How best to spend 4 days in Udaipur

We spent 4 days in Udaipur during our Rajasthan trip. These were 4 beautiful days of our travel. Although, we still felt sort of days to do and experience everything that we planned for. Still, these 4 days were absolutely beautiful. The memories that we collected here are one of our fondest. So, here we dedicate a post on how we spent 4 days in Udaipur. Hope it will help you plan an effective itinerary in Udaipur for yourselves.

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view from the room window

Udaipur – the first impression

We had taken an overnight train to Udaipur after spending 3 beautiful days inย Jaipur. This saved us a lot of time. Early morning as we stepped out of the train, we instantly fell in love with the small, tidy and beautifully painted train station. Soon we hopped onto a prepaid taxi and started towards our place of stay : Hotel Ram Pratap Palace. We were greeted by the empty streets and fresh morning air while we drove smoothly to our destination.

Highlight of our four day trip to Udaipur

Day1: City tour covering places around Fateh Sagar Lake
Day2: Day trip to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur
Day3: Day trip to Chittorgarh
Day4: City tour covering the places in the old city around lake pichola

Day1

We did an early check-in into the hotel and then headed for breakfast. Post breakfast we decided to take some rest, mostly considering we were traveling with our parents and toddler. So, we slept for a couple of hours, till lunch time. We had lunch in our hotel. Now we were all freshened up to start exploring the beautiful town and all that it had to offer.

Places around Fateh Sagar Lake

Hotel Ram Pratap Palace is located on the bank of Fateh Sagar Lake. So, on day 1 , we decided to stick to the areas near to Fateh Sagar Lake.

Shilpgram

We started with a trip to Shilpgram. It is an artist village located almost 4 km from Fateh Sagar Lake. Altough we had aimed to spend some 1-1.5 hours here, we ended up spending quiet some time here. We enjoyed the place thoroughly. It has lots to offer. Artists perform folk dances of Rajasthan which are mesmerizing. Others come from far and near to setup shops of their authentic traditional products. We interacted with several artists and bought quiet some handmade products.

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Bhavai dance where the artist balances herself on steel tumblers – a performance at Shilpgram

 

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Shops lined along the way to the amphitheater at Shilpgram

Fateh Sagar Lake

From Shilpgram we decided to go to Sahelion ki Bari. While en-route, we happened to circumvent the periphery of Fateh Sagar Lake. The lake has a huge circumference of 10km. On one end, where it opens towards the main road, there is a plethora of small shops. These include some craft shops and mostly road side eateries. There is a boating house also nearby. From here, one can hire boats to take a ride into the lake. Separate boats run for the lake and for Nehru Garden which is a small garden on a small island in the middle of the lake. We didn’t stop at the lake for boating. Although I very much wanted to explore the roadside eateries and the boating option.

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A view of fateh sagar lake across the lawn of our hotel

Sahelion ki Bari

We reached Sahelion ki Bari by 5 in the evening. The word “Sahelion ki Bari” means “Female friends garden”. This is one of the most prominent sites in Udaipur city. The garden contains many different water bodies like fountains, swimming pool, artificial rain etc. These are surrounded by immense greenery. The garden was developed by the king of Udaipur for his daughter. Apparenntly, the little princess loved rain and water. Since she couldn’t get the natural one in all the seasons, her father created this place for her to enjoy the rain as often as she wanted. She would come here with her female friends and enjoy the water bodies.

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Lotus pond at Sahelion ki Bari, Udaipur

By the time we were out of Sahelion ki Bari it was almost 8pm. We decided to call it a day. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped for dinner at a nice and cozy restaurant.

Day2

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Since we were in Udaipur for four days, we thought to take some day trips around Udaipur. We had heard a lot about the kumbhalgarh fort and the Jain temple at Ranakpur. Since these two places are quiet close to each other. We decided to cover both together.

Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh

Post our breakfast in the hotel, we started for Kubhalgarh. The road from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is one of the most scenic. Although it is a single lane road. Actually it has only one lane. Vehicles coming from both the sides have to use this same lane. Sometimes one has to stop on the sides to let the other pass. This makes the duration of travel little longer. Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the drive. It deserves a separate post of its own and I will be soon be writing one.

