Udaipur is the capital of the district of Mewar in Rajasthan, India.
Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples, gardens, and romantic backdrops. It was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.
HistoryIn 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to flee and establish the city of Udaipur. Udaipur remained the capital of the state of Mewar, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's independence in 1947, Mewar was integrated into the state of Rajasthan.
CulturePeople in Udaipur usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur.
Udaipur offers moderate climate all through the year, but the best season to visit the place is from September to March.
Winters (December to February) offers pleasant climate with a temperature not going beyond 32°C. The pleasing weather is perfect for enjoying holidays and indulging in various tourist activities.
Summers (mid-March to June) has hot weather with a temperature maximum of 45°C, especially April to June. The hot climate is not preferable for Udaipur tourism. tourist activities.
Monsoons (July to September) offer very little rainfall. The scanty amount of rains in Udaipur makes the place very humid. However, during monsoon, the lush green environs of the place become very attractive. Even the lakes are filled with rain water.
Winter months are comparatively cooler than summer months which make it perfect for holidaying and all types of tourist activities of all ages. Plan your travel or book packages for Udaipur during these months. March offers comfortably hot weather and is ideal for sightseeing and adventures. Summer months are very hot and it’s better to avoid visiting during these months. September to November has pleasing climate making it really a good time for sighting and other tourist activities.
By carUdaipur is easily accessible via major roads from every major destination in India including Chittorgarh (117 km), Ahmedabad (257 km), Jodhpur (260 km), Ajmer (307 km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (638 km), Jaipur (421 km), Bikaner (488 km), Agra (638 km), Delhi (676 km), Mumbai (725 km), and Khajuraho (776 km).
Maharana Pratap AirportThere are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai on Air India, SpiceJet, and indiGo.
Taxis between the airport and the city cost ₹650 from the prepaid taxi booth in the airport. Many hotels offer a prearranged pickup for ₹600-800. There are no public buses between the airport and the city.
By trainUdaipur has direct train connections to many major cities in India including Chittorgarh (6-7 per day, 2 hours. ₹140), Ahmedabad (daily, 10 hours, ₹200), Ajmer (4 per day, 5 hours. ₹135-680), Sawai Madhopur (daily, 7 hours, ₹270-1,625), Jaipur (3 per day, 7 hours, ₹170-855), Agra (daily, 13 hours, ₹360-2,355), Delhi (2 per day, 12 hours. ₹390-1,440), Mumbai (every other day, 17 hours, ₹475-1,785), and Khajuraho (daily, 21 hours, ₹485-3,245).
By busUdaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which sometimes be much faster than the train. Buses operate between Udaipur and Mount Abu (5 hours, ₹100), Agra (6 hours, ₹120), Ahmedabad (6 hours, ₹200), Jodhpur (8 hours, ₹125), Ranakpur (3 hours, ₹85), Ajmer (8 hours, ₹150), Jaipur (9 hours, ₹200), Bikaner, Delhi (14 hours, ₹420), and Mumbai (16 hours, sleeper ₹600 or seat ₹400). RSRTC runs Volvo & other Multiple axle bus services which can be booked through its RSRTC Bus Ticket Booking mobile app.
While most of the city can be covered on foot and the narrow alleyways in the old city make any other form of transportation a hassle, a taxi or autorickshaw/tuk-tuk is necessary to reach the Monsoon Palace or the wilderness park. A tuk-tuk will usually cost around ₹50, and should never cost more than ₹100 within the city. App-based cab hailing services like Uber and Ola are becoming increasingly popular since they generally cost lower than the tuk-tuk and require no fare-haggling.
Udaipur City PalaceA complex of small and big palaces, museums and gardens encompassing a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. One of the most beautiful palatial structures in Rajasthan. It was built by Maharana Uday Singh II, and rises 30 m above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 m. The palace complex has been built entirely in granite and marble. The interior with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibits delicate mirror work, marble work, murals, wall paintings, silver work, inlay work and colored glass mosaics. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the city from its upper terraces. If you don't want to go into the museum and are content to wander the grounds, try the south entrance gate and pay the greatly reduced grounds fee. This is also the gate to go to for boat rides leaving from the palace.
Amar VilasThe uppermost court inside the complex, which is a raised garden. It provides entry to the Badi Mahal. It is a pleasure pavilion built in Mughal style. It has cusped arcades enclosing a square marble tub. 'Amar Vilas' is the highest point of the City palace and has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces.
