Udaipur two day trip is a great way to unwind and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and the rich culture that Rajasthan has to offer. Udaipur is famously known as the ‘City of Lakes’ and rightly so. Prominent lakes and diverse landscapes engulf the city in every nook and corner. Udaipur is mesmerizing.
Architecturally rich palaces, religious shrines, historic havelis, lip-smacking street food and boat rides are some of the things that will help make your Udaipur two day trip awesome.
In my Udaipur travel blog, I will share with you the top 10 must-visit places in your Udaipur two-day trip. I will also provide you with an ideal Udaipur two day trip itinerary, based on my personal experience.
Top 10 Places to visit in Udaipur Two Day Trip
Udaipur is one of the most visited places in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city has a lot to offer – wonderful cultural sites, amazing shopping experiences and delicious food.
If you have two days in Udaipur, I would suggest you experience all the exciting things about the lake city. Given below are the top ten places I would suggest a first-time traveller visit in this beautiful city.
Experience the grandeur of the royal Rajputs
|Bagore Ki Haveli
Enjoy an amazing Rajasthani cultural performance
Feast your eyes with the beautiful views while on a boat ride
|Fateh Sagar Lake
Spend some time by the lake while enjoying some delicious food
|Sajjangarh or Monsoon Palace
Get the perfect view of Udaipur city from the top
Soak in divinity at this beautiful marble crafted temple
Experience rural Rajasthan at this themed village complex
|Saheliyon ki Bari
Take a walk around the historical lovely garden
|Hathi Pole Bazaar
Shop for the Rajasthani items and souvenirs
|Sukhadia Circle Street Food
Treat your taste buds with some mouth-watering snacks
3 Ways to Reach Udaipur
As a travel destination, Udaipur is pretty well-connected with all major cities in India and even outside. For your Udaipur two-day trip, you can take any 3 of the following modes:
You can take a bus from any major city near Udaipur. The frequency of interstate buses is also very high.
Udaipur is well-connected by trains. In addition to the normal trains, you can even take a ride in the luxurious ‘Palace on Wheels.’ Udaipur is about 7-8 hours away from Jaipur and New Delhi via train.
Travelling to Udaipur via train is the most budget-friendly option.
Udaipur has its own domestic airport. Flights by almost all major Indian airlines schedule to and fro Udaipur.
If you’re a traveller from outside India, you can board a plane to either New Delhi, Mumbai or Jaipur. Thereon, board a connecting flight till Udaipur.
Top Places to Visit on your Udaipur Two Day Trip
If you’re short of time and have not more than 48 hours, it will be possible for you to easily cover the following places. They’re some of the best in the lake city of Udaipur –
The City Palace is located on the banks of Lake Pichola, and is a must include in your Udaipur two day trip itinerary. It offers stunning architecture, postcard-like views of Lake Pichola and history of the royal family.
|Top Tip: Although there is a café within the palace, the food available is mediocre, highly-priced and can be avoided.|
The palace has numerous rooms, hallways and is filled with artefacts. It’s best to hire a guide to help you make sense of it all, or you may opt for the audio guide as an alternative.
An audio guide will cost 200 INR per person while a guide cost starts at INR 250, depending on the size of the group and language. So, if you are visiting alone, the audio guide is a good option. In a group, go for a government guide.
Entry to the palace premises only
Adults: 30 INR
Children: 15 INR
Entry to the museum
Adults: 250 INR
Timings for the museum
9:30 AM To 5:30 PM (entry allowed till 4:30 PM)
There is a discount for senior citizens, make sure you ask for it.
Entry to Crystal Gallery
Adults: 550 INR
Children: 350 INR
Ideal Visiting time
Artwork and architecture
Hiring a guide is better when you are travelling in a group. For instance, we were a group of 5 people and the government guide cost us 400 INR (250 INR plus 150 INR for the tour in English).
One can easily spend a couple of hours or more in the museum, appreciating the historical significance of the various artefacts on display. Another important thing to remember is that the museum entry fee doesn’t include the cost of visiting the crystal gallery.
There are a few shops in the palace, but I would suggest you skip these and go to the ones outside. Those are much cheaper.
It is one of the 5 well-known lakes in Udaipur. Your Udaipur two day trip 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 of course 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.
The government-run boat rides run from 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.
The private boat rides start at 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.
