Udaipur, in Rajasthan, is often called the most romantic city in India because of its famed lakes and palaces. Therefore it’s only natural that they feature prominently in the list of top Udaipur attractions and places to visit. Experiencing Udaipur is all about reliving royalty and appreciating the city’s regal beauty. Also, do have a meal at Millets of Mewar restaurant in the Hanuman Ghat area. Healthy, tasty, organic, inexpensive food is served there, which both foreigners and Indians will love.


City Palace

A palace of palaces “The City Palace of Udaipur” is located on the bank of beautiful Lake Pichola in Udaipur. The development of City Palace Udaipur is credited to several kings of Rajput dynasty, starting from Maharaja Udai Singh, and way back in 1559. The City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. The balconies, cupolas and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding city. Udaipur’s City Palace is an example of the splendour that the rulers of Mewar enjoyed centuries ago, and it still appears to be just as majestic.


Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Jagdishji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. Located 150m north of the palace in Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is a good example of Indo - Aryan architecture. This temple should be visited not only to offer your devotion but also to witness beautiful wall carvings, elephant sculptures and for the stunning architecture.


Bagore Ki Haveli

Another place of architectural splendor, Bagore Ki Haveli was built in the late 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. It’s located on the edge of Lake Pichola, at Gangaur Ghat (which is a relaxing place to sit by the water). After five years of restoration work, the Haveli was converted into a museum. It’s a joy to wander through and provides a further fascinating look into the lifestyle of the royal family. Inside there are more than 100 rooms, courtyards and terraces, many with beautiful frescoes and fine mirror work. Royal paintings, costumes of the royal kings, personal items, and traditional Rajasthani arts and crafts are on display. There’s also a puppet gallery, and turban collection with the world’s biggest turban. The Haveli is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A folk dance performance and puppet show is held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at 60 rupees each plus 100 rupees for a camera.


Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake

Another place of architectural splendor, Bagore Ki Haveli was built in the late 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. It’s located on the edge of Lake Pichola, at Gangaur Ghat (which is a relaxing place to sit by the water). After five years of restoration work, the Haveli was converted into a museum. It’s a joy to wander through and provides a further fascinating look into the lifestyle of the royal family. Inside there are more than 100 rooms, courtyards and terraces, many with beautiful frescoes and fine mirror work. Royal paintings, costumes of the royal kings, personal items, and traditional Rajasthani arts and crafts are on display. There’s also a puppet gallery, and turban collection with the world’s biggest turban. The Haveli is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A folk dance performance and puppet show is held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at 60 rupees each plus 100 rupees for a camera.


Ambrai Ghat

Udaipur has many vantage points for photography but arguably the best one is Ambrai Ghat, especially at sunset. It’s located directly opposite the City Palace and also fronts the Lake Palace hotel, so you have an unsurpassed view of both as their lights are turned on. To get to there, head to the Hanuman Ghat area and keep walking along the road that runs parallel to Lake Pichola as far as you can, past the Amet Haveli hotel and Ambrai restaurant. Do be aware that you might feel a little uncomfortable, as Ambrai Ghat is a popular local hangout for couples. (Of course, locals know the most romantic spot with the best views in the city)!


Monsoon Palace

The Monsoon Palace can be seen from Udaipur, perched high on a hill above the city. As its name suggests, it was a favored destination of the royal family during the monsoon season. The Palace belonged to the Mewar royal family until it was placed in government hands. After being closed for quite a while, it’s been restored but isn’t very well maintained. The Palace is a popular sunset spot due to its unsurpassed view over Udaipur. Those who are familiar with James Bond’s Octopussy movie will also recognize the Palace as the home of the principal villain, Kamal Khan. The drive to the palace takes around 30 minutes and passes through Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. Entry fees are payable, and some people feel that the 300 rupee cost for foreigners is overpriced and not worth it. Auto rickshaws aren’t allowed to enter the Wildlife Sanctuary so it’s best to hire a car or take the special minivan that departs from Gangaur Ghat at 5 p.m. daily.


Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway

Red cable cars ferry sightseers on short (five minutes one way) trips up the hill from Deen Dayal Park at Doodh Talai (next to the Shiv Niwas Palace hotel) to Karni Mata temple. There’s a viewing platform there and it’s another popular spot for seeing the sunset over the city. Do be aware that the line and waiting time to buy tickets can be lengthy at times. Tickets cost about 80 rupees for adults, and there’s an option to pay more and not have to wait.


Shilpgram

Shilpgram (meaning “craftsmen’s village”) is a rural arts and crafts complex, located three kilometers from Udaipur and set up by the government in 1986. It showcases rural life and traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa. The complex has huts from each of the states, incorporating their distinctive architectural features. Artisans also sell their wares and perform folk dances. Horse rides and camel rides are offered as well. The complex really comes alive during the 10 day Shilpgram Arts & Crafts Fair in late December. Otherwise, although it’s a great concept, it tends to be sadly rather lackluster.