Badi MahalBadi Mahal is the exotic central garden palace that is situated on a 27-m-high (89-ft) natural rock formation vis-a-vis the rest of the palace. The rooms on the ground floor appear to be at the level of the fourth floor in view of the height difference to its surrounding buildings.
Durbar HallBuilt in 1909 within the Fatepraksh Palace (now a heritage hotel), the hall was used by the royal ladies to observe the court proceedings. This hall has luxuriant interion with some unusually large chandeliers. Weapons of the maharanas and also some of their unique portraits are also depicted here.
Fatehprakash PalaceNow run as luxury hotel and inaccessible to public viewing has a crystal gallery that consists of crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs and beds, crockery, table fountains which were never used. There is also a unique jewel-studded carpet here.
Jagadish TempleLocated 150 m north of the palace in Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple walls and the shikara or tower are decorated with carvings of Vishnu, scenes from Lord Krishna’s life and figurines of nymphs or apsaras. The street square, where the temple is located, is also known as Jagdish Chowk from where several roads radiate in different directions.
Krishna VilasAnother chamber in Fatehprakash Palance with rich collection of miniature paintings that portray royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. However, there is tragic story linked to this wing of the City Palace. In the 19th century, a royal princess was unable to choose from two suitors seeking her hand in marriage, one from the royal family of Jaipur and another from Jodhpur, and hence in a state of dilemma, she poisoned herself to death.
Manak MahalApproach from the Manak Chowk, the palace has a raised alcove inlaid completely in mirror glass. One of the prominent emblems of Sun is depicted on the façade of the Manak Chowk, which can also be seen from the outermost court.
Mor ChowkA pillared hall with glass and mirror mosaic decorations is integral to the inner courts of the palace. The elaborate design of this chamber consists of three peacocks (representing the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon) modeled in high relief and faced with coloured glass mosaic, built into successive niches in the wall area or jharoka. These were built during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign, 200 years after the palace was established. The peacocks have been crafted with 5000 pieces of glass, which shine in green, gold and blue colours. In an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj, mosaic of mirrors adorn the walls. The Badi Charur Chowk within this chowk is a smaller court for private use. Its screen wall has painted and inlaid compositions depicting European men and Indian women.
Rang BhawanThe palace that used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, Meerabai and Shiva, located here.
Sheesh MahalThe palace of mirrors and glasses was built in 1716. A shrine of Dhuni Mata is also located in the complex. This location is considered as the oldest part of the Palace, where a sage spent his entire life meditating.
Zenana MahalProceeding further from the Mor Chowk, in the Zenana Mahal or women’s quarters (now converted into museum) is exquisitely designed alcoves, balconies, coloured windows, tiled walls and floors are seen.
Fateh Sagar LakeAn artificial lake constructed by Maharana in north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur. Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands.; the largest of these is called the Nehru Park, the second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third island is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Every year a festival called the Hariyali Amavasya Mela (Green New Moon Fair) is organized at the lake precincts, in the month of August/September.
Pichola LakeAn artificial fresh water lake, created in 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake’s surroundings and the several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries, with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats. The famous Lake Palace (now converted into a heritage hotel) is in the middle of the lake. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake. Local buses, Tongas, auto-rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.
Doodh TalaiA rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which you can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which connects one of the dudh talai gardens to Karni Mata temple.
Gulab Bagh and ZooA rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, chinkara gazelle, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo. All major wild animals are shifted to Sajjangarh Biological Park.
Nehru GardenThis is a park in the middle of Fateh Sager Lake. This park covers about 41 acres (170,000 m2), with flower gardens and a lily pond. It was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and gives a view of the Aravalli hills on three sides.
Saheliyon ki BadiBuilt by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of the Maids. This garden area lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place. There is also a small museum here. Sahelion Ki Bari' was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.
Bagore-ki-HaveliAn old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the 18th century and it is now a museum. The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The building has a large and exquisite collection of Mewar painting and glassworks.
Ahar MuseumThe Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of royal cenotaphs in Ahar, about 2 km east of Udaipur. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over approximately 350 years. There are 19 chhatris that commemorate the 19 maharajas who were cremated here.
Aapni DhaniA very good place to spend your evening. This place has a small zoo, magic show, puppet show, nat ka tamasha, dance shows and to top it all a nice Rajasthani dinner - unlimited of course. The ticket is about ₹250 per person. The shows start in the evening around 5-6PM.
