Udaipur is one of my favourite cities in Rajasthan with plenty of things to do. In this post I will share some of the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days.
Both times I visited Rajasthan Udaipur was a welcome respite where I spent a couple of days to recover from India’s chaos. Udaipur is less hectic than other cities in India and I discovered many romantic spots in the hills and around Udaipur’s lakes.
It is a nice place to relax, try out the organic food in the vegetarian cafe’s, help out volunteering at the animal aid rescue center or visit Seva Mandir’s projects in Delwara. There are a lot of things to do to keep you busy for a couple of days, but 2 days are the recommended minimum of time to see Udaipur.
Travel Guide to the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days
1. City Palace
Udaipur’s city palace is a must visit if you are in Udaipur. It’s considered to be one of the largest palaces in Rajasthan that was once the capital of the Mewar kingdom.
The Mewar kings have lost their royal privileges but the descendant Maharana’s still hold ownership of the palaces and part of it is still inhabited. They created the Mewar trust and use part of the profit they earn from their heritage hotels for charitable hospitals, educational institutes and environmental preservation.
2. Gangaur Ghat & Hanuman Ghat
In india a ghat is a place at a river where people come to bathe, wash their clothes or celebrate important Hindu festivities. Gangaur Ghat is one of the most scenic ghats in Udaipur. During the day it is always busy with people bathing, washing, praying and performing ceremonies.
Early morning is maybe the best time to visit to see the sun rise over the lake when everything is still peaceful and quiet. Another ghat with a beautiful view on the lake and the city palace is Hanuman ghat on the other side of the lake. There are several restaurants where you can sit down and watch the sun set over the lake in the evening.
3. Jagdish temple
The Jagdish temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in Udaipur and there are always some ceremonies going on. As a foreigner you are welcome to witness the singing and chanting. It is also very worthwile to look at the details in the beautiful carvings on the sides of the temple.
4. Shopping in the bazaar
Udaipur’s bazaars are worth exploring. Around Gangaur ghat you will find shops mostly targeting tourists and selling the famous miniature paintings. The further you venture into Udaipur the more local the experience will get. You will find hidden temples, shrines, mosques and excellent street food.
5. Dharohar Folklore Dance show at Bagore ki Haveli
I am not a big fan of cultural shows and rarely visit them, but I did really enjoy the Darohar cultural show in the Bagore ki Haveli. The daily evening show in one of the oldest haveli’s in Udaipur is fun to watch and will certainly make you laugh.
6. Watching the views from Monsoon Palace
It was a warm and humid afternoon when I took a tuk tuk up to the monsoon palace. The palace was once owned by the Mewar royal family. The palace itself though is not the main attraction. What makes this place worth visiting is the location.
It is high up in the Aravalli hills, offering panoramic views on the city of Udaipur, the lakes and the surrounding countryside. This is probably the most romantic spot in Udaipur and without doubt the best place to watch the sun set.
7. Having a picnic at Fateh Sagar lake
Another romantic spot is the Fateh Sagar lake. It is one of the four lakes in Udaipur and is home to three islands that can be visited by boat. It is only a 20 minute drive from Udaipur and the perfect place for a picknick.
The highlight of my stay in Udaipur was Seva Mandir’s heritage walk in the village of Delwara. Seva Mandir is an excellent community based NGO working to improve the lives in the villages around Udaipur.
Delwara is a former royal principality 40 minutes from Udaipur where Seva Mandir worked hard on improving the water situation and garbage collection system. It is an incredible scenic and photogenic village with beautiful Jain temples. The history of the town and Jain temples make it a very worthwile visit.
Another highlight was my visit to the Animal Rescue center in Badi. You can either come for a short visit or spent one or more days volunteering to help take care of the animals. They have a special section for long-term residents like dogs that are paralyzed, but their aim is to release the animals back to where they came from once recovered.
I was very impressed by this project and the dedication of the people that work here. A must visit for any animal lover. Either take a tuk tuk taxi or take the local bus to Badi.
You can read more about our visit to Animal Aid Unlimited here
10. The jain temples in Ranakpur
3 hours from Udaipur you can find one of the most important Jain temples in India. If you are coming from Jodhpur they are on your way. I took an early morning bus from Jodhpur and hopped off at Ranakpur. The temple is a huge complex of white marble full with detailed carvings of deities.
After visiting the temple I had a cup of chai near the road and quickly got on a bus towards Udaipur. The temples are worth a quick stop if you are travelling from Jodhpur to Udaipur, but unless you are a big fan of temples or have a specific interest in Jainism I wouldnt make my way out there just for the temple. There are some small Jain temples in Udaipur itself as well.
Udaipur in 2 days
If you have 2 days in Udaipur you can start your first day watching the sun rise at Gangaur ghat. It is the best place to see the city come to life with people coming to pray and ladies doing their laundry. Sit down and enjoy the show for as long as you like.
Next is the city palace that can keep you busy for a couple of hours. Afterwards you can sit down for a cup of tea or early lunch near the city palace. Then walk through the bazaar towards the Jagdish temple where you can marvel at the intricate carvings. End your day to see the sun set at the monsoon palace with a beautiful view over Udaipur and the lake.
For your second day you have several choices. You can either visit Delwara and walk the Delwara Heritage trail organized by Seva Mandir or you can visit the Animal Rescue center in Badi. Both are easy half day trips that allow you to visit the Fateh sagar lake in the afternoon. End your second day in Udaipur with the Darohar cultural show in the Bagore ki Haveli.
If your next stop is Jodhpur consider to make a stop at the Jain temples in Ranakpur. They are on the way from Udaipur to Jodhpur
The best places to eat in Udaipur
1. Have dinner at Al Rehmaniya
Udaipur is a vegan’s psaradise. If you are not vegetarian like me, and do love your meat once in a while, try the delicious curries at the Al Rehmaniya restaurant. They have two branches, one close to the mosque and one at Pichola lake with a nice terrace overlooking the lake.
2. Eating organic salads at Millets of Mewar
Udaipur had the best selection of organic restaurants I have seen in India, with menu’s offering something else than the standard Indian food. Millets of Mewar was my favourite because of its creative delicious salads and different curries. All vegetarian and organic for reasonable prices.
The best places to sleep in Udaipur
Based on the reviews I had expected a bit more of this hotel. When we arrived we were first shown a small room right next to the family’s noisy common area. We said we were not too happy about this and we were then shown a room on the fourth floor which was really nice.
It seems to be a labyrinth of several added floors and the quality of the rooms varies a lot. In between live the owners and their families who seem a bit indifferent towards the guests. They leave the running of the hotel to a very young and friendly guy. The place has a lot of potential if the owners were more committed to it.
The best time to visit Udaipur
The best time to visit Udaipur is between October and March. In October temperatures cool down and you might have a chance to join the festivities for Dussehra and Diwali. India’s biggest festivals.
Temperatures remain pleasant till March. In April and May Rajasthan in general will be extremely hot. In June it is the start of the monsoon that lasts till September and will see a lot of rain fall.
Ellis is a travelblogger from the Netherlands with over 20 years of experience as an independent budget traveller in more than 50 countries. She has a Master degree in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health with a specialization in South Asian cultures and the Caucasus.