If you are looking for a quick getaway amidst natural and historic beauty, Udaipur 3 Days trip is a perfect choice.
Udaipur is one of the most beautiful and well-known cities in the state of Rajasthan. Any long trip to the state is deemed incomplete if you haven’t paid a visit to the city of lakes.
In my current blog, I take you through the must-visit places in Udaipur on a three-day trip.
Top 11 Places to Visit in Udaipur 3 Days Trip
Udaipur 3 Days Trip was a part of the week-long Rajasthan road trip I recently took along with my wife. Although the city has no dearth of places to visit ranging from the city palace, famous temples and other monuments of historical importance, one should not miss the real beauty that makes it lively at heart.
Unlike the typical tourist, we ditched the car and decided to explore the lanes on foot. Every nook and corner is adorned with telltale paintings depicting the glory of Mewar. A simple conversation with a local over a cup of tea is not to be missed for it is enriching with folklore and fables.
So, let’s get straight into the top sights that you shouldn’t miss in your Udaipur 3 days trip.
1. City Palace is a Must-Visit On a Trip to Udaipur
This main attraction of Udaipur was built over 400 long years under the supervision and guidance of various Rajput rulers of Mewar.
Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, this palace radiates an aura unparalleled. Still, under the ownership and care of the royal family of Udaipur, it is quite well maintained and presents an opportunity to experience the heritage of Mewar.
The palace is divided into different sections out of which only a few are accessible for the general public. Fateh Prakash Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace have been converted into heritage hotels while a section serves as the city palace museum and crystal art gallery.
The palace has an in house restaurant and cafe by the names of The Sunset Terrace and Palki Khana respectively. Although we didn’t try the food at any of these, they hold quite high rankings on various online platforms. Do give it a try if you are in the mood for some royal treatment!
Another highlight of the palace includes a terrace garden at a height of 100 feet with full-grown trees and plants. It was indeed an amazing and enthralling phenomenon to encounter.
Government-approved guides are available for a tour of the palace but I felt it is not required. You may opt for an audio guide instead if you want to. Not to mention, a visit to the city palace does burn a hole into your pocket. Everything is chargeable from parking to entry fees and that too quite exorbitantly.
|Pricing Information For The Attractions Within City Palace|
|Parking at City Palace Udaipur – INR 350
Basic Entry Fee (multiple entries and exits allowed) – INR 30 per person
Entry to City Palace Museum – INR 300 per person
Entry to Crystal Gallery – INR 750
Evening Light and Sound show – INR 350 per person (lower seating) and INR 550 per person (higher level seating)
|Tip: Opt for lower seating tickets for light and sound show. Everything is clearly and comfortably visible and audible.|
2. Take a Boat Ride at Lake Pichola
It is one of the 5 well-known lakes in Udaipur. Your Udaipur 3 days itinerary should essentially include a boat ride, and what better way to indulge in one than on the waters of Lake Pichola.
The boat ride throws up some spectacular views of the nearby famous hotels such as the Udai Villas, Leela, Oberoi and the Lake Palace hotel, amongst the backdrop of the great Aravalli mountain range.
There are two options for the boat ride. One is the government’s municipal boat ride and the other is run by the city palace:
|Government-run boat rides
Starting Point- Lake Pichola Municipal Boat Ride Point
It is about 1 km from the City Palace. The ride costs 150 INR till 2 pm. After 2 pm, the cost is 250 INR. This ride lasts for about 15-20 minutes. There is no stopover at the Jagmohan Palace.
|Private boat rides
Starting Point- City Palace
You can buy a ticket at the palace entry. This ride lasts for about 40 minutes. There is a stopover at Jag Mandir where one can see some more exquisite architecture and well-maintained gardens. You can also visit the restaurant (a little expensive) here to keep your tummy in check, as you soak up the scenic views all around you.
3. Marvel at the Architectural Beauty of Lake Garden Palace (Jag Mandir Island)
Taj Lake Palace and Lake Garden Palace are two island properties situated in lake Pichola. They are accessible by boats only and offer great evening views.
Taj Lake Palace is a five-star hotel leased out by the IHC (TATAs) and attracted people for premium dining out experiences. But since the Mumbai attacks of 26/11, they exclusively cater to the in house guests only citing security concerns.
Jag Mandir or Lake Palace Garden was the summer house for the rules of Mewar. It hosts tourists now who appreciate the architectural beauty and spend some relaxed time with stunning views of the City Palace insight.
The skyline, dotted with the cultural heritage of Udaipur is a treat for the eye and it is best advised to take a tour post noon.
4. Take a Stroll Through the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary is situated on the outskirts of the city at the base of a hill. Although named a wildlife sanctuary, it is a zoological park with a wide variety of animals ranging from ostriches, tigers, lions, bears, tortoise to migratory birds and crocodiles.
Tourists have the option to cover the park on foot, in golf carts, or on bicycles. The tickets are moderately priced at INR 37 per person with parking service available at INR 10.
5. Photograph the Stunning Views from Sajjangarh Fort
At the top of the hill is located the Monsoon palace built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh which offers a panoramic view of the city and countryside.
Primarily slotted to be an astronomical observatory, the fort was converted into a monsoon place and a hunting lodge for the royal family due to its vantage point and geographical location. It is a delight for the photography enthusiasts as the views from atop the hill are majestic and the sunrise mesmerizing.