Sukhadia CircleA large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. centrepiece of the Circle is a large, three-tiered fountain just over 21 m high, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif, representing prosperity. Illuminated at night, it is now a well-known landmark.
Udaipur Solar ObservatoryLocated on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake, the observatory is claimed to be one of the Asia's largest. The observatory was built in the year 1976 by Dr. Arvind Bhatanagar following the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear lake in Southern California. Please note it is not open to general public. You have to take permission to enter the observatory.
phone: +91-7727044876address: Aakash Deep, Chetak CircleAn alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as cooking classes in a local's home, stone carving workshops, miniature painting, making your own paper jewellery, even a puppet class where you learn to create your own Rajasthani puppets from a master craftsman in Udaipur. A social enterprise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will pick you up from your hotel and translate for you. These facilitators are usually young students looking for work to pay for their education or orphans looking to transition into society. Transport is provided for most activities.
Dharohar Dance Show @ Bagore-ki-Haveliphone: +91 94141-55904address: near Gangaur GhatA 60-minute Rajastani dance and marionette puppet show. Includes live music with local instruments, local folk dancing, and a lady balancing up to 9 stacked pots on her head. A must-see!
Puppet Show @ Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandaladdress: Saheli Marg, MadhubanDaily 60-minute puppet show at 6PM. Great for children.
ShilpgramFrequently hosts plays and dance performances. No schedule is posted - inquire while you are in town.
Outdoor activities and sports
Art of Bicycle TripsOrganized bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.
Udaipur Ropewayphone: +91 294 650 8755address: Deen Dayal ParkSpend the evening overlooking the city lights from a high altitude. There is a restaurant on top of the hill with a nice view.
Situated in the middle of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here:
Krishna RanchDinesh Jain organizes professionally guided horse rides, starting from his ranch 7 km from Udaipur in the beautiful Aravalli Hills. All rides include a visit to the beautiful and unspoiled Tiger Lake and pass through small traditional villages. Possibilities: 2.5 hours, half day, full day and multi-day safaris with camping. The guides are all fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area's culture and nature. Very good, imported riding helmets, well trained horses and clear instructions during the ride make these safaris very safe, even for beginners. Horses are very well looked after. The ranch has nice, spacious stables and a beautiful enclosed space where horses can walk freely. Treks by walk also can be organized. Stay at the ranch in comfortable, nicely decorated rural cottages is also possible. The ranch is very peaceful surrounded by trees, mountains and agricultural land. A great place to get away from the hectic Indian cities.
Princess TrailsRun by an Indo-German couple. They have around 15 very well kept Marwari horses and always some foals and young ones on their farm, approximately 8 km outside Udaipur. They organize trail rides for individual riders and small groups of 2 hours, 4 hours and full day through the tribal villages of the Aravalli foothills and also arrange overnight accommodation in comfortable Swiss tents (with attached bathroom, AC and private terrace) on their farm. Horseback lessons and nature hikes are also arranged and non-riding companions can spend a relaxing morning/afternoon in the garden of their farm with a beautiful Hollywood swing. They offer free pick up from the hotels in town and have a collection of imported riding helmets and half-chaps which they lend out to their riders. A large emphasis is put on the safety of riders and horses! Riders and guests fed up by the noise and pollution of Indian cities can stay overnight in comfortable Swiss tents on the farm and enjoy the quiet and peaceful rural life. Longer horseback safaris with overnight stays in a Safari Camp are also arranged. Also offers jeep safaris.
Animal Aid Unlimitedphone: +91 99505 31639address: near Badi TB Hospital, Badi Village, Liyo Ka Gurha350 ownerless animals are given love and nursed back to health by volunteers. Run by an American family who will welcome you any time between 9 and 5. Did you ever scratch a donkey under his chin? Have you ever bottle fed a baby goat? Ever helped a dog who lost her leg learn to walk again? Here's your chance.
Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs and Mughals. You are unlikely to find these items elsewhere in India. These cost as little as ₹100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake. Items such as handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items and paintings are easily available in the tourist area. Other popular purchases include toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards, pottery in both metal and adobe, pots, plates, vessels and containers, brassware, and terracotta sculptures.
Udaipur also has typical bazaars including Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road.
Vegetable MarketA traditional market where mostly women vendors sell fresh produce. A fantastically colourful spot for endless eyecatching photographs and people watching. The spice market is also nearby.
Bombino Artsaddress: 9 Alok School Road, Sector 11Famous for handmade granite etching portraits and artwork. You can see the artist working in the store.
phone: +91 294 2421940address: 67 Ghadiya DevraHigh quality custom-made suits and clothing.
