5 Major Historical Places In Udaipur

Written By: Mehrosh Shamim

Step back in time and discover the rich cultural heritage of Udaipur, known for its breathtaking palaces, and history. From the magnificent City Palace to the serene Lake Pichola, every destination in the city holds some historical significance and offers a glimpse into the past, capturing the essence of the city’s rich history. So, if you’re planning to explore the ‘City of Lakes’, don’t miss out on these top historical places in Udaipur that are a must-visit for any history enthusiast!

1. City Palace 

2. Bagore Ki Haveli

3. Saheliyon Ki Bari

4. Sajjangarh Palace

5. Jag Mandir Palace

1. City Palace 

It is one of the most significant historical places in Udaipur. This structure, built of marble and granite combines Asian, Medieval, and European architectural styles. 11 modest palaces make up the complete complex, along with other magnificent buildings.

  • Entrance Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

  • Entrance Fee: INR 300 (adults), INR 100 (children), and INR 100 (students)

  • Exploration Time: 3 hours

  • Things to do nearby: Boating on Lake Pichola, seeing the Crystal Art Gallery, and engaging in the Mewar Sound and Light Show at the palace are all options.

  • Places to visit nearby: Lake Pichola (100 m), Jagdish Temple (140 m)

  • Distance from the city centre: 4.2 km

2. Bagore Ki Haveli

Situated on the banks of the Pichola river, this palace in Udaipur features palatial jharokhas, courtyards, halls, and archways. There are almost 138 rooms each with a mirror and glasswork. Also, the folk dance performances organized on the premises are sure to enchant you!

  • Entrance Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

  • Entrance Fee: INR 50 (adults), INR 30 (children), INR 50 (camera)

  • Dance Show Charges: INR 90 (adults), INR 45 (children)

  • Exploration Time: 1-2 hour

  • Things To Do Nearby: Shop affordable handicrafts, souvenirs, and other artworks from the boutiques in the area, watch the sunset from the palace grounds, and must opt for Dharohar Dance Festival.

  • Places To Visit Nearby: Jagdish Temple (0.1 km), and Fateh Prakash Palace (0.2 km)

  • Distance From The City Centre: 4 km

3. Saheliyon Ki Bari

Saheliyon Ki Bari, also known as The Garden of Maids, is a green oasis in Rajasthan's arid landscape and is situated along the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. The garden has a lotus pond, elephant-shaped fountains, rain fountains, and a museum with royal household artefacts.

Legend: The layout of this garden was created by the king himself for his adored queen and the 48 maidens who accompanied her in marriage. 

  • Entrance Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Entrance Fee: INR 10 (Indians), and INR 50 (Foreign Nationals)

  • Exploration Time: 1 to 2 hours

  • Things To Do Nearby: You can rent a boat on the Fateh Sagar Lake, then go to the Nehru Garden, which is in the middle of the lake, before continuing on to Sahelion ki Bari.

  • Places To Visit Nearby: Jagmandir (6 km), and Ambrai Ghat (4.1 km)

  • Distance From The City Centre: 4 km

4. Sajjangarh Palace

Sajjangarh Palace is one of the most beautiful historical places in Udaipur. It is located on Bansdara Peak, a hilltop in the Aravalli region. You can see the entire city of Udaipur from the palace in all directions.

Interesting Fact: The monument has been featured in the media, most notably when it served as the residence of an Afghan Prince in the James Bond movie Octopussy.

  • Entrance Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM

  • Entrance Fee: INR 150

  • Exploration Time: 2 hours

  • Things To Do Nearby: You can visit the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to rare flora and fauna. You can also go on safari rides and treks in the forest.

  • Places To Visit Nearby: Lake Pichola (3.5 km), and Bagore ki Haveli Museum (3.3 km) 

  • Distance From The City Centre: 11.4 km

5. Jag Mandir Palace

The three-storey Palace is an opulent building constructed of marble and yellow sandstone. A tiny museum is housed at this palace in Udaipur. Inside the palace, the Gul Mahal, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal, Garden Courtyard, and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal are some famous architectural structures.

Interesting Fact: It is stated that Shahjahan's mental image of Gul Mahal served as the basis for one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. 

  • Entrance Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM

  • Entrance Fee: INR 175, currently, the palace serves as a resort. Tickets for this island can be purchased at the Udaipur City Palace's main gate.

  • Boat Cost: For regular boat INR 300 (adults) & INR 150 (children), for sunset boat INR 500 (adults) & INR 200 (children)

  • Exploration Time: 1-2 hours

  • Things To Do Nearby: You can try Rajasthani cuisine at the Darikhana restaurant inside the complex.

  • Places To Visit Nearby: Gangaur Ghat (2.5 km), and Karni Mata Temple (2.4 km)

  • Distance From The City Centre: 5 km

Frequently Asked Questions

How many historic places are there in Udaipur? 

Udaipur's historical sites include Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Sajjangarh Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Moti Magri, Ghanta Ghar, Eklingji Temple, Haldighati, Ahar Cenotaphs, Saas Bahu Temples, and many more.

When is the best time of year to visit Udaipur? 

Udaipur is unquestionably best visited between September and March. In comparison to the arid heat of the summer months, the weather remains relatively pleasant. The July to August window enjoys a calming monsoon, and if you're lucky, you might catch Udaipur at its most serenely gorgeous during the monsoon months.

How many days at a minimum are required to experience the greatest heritage tour of Udaipur? 

We suggest spending at least 3-4 days taking in the city's top attractions.

Which is the oldest palace in Udaipur? 

Udaipur's City Palace is an architectural marvel that has withstood the test of time. This fortress, built by Udai Singh II in 1559, contained a self-sufficient ecosystem and is the oldest palace.

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