What to Do in Udaipur, India

Romantic and elegant, Udaipur is known as the “City of the Lakes” and it is home to ornate palaces, stunning temples and bustling shops. It’s a popular spot for couples getaways in India, as the city has such a charming atmosphere. If you find yourself in the “Venice of the East” here are some ideas of things to do in Udaipur:

Things to do in Udaipur: Udaipur's City Palace
Udaipur’s City Palace: Photo on Flickr by John Roberts / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Things to Do in Udaipur, India

Visit the Udaipur Lake Palace

One of the most iconic buildings in Udaipur is the Lake Palace, which is located on the Jag Niwas Island in the waters of Lake Pichola. This stunning structure was built by the Maharanas of Mewar as a summer retreat where they could escape from the intense heat of Rajasthan. These days the palace has been converted into one of the most beautiful luxury heritage hotels in the country. Paying it a visit to admire the fairy-tale like white construction and the painted mirrors, arches and local textiles inside, is definitely one of the top things to do in Udaipur.

Udaipur Lake Palace
Udaipur Lake Palace: Photo on Flickr by -Reji / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Go Shopping in the Market

You’ll be surrounded by an incredible array of sights and sounds as you stroll through the market of Udaipur. In this bustling marketplace you’ll find everything from toys to cloth lanterns to puppets to handmade jewellery and much more. Also, Udaipur is known for its pottery and you’ll find a range of items such as pots, vessels and plates.

Udaipur Market
Udaipur Market: Photo on Flickr by Steve Silverman / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Check Out Udaipur City Palace

Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, the gorgeous City Palace of Udaipur is another amazing marvel of Rajasthan. It is an impressive blend of Chinese, medieval and European architecture and it’s arches, towers, domes, courtyards and gardens are a treat for the eyes. It is made up of 11 different palaces, which were each built by a different ruler.

City Palace of Udaipur
City Palace of Udaipur: Photo on Flickr by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Admire the Ranakpur Jain Temple

The stunning Jain temple at Ranakur is one of the most amazing temples in all of India. Built in the 14th century it took 50 years and hundreds of sculptors and artisans to construct. Situated on a high platform in the Madri Hills, it has 84 gods and 1444 incredible detailed decorated pillars. Check it out so that you can marvel at the wonderfully precise workmanship of the temple builders.

Things to Do in Udaipur: Jain Temple in Udaipur
Jain temple in Udaipur: Photo DJ Singh / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Go on a Safari at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

If you want to venture out into the great outdoors and see some of the incredible wildlife in this region of India, you can check out the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary was created in order to protect a number of endangered species including jackal, sloth bear, hyena, jungle cat, wild boar and leopard. Also, there are a lot of conservation efforts here devoted to protecting wolves. The sanctuary is home to a pack of 40 wolves and in the summer you have a chance to spot them strolling around or resting by the lake.

Black-faced Monkey of Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Black-faced Monkey of Ranakpur: Photo on Flickr by Zen Sillikorn / CC BY-ND 2.0

From safaris to palaces and much more, these are just a few of the things to do in Udaipur, India – so enjoy your trip!

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