City Palace Museum Shopaddress: City PalaceA good place to purchase miniature paintings but prices are higher than other shops.
Gothwal Artphone: +91 9680280701address: 20 Gangour GattThis simple little art store is run by a lovely artist couple and is your best option for Udaipur-style miniature artwork. The owners are honest people and there is no hassle/pressure, unlike in most other stores. They will also custom frame paintings at a minimal cost, making for classy gifts and souvenirs.
phone: +91 294 2412022address: 178 Moti MagriSells a wide range of handcrafted gifts, accessories, home décor, artifacts and furniture.
Lord & TailorHas a large selection of pashmina wool and cashmere wood scarfs and shawls. Prices are higher than you will find elsewhere, but the quality is really good. You can bargain for a better price that what is quoted.
Mangalam: The Women Shopeephone: +91 2942560259address: Sukhadia CircleThe shop is best for textiles, sarees, handicrafts, dhurries, and similar products.
phone: +91 93525 21265address: NH-8 BhuwanaA store that offers a wide variety of products like wooden furniture, antique reproduction, marble handicrafts, silver furniture, meenakari enameled handicraft furniture, inlay product & furniture, marble & stone inlay products, Rajasthan furniture, white metal furniture, glass inlay work and semi precious stone work.
phone: +91 294-2429068address: Chetak CircleThe government-operated fixed-price emporium is a good place to gauge handicraft prices.
phone: +91 98297 90949address: NH-8 BhuwanaOffers a range of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs.
Sadhna: A Women's Handicraft Enterprisephone: +91 2942454655address: 2 locations in UdaipurBrowse for hand-stitched garments, homewares, and linens. A purchase here means contributing to the income over 1,000 rural and tribal women who are involved in this enterprise. The aesthetic is very western, so you can feel comfortable wearing the items at home.
Silver Emporiumphone: +91 294-5103366address: Bapu BazaarOffers traditional and antique jewelry with a gem testing lab for the convenience of customers. Gemologist available at all times.
Smile Merchantsphone: +91 294-2418509address: Bhattiyani ChohattaLeather items such as belts, wallets, handbags, laptop bags and accessories, jackets, and luggage.
phone: +91 294-2420475address: Lake Palace RoadAn exclusive boutique for block print clothes and other crafts.
Shopping mallsThere are 4 malls offering a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.
address: Bhuwana NH8Stores include Adidas, Nike, Woodland, Metro, Levis, Wrangler, Flying Machine, United Colors of Benetton, Arrow, Van Husen, Allen Solly, Raymond's, Blackberry, Offbeat, Peter England, W, Mom&me, Gini & Jony, Crossword, Archie's. Others: McDonald's, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day, Jashn-Food Court, PVR Cinemas, 5D Cinema, and Hungama Game Planet.
phone: +91 96674 66660Mix of national and local retailers: Woodland, United Colors of Benetton, Metro, Nike, Levis, Puma, Wrangler, Just I, Mufti, Lotto, Lee & Cat. Others: KFC, Pizza Hut, Moti Mahal Restaurant, INOX Cinemas, Viking Game Zone, and 7D Masti.
phone: +91 94140 91836address: 48, PanchwatiStores include Zari, Westside, Fab India, United Colors of Benetton, Dollar Store, Lilliput, OMG-Food Court, OMG Game Zone.
- Arvana Mall, on the Hathipole main road, is the latest addition among the malls in the city. With a seemingly modern infrastructure and more upmarket appeal, this mall is an emerging shopping center for the local citizens and tourists visiting the city. Prominent international brand stores are opening up within the mall. It also features stores selling Indian traditional wear, gift shops and a plush food court. Arvana also offers fine dining experience at its rooftop restaurant August Grill: Sky Lounge, which boasts of a strategic view of the city landscape. Arvana has also implemented socially conscious initiatives including opening of Sheros which is a hangout cafe managed by acid attack victims.
Udaipur is famous for its spicy snacks such as mirchi bada and kachori. Other common local cuisines include Dal Baati Churma (Lentils and rice), Pyaz Kachori (onion/flour balls), and Gatte Ki Sabzi (gram flour dumplings with curry). These are common on the menu of just about every restaurant and should definitely be eaten!
Cooking classes are also commonly offered in Udaipur.
There are a couple Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savoury bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more). There are also American fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Subway in the Celebration Mall (see listing above). Outside of the old town, you can find street stalls selling cheap chaat (Indian fast food).