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On way to Kumbhalgarh fort

Kumbhalgarh fort

We arrived at Kumbhalgarh fort by noon. We had some juice and snacks before we started on our exploration. The fort is quiet huge and its protective walls are immensely majestic. No doubt they are called the great walls of India. We took our time to walk around the fort at our own pace. We didn’t take a guided tour here. Most of the places are marked with written information on boards near the entrance which pretty much summarises about the fort. (Read : the full account of our journey through Kumbhalgarh fort)

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Magestic Kumbhalgarh fort surrounded by the great walls of India

Kumbhalgarh-Ranakpur

From Kumbhalgarh, we started around 3:30 in the afternoon for Rakapur. We reached Ranakpur in another one hour. Even this route was quiet beautiful. In Ranakpur, we had a great time at the marvellous Jain temple. It was around 6 in the evening when we started our journey back from here. We reached back our hotel by 8 in the evening.

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Shankaracharya Shrine at the Jain temple

 

Since we were tired after the day trip, we decided to have dinner at our hotel. Afterwards, we enjoyed the dinner so much that we decided to dine here for the rest of our stay in Udaipur!!

Day3

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Today, we had a day trip to one of the most robust forts of Rajasthan – Chittorgarh fort. We started from Udaipur post breakfast. Since the highway connecting Udaipur – Chittorgarh is in a very good state, the journey was very smooth. Actually, we reached Chittorgarh by 12. The Chittorgarh fort is the most huge of all the forts we have visited so far. So much so that to hop from one site to another inside the fort, you can actually use your vehicle. (Read: 10 facts that make Chittorgarh fort a must visit which covers our day trip to Chittorgarh)

Chittorgarh fort

Today it was hotter than all the other days we had spent so far in Udaipur, and in our Rajasthan trip in general. We sweated profusely. And we got tired early on. After visiting the different temples, palaces and important pillars in Chittorgarh fort, we decided to call it a day and head back to our hotel. We reached back by 5:30 in the evening and then decided to rest for the day

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A glimpse of the majestic fort of Chittorgarh

Day4

Around Lake Pichola

Somehow in this itinerary, we had saved the most famous partsย of Udaipur for our last day in the city. We had an overnight train to Jaipur today. This was the day we decided to explore the heart of the city. And we were not at all disappointed by our decision end of the day.

Udaipur city palace

We started our day with a visit to the Udaipur city palace. We arrived at the palace by 10 in the morning. This is one of the most expansive palaces in India as of today. Only part of it is open to the public and that also is quiet huge. It took us almost 2.5 hours to do a complete tour of the Udaipur Palace.

Bagore ki Haveli

After visiting the palace, we had lunch outside, in a small roadside cafรฉ. From here, we used our google maps and started walking down to Bagore ki Haveli (which was just 7 mins walk from the palace). We immensely enjoyed our visit at Bagore ki Haveli. It is a haveli or a mansion turned into a museum. The museum had four major sections. One devoted to depiction of the old items that were used at a point when the Haveli thrived with the life of its owners. Another one displaying different puppets of Rajasthan. Yet another one was a small section dedicated to arms and armory of the ancient times. The final, and the cutest, was the one where 3D model depicted the stages of a royal hindu wedding. We spent almost 1-1.5 hours here.

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Bagore ki Haveli Museum courtyard

Jagdish temple

From Bagore ki Haveli we went back towards the palace to visit Jagdish Temple. Since the temple premises open for visitors by 4 in evening. Hence, we couldn’t visit here earlier. It is one of the oldest temples in Udaipur.

Shopping

After offering our prayers at the temple, we decided to go for some authentic bandhej shopping. We walked down to the main market of Udaipur, Bapu Bazar. On our way, we crossed some smaller markets with beautiful handicrafts on display. At the entrance itself, we found a small shop with a huge collection of colorful bandhej dress materials. We did quiet some shopping here before we headed back to the hotel.

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Shop with tie dye fabrics in display

 

Upon reaching hotel, we had an early dinner. Post this, we checked-out and headed for the railway station to onboard our train.

Although we spent 4 memorable days in Udaipur. Still we left the lovely town carving for more. Here is a list of things we wish we had accommodated in our trip but we couldn’t.

