Bollywood movies.
As you continue your boat journey you will reach Jagmandir Palace. This Palace was formerly used by the royal families to hold parties. Currently, there is a cafe on this island and you can get your self-clicked at a beautiful backdrop.
You can also witness cultural activities that are organized at the courtyard.
3. Be in Aww with the “Crystal Gallery”
While you are still at the City Palace complex, do not miss to visit Crystal Palace. You will be given an audio guide to walk you through the entire palace.
It is definitely one of its kind. Are you looking for restrooms? You can find one of the cleanest ones here.
Interior designer in me suddenly gets all excited when I see patterned floorings 😛
4. Get a feel of Rajasthani culture at “Bagore Ki Haveli”
What is the fun of exploring a new travel destination when you do not enjoy its local culture? In order to get the feel of Rajasthani art and culture, visit Bagore Ki Haveli.
This is still on the banks of Lake Pichola, at a walk away distance from City Palace complex.
5. Go back in time at “Vintage car museum”
The museum shows the love for cars in the Royal family. It has various cars which belonged to the royal family from the past and present and most of it is apparently in working condition.
I’m not really a car person, so I’m sorry I don’t remember much from my visit to this museum.
6. Learn more about the history of Udaipur at “The Mewar Sound and Light Show”
This again is one of the must do’s for you. You will get to learn the history of Udaipur in much detail when you sit through this show.
The city palace getting beautified with the lights and the narration at the background is simply a treat.
You can buy a consolidated entry ticket at the City Palace complex. It costed me Rs. 1650/- per person for Sunset boat ride, Crystal Gallery, Vintage car museum, Light & sound show. Entry to city palace was at an extra cost. This was back in the winter of 2014.
7. Get adventurous with the “cable car ride to Karni Mata temple”
Start your second day by visiting Karni Mata temple. It does not matter if you are a religious person or not, the view from the top of the hilltop where the temple is situated is spectacular, so you would not want to miss it.
Moreover getting to the hilltop by cable car is an experience by itself.
8. Be lost amidst the chaos and color of “Shilpagram”
Are you looking to explore some local food? Do you want to see how Rajasthani’s dress? Do you want to buy some authentic handloom items? Are you wanting to be lost in the culture of Rajasthan?
If the answer is yes, then don’t miss Shilpagram.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are few of my clicks from Shilpagram.
Folks here are quite friendly and ever ready to pose.
I’m sure you are tempted to taste it.
You might want to buy a pair of them as collectibles for your home. Btw, bargaining is allowed.
And finally, that’s me trying to blend in yet standing out in the crowd.
9. Let blessed by Lord Eklingji at “Eklingji Temple”
This is an ancient temple which dates back to 8th century. This temple is located around 20kms north of Udaipur.
10. Chill out at one of the cafes on the lakeside
After spending two full days with packed schedule exploring you might want to chill a bit.
Udaipur has a lot of small cafes on the banks of Lake Pichola. For a moment you will wonder if you are in India or in Venice.
Spend some quiet time at one of these cafes and watch life pass by. It’s a total bliss, especially at the dusk.
Let me know what was your favorite part of Udaipur. I just loved walking on the small streets and shopping there 😛