There are many rooftop restaurants with romantic views of Lake Pichola. However, in all cases, you will usually have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to them.
phone: +91 294 243 3559address: SH 50, AmbamataPopular with tour groups, this restaurant has a rooftop area with very romantic views of the lake. Elevator.
phone: +91 294 2431085address: Outside Chandpolelake-side level of Lake Pichola, with a view of the City Palace and the nightly fireworks show. Very romantic. Reservations are mandatory. Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines.
phone: +91 294 243 2200address: Haridasjiki Magri, Mullah TalaiSuperb in every way. You can choose between a-la-carte or the marvelous buffet which is one of the best in Udaipur. A visual delight and a gourmet's paradise. The restaurant is attractive, luxurious, relaxed and has a traditional touch.
Bawarchi Restaurantaddress: 6 Delhi GateGood food and fast service but it is popular with locals and thus can be very crowded.
Cafe Edelweissphone: +91 294-2425440address: 71 Gangaur GhatA German bakery that has amazing pies, cinnamon rolls, coffees, and sandwiches.
Charcoal @ Pratap Bhawan HotelThis outdoor rooftop restaurant has a tandoor and a barbecue. Serves Kingfisher Strong beer. Great barbequed dishes.
Cool Cafe Restaurantphone: +91 7665 044332address: 28 Panduwadi, 1st floor, Gadiya Devra, Jagdish Temple RoadReally great prices on both food and alcohol. There is a large TV for watching movies and water pipes are also available for use.
phone: +91 294 241 0903address: Shop No. 2, Jagat Shiromani Temple, Outside City PalaceRooftop restaurant near the city palace and Jagdish Mandir. Serves Indian food and Italian food
phone: +91 294 256 0400address: UIT Bridge, Saheli MargServes traditional Indian, Mughlai, Rajasthani, Chinese, Continental, and Sizzlers.
Jaiwana Haveli Roof Top Restaurantphone: +91 294 2411103address: 14 Lal GhatAnother outdoor rooftop restaurant with a great view. Excellent dal baht. It is a bit of a climb to the roof.
Mewar Haveli Hotel Rooftop Restaurantphone: +91 294 252 1140address: 34-35 Lal GhatCovered dining room and rooftop restaurant with beautiful and romantic lake views.
phone: +91 94148 51082address: New Bapu BazarVery good food in a clean and modern setting. Indian vegetarian food is served by roving waiters and includes naan/paratha, rice, dal curry, paneer, other curries, and yogurt.
Paantya Restaurant @ Shiv Niwas Palacephone: +91 294 252 8016address: The City Palace ComplexTraditionally-dressed waiters serve superb food from a varied menu. A great place for that special occasion.
Raaj Bagh Restaurant @ Hotel Rampratap Palacephone: +91 99833 31808address: 5-B, Alkapuri, Ambamata RoadA garden style restaurant at the edge of Lake Fateh Sagar. Indoor AC seating also available. The best lal maas ever! Excellent service, exceptional food.
Rainbow Restaurantphone: +91 9828267234address: Lal Ghat RoadGreat view. Try the fried shrimp if it is available!
Savage Gardenphone: +91 294 2425440address: 22 Inside ChandpoleSet over several floors of a pleasant building with cascading bougainvilleas and a towering banana tree in its blue-walled courtyard. Besides some standard Indian fare, you can order toned-down, simplified versions of traditional cuisine, such as spinach mutton served with boiled potatoes, grilled fish with mash, and even an unusual vegetarian kela curry or banana curry.
phone: +91 99296-17161address: 103 Bhattiyani ChohttaOne of the most romantic dining spots in Udaipur with a nice view of oasis in the city. Seating is on the lawn or under candle-lit canopies with exquisite traditional Rajasthani thalis. Beautiful garden.
- Parkview Restaurant, located in the prime location opposite the city's town hall and at a convenient proximity of Bapu Bazaar market area, is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Its history dates back to late 1960s and is still regarded as a favorite family restaurant among city's older residents. This family run restaurant has a genuine mastery over good, affordable dining. Sitting area is quite large and its menu is well balanced with vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian, Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisines.
