This gracious 18th-century haveli (traditional, ornately decorated residence), set on the water’s edge at Gangaur Ghat, was built by a Mewar prime minister and has since been carefully restored. There are 138 rooms set around courtyards, some arranged to evoke the period during which the house was inhabited, while others house cultural displays, including – intriguingly enough – the world’s biggest turban.

The haveli also houses a gallery featuring a fascinating collection of period photos of Udaipur and a bizarre collection of world-famous monuments carved out of polystyrene.

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1. Lal Ghat

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Lal Ghat is the traditional raveller ghetto of Udaipur. Now, along with with budget hotels, handicraft shops and rooftop restaurants there are several…

2. Jagdish Temple

0.11 MILES

Reached by a steep, elephant-flanked flight of steps, 150m north of the City Palace’s Badi Pol, this busy Indo-Aryan temple was built by Maharana Jagat…

3. Badi Pol

0.15 MILES

The main entrance to the City Palace complex, built in 1615.

4. Tripolia Gate

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This three-arched gate was built in 1711 and opens onto the large Manesh Chowk in the City Palace complex.

5. City Palace Museum

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The main part of the City Palace is open as the City Palace Museum, with rooms extravagantly decorated with mirrors, tiles and paintings, and housing a…

6. Government Museum

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Entered from Ganesh Chowk, this museum has a splendid collection of jewel-like miniature paintings of the Mewar school and a turban that belonged to Shah…

7. City Palace

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Surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas towering over the lake, the imposing City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace, with a facade 244m long and 30…