Things we wish we had done

1. Mount Abu is a famous and beautiful hill station at just 2 hours drive from Udaipur. We very much wanted to go here, but due to time crunch, we couldn’t. We wish we had 2 more days in our vacation plan to accommodate it.
2. We mostly went around the lakes. But being in the city of lakes, we couldn’t spend as much time inside the water bodies as we wished. Yes, we couldn’t go for a boat ride on lake pichola ๐Ÿ™
3. We stayed at Fateh Sagar Lake, in a fabulous hotel. But this part of Udaipur is quiet different from the main town. We got only one day to visit the main town. We wish we had spent at least one more day exploring the old Udaipur.
4. We wish to have more of the local cuisines.

Actually, sometimes it’s best to talk to locals and figure out the details on what to see, how to see etc. Like we did during our shopping and sightseeing in Udaipur. With that, let us introduce you to ‘Your Local Cousin’, ย an organization that is doing a wonderful job of connecting you with authentic locals when you head somewhere. In case you would like to try and want to connect to an authentic localย in Udaipur, just head here and ask him all the questions that you have for your trip in Udaipur.

Tips for planning a trip to Udaipur

1. A week long itinerary will be idle to cover Udaipur and adjoining placesx
2. However, if pressed by time, you can cover main areas of Udaipur even in two days. Checkout our post on how to spend 48 hoursย in Udaipur to make the most of it.
3. Stay in old Udaipur city for a feel of the old town. The areas near lake Pichola are abundant in homestays and hotels. There are numerous food options also available
4. Mostly if you are coming by flight, you will be landing in Jaipur or Ahmedabad. We will recommend you book an overnight train AC coach ticket from there to Udaipur. The city is well connected with most of the other places in India through trains. Also, overnight train journey is quiet comfortable and saves time.
5. Udaipur experiences extreme climate. Its hot in summer and cold in winter. Pack your cloths accordingly.
6. For shopping take the advice of some locals whom you trust. You can also enquire at your hotel or homestay for best areas to shop for.

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Beautiful Wedding depiction at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum

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Shilpgram: Must visit in Udaipur

A day trip to Chittorgarh fort from Udaipur

A day trip to Kumbhalgarh fort from Udaipur

The magnificent Jain Temple of Ranakpur

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An evening at Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur

The unconquored fort of Nahargarh, Jaipur

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10 must do when in Rajasthan

Shopping in Rajasthan

Hotel Ram Pratap Palace, Udaipur

Bagore ki Haveli Museum, Udaipur

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  1. Quite a lot you guys covered in four days. These are bunch of vital information needed for anytime visiting Udaipur and from the way you sound you guys had indeed an amazing time!

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  3. Udaipur looks very beautiful and a place I would much like to visit. I love to explore the locals favorites places to eat and shop. I like to get a real taste of culture.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic trip! I love that you took an overnight train. It’s such a good way to get from place to place and saving money on an extra night in a hotel

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  11. What a comprehensive post! A lot of these destinations in India are unfamiliar to me but will definitely keep your post in mind when I finally visit. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Udaipur is my favorite city in Rajasthan. 4 days seem so less for it. I can keep going again and again. Loved Lake Pichola and the area around it the most….so culturally vibrant. Glad you too had a lovely time.

    • 4 days indeed felt short Ami. We should have planned for minimum of a week. We will definitely plan one more trip here. It’s become my favorite too

    • You will have an amazing trip if you allocate a week for it. You will be able to do and experience all that we couldn’t because of lack of time

  13. Sounds like an amazing trip! I’ve actually never heard of this place before but it looks so interesting and fun. Would love to come here one day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Awesome write up – very detailed. I didnt realize how much you can in this part of India. I love the thorough list of details!

  15. I think four days is a good amount of time to spend in Udaipur. I particularly love wandering around the shops and talking to the shopkeepers. The City Palace is also impressive.

    • True Christina. It’s a good amount of time to spend for a packed trip. Otherwise, if we had more time at hand, we would rather spend almost a week here.

  16. This looks like a great holiday. The woman performing the Bhavai is amazing, such a display of strength and balance. Do you have any food/restaurant recommendations for Udaipur?

    • Actually a lot. The area around Lake Pichola is full of many fine dine restaurants like the Taj, Oberoi, Leela. Also, there are many economical restaurants alongside the bank of the lake. The resort where we stayed, Hotel Ram Pratap Palace, had a fine dine restaurant on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. Food everywhere in Udaipur seems to be delicious so no worries on that front.

