“The Venice of the East”, “The Most Romantic Indian City”, and “The City of Lakes”, these are few common titles given to the jewel of Rajasthan, Udaipur. The city is known for its beautiful lakes and forts. A reflection of India’s culture and heritage can be seen in each and every part of Udaipur.
Here is the list of top 7 places to visit in Udaipur:
1. Bagore Ki Haveli –
With its stone for construction laid by Amir Chand Badwa in the late 18th century, the Bagore ki Haveli is a picturesque spot that is situated on the bank of Lake Pichola. In the past, it was popular due to being the abode of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore. Five years after the restoration work was completed, this Haveli was preserved as a museum with its interiors giving a quick peek into the historic world of Rajasthan’s royals. There are 100+ rooms in the Haveli and the interiors are well-decorated with beautiful mirror work. As per the display in the museum, there are paintings, costumes, and crafts from the times when Rajasthan was under various Kings and Queens.
• Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM
• Entry Fee: INR 60
• Official Link – http://www.udaipur.net/tourist-places-to-visit/bagore-ki-haveli
2. SajjanGarh Palace –
The royal family of Mewar’s abode during the monsoon season, the Sajjan Garh Palace or the Monsoon Palace of Udaipur is the best spot to see the sunset on the evening. The palace has also been featured in the James Bond movie, Octopussy. It is now under the government’s hands and not well maintained at all, but still a must visit place for its natural surroundings.
• Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
• Entry Fee: Free
• Official Link: http://www.udaipur.net/tourist-places-to-visit/sajjangarh-fort
3. Udaipur Ropeway –
Ropeway in Udaipur has become one of the most important tourist destinations in such a less time, since its introduction in 2008. It is installed between two mountains along the bank of Lake Pichola. The view from the top is breathtaking and perfect for pictures. Also, the greenery of Aravali hills along with setting red sun makes a perfect moment to capture.
• Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
• Entry Fee: Adults : INR 78; Children: INR 39
• Official Link: http://www.udaipurropeway.com/
4. Ambrai Ghat –
The Ambrai Ghat is the couple’s favourite place to hang out in Udaipur. If you have a partner then cool, if not then don’t make the other couples uncomfortable there. Put your attention on the blue water and serene ambience of this ghat. Yes, Udaipur is an awesome place for clicking pictures and seeing a sunset but the best no other place in Udaipur can match the view from Ambrai ghat.
• Timings: Open 24 x 7
• Entry Fee: Free
• Official Link: http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in
5. City Palace –
Just opposite to Ambrai Ghat is the City Palace. Once a palace and home of Rajasthan’s royal rulers, this is now a well-renowned hotel and tourist spot. It’s the best tourist destination when it comes to the amalgamation of heritage and authenticity of cultures. Being the largest palace complex in Rajasthan it has hotels, museum, and much more.
• Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
• Entry Fee: Adult/Child: INR 50/INR 30; Camera Fee: Still/Video:INR 200
• Official Link: http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Destinations/Udaipur/City-Palace.aspx
6. Shilpgram –
In 1986, the government set up a craftsmen’s village or Shilpgram near Udaipur. It’s a rural art and craft complex that showcases the life of old-age Rajasthan, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. There are huts that represent each of these states and the artists perform folk dances of their state there. One can also shop clothes, handicrafts and more or go for a camel or horse ride there.
• Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM
• Entry Fee: Indians: Rs 15, Foreigners: Rs 25
• Official Link: http://www.wzccindia.com/index.php?q=Page&slug=shilpgram
7. Jagdish Temple –
After exploring the roots of Rajasthani and Indian culture, put a halt on your travel to visit the famous Jagdish Temple. This Hindu temple was constructed under the rule of Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. Every day people gather in to witness the special sunset and sunrise aarti in this temple.
• Timings: 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM
• Entry Fee: Free
• Official Link: http://www.udaipur.net/tourist-places-to-visit/jagdish-temple
So, when are you visiting Udaipur to bath into the essence of culture and heritage of the desert state of India?
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