Palaces, temples and lively bazaars
Udaipur is a former royal capital showcasing an extravagant selection of Rajput-era palaces and a beautifully romantic lake-side setting, with many of the exquisite palaces jostling against evocative ghats, temples and lively bazaars along the picturesque lake front.
- Visit Udaipur City Palace, a sprawling, fortress-like structure that stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola
- The 18th-century Jag Niwas, or ‘Lake Palace’, is a former royal summer retreat. Today it’s an opulent hotel, and has appeared in films including James Bond blockbuster ‘Octopussy’
- Explore the walled old city, strolling along its narrow lanes and browsing bazaars for textiles and jewels
Udaipur holiday highlights
Udaipur is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and its main lake, the picturesque freshwater Lake Pichola is renowned for its beauty. Stretching for two-and-a-half miles, the man-made lake was created in the 14th century and named after the nearby Picholi village.
The lake is dotted with several islands, the most famous of which, Jag Niwas, or Lake Palace is a resplendent hotel, seemingly afloat on the tranquil waters.
The picturesque Aravalli Hills and stunning City Palace – a sprawling, fortress-like structure boasting numerous balconies, cupolas and turrets – provide a spectacular backdrop against the gleaming waters. The 17th-Century Jagdish Temple is located in the vast palace complex and features beautifully carved pillars, impressive architecture and Hindu shrines.
The pretty garden Sahelion Ki Bari or 'Courtyard of the Maidens', is a tranquil space with lotus ponds, marble elephants and ornamental fountains.