Cty Palace  at  City Palace  , Udaipur, India , Courtesy Puneet Sharma

City Palace

The City Palace was built concurrently with the establishment of Udaipur city by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and his successor Maharanas over a period of 300 years. Forced to flee the Mughal invasion in the Mewar Kingdom of Chittor, Udai Singh established the new capital in Udaipur, which was well-protected by lakes and forests (the city palace sits on Lake Pichola and can be seen from the Taj Lake Palace and Oberoi Udaivilas). Udaipur was one of the few Rajasthani cities that fended off Muslim invaders and thus has a rich Hindu influence and history. The current Maharana and his family still live in a section of the palace, considered the largest royal complex in Rajasthan.

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Crystal Gallery

Adjacent to the City Palace, the Crystal Gallery holds hundreds of crystal pieces – including a crystal canopy bed – imported to India in 1877 from Birmingham, England. The collector, Maharana Saijan Singh, died before viewing many of the pieces, and they have been on display ever since.

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Temple at Indagare Tour: Insider Udaipur , Udaipur, India

Indagare Tour: Insider Udaipur

Touring the main sights with a guide who can give you background on the local history and Maharana’s family ins and outs will make for a much more interesting visit than exploring on your own. Indagare can arrange for a native of the region and a relative of the royal family to escort you and give you the colorful background or set up a cooking class and meal with a noble family so you can meet and get to know first hand some of the local customs.

Indagare Tours: Bike Ride

A bike ride is a unique way to explore Udaipur’s beautiful countryside and spectacular lakes. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to arrange bike tours suited for riders of all skill levels.

Indagare Tours: Cooking with a Local Family

Preparing northern Indian specialties with a local family is a unique experience that shows what domestic life is like in India. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to arrange.

Temple at Jagdish Temple , Udaipur, India

Jagdish Temple

One of the largest temples in Rajasthan, Jagdish Temple is located a stone’s throw from the City Palace. Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the three-story complex is carved out of marble and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, preserver of the universe. The temple is still used by locals and visits should be timed to coincide with a Hindu service.

Fort at Lake Pichola , Udaipur, India

Lake Pichola

One of the most famous lakes in Udaipur, Lake Pichola was artificially created in the 14th century for drinking water and irrigation needs, and it is now one of the most picturesque aspects of the city. Exquisite palaces reside on the lake’s four islands, one of which is now a luxury hotel.

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Temple  at Ranakpur Temple Udaipur, India

Ranakpur Temple

The small village of Ranakpur, a two-hour drive from Udaipur, is the site one of the most exquisite Jain temples in all of India. Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes non-violence as its primary tenet and nearly five million Jains live in India today. Jain temples across India are often celebrated for their architecture, but the three-story Jain temple at Ranakpur is possibly the most stunning and memorable of them all. Built from 1439 to 1458, the temple features 29 halls, which are supported by 1,444 carved marble pillars, and no two of them are the same. The temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first of 24 Jain Tirtakars, who attained enlightenment. Take a guide along to prepare for the spectacular site and provide religious and architectural context.

Sahelyion Ki Bari

Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh in 1734, Saheliyon ki Bari or “Courtyard of the Maidens” was developed for the forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The garden is a peaceful sanctuary, full or fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants.

Cars Museum  at  Vintage Car Museum  , Udaipur, India

Vintage Car Museum

The Vintage Car Museum contains the royal collection, including a Rolls-Royce safari jeep and a 1939 Cadillac convertible that Queen Elizabeth and Jackie O. used for touring.

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