  17. I was mesmerized by your photos, It’s amazing to me how women can balance things on their heads, and that looks so heavy. Does she have rings around her ankles? i’ve been noticing this lately in some photos very interesting and to me looks painful since our feet swell when we get older ๐Ÿ™‚

    • O yes, it is a custom india to wear rings around the ankle. They are loose and very lightweight. Made of silver and gold. After wearing for a while, you won’t even know they are there ๐Ÿ™‚ so, don’t worry about that

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  19. There must be a reason that I keep reading all of these amazing articles about India recently. I definitely think its time for me to visit. I would especially like to see the Bhavai dance, looks intense!

  20. Wow what a great post! Reading was very informative and between that and seeing those great pictures I really felt that I was there with you. Looks like there is a lot to do in India and you defiantly packed it all in one very impressive and the Kumbhalgarh fort looks like something out of a movie. Awesome post and can’t wait to read more of your adventures.

  21. Kumbhalgarh fort is stunning! I am a total sucker for all kinds of forts and castles and it would be my number one attraction to visit in the area. Short trips are always packed with activities since we all try to get the most of it. How to choose only two or three things to do, right?

    • You are so right. When we get somewhere, we want to experience all that it has to offer. And every place has so much to offer, we always end up missing on something!! What an irony

    • Exactly stacy. You have all kind of options here..from lakes, to mountains to old forts to traditional art and culture hubs

  22. Udaipur is an enchanting place and really worth spending a week or so. When I was there it was a hurried visit and I had to squeeze a lot in. I was not able to travel out of Udaipur. Hope to travel in the vicinity soon.

    • There are so many places around Udaipur worth visiting. We visited Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur and Chittorgarh. But we still left wishing we had more time to see a few more places around Udaipur. Particularly, Mt. Abu. So we are also waiting for a next time now

  23. To be honest Udaipur was not on my radar when I was in India but after reading your post and seeing your pictures, I wished I had visited. I really like the sound of the for of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan but I don’t know if I would be keen to visit in the heat. I am always amazing how they were able to build such buildings 1000’s of years ago.

    • Exactly the same thing amazes me too..when there were no machines to carry huge chunks of tiles and bricks uphill and then fix them over great heights of building..how did they build such architectural marvels!!

  24. What a colorful place. We would just be mesmerized by the street performer. Her sense of balance looks just impossible and love the colors of her outfit and the containers she is balancing.

  25. I have no idea where this place is situated in India, but it looks lovely! I especially like the Shilpgram Village, it looks like something I would enjoy very much! Also the lake is beautiful . Thanks for sharing this great travel story!

  26. This region has a lot to do and to see, and you were so good to sightseeing the most in only 4 days! I assume you rent a car for your exploration, or did you organize your trip with a guide and a car driver?
    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • We did rent a cab with a driver, on a daily basis mostly for the day tours. When we explored the Lake pichola area on the last day however, we explored it almost totally on foot. But I guess cars can be easily hired for self-driving as well

      • I surely would go for a driver too, is it an affordable service? I usually count on public transportation, but I understand that some areas are better explored if you have a car on hand!

        • It is affordable Alice. If you are in a bigger group, then it might be cheaper than a public transport. Plus I didn’t see public transport on a few routes like Udaipur to Chittorgarh or Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh routes

  27. So many places and still so much more to see. This is one of the reason I am so thankful for travel blogs because it is hard to narrow it down based on guidebooks alone. This is a perfect itinerary with great information. Thank you for putting it together. Every India story I read makes me think more and more about visiting.

  28. Thanks so much for sharing… The “city guide” has been very well detailed.
    I am actually thinking about backpacking India and visiting Rajasthan next year, but I have heard “Taj Mahal” is gonna be cover due to restoration works and I don’t want to see it through a piece of green clothe! ๐Ÿ™

    It’s my mum dream to see it (she is even more adventurous that I am) so we will have to wait until 2018!

    • Oh is it Marina. I didn’t know about the Taj Mahal restructure. Actually, I would suggest you can still visit the other places and come back for Taj Mahal and other adjacent sites. Rajasthan is one of the largest states of India and it has too much to offer. A trip covering whole of Rajasthan itself would be more than a month long. And then Taj Mahal, although very near to Jaipur (the capital of Rajasthan), is actually in a different state.

