This guide to the best places to visit in Udaipur is a part of this 2 week Rajasthan itinerary that includes Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer.
So you’re looking at planning your trip to Rajasthan, and you’re trying to figure out your itinerary and how many days to spend in Udaipur.
3 days can be a PERFECT number of days to spend in Udaipur!
Below is a guide to Udaipur and ideas for how exactly to plan out each of those days in Udaipur.
And if you’re backpacking to Udaipur alone, you may like the idea of staying at one of the best hostels in Udaipur.
Udaipur is known as the city of lakes
And there are many different ways you can get your fill of lakes in Udaipur.
It could be from lakeside accommodation, or eating at a restaurant right along the lake.
Or it could be from taking a cable car with views of the main lake of Lake Pichola!
Or it could be while enjoying the sunset from one of the many lake ghats.
First, the quick list of the must-visit places in Udaipur.
Then, a more detailed look into how you can fit all of these places into your 3 day Udaipur itinerary.
7 best places to visit in Udaipur in 3 days
1. Jagdish Temple
2. Bagore-ki-Haveli heritage museum
3. Lakeside ghat
4. Udaipur City Palace
5. Monsoon Palace
6. Lake Pichola
7. Jagmandir Island
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So, how to put the best places to visit into a 3 day Udaipur itinerary?!
Day 1 in Udaipur
List of things to do for day 1:
- Jagdish Temple
- Bagore-ki-Haveli heritage museum
- Visit a ghat at Lake Pichola
Day 2 in Udaipur
List of things to do for day 2:
- Tour of Udaipur City Palace
- Visit to hilltop palace (Monsoon Palace)
Day 3 in Udaipur
List of things to do for day 3:
- Lake Pichola boat ride
- Walk around island palace (Jagmandir Island)
Extra 2 days in Udaipur: Stay in Udaipur for 5 days!
Who likes to travel with luggage?! Not me. 😉
Spend an extra 2 days in Udaipur, and you can make it a day trip to to 2 important forts in Rajasthan:
- Chittorgarh Fort
- Kumbhalgarh Fort
These are both forts with UNESCO world heritage status.
And it’s reasonable to make these day trips from Udaipur.
Then, when you can return, you can relax at your lakeside accommodation or a lakeside restaurant!
Day trip from Udaipur to Chittorgarh Fort
For Chittogarh Fort, I went from Udaipur to Chittorgarh by bus, and then from Chittorgarh to Udaipur by train.
See more about how to make it a day trip from Udaipur to Chittorgarh by public transportation.
Day trip from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh Fort
For Kumbhalgarh Fort, I went by private car.
It’s really not the easiest place to get to by public transportation, although I do imagine that it’s possible to at least get you somewhat close! Because… this is India!
It might require trying to find a rickshaw at some point though, because it seems like the main road leading to Kumbhalgarh once you get close wouldn’t have buses passing through.
So a taxi might be worth considering to get to Kumbhalgarh even if you will be mostly traveling around Rajasthan by bus and train.
- 3 days in Udaipur
- 2 days in Jodhpur
- 3 days in Jaisalmer
- 3 days in Jaipur
- 1 day in Agra
Now, here are some details about the Udaipur itinerary to see if it’s something you want to follow!
DAY 1 IN UDAIPUR
- Eat at a rooftop restaurant
- Visit Jagdish Temple
- Visit Bagore-ki-Haveli heritage museum
- Visit Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola
Rooftop restaurant in Udaipur
Start your time in Udaipur by heading to a rooftop restaurant in the main part of the city.
This can take you through some streets with shops to get you thinking about what you want to buy in the coming days!
You can find a rooftop restaurant right across the street from Jagdish Temple at Mayur Cafe within the Hotel Baba Palace.
Visit to Jagdish Temple
Well, after having the great view of the temple, it only makes sense to go and see it!
So after you’re done eating eating, you can head 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 Bagore-ki-Haveli museum
Cost: 100 rupees for foreigners (US$2)
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. (Visiting the forts and palaces of Jaipur is another great way!)
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!
Visit to Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola
So, that ghat that you saw from the haveli museum?
You can now go for a visit directly!
There are many ghats along the lake in Udaipur, and the one near the museum is one of the many easy-to-access ghats.
The main thing to do at any ghat is to take in the sights surrounding the lake.
So you can spend little time here, or you can spend more time here!
DAY 2 IN UDAIPUR
- Walk around grounds of City Palace
- Tour City Palace
- Visit to hilltop palace (Monsoon Palace)
Walk around the grounds of City Palace
Cost: 30 rupees (US$0.50)
Rajasthan can be called the land of palaces, and one of these grand palaces is the City Palace of Udaipur.
The grounds of City Palace are worth a visit, even if you don’t want to properly tour the palace complex.
Tour of City Palace
Cost: 300 rupees (US$5) for foreigners and Indians
But if you do want to tour the palace, there’s a very good chance you’ll find it to be worth it!
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.
Walk to hilltop Monsoon Palace with some of the best views of Udaipur
Cost: 300 rupees (US$5) for foreigners
Following the visit to City Palace, you can head to another palace.
This time, a hilltop palace that offers stunning views of Udaipur!
The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh, is located about a 20 minute rickshaw ride from City Palace.
From the main gate, you can walk up the hill 4 km or so or you can hire a ride once at the entry gate.
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 you can have a rest there with a cup of tea!
This is also an activity in Udaipur that you can do to get you away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of the city.
It’s possible that as you walk up the hill you’ll be able to hear the birds chirping very clearly.
You may also see monkeys along the way.
There is also a wildlife sanctuary around the monsoon palace that you can add on to your visit.
DAY 3 IN UDAIPUR
- Lake Pichola boat ride
- Walk around island Palace (Jagmandir Island)
Lake Pichola boat ride from City Palace
Cost: 400 rupees (US$6) for day time boat ride or 700 rupees (US$11) for sunset boat ride
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.
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 again, 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.
HAPPY UDAIPUR ITINERARY PLANNING!
- 3 days in Udaipur (city of lakes)
- 2 days in Jodhpur (blue city)
- 3 days in Jaisalmer (golden city)
- 3 days in Jaipur (pink city)
- 1 day in Agra
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