The Venice of the East

Udaipur

Udaipur is an enchanting city surrounded by peaceful lakes and lush hills. Its romantic atmosphere has given it a reputation as “The Venice of the East” and “The City of Lakes.” Step back into time as you wander into timeless palaces and sacred temples. Dive into the thick of city life with a glamorous boat ride or cultural show; then, regain some peace at stately gardens. There’s plenty to fill your days of exploration in this city!

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City Palace

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On the banks of Lake Pichola, the majestic City Palace rises like a crowning jewel to Udaipur. The massive complex was built over almost 400 years, fusing a variety of architectural styles. Some details even give a glimpse into what life was like—the outer gates were tall enough to let elephants pass, while giant cages tell of tigers and panthers in the palace. Get lost in the endless maze of rooms comprised of a museum and a hotel. Bask in the colorful light tinted by stained window tiles and glimmering mosaic walls. Glance outside to witness different angles of the city; on one side is the stunning Lake Pichola and far-off mountains, on another is the brimming skyline.

  • Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Lake Pichola

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Lake Pichola is home to four small islands, serving as a refuge for royalty in the olden days. These days, two palaces right in the lake have remained operational as luxury hotels: the Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir. Live like nobility in one of Udaipur’s most extravagant accommodations! From the moment you shuttle toward the marbled mansions by speedboat, you enter a glamorous world fit for movie screens. In fact, the James Bond film “Octopussy” was filmed right at the Lake Palace!

  • Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Ambrai Ghat

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After a busy day exploring the city, wind down at the Ambrai Ghat overlooking Lake Pichola! A ghat is a flight of steps that descend directly into a body of water. Here, locals use it to swim in the lake throughout the day. The surrounding restaurants, hotels, and promenade make Ambrai Ghat a popular spot to hang out. You get views of the City Palace, Lake Palace Hotel, and a temple on a distant hill. Watch it all come to life with sparkling lights during sunset and take in all the enchanting sights Udaipur has to offer!

  • Candpole Maji Ka Mandir, Cheerwa, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Bagore Ki Haveli

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Bagore Ki Haveli is a cultural hub set within a sprawling mansion. By day, it serves as a museum preserving local culture! Intricate mirror work and glass mosaics accompany the various galleries filled with costumes and visual art. Once night falls, the place starts humming with people for the evening show. Get swept away by a medley of traditional performances, from Rajasthani dance to a lively puppet show! The Bagore Ki Haveli show is one of the hottest tickets in town, so snag yours in advance.

  • Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Fateh Sagar Lake

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Charter a boat ride around Fateh Sagar Lake to witness Udaipur from a whole new perspective! Fall deeper in love with the city as you catch a glimpse of its grand architecture against the sweeping mountains and blue sky. The views don’t have to end so soon, though. Fateh Sagar Lake also boasts three small islands, two of which are parks. Pass the hours strolling through the scenic Nehru Garden or hang out at the lively public park!

  • Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Jagdish Temple

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Jagdish Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Udaipur, has been standing since 1651. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (the preserver of the universe), drawing a steady stream of devotees in prayer and worship. Channel some peace amidst the bustling streets of the old quarter by wandering the hallowed marble halls. Each inch is intricately decorated with carvings, statues, and other art!

  • Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Saheliyon-Ki-Bari

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Saheliyon-Ki-Bari (Courtyard or Garden of the Maidens) was built around 1710 for the Queen of Mewar (olden-day Rajasthan) and her female companions. It was gifted by the King as a haven away from the outside world and the duties of their noble position. Likewise, present-day visitors are treated with a little oasis to leisurely pass the time. Revel in the luxury of water fountains, marble elephants, and a beautiful lotus pond!

  • Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Hathipole Market

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Bring home some keepsakes from your time in Udaipur! Hathipole Market is a treasure trove for handicrafts and other folk arts from the region. Snag miniature paintings, decorative statuettes, and a pair of embroidered slippers (mojari or jutis)! Pichhwai and Phad, religious scrolls depicting hero-gods, are an extremely popular souvenir from here. Put your bargaining skills to work for a fair price—some merchants like to jack prices up for foreigners!

  • Hathipole, Chamanpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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