  29. We never had time to visit Kumbhalgargh, though it on my list. We spent a couple of days at the Taj Lake palace wallowing in luxury…to try going there for a dinner the next time you are in Udaipur. What did you shop? I can never control shopping when I am there!

    • He he.. you are so right, even I couldn’t stop shopping when in Rajasthan and came back home with 2 extra bags. We bought lots of stuff. Bedspreads, bedsheets, cloths, dress materials, sarees (a traditional Indian dress), mojri shoes, purses, paintings and gifts for everyone back home ๐Ÿ™‚ It indeed deserves a separate post of its own and so does Kumbhalgarh. So, I am soon to publish both

  30. I had a fab time in Udaipur and your post reminded me of these fond memories. I did enjoy the fort while there as well as the many stalls for shopping. I was staying in a more city-type area of the region and was surrounded by the shops more so than the lush gardens.

    • You surely then stayed in the old city close to lake pichola area. That has its own advantage. Most of the sites are at walking distance, but yes, it is quiet abuzz and the same calmness wont be there that prevails around the new city and fateh sagar lake area

  31. Looks like there is quite a bit to do in Udaipur. I would love to enjoy a nice lunch or even a cup of tea overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake – it looks so peaceful and serene.

  32. This is honestly such a great itinerary with stunning photos! I mean, people say that all the time cause they might not know what do say, but honestly, I really enjoyed reading this. I think I would enjoy Bagore ki Haveli a lot, seems to be a genuine insight in local traditions and lifestyles … Great work!

  33. I would have really enjoyed watching the Bhaval dancing. Wow, there really is so much to do and see in this region of India!

    • Actually the kid thoroughly enjoyed the performances at Shilpgram. She was completely mesmerized and soon learnt to clap enthusiastically at the end of each performance

  34. You pictures look incredible. I am from India and I still haven’t visited Udaipur along with many other states.The view from your hotel looks amazing. I definitely wanna visit Kumbhalgarh fort, even the route towards it looks so pretty. Thanks for a detailed itinerary.

  35. The more I read blogs featuring Indian sights, the stronger my longing to see it with my own eyes become! I hope we could connect for when I travel over there in the future! It’s always good to have a local to show and tell you about all the sights! That lake and fort look amazing! I would love do boating there, too, if I was there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. A great guide of things to see and what to do. I think you got to do and see a lot in the four days. If we were to visit I think we would likely stay on a few more days. Love the picture of the fort of Chittorgarh.

  37. Well written article – loved how you not only explained what you did but how others might be able to do more or less – lets others adapt your tips to heir own plans. By the way looks like an amazing place.

    • No Mohit, sadly we missed that. But we want to go to Udaipur once more, to experience the things that remained unexplored on this trip. Then we surely will do

    • Thank you! Exactly my point, Udaipur is much more than the palaces actually. People there say if you visit the Udaipur palace, you saw most of Udaipur, but I didn’t feel that way

  38. i have been to Udaipur its such a beautiful city. i love the lakes here. You have mentioned all the important places which is great for any one who want to visit.

    • Thank you so much! I really loved the city so much, particularly when I stepped here from Jaipur which was much more crowded and chaotic

    • Great! We couldn’t spend as much time around Pichola as wished to. So, for us also, we are waiting for the next time ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. WOW! Such gorgeous photos! SO much to see! I’ve never heard of Udaipur… thanks so much for an amazing introduction!

  40. Wow! This sounds like a great 4-day itinerary! The woman performing the Bhavai dance is seriously talented! I can’t imagine how much strength and practice that must take to be at a performance standard! I also loved the lotus ponds- such a beautiful garden. I will definitely be checking out your other pieces about Rajasthan! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, a week should be good enough to experience all of Udaipur and places around it. Less than a week means you would need to cut down on your itinerary somewhere. We stayed in hotel ram pratap near fateh sagar lake and our experience was quiet good. You can checkout my post on the same

    • You are so right! There was so much to see and so much to do. We thought we were so prepared to see it all when we started on this trip but later we realized how much more was left. Kudos to the shopping spirit though ๐Ÿ™‚