Udaipur. Romantic old-world charm, shimmering lakes, and splendid architecture; this fairy-tale like city is a highlight for many visitors to Rajasthan. On a private guided tour with Indian Excursions, you can get under the skin of this unique destination by exploring Udaipur’s bustling old city on foot.
The city of Udaipur dates back to 1567 and is dominated by the gargantuan City Palace. Picturesque havelis (carved mansions), ghats and old temples line the banks of Lake Pichola, whilst the bustling bazaars of the old walled city stretch behind. The winding and hilly streets which buzz around the Jagdish Temple are teeming with shops and makeshift stalls selling all sorts; from jewellery to spices to leather-bound journals. Compared to other areas of Rajasthan, Udaipur has an easy-going, laidback vibe, so it’s ideal for winding down at the end of a tour. The lively old city of Udaipur is perfect for simply pottering about in on foot, as you navigate a labyrinthine of narrow streets and soak up all the sights, sounds and smells of India’s most colourful state.
Here, in pictures, we explore the best of Udaipur’s old city on foot, accompanied by Indian Excursions’ experienced guide, Singh.
The Jagdish Temple – a landmark of the old city – dates back to the 17th century. It’s just a stonesthrow from the City Palace’s north gate. The temple is carved with incredible detail, and features a huge black stone image of Vishnu (a Hindu god, the preserver and protector of the universe).
How does an Udaipur old city tour best fit within my itinerary?
To explore the best of Udaipur, we’d recommend beginning the day at the City Palace. This incredibly popular place to visit often gets rather crowded as the day goes on, so an early start is preferable and allows you to explore its various rooms in comfort. From there, take a boat ride across Lake Pichola, passing the stunning Lake Palace to reach Jag Mandir Island. This early 17th century palace appears to float in the middle of the lake, and was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in his early years. It is believed to have inspired many of his idea for the Taj Mahal.
We would then continue into the old city on foot, exploring its narrow lanes and bustling marketplaces. Whilst in the old city, you may like to stop at the Radha Vallabh to meet a unique artist who paints on water.
Next, we would suggest visiting Saheliyon ki Bari: a charming 18th century garden boasting ornamental fountains, a lotus pool and a rose garden. It was built for a queen of Udaipur, whose dowry included 48 maids.
Optionally, to end the day head up to Sajjangarh (aka the Monsoon Palace) to catch stunning sunset views.
A guided walk through the old city is just one of many experiences you can have on a tailor-made tour through Rajasthan. If you’d like to begin planning, please do get in touch – as specialist in private, luxury journeys through this specific region (Rajasthan), we’d be an ideal match to assist with your arrangements.0