Natraj Dining Hall & Restaurantphone: +91-294-2487488, +91 9414757893, +91 9799031771address: 22-24 City Station RoadIt is a sister concern of Natraj Lodge. Unlimited thali ₹220, including unlimited sweet (thats the only difference from Natraj Lodge). Food is more delicious than Natraj Lodge but more spicy as well.
phone: +919001055322address: 17, 1st Floor, Jal Darshan Market, Hotel Green View Street, Gulab Bagh Road, Udaipur-313001₹250. Unlimited Dal Bati and Churma. Delicious, worth going at least once.
phone: +91-9672222872address: G-14 above Hotel Viaan , Trident road Haridas ji ki magriVantage Restaurant offers two dining areas; the upper deck has a panoramic view of the beautiful city, from Lake Pichola and the City Palace on one side, to Sajjangarh on the other.
Cafe Coffee Dayphone: +91 294-3251162address: The Celebration MallCafe Coffee Day is famous coffee shop in Udaipur. The chain serves a wide varieties of coffees with Pizza & Sandwiches. All major credit cards are accepted.
Fatehprakash Palace Hotelphone: +91 294 528008address: City PalaceThe open air Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace hotel becomes the heart of the City Palace Complex. People flock there to have a drink, and watch Lake Pichola.
Garden Hotel Udaipuraddress: Gulab Bagh RdGuests choosing to stay at the Garden Hotel Udaipur will be able to dine at the onsite restaurant. They will also be able to have a drink at the garden bar.
Govinda's Cafeteriaaddress: 169 city palace RdServes real Lavazza espresso. They have a nice real espresso machine and serve a huge variety of excellent Italian coffee. Shakes and frappes also available. Espresso ₹50, caffe latte ₹65, cappuccino ₹60. Spoil yourself with an amazingly yummy brownie shake (made with a whole piece of brownie, chocolate ice-cream and milk, tastes to die for) for ₹120. With A/C.
RTDC Hotel Kajriphone: +91 141-5040211address: Shastri CircleLet your spirits soar high at the well stocked bar of Hotel Kajri in Udaipur. The bar features an eclectic selection of both Indian and Rajasthani liquor and wine.
Soul Meet Cafephone: +91 982 804 8586address: next to Dyaji Bridge (walking bridge)A perfect place to take in outstanding scenery of the Old Town and the Lake, whilst relaxing with a 'special' lasi and a sheesha.
phone: +91 2421317address: Hitawala complex,Saheli margThe Tehkhana Restaurant is a pleasant and elegant contemporary restaurant ideally located near the Sukhadia Circle. With hazelnut coloured walls and vivid paintings this is an ideal place to hang out Choices of Indian, Chinese, Continental, South Indian & Italian cuisines is available to satisfy the taste buds.
address: 77 Gangour Ghat MargA former palace. Rooms have balconies with lake views. Rooftop restaurant.
Gangaur Palace / Ashoka Haveliphone: +91-0294-2422303address: 339 Gangaur Ghat MargA charming haveli centered around a courtyard. Rooftop restaurant.
phone: +91-9784470239address: 35, Nr. R.M.V.Circle, Inside Surjapole
Krishna Ranchaddress: Near Badi villageA large ranch with horses in a rural setting. Cottages are spacious and are decorated with regional handicrafts. Great if you want to go bird watching, horse riding, hiking, biking, or exploring the local villages. Transport from Udaipur can be arranged. Some food served is grown on-site.
Kumbha PalaceRun by a Dutch-Indian couple, Dinesh and Francine Jain. Beautiful garden adjacent to a wall of the city palace. Rooftop restaurant with great views
phone: +91 294 2411590address: 42 Residency Road20 rooms. Away from the noisy tourist/old town area but easily accessible via tuk-tuk or 10 minutes by foot from Delhi Pol. Price changed in early 2015. Hard to beat the price. The hotel also has a rooftop restaurant.
Mewargarh Palacephone: +91 98879 47988address: 733, Near Bade Purohit Ji Ki Haveli, Imlighat5-room homestay accommodation. Rooftop restaurant. Hidden in an alley next to a mosque.
phone: +91 9829511573address: Gangour GhatAn over 100-year-old haveli with 6 rooms, lake views, and a rooftop restaurant.
phone: +91 294 2414191address: 27 Gulab Bagh Road20-room hotel across the street from a garden.
phone: +91 294 243 1027address: Hanuman GhatGreat panoramic views.
