Udaipur Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Udaipur
Serene, romantic and historic, Udaipur is a highlight of many Rajasthan tours.
In contrast to the majority of other cities in the state, Udaipur has a laid back, slow-paced atmosphere that acts in perfect alignment with the array of regal architecture and picturesque scenery on offer here. Founded in the mid-16th century as the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, the city boasts grand palaces, imposing forts, and peaceful temples. Our Udaipur holiday packages provide the chance to experience the sights, sounds and cultural traditions of this regal city in northern India.
Often hailed as the 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is set against a number of manmade lakes. Arguably the most beautiful, Lake Pichola is home to the magnificent Lake Palace. Jaisamand Lake, meanwhile, is said to be the second-largest artificial lake in Asia, and is home to seven islands, one of which is still inhabited by the Bhil Minas tribe. The lavish 16th-century City Palace complex encompasses 11 palaces and a variety of courtyards and gardens, while, elsewhere, the Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden offers a tranquil setting complete with lotus pond and fountains.
Things to do in Udaipur
The city may not have the chaotic bustle of many of its neighbours, but there is still plenty to do on Udaipur holidays. History, art, culture and nature can all be enjoyed in this enigmatic city, whether it be through the various museums and galleries or simply wandering the old, cobbled lanes.
Explore City Palace
Built over four centuries, the impressive City Palace sits overlooking Lake Pichola as a proud reminder of the powerful Mewar dynasty. A visit to the palace - the largest in Rajasthan - provides the chance to see its elegant interiors, as well as curiosities such as a tiger-catching cage.
Enjoy a Cruise on Lake Pichola
To experience the city from another angle, embark on a cruise on tranquil Lake Pichola. Dating back to the 14th century, the artificial lake offers the chance to float past various islands, palaces, grand residences and temples, and is even more scenic at sunrise and sunset.
Stroll around Sahelion-ki-Bari
Another popular Udaipur tour package addition, the Sahelion-ki-Bari - or Garden of the Maidens - is an ornamental garden dating back to 1710. It was built for the princess' female attendants to enjoy, and features a lotus pond, fountains, kiosks and marble elephants.
Things to see in Udaipur
For a city as historic and grand as Udaipur, it's not surprising that there is a wide variety of fantastic things to see. From elegant architecture and old, narrow lanes to rolling hills and serene lake views, here are some of the best sights not to miss on your Udaipur tour.
Food and drink in Udaipur
While Udaipur may be best known for its lakes and opulent palaces, the city is also home to a burgeoning culinary scene. There are plenty of excellent restaurants serving mouthwatering traditional and modern fare, as well as humble street stalls serving up aromatic bites on-the-go.
In contrast to the rest of Rajasthan, Udaipur cuisine includes plenty of meat-based dishes, as it is largely based on the preferences of Mewar rulers, who were enthusiastic hunters. The city is also not as dry as elsewhere in the state, enabling the use of ingredients like corn and freshwater fish in its cuisine. Other staples include ghee, yoghurt, and chillies, as well as other Rajasthani favourites like lentils and chutney. In terms of dishes, one of the most popular is daal baati churma, formed of dal, dough balls and crushed wheat fried with ghee and sugar. Other widely available dishes include gatte ki sabji, chickpea dumplings in a yoghurt-based curry sauce, and laal maans, a mutton curry.
If you'd like to sample the local street food, look out for traditional options such as samosas, poha (flattened rice), and mawa kachoris - a hot dessert comprising crispy, deep-fried pastries stuffed with dry fruit and mawa (evaporated milk solids). If you're in need of something more substantial after all that sightseeing on your holidays in Udaipur, there are plenty of great restaurants to dine at. For lunch with a view, Tribute Restaurant has a lovely lakeside setting perfect for bird watching, with traditional curries and breads on the menu. Ambrai Restaurant has excellent views of the majestic City Palace, while the lavish Upre Restaurant offers fine dining with views over the lake and palace from its elegant rooftop.