Breath-taking forts and places, mesmerizing markets, rich culture, delicious food, and much more. All these key features make Udaipur a limitless destination to plan a quick getaway. Whether you are planning a solo trip, family tour, or couple vacation, this place caters to your wanderlust. This post is stuffed with my unfiltered travel story to Udaipur that will truly help you unfold the beauty of this place in altogether a different way.
Udaipur is a delightful yet ideal place to plan a getaway for three days. Why three days? I spoke to several travelers who have already visited the place and summed up that this is the average and perfect length to stay here. But after I visited this one-of-a-kind city, I found myself starving for more. We are aware that Rajasthan is well-known for its history, forts, culture, and food. To your surprise, there is much more to it.
Udaipur is one of the most incredible cities in Rajasthan. It is also known as the Venice of the East and it truly justifies this name. This land is chockfull of astonishing lakes, forts, palaces, scenery, and much more. Based on my personal travel experience, let’s find out what things you can do and places to visit in Udaipur if you are planning a short trip to this destination
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Dive into the rich culture of Udaipur
In the year 1559, Maharana Uday Singh established Udaipur city. This place is one of the best tourist destinations in India which is renowned for its rich culture and unique tradition. The city of lakes, Udaipur magnetizes all kinds of tourists to itself. The land of Udaipur was the Rajputs’ favorite. The tradition, culture, and customs that locals follow are quite interesting to know. Not only this, there are so many things you would want to explore before paying a visit to this city. It is a romantic land, so if you are planning a couple’s getaway then this place will not let you down any bit. I saw many youngsters throwing surprise birthday parties for their friends along with their families. The grand Udaipur forts, City Palace, lake Pichola, lake Badi, Saheliyon Ki Bari, and Gangaur Ghat are a few places that are worth a visit.
If I talk about the present, this city has embraced the urban city’s inspired lifestyle with open arms. Some traditions and one-of-its-kind customs in Udaipur will leave you dumbfounded.
How to reach Udaipur?
Udaipur, the major tourist destination and the biggest city in Rajasthan truly display the Rajput glory. You don’t need to make an extra effort to reach this city as it is well-connected by road, train, and air. Apart from this, there are many buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation that regularly operate from almost every city in the country.
By air: You will find several direct flights to Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport from many major cities in the country. For example, air travel from Delhi to Udaipur approximately takes 1.20-1.25 hours. There are many direct flights to Udaipur from other cities as well.
By train: Udaipur railway station is well-connected to all the major city stations in India. For example, train travelers from Delhi get many journey options to Udaipur. You can pick the time well-suited to you. If I talk about myself, I took the night train to Udaipur. The main reason behind choosing this hour of travel was to have the entire day to explore the city. It took 12 hours to reach the city but it didn’t feel long because I got good 8 hours of nap. The main advantage of traveling at the night was getting decent sleep and waking fresh in the morning when I reached my destination.
Ideal Time to visit: October to March.
Now, this was how I reached Udaipur, let us go through the list of best places to visit in Udaipur in 3-days.
14 incredible places to explore in Udaipur
Udaipur is brim-full of incredible places. This destination offers everything which you crave in a short getaway. I have revealed some astonishing locations I have been to in 3 days. Not only the destinations but also shared how to get there along with the fare that is charged at major attractions. So are you excited? Let us experience the 3-day trip to Udaipur from my perspective!
1. The Royal City Palace of Udaipur
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace of Udaipur is the largest complex in Rajasthan. This Palace greatly speaks about the Marwar architecture that has beautifully designed windows, balconies, colorful glasses, mirror work, marble, and grand rooms. It also has a crystal gallery and a museum that takes you on a thoughtful ride of Maharaja’s lifestyle in Udaipur.
You will get to see the biggest palace of the King and the queen. It will take you 2-3 hours to explore the Palace completely. Photography is not prohibited here, so you can click as many as you want.
Ticket fare: INR 300
For students: INR 100
Guide charges: INR 300
2. Jagdish Temple
Jagdish temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is regarded as the preserver of the universe. Standing in the heart of City Palace, the structure of the temple is truly grand and majestic. This temple is a very renowned Hindu temple in the city of Udaipur. Once you visit this temple, you will experience serenity in every true sense.
Entry fee: Free
3. Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola gets its unique title from the village of Picholi which was founded by Maharana Uday Singh who expanded the original lake. Created in 1362 AD, this artificial freshwater lake was intended to meet the need for drinking and irrigation in Udaipur city and other neighboring towns. The areas around the lake have developed carefully over the centuries. This beautiful lake is an abode of several palaces, temples, bathing ghats, and family manors. The captivating sunset and sunrise views from the lake should not be missed at any cost. You can also try boat riding. Also, spending time with your beloved one near the lake is one of the best summer date ideas, so you should definitely try it.
