Udaipur DistrictIndia

Image for Lake Palace which includes island views, a sunset and a lake or waterhole

A stunning location, tropical climate and a rich history of art and design make Udaipur one of India’s most enticing destinations. 

Udaipur is the jewel in the crown of India’s Rajasthan area. Surrounded by the rolling Aravalli Hills and situated beside the picturesque Lake Pichhola, it is easy to see why Udaipur has become one of the country’s largest draws for tourists. Appearances in Hollywood films, such as the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, have only added to this city’s appeal.

Two smaller lakes sit close to Udaipur, but it is Lake Pichola that provides a focal point to the city. With many of the main attractions situated close to the lake, it is an excellent location to be based and is where you will find the best hotels and restaurants.

The imposing City Palace, on the water’s edge, provides the perfect first taste of the local architecture as well as sublime views over the lake and city. Take a boat ride and enjoy views of the staggering Taj Lake Palace Hotel up-close.

South of the City Palace, the Crystal Gallery within Durbar Hall contains an amazing collection of crystal furniture dating back to the 1800s. To the north is the Bagore Ki Haveli with a collection of contemporary and folk art that rivals the City Palace for beauty. The haveli is also home to the world’s largest turban. Traditional dance performances happen every night in the courtyard and provide superb entertainment before or after dinner.

Away from the predominant tourist attractions, the Old City, to the east of Lake Pichola, is surrounded by remains of the old walls. Explore this area’s colourful, winding streets to experience a refreshing step back in time. Shop at markets selling local fruit and vegetables or stop in at a restaurant for some excellent local food.

Car rentals in Udaipur are numerous and, like taxis, are well priced. Over-crowding on the roads can, however, make travelling small distances around the city time consuming. Other options such as horse and carts and tuk-tuks are a fine alternative and provide an authentic platform from which to explore India’s city of romance.

Where to stay in Udaipur District

Lake Palace featuring a sunset, island images and a lake or waterhole

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola is popular for its lake views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Lake Palace or City Palace.

Lake Pichola
Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India
trover photo by SOUGATA BHAR

Chittorgarh

You'll enjoy the archaeological sites and monuments in Chittorgarh. You might want to make time for a stop at Chittorgarh Fort or Rana Kumbha Palace.

Chittorgarh
City Palace which includes a castle, heritage elements and heritage architecture

Udaipur City Centre

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Unique features of Udaipur City Centre include the historical sites and lake views. Make a stop by City Palace or Jagdish Temple while you're exploring the area.

Udaipur City Centre
Ranakpur, India
trover photo by Mayank Malik

Ranakpur

You'll enjoy the mountain views and gardens in Ranakpur. You might want to make time for a stop at Ranakpur Jain Temple or Chaumukha Temple.

Ranakpur
Gogunda, Rajasthan, India
trover photo by Bruno Rapicault

Gogunda

If you're spending some time in Gogunda, you might consider exploring the restaurants.

Gogunda
Begūn, Rajasthan, India
trover photo by Chris Combi

Begūn

When in Begūn, consider checking out the archaeological sites and lake views.

Begūn

Top hotels in Udaipur District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Lakend
Hotel Lakend
5 out of 5
Fatehsagar Lake Shore, Alkapuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Rs7,125
per night
Mar 25 - Mar 26

This family-friendly Udaipur hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Fateh Sagar and Lake Palace. City Palace is 1.4 mi (2.3 ...

4/5Very Good! (144 reviews)

"Right next to the lake and great view. A bit old style hotel"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Hotel Lakend
Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace
5 out of 5
Lake Pichola, P.O. Box 5, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Rs31,360
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

This family-friendly Udaipur hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gangaur Ghat, Lake Palace and City Palace. Bagore-ki-Haveli Museum and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (246 reviews)

"Don’t have words to describe this place. Amazing, excellent, breathtaking, beautiful, surreal, politeness, respect, just so heavenly. 1st time in India, was a bit skeptical in coming for our 25th anniversary but TajLake Palace has made all our dreams a realty. Will be back for sure."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Taj Lake Palace
The Leela Palace Udaipur
The Leela Palace Udaipur
5 out of 5
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Rs29,750
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in the heart of Udaipur, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gangaur Ghat and City Palace. Lake Palace is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)

"This is a beautiful property with wonderful staff. It’s positioned perfectly on lake Pichola but also has easy access into town which I love. The rooms are beautiful, luxurious & comfortable. One of my favourite places to stay"…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2020

The Leela Palace Udaipur

Popular things to do in Udaipur District

City Palace
Image for City Palace

City Palace

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Learn about India's longest dynasty in this palace complex, which features pretty hanging gardens, interesting exhibits and lavish temples.

Lake Palace
Image for Lake Palace

Lake Palace

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Admire this palace’s magnificent architecture from Udaipur’s waterfront and enjoy a night of luxury in rooms that are fit for a king.

Lake Fateh Sagar
Image for Lake Fateh Sagar

Lake Fateh Sagar

4/5(24 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Fateh Sagar, a lovely green space in Udaipur. Stroll along this family-friendly area's lakeside or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Jag Mandir
Image for Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir

4/5(17 reviews)

Find out about the history of Lake Pichola when you spend time at Jag Mandir. Wander the lakeside in this culturally rich area.

Gulab Bagh
Image for Gulab Bagh

Gulab Bagh

4/5(11 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Gulab Bagh, a lovely green space in Lake Pichola. Wander the lakeside in this culturally rich area.

Chittorgarh Fort
Image for Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Learn about the local history of Chittorgarh when you spend time at Chittorgarh Fort. Make time to visit the temples and monuments while you're in the area.

Reviews of Udaipur District

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
31
5 - Excellent 49.20634920634921%
4 - Good
23
4 - Good 36.507936507936506%
3 - Okay
6
3 - Okay 9.523809523809524%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 4.761904761904762%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

We absolutely loved Udaipur! The city has a quiet elegance. The people are not pushy. The streets are clean. It is very safe. The air is clean. All the heritage sites are well maintained. Loved it!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 24, 2020

It wasn’t anything special. I wouldn’t make a trip all the way out there! We were disappointed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

Beautiful city. The lakes really do live up to the hype!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 1, 2020

Overpriced city.

5/5 - Excellent

Rakesh

Dec 23, 2019

Udaipur is a nice city.....but it could have been developed more.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 12, 2019

Beautiful city that is easy to navigate. Crazy chaos but also beautiful and charming.

Other places like Udaipur District

Jaipur District
Image for Jaipur District
Jaipur District
Ahmedabad District
Image for Ahmedabad District
Ahmedabad District
Hyderabad
Image for Hyderabad
Hyderabad
Matsumoto
Image for Matsumoto
Matsumoto