In February 2018, I spent a week in Udaipur.
During this time, I spent 4 days exploring the top sights and best places to visit in Udaipur. All of the activities I did can also all be covered easily if you have 3 days in Udaipur too, as I took it at a slow pace.
Here’s the quick list of my itinerary in Udaipur:
- Getting to Udaipur: Mumbai to Udaipur
- DAY 1
- Jagdish Temple
- Bagore-ki-Haveli heritage museum
- DAY 2
- Hilltop temple walk
- Walk around grounds of Udaipur City Palace
- DAY 3
- Tour of City Palace with museum
- Hilltop palace walk (Monsoon Palace)
- DAY 4
- Lake Pichola boat ride from City Palace
- Walk around island palace (Jagmandir Island)
There’s more information below about each of these Udaipur activities.
Since I had more time, I was able to spread out these things out over the course of more days. If you have a shorter time, it’s possible to still complete most of these Udaipur activities if you’re ready for a full day of activities from morning to evening!
Adapting this into a 3 day itinerary or 2 day itinerary
While I spread these activities out over 4 days, I think it can also be perfect to do with just 3 days in Udaipur.
If you have a shorter amount of time in Udaipur, you could make this into a 3 day itinerary without cutting anything out. You would just do more activities on 1 day or 2 days.
To do everything on this list with just 2 days in Udaipur would be a bit difficult, so you’d have to cut out a couple of activities.
I got started on most days mid-morning and was back by early evening. So if you have just a short time in Udaipur and want to check more off your bucket list, you can get started early morning to get more done!
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Getting to Udaipur: Mumbai to Udaipur by overnight sleeper bus
I arrived in Udaipur in the morning from Mumbai via an overnight sleeper bus.
Mumbai to Udaipur isn’t as popular of a route, and that means your options are more limited than travel between shorter distances. Still, there are a number of options.
Taking an overnight bus is one of them.
I liked the timing of the bus so I decided to go with the overnight sleeper bus. Overall the journey was quite fine! I used redbus to search for tickets and book my bus ticket to Udaipur.
This is another bus to Udaipur that arrived before mine as I was waiting at the pick-up point in Mumbai. So, even with the overnight bus, there are options!
I also found 2 trains that go direct from Mumbai to Udaipur. This may be a good option if you are planning ahead, although personally I didn’t like the timings as much as the overnight bus. I like using trainman to look at train timings.
It’s also possible to fly from Mumbai to Udaipur. This would be the quickest. Here’s how to book the cheapest flights in India.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Udaipur!
DAY 1 IN UDAIPUR
Arriving in the morning also meant that I had plenty of time to get out and start exploring Udaipur on the day of my arrival!
If you’re in Udaipur for a few days, you’ll quickly become familiar with the main tourist area of the city.
Rooftop restaurant in Udaipur
I started out by heading to a rooftop restaurant in the main part of the city. I chose one that was recommended by Lonely Planet, and this happened to have possibly one of the best views of Jagdish Temple!
I want to avoid getting sick in India, so I generally try to be careful with the places I choose. Lonely Planet restaurant recommendations are a good place to look.
Visit to Jagdish Temple
Well, after having the great view of the temple, it only makes sense to go and see it!
So after I finished up eating, I headed across the street to visit the Jagdish Temple.
This was the entry way of the temple, and you can now see the opposite view with the restaurant!
This can be a quick visit. And really, since it’s located in the main part of the city, you can do this at any time. It’s almost guaranteed that you will pass this temple naturally throughout your stay in Udaipur. So you don’t necessarily need to carve out time for it.
Visit to Gangaur Ghat
As a city with many lakes, Udaipur is also known as the City of Lakes.
And one of the ways to experience the main lake called Lake Pichola is to go to one of the many ghats that are located around the lake.
After visiting the Jagdish Temple, I went out through the other side and started walking down the street. This is still the main tourist part of Udaipur. I soon ended up at Gangaur Ghat. This was also the first real view of the famous Lake Pichola since arriving in Udaipur.
The main thing to do at a ghat is to take in the sights surrounding the lake. So you can spend little time here, or you can spend more time here!
Visit to Bagore-ki-Haveli
If you’re traveling around Rajasthan, you’ll soon come to know about havelis. Visiting a haveli is a way to experience a part of the grand Rajasthan royalty. You can see a different type of architecture, as well as how the royals used to live.