You get two options in boat riding:
Normal Boat Ride: INR 500
Sunset Boat Ride: INR 800
Sunset boat riding is something you don’t want to miss as the view is worth more than the price.
4. Jag Mandir
Built on the island of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir is a beautiful place to explore within 3 days of stay in Udaipur. Also known as the ‘Lake Garden Palace its construction began in 1551 and was completed around 1652. This place was used as a summer resort and hosting parties. Jag Mandir became an inspiration for the Taj Mahal when Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jahan) was provided shelter in this place when he dissented against his father Jahangir. You can spend ample time here and enjoy the sunset view. Food and drinks are also served in many restaurants here.
5. Bahubali Hills
15 km away from the main city center of Udaipur, Bahubali Hills stands tall on the not-very-known Lake Badi. However, this place has grown its popularity among locals as well as tourists. Bahubali Hills is quite famous for the sunrise view and you will find many people trekking around this area. You will see many solo travelers here doing adventures in the hills. You can rent a bike which will cost you INR 300 to 400 per day or hire an auto which charges range from INR 700 to 800.
6. Lake Badi
Surrounded by the Aravalli range, located 12km to the west of the city Udaipur Lake Badi is an absolutely beautiful place with a stunning view. If you are craving some calmness from daily hustle and bustle then spending a few hours at this lake will cater to this very need.
Constructed in the name of Maharana Jai Singh between 1662-1664, Lake Badi is an artificial freshwater situated on the outskirts of Udaipur. This lake was popularly known as Jayna Sagar after Jana Devi. Later, it was called Badi Ka Talab. This lake is not as famous as other attractions in the city but is extremely picturesque and has got magnificent panorama. This place is an ideal spot for people looking for relaxation and peacefulness. You can hire a cab or take a private vehicle to Badi Lake.
Timings: 8 am—6:30 pm (all days)
Entry fee– Free
If you are carrying your own vehicle then you will have to pay the parking fee i.e. INR 10.
7. Lake Fateh Sagar
Situated to the north of Lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar is a gorgeous location enclosed by hills and forests. This artificial lake was built in 1678 AD by Maharana Jai Singh. Later around 1884–1930 AD, it was reconstructed during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh when the earthen dam got washed away in a flood. The Maharana built the Connaught Dam to honor the visit of the Duke of Connaught after which it was renamed Lake Fateh Sagar.
You can witness the exquisiteness of this lake from Bahubali Hills. You will find many people going for morning walks, jogging, and cycling in this area. You can download the best fitness app and keep your health upright while enjoying the stunning sunset and sunrise views. There are many food corners around the lake so you can enjoy the sight and delicious food simultaneously. You can also try boat riding at this place.
Motor Boat Ride Charges: INR 100–200.
Speed Boat Ride Charges: INR 200–400.
8. Karni Mata Temple
Located on the Machala Magra Hills, near Lake Doodh Talai, Karni Mata Temple is one of the popular spots to visit in Udaipur. You get two options to reach the temple i.e. by stairs or via ropeway. If you pick going by stairs then you will explore tiny details of the place and view but there will be oodles of them to climb. If you choose the ropeway, you escape from tiredness and save time. Also, you can witness the beautiful bottom view during the entire ropeway ride. The charges of the ropeway are based on two choices i.e.
The fare for a normal ropeway is INR 107.
The charge for the DVD ropeway is INR 190.
9. Monsoon Palace
Also known as Sajangarh fort, Monsoon Palace is placed on the top of Banswara Mountain (outskirts of Udaipur) and was built in the 19th century. The creator of this palace Maharana Sajjan Singh initially wanted to make it an astronomical center but the Monsoon Palace became prominent as a hunting lodge later. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Udaipur from this place. The sunset view is something you don’t want to miss. Many movies have been shot at this place including Dhamaal and Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke.
There is a fixed time to visit this fort. So if you are planning a trip in the evening then you will not be able to explore this Palace as it closes after 5 pm. So plan something in the morning. You can also hire a vehicle or take your own conveyance.
Ticket fee- INR 150.
10. Ambrai Ghat
Seated on Lake Pichhola, Ambrai Ghat is a picture-perfect spot to visit, especially in the evening. The restaurants are well-lit and look absolutely stunning at night. This Ghat is a doorway to an enchanting experience in uncovering the old streets of the area, also called as ‘Old City’ in Udaipur. You can enjoy great food and make truly remarkable memories with your loved ones at this place. There are many hotels in this place that became popular after several movie shoots. All and all this place will treat your eyes as well as your stomach in the most memorable way.
