Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur in Rajasthan is a
magical place to visit. Located roughly 250 km south of Jodhpur,
this historic city has both royal roots and a rich, vibrant
culture. For those looking to explore this beautiful north Indian
city, we've handpicked 10 things to do in Udaipur to guide your
Hot Air Balloon Trips
One of the best ways to see Udaipur's beautiful lakes is by air.
Visitors to the city looking for a unique perspective on its
landmarks should opt sign up for a hot air balloon ride for a
thrilling adventure-sightseeing experience.
Ballooning in Udaipur © F9
Actually a complex that's home to a number of individual palaces
and other structures of note, City Palace dates all the way back to
1559 and is undoubtedly one of Udaipur's finest sites. Set just at
the edge of Lake Pichola, the palace is a monumental, ornately
carved structured by day and a glittering beacon over the water by
The gorgeous City Palace in
Udaipur © Bilderbuch Design Pics/Valueline/Thinkstock
Sheesh Mahal at The Leela
Situated on an opulent terrace within The Leela palace hotel, Sheesh Mahal is a
high-end restaurant that serves delectable Indian fare. While the
cooking makes it destination enough, our favourite part of the
venue is its views. Offering glittering twilight vistas over Lake
Pichola and the surrounding palaces and historical structures, it's
the makings of a magical evening.
An extraordinarily well-preserved temple of intricately carved
structures, the Hindu Eklingji Temple is devoted to the god Shiva.
Comprised of a staggering 108 individual temples, the complex has
origins beginning as early as 734 A.D. If you can, try to visit on
a Monday, when the Maharana of Udaipur visits the site.
The Eklingji Temple complex
hosts 108 different places of worship © Dennis Jarvis
The Oberoi Udaivilas
A luxurious hotel that provides lavish accommodations within a
glittering, waterside structure, the Oberoi Udaivilas is a wonderful place
to stay. While it's hard to choose just one highlight, the series
of meandering pools and moats that guide guests from their
balconies to the pool and lake, makes for a particularly memorable
Yet another historic palace in a city that's rich with beautiful
landmarks, the Devi Garh is unique for its contemporary
interiors, which contrast beautifully with its ancient façade. The
venue also provides striking views of the nearby Aravalli
Mountains, and is a perfect stop-off point en route to Eklingji
The luxurious Devi Garh offers
contemporary interiors in a historic structure © Devi Garh
Silver Jewellery and Miniature Painting
Shoppers heading to Udaipur will have heard that the city is
famed for its high-quality silver jewellery and incredible
miniature paintings, an art form that goes back hundreds of years.
The streets around City Palace offer a number of fantastic shopping
opportunities for those looking to take home gifts.
Taj Lake Palace
The name is no misnomer: the Taj Lake Palace is located, incredibly,
in the very middle of Lake Pichola, perched on a tiny island. The
gleaming white structure is only accessible by boat, making it
private and incredibly tranquil. Rumour has it the landmark was
built as a pleasure palace by the Maharana in the mid-1700s. These
days, it's a luxurious oasis, boasting amenities like gilded palace
suites, several accomplished restaurants, a lovely terrace and a
private lily pond.
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel is
perched in the middle of Lake Pichola © Taj Hotels
Alongside the jewellery and paintings, Rajasthan is also known
for its ornate, colourful embroidery. One of the best places in
Udaipur to find handcrafted souvenirs is Sadhna, a women's
craft collective that benefits the local community and sells
stunning products besides. Items range from kurtis and cushions to
table covers and bags.
A traditional and beloved part of Rajasthani culture, puppet
shows are still performed regularly throughout the region. Those
looking for the perfect gift or one-of-a-kind souvenir should
peruse the city's many puppet shops for an unusual memento of their
Rajasthan is famous for its handcrafted,
traditional puppets © atreecalledlife/iStock/Thinkstock
If you're planning a trip or just searching for more information
you can view our Rajasthan
itinerary travelling extensively through Udaipur.