In the case of the Bagore-ki-Haveli, which is just near Gangaur Ghat, this is a complex that was built in the 18th century. It has since been turned into a museum as a display of the culture that existed during this time.
Once you enter, you will be able to explore countless rooms and courtyards in the complex.
There are also a number of balconies and terraces that offer up stunning views of Lake Pichola!
DAY 2 IN UDAIPUR
Walk to hilltop temple with some of the best views of Udaipur
If you’re not Hindu, the main reason to visit the Sri Manshapurna Karni Mata Temple is for the amazing aerial views of Udaipur.
Since it is a hilltop temple, this means that it is an uphill climb to reach the top. Walking at a leisurely pace, it will likely take you around 30 minutes to reach the top.
It will get your heart pumping, but you’ll be rewarded with the views!
Or, if an uphill walk isn’t your idea of fun, then there is also a cable car or ropeway that you can take that will also afford you some of the best views of Udaipur!
This hilltop temple is located just outside the main tourist area of Udaipur.
Visiting the grounds of City Palace
Rajasthan can be called the land of palaces, and one of these grand palaces is the City Palace of Udaipur.
I decided to save fully exploring the palace complex for another day, and instead just walked around the grounds surrounding the palace.
DAY 3 IN UDAIPUR
Walking around City Palace
The next day I returned to City Palace to explore the most well-known and most visited palace in Udaipur.
It’s best to give yourself 1-2 hours to explore this grand palace.
You can get an audio guide here for 250 rupees (US$4) which can enhance your experience of visiting the palace. The audio guide will go more in depth about the history and architecture of City Palace, Udaipur, and Rajasthan.
The entry fee for City Palace was 300 rupees (US$5) for both foreigners and Indians.
Walk to hilltop palace with some of the best views of Udaipur
Following the visit to City Palace, I headed off to another palace in Udaipur.
The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh, is a hilltop palace located about a 20 minute rickshaw ride from City Palace.
From the main gate, I walked up the hill 4km or so.
The palace itself may not be considered a must-visit, but the amazing views of Udaipur on your way to the palace and at the top can make it worth it.
There is a small cafe at the top, and I had a rest there with a cup of tea before making my way back down.
This is also an activity you can do in Udaipur that will get you away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of the city.
As I was walking up the hill, I could very clearly hear the birds chirping. There were also monkeys along the way.
Similar to the hilltop temple, if an uphill walk isn’t your idea of fun, you can hire a motor vehicle to drive you up to the top instead of walking.
There is also a wildlife sanctuary here that you can add on to your visit.
DAY 4 IN UDAIPUR
Lake Pichola boat ride from City Palace
One of the highlights of Udaipur can be the amazing views overlooking Lake Pichola, whether it’s from a ghat or a lakefront restaurant.
You can get a different experience by actually being on the lake with a boat tour!
This makes for more amazing views from a different perspective.
You can get boat tours during the day, and you can get sunset boat tours as well. The prices increase once it becomes closer to sunset time, and this could be starting with the 3pm boat tour.
The fee for the day time boat ride at City Palace is 400 rupees (US$6) for both foreigners and Indians. The sunset boat ride is 700 rupees (US$11). You also need to pay the 30 rupee (50 cents) entry fee to enter City Palace grounds.
Visit to Jagmandir Island
City Palace is the best place to get a boat ride around Lake Pichola because it also offers you a trip to a palace island.
That would be the palace on Jagmandir Island.
Jagmandir Island itself may not be a must-visit, but the boat tour gives you amazing views. So a side trip at the island can just add to the trip to make the boat ride even more worth it!
There are boats leaving regularly from the island, so you can just hop on a boat that’s waiting for departure once you’re ready to leave. 30 minutes will likely be enough time to walk around this palace.
How to make these activities into a 3 day Udaipur itinerary
The easiest way to create the activities I did into a 3 day itinerary is to combine all the visits to City Palace.
I went 3 separate times. Instead, you can explore the grounds, walk inside the palace, and take the boat ride around Lake Pichola all in one day.
This completely cuts out day 4 of this itinerary, and then you have a great plan for 3 days in Udaipur!
Next up on the Rajasthan tour: Udaipur to Jodhpur
Following Udaipur, Jodhpur can be a perfect place to go!
HAPPY UDAIPUR ITINERARY PLANNING!
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