Starting Point: Lake Pichola Municipal Boat Ride Point
Total Time: 15-20 minutes
Price: 150 INR (10 am-2 pm); 250 INR (2 pm-5 pm)
Starting Point: Near City Palace
Total Time: 40 minutes
Stopover: Jagmohan Mandir
Adults – 400 INR (10 am – 2 pm); 700 INR (2 pm – 5 pm)
Children – 200 INR (10 am – 2 pm); 400 INR (2 pm – 5 pm)
Ideal visiting time
As is obvious, the boat ride from the government point is much cheaper but it doesn’t include a stop at Jagmohan Mandir. So, which one to choose, is your call completely.
Fateh Sagar Lake
No Udaipur two day trip can be deemed complete without visiting Fateh Sagar. One can enjoy it, in its entirety by getting here early morning, preferably before sunrise. There is so much to witness here during early mornings. People trickle in together in groups for their morning walks, jogs, cycle rides, exercises, swimming in the lake, laughter clubs and kayaking (not open for the public).
Also, there are benches facing the lake. So, if you are not in the mood to walk around you can enjoy the early morning tranquillity and the chirping of the birds as the sun slowly basks upon the lake.
Although Fateh Sagar has umpteen numbers of eateries, only a few are open in the mornings to serve some scrumptious breakfast such as poha, kachori, tea, coffee and an array of fresh vegetable and fruit juices.
|Top Tip – Must try are the fresh kachoris in mornings and in the evenings you can enjoy some really good cold or hot coffees served at a shop called Sai Sagar.|
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. So, if you need an adrenaline rush, this is a must-do on your Udaipur two day trip.
Price: 100 – 200 INR for motor boat, 200 – 400 INR person for speedboat ride
Timings: 8 am – 4.30 pm
Boating, camel rides, tongas
Ideal visiting time
Don’t forget to get a taste of cold coffee with ice cream in kulhads (earthen cups). at the eateries around. One of the best I had.
There are three islands in the lake that you can visit. The biggest one is the Nehru Park, another has the famous Solar Observatory of Udaipur, and the last one is the smallest and houses a tiny building that has a water spray fountain. I couldn’t explore it, but if you have time, do check it out.
If you plan to take one of the boat rides, take the slower ones. The jet ski ride is not only expensive, but it is also very short and lasts for only around 5 minutes. However, the downside of the slow rides is that it takes time to fill the boat, so you have to wait a little longer.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Another must-visit destination on your Udaipur two day trip is the evening cultural show called Dharohar Folk Dance at Bagore Ki Haveli, which will leave you in awe of the rich culture of Rajasthan. It’s an hour-long show with dance and song performances from various regions of Rajasthan and also includes a puppet show.
|Top Tip – Try reaching early as the tickets are sold just 45 minutes prior to the show and the seats fill up quickly. The show can get very crowded, so you can book beforehand here.|
The showstopper is an old lady performing the folk dance with fervour, which will leave you speechless and truly make your visit here worthwhile.
Reach by 6:30 pm as the show starts at 7 pm. No need to worry if you get back seat. It’s a small setup, and everybody gets a great view of the performances.
90 INR (Indian)
150 INR (Foreign Nationals)
7 pm to 8 pm
You are not allowed to use your cameras during performances. If you do intend to use it, you need to pay separate charges.
Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace
Perched on the hilltop, the Monsoon Palace offers a panoramic view of Udaipur city, its lakes and palaces. It is called the monsoon palace as it was built to watch the monsoon clouds. Sunsets and sunrises are the best time to visit the palace.
In order to reach the fort, you can get into a cable car or get into one of the shared jeeps available near the base. The shared jeep costs 90 INR per person. It will take you there and drop you back as well.
|Interesting Fact – Some parts of the 1983 Bond movie Octopussy were shot in the Monsoon Palace|
If you have your own vehicle, you can drive up to the palace. The entry fee for that is 200 INR for cars, and 30 INR for bikes.
Although the view from the top of the fort was mesmerizing, I was disappointed to see that the actual building was severely neglected.
Architecture & history
|Entry fee (excluding vehicle charges)
Indians: 60 INR
Foreign Nationals: 300 INR
|Ideal visiting time
There is a Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothill of the palace. So, if you are interested, you can explore that as well. There’s a separate fee for that. Remember, the sanctuary is closed on Tuesdays.
Jagdish temple is one of the most revered Hindu temples in the middle of Udaipur city. The 79 feet high temple has three storeys and can be seen in the city’s skyline. The temple was built in 1651 in marble, and is primarily dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Other than the main idol of Lord Vishnu, there are four other temples in the four corners. These are temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Vinayak, Goddess Durga and Lord Surya).
|Photography is not allowed inside the temple.|
The temple is of interest not only to the religious visitors but also to other people travelling to Udaipur city. With carvings and inscriptions on the wall, the architecture of the temple is beautiful. Also, the main idol of Lord Jagannath is carved out of a single black stone and is stunning.