Pleasure Guest Housephone: +91 98286 26621address: 12, Surya Marg, Kotda House, Jagdish RoadA very friendly homestay run by Jitu aka G2, who makes you feel at home. Rooms have balconies. Great views of the palace. Kitchen is available for use.
phone: +91 294 241 0303address: 39 Lal Ghat RoadRooftop restaurant. Great views.
phone: +91 294 244 0770address: 123 Bye Pass Road24 rooms.
phone: +91 77288 97595address: 25-26 Nav GhatA great place to meet young travelers. Rooftop café. Free walking tours. Some rooms have a lake view. On a narrow road.
Shree Gujarati Samajphone: +91 294-3206466, +91 294 2487314address: Opp Paras Mahal Hotel, Near Vishal Mega Mart, Ahmedabad Road
phone: +91 94141 67484address: 15,17-20, Lal GhatSpacious rooms with nice views.
phone: +91-294-2560400address: Burman Chambers, UIT Bridge, Saheli Marg26 rooms with nice views.
phone: +91-2942451766address: 43/44 Shanti Niketan colony Bedla- Badgaon Link RoadRun by the founder of the DAAN foundation (an organization that works to improve education for village children in Rajasthan). Owner will sometimes show you around. Many volunteers stay here.
phone: +91 294 241 7864address: 7 Opposite Kothari Bhawan, near Shastri CircleClean hotel.
phone: +91 294 2431049address: Sisarma - Bujra Road, KalarohiComfortable rural retreat with nice panoramic views. Restaurant on site. Good for relaxing and quiet atmosphere.
phone: +91 294 2424414address: Kalaji Goraji, near Lake Palace RoadFeatures large rooms with Rajasthani decorations, heritage accommodation and dining facility. You can enjoy excellent views of Lake Pichola & the City Palace from this hotel.
phone: +91 294 2422860address: 24 - 25 Lal GhatA restored 17th-century haveli. Some rooms have lake views, but are much more expensive. Central courtyard. A narrow archway connects the haveli to the old city.
address: 14 Lal GhatFormerly the private residence of the Thakur of Jaiwana. 24 rooms, some with lake views. Excellent rooftop restaurant.
phone: +91-294-2432480address: Outside Chandpole hanuman gate200-year-old haveli. 5 guest rooms with views of the lake and the washing ghats. Decorated in traditional Rajasthani style.
phone: +91 294 243 1197address: outside Chandpole, near Hanuman GhatWell-maintained heritage hotel.
phone: +91 294 662 1106address: 70 Ganesh Gati14-room hotel in a renovated 300-year old building that belongs to the King of Madri.
address: Lake Palace Road26 guest room haveli with courtyard and swimming pool. Views of the Sajan Niwas Gardens as well as the city palace. Massage therapy tent.
phone: +91 294 2521140address: 34-35 Lal Ghat12-room hotel in the style of a traditional Rajasthani haveli. Features views of Lake Pichola, the Old City, Lake Palace, Jagmandir Island Palace and the rugged Aravalli range.
Mountain Ridgephone: +91 294 329 1478address: SisarmaPeaceful environment. Plenty of activities such as swimming in the pool, trekking, going on a village safari, bird watching, mountain walking, having a massage or just sitting and relaxing with your favorite book with the soothing sounds of nature in the garden.
phone: +91-294-2410364address: 16 Lal GhatNewly-built haveli constructed in the traditional style. Rooftop restaurant. Lake views.
phone: +91 294 2421313address: 9 Garden Road, near Gulab Bagh51-room heritage hotel.
phone: +91 294-3912345address: Near Maharana Pratap Khel Gaon, Chitrakoot Nagar, Maharana Pratap Khel Gaov, Ahead of Bhuwana Bypass, SukherThe resort is in Sukher, in the Aravali range with all modern facilities to make your stay comfortable.
phone: +91 294 252 8016address: City Palace Complex
Inder Residencyaddress: Goverdhan Vilas, Ekling Nagar, Shikharbadi Rd
phone: +91 294 670 1234address: Lake Pichola
Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spaphone: +91 294 665 0000address: B-1 Ambamata SchemeOpened as a Sheraton on 1st Aug 2010.
phone: +91 294 258 3201address: Goverdhan Vilas Sector 14, Hiran MagriThe hotel is spread over 250 acres and set amidst the serene wooded landscape of the Aravalis.
Don't leave cash or any valuables in the hotel room. Cross check all hotel, restaurant and lounges bills for errors. Never pay anyone for anything upfront, including taxi drivers. If you are traveling alone then it is advisable to take hotel in Udaipur itself and not in remote areas.
There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing. The blood bank services are in quick time and it not only serve blood within Udaipur but most of the small towns around the city.
