Udaipur In A Day
Whether you should visit a place for one day is always up for debate depending on what type of traveler you are. My preference is to see as much as I can due to my travels being on a tight schedule.
When given the opportunity to visit Udaipur, India I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to only stay for one day. But after all the great reviews, I decided it was best to get a sample as opposed to nothing and I was definitely happy I did. I arrived in Udaipur by taking a flight from Jaipur that only cost me 33 USD. I was able to work with this great tour company Udaipur Magic Tours who ensured my visit went as smoothly as possible. Here are all the things I got to see in Udaipur in one day:
City Palace: This palace complex dates back to the 16th century. I was blown away by the color schemes and decor here. Be prepared to spend an adequate amount of time enjoying all of the wonderfully decorated rooms that were once occupied by ancient rulers (the palace is enormous). The architecture is based on blends of European, Chinese and Indian. My particular favorite room is the blue one photographed below. The entry fee for city palace is 250 INR. Also don’t forget to stop and take in the panoramic views of Udaipur.
Jagda Temple: India is well known for its architecture and this Hindu temple did not disappoint. Carved in marble, this temple has engravings of different characters and animals all around. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is known as the preserver of the universe and dates back to 1651. A short walk from the city palace will bring you to this large tourist attraction. This temple is free to enter and you are required to remove your shoes upon entry.
Shopping: This was my favorite shopping experience while traveling to date. Stop at Ganesh Handicraft Emporium (short walk from the City Palace) and eat your heart out over these beautiful designs and decor. This textile shop has countless options for you to rack up on souvenirs for loved ones. The shop has also been visited by several top designers, Tory Burch and Alexander Wang to name a few (you can see all of their photos when you enter). I purchased a few scarves, a saree (traditional outfit for an Indian woman) and a purse. I was not allowed to take many photos of the designs per the store policy but I was able to capture a few of the rooms and decor.
Boat Ride: Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The calm blue waters and the majestic palaces surrounding them are beautiful. Take a boat ride to Jag Mandir from city palace and enjoy the calm scenery on Lake Pichola. Note that to get to the boat itself, its about a 10-15 minute walk from the city palace entrance. I recommend you go for a sunset ride (it’s about 200 INR more to go at this time). I didn’t get to do this because of time constraints but the views were amazing during the morning hours. The boat ride fee is 300 INR.
Udaipur was a place where even though I only got to see a small portion, I’m glad I was able to get a glimpse. I would recommend a visit here if you have the time. My tour of Udaipur was sponsored by Udaipur Magic Tours but all opinions, words and photography are my own.
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