I would suggest you include this in your Udaipur two-day trip itinerary. The best time to visit the temple is in the early morning hours.
If possible, attend the morning or evening aarti (religious ritual) in the temple. The chanting of the mantras, the singing, is a beautiful experience. The morning aarti takes place at around 6-6.30am whereas the evening aarti is around 7 or 7.30pm.
The temple is located in a busy street, so avoid getting your own vehicles as parking can be an issue.
5 am – 1 pm
5 pm – 8 pm
Ideal visiting time
30 mins- 1 hour
If you missed your breakfast visiting the temple, fret not. You can enjoy some morning Indian snacks like Kachoris, samosa, etc, exactly opposite to the temple.
Shilpgram is a village themed art and crafts complex. The compound has a large area depicting village life and culture. It is a great place to experience life in rural Rajasthan.
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.
Rural arts & Crafts
Indians- 50 INR
Foreigners – 100 INR
11 am- 7 pm
|Ideal visiting time
Our auto driver told us that Shilpgram hosts a fair in the last week of December, which is visited by a number of people from across the state and the country.
Saheliyon ki Bari
Saheliyon ki Bari is a popular centrally located garden in Udaipur. The garden was built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his wife and her 48 maids.
The garden has lush green lawns, water pools, marble artwork and fountains.
For history lovers, there is a small museum exhibiting a collection of some beautiful and historical paintings and pictures.
7 am – 8 pm
Indians: 10 INR
Foreign Nationals: 100 INR
|Ideal visiting time
Hathi Pole Bazaar
If you are in the mood for shopping in Udaipur, Hathi Pole market is your best choice. This is one of the biggest local markets of Udaipur. Since the market is frequented by locals, it is reasonably priced.
The market is located near the city palace and has a number of shops and shopping options. Key to getting the best budget shopping experience here is bargaining.
The shopkeepers will generally quote a high price if they sense you are a tourist. So, make sure you bargain enough for a fair deal.
|Best things to buy
Brass and marble souvenirs
Rajasthani Mojadis and jootis colourful slippers)
Genuine leather items
11 am – 6 pm
The market remains closed on Sundays
|Ideal Visiting Time
Depends on how shopaholic you are
The best way to explore this place is to do so on foot.
Sukhadia Circle Street Food
Udaipur two day trip is incomplete without trying some lip-smacking Udaipur street food. The Sukhadia circle, which is a roundabout with a huge fountain, provides just that, in addition to kiddy boat rides and camelback/horseback rides.
|Tip: Must try is the Pav bhajji, samosa and the faloodas.|
One can find an array of food stalls serving dishes such as pav bhaji, dosas, noodles, chaats to desserts such as kulfis, faloodaas, rabri and much more. There is a designated area for sitting, where several waiters will be available to take your order and bring you the yummy food in a jiffy.
Budget Accommodations in Udaipur
Udaipur makes for a lovely destination for both backpackers as well as families. Also, it’s a very couple-friendly location. Based on personal experience, I would suggest the following places for first-time travellers to Udaipur.
They’re all reasonable with decent facilities. They will help you save money which can be utilized in exploring the city.
|Go Stops Udaipur
· Dorms available
· Single rooms available
· Free wifi
Starting price of stay per night is only 249 INR.
Starting price of stay per night is only 399 INR.
|The Little Prince Heritage
Starting price of stay per night is only 749 INR.
Tuk Tuk Ride in Udaipur
Your Udaipur two day trip will not be deemed complete without a tuk-tuk ride. A tuk-tuk is basically a slightly enlarged version of an auto-rickshaw.
Most of the drivers riding these vehicles are very courteous and knowledgeable people. They can even show you around if you don’t want to hire a guide.
|You can hire an auto for the complete day. They will charge you anywhere between 500-800 INR for the whole day. Sometimes, they charge even less.
Our auto driver was chatty and it was fun travelling with him.
Tuk tuk’s are by far the best way to explore Udaipur especially narrow alleys and uninhabited but beautiful places.
What all to Shop on your Udaipur Two Day Trip?
A perfect way to reminisce about your Udaipur two day trip other than all the photos snapped and memories made would be to buy some souvenirs. One can visit the following markets and shop for hours.
You can easily find traditional vibrant Rajasthani clothes to artworks and handicrafts.
|Hathi pole Bazaar
A budget-friendly destination for everything Rajasthani.
Buy clothing, crockery and khadi products at this vibrant market.