- Ayurvedic Hospital, Moti chohtta (Tel: 2-421968)
- Maharana Bhopal general hospital (Tel: 2-528811-19)
- Natural Hospital, Bhatyani chohtta (Tel: 2-422700)
- T B Hospital (tel: 2-560310)
- Women's Hospital (Tel: 2-523989)
- Aravali Hospital, 332 Ambamaata Scheme, Mullatalai, Udaipur (Tel: 2430222, 2431222)
- Goyal hospital, 328-A, Vasant Vihar, Sector-5, Hiran Magri, Udaipur (Tel: 0294-2465764)
- J.K. Hospital & Research Centre, Bhupalpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2418544)
- Jagrati Orthopedic Hospital, Hospital Road, Udaipur (Tel: 2529234)
- Sanjeevani Nursing Home, Sevashram Chowraha, Udaipur (Tel: 2412770)
- Shreyas Children & Maternity Hospital, Fatehpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2560861)
- M.B. Govt. Hospital Blood Bank, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2528811)
- Udaipur Americal International Hospital, 101, Kothi Bagh, Bhatt Ji Ki Bari, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2426000)
- Udaipur M/s Saral Blood Bank, 30, Bhikharinath ka math, Bhupalpura, Udaipur. (Ph. No. 0294-2416285)
Fairs and festival
- Mewar Festival - Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring season (March/April). The festival is especially meant for women and offers the best time when they dress in their finest clothes and join the celebrations of the fest. To conduct the ceremony, women assemble to dress the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati). After dressing the idols, they carry them in a traditional procession passing through different parts of the city. In the last, the procession makes its move towards the Gangaur Ghat at Pichola Lake. At this point, the images are transported into special boats and immersed in the deep waters of the lake. When this religious part gets over, people engage into various dances, songs and other cultural events revealing the culture of Rajasthan. Mewar festival is concluded with a glittering show of fireworks.
- Shilpgram Crafts Fair - Shilpgram Mela is held annually in the west of the city of Udaipur in the month of November/ December. The fair is organized to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. This fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.
Day tripsUdaipur offers great excursions to its outskirts. Hire a cab or explore by yourself to the some of the great escapades on the city outskirts.
- Eklingji Temple - 22 km north of Udaipur is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. The magnificent architecture of Eklingnath Temple is simply remarkable.
- Haldighati - An important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40 km from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that gives a sense of turmeric (in Hindi)
- Jagat Temple - Being located at the village called Jagat, at a distance of 58 km in the south-east of Udaipur. Built in 961 AD, the Jagat Temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors.
- Kankroli - A small town, located at a distance of 65 km from the city of Udaipur mainly known for its temple, which is sited on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake.
- Nagda - Located besides Bagela Lake at a distance of 23 km in the north-west of Udaipur on the way to Nathdwara. Nagda comprises many small and big temples, but the main attraction is gained by its 'Sas-Bahu' temple.
- Ajmer - An ancient town located 288km from Udaipur is famous among the spiritual and religious sects for the shrine of Khwaja Ajmer Sheriff and the only Brahma temples by the banks of Lake Pushkar.
- Bhilwara - The administrative city of Mewar region 168 km from Udaipur. The city contains some of the exquisite neolithic temples that adorn the Nagar style of architecture.
- Bundi - An ancient town located 275km from Udaipur inhabited by local tribesmen famous for its historical fortresses and kunds (holy wells).
- Chittorgarh - About 140 km from Udaipur, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar from 734 AD to 1559. Chittorgarh Fort is a massive fort situated on a hilltop near Chittorgarh town in Rajasthan state in India.
- Jodhpur - A popular gateway to the Thar Desert located 269km from Udaipur with the massive Mehrangarh Fort and access to Osiyan desert (no direct train from Udaipur).
- Kumbhalgarh - A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36km of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.
- Mount Abu - A popular tourist hill station 185 km from Udaipur. highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples especially the Dilwara Temples.
- Nathdwara - Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its 'pichwai' paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
- Ranakpur - Ranakpur is widely known for its magnificent marble Jain temple devoted to Lord Adinath and is a "must see". Ranakpur is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Easily accessed by road, Ranakpur is around 100 km north of Udaipur. Its architecture is said to be better than even that of famous Taj Mahal. It is said that the experience of visual treat inside the temple can hardly be described in words. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there are 1008 heads of snakes and numerous tails over the head of Lord ParsvaNatha. One cannot find the end of the tails. The image faces all four cardinal directions. The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Jain Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.