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With the grandeur of palaces and the charming calmness of lakes, Udaipur is one of the largest cities of Rajasthan. On one hand, the centuries-old lakes and palaces give a peek into the royal past. On the other hand, the city centers and present-day markets portray the modern world. With a variety of places to visit in Udaipur, this city is a must-go destination for all-be-it family, friends, couples or solo travellers.
The majestic city of Udaipur has places that will occupy a special place in your memories for a long time. In this article, we are going to enlist the top 12 places to visit in Udaipur in 2022.
What better place to start than the heart of the city! The serene Lake Pichola lies at the heart of the city boasting of the captivating islands of Jag Niwas and Jagmandir. The lake was constructed in 1362 AD and is named after nearby Picholi village. A number of beautiful structures have been built around the lake and on its islands over the years. For a wonderful experience, we would suggest a boat ride in the lake around sunset.
Udaipur City Palace
The City Palace is located on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. The complex consists of several splendid villas and palaces including the Manak Mahal, Moti Mahal, Amar Vilas and Bhim Vilas. In addition to these, there is also a museum displaying artefacts in the main part of the palace. The towers and balconies of the palace are great spots to have a wonderful view of the surrounding city.
Now a hotel, the Lake Palace offers a wonderful view of the lake and the Aravalli Hills. The Lake Palace was originally called Jag Niwas. It was built between 1743 and 1746 on an island in Lake Pichola. The courtyard of the palace is lined with beautiful fountains and gardens. The palace is sure to amaze you with its sculpted marble and mouldings.
Also known as the Lake Garden Palace, Jagmandir is another palace built on an island in Lake Pichola of Udaipur. It was constructed between 1620 and 1652. Shah Jahan was given shelter in this palace when he rebelled against his father Jahangir. The palace became an inspiration to Emperor Shah Jahan for the magnificent Taj Mahal.
Sajjangarh Palace is situated on the top of the Bansdara hills. This palace is also known as the Monsoon Palace. The palace offers captivating views of Fateh Sagar Lake. It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh in the 19th Century. This palace was originally planned to be made an astronomical centre. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Udaipur city, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Udaipur.
The Indo-Aryan Jagdish temple was built in 1651 in the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh. This temple is three storied and has beautifully carved pillars and graceful ceilings. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has other shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti and Lord Ganesh.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, lake Fateh Sagar is one of the finest lakes to visit in Udaipur. Bordering hills and woodlands provide a beautiful scenic beauty to the lake. The lake houses four islands including Nehru Island and a solar observatory. The park on the lake’s island offers an enthralling view of the sun setting behind the hills.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
Sahleiyon Ki Bari or the Garden of Maidens was built in the early 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh II as a garden for women. Lush green and with colourful bougainvillaea hanging on walls, this garden had several attractions including beautiful marble elephants, kiosks, fountains, and a lotus pool.
Gulab Bagh and Zoo
Literally meaning Garden of roses, Gulab Bagh (Sajjan Niwas Garden) is the largest garden in Udaipur. Spread over an area of 100 acres, the garden has an innumerable variety of roses. Zoo housing leopards and tigers and birds are also there. A walk in the garden is sure to be a lovely and calming experience.
Doodh Talai Lake
Doodh Talai literally means ‘Milk Pond’. This lake is situated close to Lake Pichola Doodh Talai and is surrounded by several small hillocks. The parks on the adjacent hillocks are tourists’ attractions themselves. Manikya Lal Verma Garden and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park attract many visitors. One can also enjoy the musical fountain in Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park.
Maharana Raj Singh commissioned the Badi lake in the 17th century. The Badi lake was constructed to counter the devastating effects of drought. This lake is also known as Jiya Sagar after his mother Jana Devi. Three beautiful chhatris surround the lake. This lake is known for its calm and serene ambience.
Bagore ki Haveli
Bagore ki Haveli is located at Gangaur Ghat. The Haveli was built in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar. The Haveli has more than a hundred rooms with unique mirror works. Beautiful mural paintings and glassworks adorn the walls of the Haveli.
Dharohar Dance show is conducted during the evening, a show for which Haveli is primarily known. This show is a reason why Bagore ki Haveli should be on your list of places to visit in Udaipur. The show takes place in the courtyard of the Haveli. Dharohar Dance show depicts the Rajasthani lifestyle and heritage through folklore and traditional music.