Entry fees– INR 10.
11. Gangaur Ghat
Located in the heart of Udaipur, Gangaur Ghat is a prime river that flows through the veins of the city’s old area. This place is ideal for every kind of tourist—solo, couple, and family. Whether you are looking for tranquillity or want to have fun with your friends, Gangaur Ghat is the perfect location. This place not only comforts tourists but is also one of the favorite hangout areas of youths.
It is among the main Ghats of Udaipur situated in the old city near Bagore ki Haveli. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend you explore this place on a bike because the lanes are very narrow. You can collect several memories on your camera. The view is absolutely astonishing at sunrise and sunset. The place becomes very crowded during festivals like Navratri and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Some blockbuster movies like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ramleela were shot in Gangaur Ghat. Apart from this, the best thing is, you can enjoy the picturesque view at zero cost.
12. Bagore ki Haveli
Located at Ganguar Ghat, Bagore ki Haveli was built in the 18th century by the Mewar Prime Minister of that time, Amar Chand Badwa. This massive palace has more than a hundred rooms. Each showcases traditional costumes and modern art. The structure of glass and mirrors in the interiors of the palace are undeniably in the classical haveli style.
If you visit Gangaur Ghat, then don’t miss Bagore ki Haveli because this place is one of the best things in Udaipur. You will find many types of museums here such as Puppet Museum, Haveli Museum, Turban Museum, Wedding Section Museum, and Weapons Section Museum. You can relish the outstanding Rajasthani Folk dance in this Haveli in the evening which is chargeable. I suggest you book the ticket beforehand as the place often gets crowded in the evening.
Tickets for the Rajasthani folk dance are available after 6.15 in the evening and the charges are:
For Indians -INR 90/-
For foreigners – INR 155/-
Entry tickets to Haveli are:
For Indians- INR 55/-
For foreigners- INR 100/-
Museum timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 (all days)
13. Saheliyon ki Bari
Located at the bank of Fateh Sagar Lake, built by Maharana Sangram Singh, Saheliyon ki Bari is a place that was entirely dedicated to royal women. This courtyard of Maidens is one of the popular tourist destinations in Udaipur. This place is another symbol of love that never ends as Rana Sangram Singh of the Mewar dynasty created this garden to please his wife. It was the place where the king and queen spend time in privacy while enjoying the natural ambiance. Saheliyon ki Bari was created for the queen and her maidens to relax, and stay away from politics.
Other than a small museum, this place has many attractions such as marble elephants, fountains, kiosks, and a lotus pool. Saheliyon ki Bari is a massive garden that is well-known for its lush grass, marble artwork, and fountains. In English Saheliyon Ki Bari translates to “Garden for maids” which presents lush greenery in the deserted land of Rajasthan. The Garden of Maids is embellished by the range of fountains within the four water pools. Chiseled kiosks and marble elephants catch a lot of gazes. Apart from these notable elements in the park are the bird fountains and lotus pools in this place. When you walk into the Saheliyon ki Bari, you will witness several flowerbeds, lush green lawns, and marble pavilions that build an appealing environment.
To improve the aesthetics of the garden, Maharana Bhopal Singh created a fountain-filled pavilion in the Bari. These fountains were imported from England. It has the image of smiling and dancing maidens under the sprinkle. The atmosphere of the garden is unique and fills your heart and mind with happiness. Always carry water with you because the garden is wide open and the weather tends to get hot.
Entry ticket charges:
For Indians- INR 10/-
For foreigners – INR 50/-
Timing: 9 am to 7 pm (all days)
14. Saas Bahu temple
Sass Bahu Temple also known as Sahastrabahu Temple is situated at Nagda village on Nh-8, approximately 25 km from the city of Udaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sahastrabahu denotes ‘one with a million arms’, which is one of the forms of Vishnu. Sass Bahu temple is ornamented with several stunning carvings based on Ramayana. It is the main faith center for locals and pilgrims in Udaipur. You will get to see domestic crowds as well as foreign tourists at this place.
This temple is unique in every sense. It is very tidy with some beautiful carvings. You can take a cab or rent a bike whichever suits you.
This way you will get to spend the most awesome 3 days in the beautiful city of Udaipur. I had covered all these amazing places in these many days. You just need to set your to-do list for the three days and stick to it. I have explored the wonder of this city in every true sense. If you are planning a trip during the rainy season then do check out the best monsoon destinations in India.
I hope this post helped you in uncovering some gems of Udaipur in a different way. From my personal experience, this city has nothing but full of amazement that fills your soul with serenity and your mind with unforgettable memories.
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