6. Get a taste of Classic Cars at Vintage Car Museum
About a kilometer away from the City Palace is located the Vintage Car Museum. A treat for the eye and bearing an unadulterated taste of the royalty, this museum showcases the best collection of vintage cars and heritage in its confines.
Undoubtedly, it is a lifetime opportunity to witness masterpieces like Roll, Caddies, Merc, and Vauxhalls.
7. Take a Stroll Through the Alluring Gulab Bagh
Right across the road, spread across 66 acres is the lavish and welcoming Gulab Bagh. Built-in the 1800s, it houses a lake, many temples, and ponds, a famous library as well as few government offices.
A walk through the park is bound to take you back in time. The old structures and the imbibed architecture within the lush green spaces is the perfect gateway for a romantic walk with your partner or a picnic with the family.
8. Get Blessed at the Karni Mata Temple
Among the numerous places worth visiting in Udaipur, Karni Mata Temple is not to be missed. Close to the CIty Palace (about 1.5 km), devotees and enthusiasts can reach here either by foot or the ropeway.
There are 700 steps that lead to the temple and it was inspiring to see senior citizens merrily treading the path. It was a rare and soothing site to see a Majhar (shrine) right next to the temple and people of both faiths peacefully finding solace in their beliefs.
The city of Udaipur with Lake Pichola in the foreground is a sight to behold from this site. We spent some time in the serene environs and were lucky enough to encounter one of the most beautiful sunsets of our travelers’ life.
9. Shop Till You Drop at The Local Markets in Udaipur
Udaipur is known for its ability to spoil any tourist. There isn’t a corner where you won’t find something artistic and exclusive to lay your hands on. On the other hand, it simply reflects the craftsmanship and hard work of the natives of this region.
There are markets dedicated to paintings (Hathi Pole), footwear (Bada Bazaar), crockery (Bapu Bazaar) and handicrafts (Rajasthali – a Government emporium).
10. Visit Shilpgram for an Authentic Rural Rajasthani Experience
If you are interested in exploring the lifestyle of a typical rural Rajasthani family, Shilpgram is the place. Spread across an area of 70 acres, this village is an organic depiction of their culture and heritage.
The complex was established with the objective of increasing awareness and knowledge about rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan. Not only is this a great opportunity for visitors, but Shilpgram also provides an opportunity for rural and urban artists to come together and interact through the process of camps and workshops.
Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy live pottery, camel rides, cultural programs, etc. on the premises of the complex. Don’t forget to grab a bite at the amazing restaurant inside the complex.
11. Relax by the Fateh Sagar Lake
Another beautiful lake that deserves a spot in your Udaipur 3 days trip itinerary is Fateh Sagar Lake. The lake can be visited at any tie of the day, but evenings and mornings are the best.
Fateh Sagar has umpteen numbers of eateries, that serve some scrumptious snacks that will satiate the foodie in you.
Another thing to do on your Udaipur two day trip would be to go cycling around Fateh Sagar and witness the magnificence of this majestic lake from various points. The cycles are free to hire; however, you need to provide any government ID.
In addition to the above, you also have boat rides including speedboats and jet skis plying throughout the day.
Suggested Itinerary for Udaipur 3 Days Trip
There are a lot of places that can be covered in Udaipur in three days. As a first time visitor, I would suggest you follow an itinerary that includes all aspects of Udaipur.
You should visit the city’s historical and cultural places, indulge in some shopping and treat your taste buds with mouth-watering Rajasthani delicacies.
Given below is the ideal Udaipur 3 days trip itinerary:
Day One of Udaipur 3 Day Itinerary
On the very first day in Udaipur, you should explore the old city. All the major attractions are located close by and can be covered on foot.
Start your day with a visit to the grand City Palace. Appreciate the artwork, history and architecture as you move by its corridors and museums.
| Jagmandir Palace
Go to the boating point near the City Palace and take a ride to Jagmandir Palace. Spend some time there and get back for lunch.
Head towards the nearest boating point for a boat ride on the beautiful lake.
Have Lunch in a restaurant by the lake.
End your day with shopping at HathiPole Bazar
Day Two of Udaipur 3 Day Itinerary
Start your day early on the second day of the Udaipur 3 days trip. Get ready and head straight to the Fateh Sagar Lake.
|Fateh Sagar Lake
Experience the magic of sunset at Fateh Sagar Lake. Go boating in the lake or just sit by the lake with some snacks from the nearby eateries
Experience the village culture and folk art at this village-themed complex. You can also indulge in a bit of shopping if you like
|Sajjangarh Biological Park
Take a stroll through the Sajjangarh Biological Park.
|Sajjangarh Fort or Monsoon Palace
ENd your day with a visit to the Monsoon Palace and enjoy the sunset before heading back.
Day Three of Udaipur 3 Day Itinerary
On the last day start your day with a visit to the Karni Mata Temple and ropeway, and end it with some shopping.
|Karni Mata Temple
Seek some blessings from the Karni Mata Temple
Take a stroll through the Gulab Bagh
|Vintage Cars Museum
The next stop for the day would be the vintage cars museum. It is located nearby the temple.
End your day with some shopping at Bapu Bazar.
I hope you found this blog helpful. If you have any further questions, drop them in the comments section below and I will try to answer them to the best of my abilities.
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