A village-themed complex that exhibits rural art and crafts made by local artists.
Photography in Udaipur
Udaipur is a photographer’s delight and to encapsulate its surreal beauty, one should visit some vantage points such as the Moti Magri near Fateh Sagar and Sajjan Garh Palace, which is known to be the monsoon palace.
Both these spots besides having historical importance provide a panoramic view of the city. If planned well, you’ll be lucky to witness a jaw-dropping view of the city during sunset.
Suggested Udaipur Two Day Trip Itinerary
If you are in Udaipur for two days, 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 two day trip itinerary. I say its ideal because of two reasons:
First, this itinerary includes shopping, sightseeing and food tour.
Secondly, this itinerary will help you navigate through all the best places to visit in Udaipur in a more cost effective and time-effective manner.
Day 1 of Udaipur Two Day Trip Itinerary
On day one of your Udaipur two day trip, you should explore the old city. All the major attractions are located close by.
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.
Head towards the nearest boating point for a boat ride on the beautiful lake.
– Go to the Lake Pichola Municipal Boating Point if you would like a quick round of the lake.
– If you would like to stop by the Jagmandir hotel, go to the boating point near the palace.
Have Lunch in a restaurant by the lake.
Post Lunch, head towards the Hathipole market. Shop your heart’s desire.
Spend the evening by the Gangaur Ghat
|Bagore ki Haveli
Enjoy the evening cultural show at Bagore ki Haveli. Try to reach at least half an hour early to get the seats.
Head back to your hotel or hostel and get a good nights sleep.
Day 2 of Udaipur Two Day Trip Itinerary
Wake up a little early on day 2 of your Udaipur two day trip. Get ready and head straight to the temple.
Pay your respects at this beautiful temple.
Grab some quick snacks and breakfast before visiting your next stop.
|Sajangarh Fort or Monsoon Palace
Get the complete city view from the fort. Invoke your inner shutterbug and click some great pictures.
|Sajjangarh Biological Park (Optional)
If you are interested, you may also visit the nearby biological park and see a few animals
Experience the village culture and folk art at this village-themed complex. You can also indulge in a bit of shopping if you like.
|Saheliyon ki Bari (Optional)
Take a stroll in the beautiful gardens
|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
End the day with some street food at the Sukhadia circle.
After this, you can either head to your next destination or go back to your hotel/hostel.
Travel Tips for Udaipur Two Day Trip
While travelling in Udaipur, you need to be aware of certain things. The following tips will help you make your Udaipur two day trip as smooth as possible.
|Take the train
Although there are a number of ways and options to reach Udaipur, the best one is travelling via train. Trains are cheaper than flights and faster than buses. They are thus, the quickest and cheapest ways in and out of Udaipur.
|Hire an auto or rent a bike
Udaipur is best explored on a two-wheeler and a three-wheeler. You can hire an auto for the complete day for as low as 500 INR. Alternately, you can hire a scooter or a bike and ride around the town.
|Beware of the Touts
You might come across various touts selling handicrafts, travel plans, etc. If you really want to buy these, make sure of the authenticity.
|Keep your cool
At various tourist attractions, you will find a number of people trying to sell you things. Don’t lose your cool and tell them firmly if you don’t want to buy anything.
Afternoons in Udaipur can get really hot. Make sure you stay hydrated. Carry water bottles at all times.
If you are travelling during the summers, wear loose-fitting cotton clothes. In winters, carry some warm clothes as mornings and evenings get chilly.
Wear comfortable footwear because there will be some walking to do.
As long as you are following these basic tips, your Udaipur trip will go on without any hassle.
Udaipur: Important Travel Information
Now that I have discussed the must-visit places in Udaipur and provided you with an itinerary for 2 days, below is some travel information that you must be aware of:
By Road, Rail and Air
|Best time to visit
July to November
|Safety of travellers
Very safe, use basic precautions
Everything under the sun is available, however, one must try the street food.
|Important festivals in Udaipur
Gangaur (10-27 March 2020)
Mewar Festival (27-29 March 2020)
Teej (23 July 2020)
Udaipur is a city like no other and you don’t need to think twice about planning a two day trip to the lake city, as your visit here will truly be special. With numerous palaces, lakes, yummy street food and the quintessential locals going about their daily chores, a Udaipur two day trip will leave you in amazement and memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Happy wayfaring 😊
About The Author
|Aditya Mehta is a qualified Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (‘ACCA’) professional who loves to explore new places whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid sports and music enthusiast, he believes that the essence of a great travel is the people and the cuisine you come across and the experiences shared amongst diverse cultures.|