Top ChoicePalace in Udaipur

City Palace

City Palace

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 30.4m high. Construction was begun in 1599 by Maharana Udai...

Top ChoiceNorth Indian in Udaipur

Ambrai

Set at lakeshore level, looking across the water to the floodlit City Palace in one direction and Jagniwas in the other, this is one highly romantic restaurant at night with candlelit, white-linen tables beneath...

Top ChoiceIndian in Udaipur

Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel

A wonderful, classy, rooftop restaurant with superb views towards the city palace, Lake Pichola and Hanuman Ghat. Choose from an extensive selection of mouthwatering curries (tempered for Western tastes) –...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Udaipur

City Palace Museum

City Palace Museum

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 large and varied collection of artefacts. It’s entered from...

Top ChoiceLake in Udaipur

Lake Pichola

Limpid and large, Lake Pichola reflects the grey-blue mountains on its mirror-like surface. It was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh II, following his foundation of the city, by flooding Picholi village, which gave...

Multicuisine in Udaipur

Mayur Rooftop Cafe

This delightful rooftop restaurant has a great view of the multihued light show on the Jagdish Temple. Choose between the air-con room or the breezy open section. The usual multicuisine themes fill out the menu,...

Dance in Udaipur

Dharohar

The beautiful Bagore-ki-Haveli hosts the best (and most convenient) opportunity to see Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colourful, energetic Marwari, Bhil and western Rajasthani dances, as well as...

Historic Building in Udaipur

Durbar Hall

Durbar Hall

The restored Durbar Hall (royal reception hall) in the City Palace is one of India’s most impressive, with some of the country’s biggest chandeliers. The walls display weapons and portraits of former maharanas of...

Palace in Udaipur

Sajjan Garh

Sajjan Garh

Perched on top of a distant hill like a fairy-tale castle, this melancholy, neglected late-19th-century palace was constructed by Maharana Sajjan Singh. Originally an astronomical centre, it became a monsoon...

Island in Udaipur

Jagmandir Island

Jagmandir Island

The palace on Jagmandir Island, about 800m south of Jagniwas, was built by Maharana Karan Singh II in 1620, added to by his successor Maharana Jagat Singh, and then changed very little until the last few years...

Park in Udaipur

Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary

On the way to Sajjan Garh, at the foot of the hill you enter the 5-sq-km Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. A good way to visit is with the daily sunset excursion in a minivan driven by an enterprising taxi driver...

Island in Udaipur

Jagniwas Island

Jagniwas Island

Jagniwas Island is about 15,000 sq m in size and entirely covered by the opulent palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Once the royal summer palace, it was greatly extended and converted into the Lake...

Museum in Udaipur

Bagore-ki-Haveli

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...

Museum in Udaipur

Vintage & Classic Car Collection

The maharanas’ car collection makes a fascinating diversion, for what it tells about their elite lifestyle and for the vintage vehicles themselves. Housed within the former state garage are 22 splendid vehicles,...

Gallery in Udaipur

Crystal Gallery

Houses rare crystal that Maharana Sajjan Singh (r 1874–84) ordered from F&C Osler & Co in England in 1877. The maharana died before it arrived, and all the items stayed forgotten and packed up in boxes...

Indian in Udaipur

Hari Garh

Behind elaborate carved doors and through an overgrown garden is a two-story pavilion that houses this atmospheric restaurant. The space opens out onto the lakeside under a spreading fig tree. The menu is...

Indian in Udaipur

Millets of Mewar

Local millet is used where possible instead of wheat and rice at this environmentally aware, slow-food restaurant. There are vegan options, gluten-free dishes, fresh salads, and juices and herbal teas. Also on...

Multicuisine in Udaipur

Paantya Restaurant

Most captivating in the evening, this semiformal restaurant in the ritzy Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel has indoor seating, but if the weather’s warm enough it’s best out in the open-air courtyard by the pool. Indian...

Hindu Temple in Udaipur

Jagdish Temple

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 Singh in 1651. The wonderfully carved main structure...

Mediterranean in Udaipur

Savage Garden

Savage Garden does a winning line in soups, chicken, and homemade pasta dishes. Try ravioli with goat ragu, and the signature sweet-savoury chicken breast stuffed with cashew nuts and paneer cheese and served...