Udaipur has a lot to offer tourists that is impossible to cover in a single day. Thus, we have created this itinerary as a 2-day package for your stay in Udaipur. Major sites to cover for the 12th day are as follows : City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, and Monsoon Palace
1. City Palace
City Palace in Jaipur is a well-known tourist attraction in the old part of town. This vast palace complex was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1729-1732, occupying one-seventh of the walled city. There are a number of courtyards, buildings, and gardens in the palace, including the Mubarak Mahal and the Chandra Mahal.
At the City Palace Museum, there are a number of unique handcrafted products presented in the form of exhibits that reflect the royal heritage of the palace. Plus it also has an acute and detailed facade that combines Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.
Despite the fact that the outer walls of the palace were built by Jai Singh II, the palace itself has undergone a variety of changes over the years, some of them dating back as far as the early 20th century. There are three gates in the City Palace, of which two are open to the public: the Virendra Pol and the Udai Pol.
Apart from the palace's regal architecture, it also provides an insight into a rich heritage of a bygone era, as well as a stunning view of the Pink City. A trip to Jaipur wouldn't be complete without seeing this. You can even enjoy the puppet shows in the evenings. Plus, delight yourself with one very famous cafe there with continental desserts.
2. Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola in Udaipur is named after the nearby village of Pichola. Inland from Lake Pichola, you'll find a myriad of temples, mansions, ghats, islands, palaces, and restaurants. Those visiting the lake should not miss the stunning sunrises and sunsets it offers.
A 3-mile long, 2 miles wide, and 30-foot deep, Lake Pichola has four main islands, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas, and Arsi Vilas.
Jag Niwas is home to Udaipur’s most famous palace, widely known as “Taj Palace” or “Lake Palace.” This majestic palace is one of the finest luxury hotels today in Udaipur by the Taj group. A visit to this palace will mesmerize you with its beautiful architecture and history, as it is filled with many themes and things connected to royal families.
In the middle of Lake Pichola is Jag Mandir, which looks no less than a marble floating residence. This place can be reached by boat from Bansi Ghat. Gul Mahal and a small museum are two of the main attractions at Jag Mandir Palace. There are a lot of beautiful murals and paintings surrounding the Gul Mahal that make the building look very luxurious.
Lake Pichola boat rides are also a must. Experiencing the beauty and charm of the lake requires this activity.
3. Jagdish Temple
Built-in 1651, Jagdish Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple features an awe-inspiring pagoda which is 24 meters high and adorned with sculptures of musicians, elephants, ballet dancers, and horsemen. It is the city's biggest and most magnificent temple.
Visitors are greeted by two enormous stone elephants at the entrance. Then one must climb 32 marble steps to reach the main shrine. In the inner corner of the doorway of Lord Vishnu is an image of Garuda (celestial bird), who guards the entrance to his abode.
A total of four smaller shrines are surrounded by the main shrine, each dedicated to different gods and goddesses. Since this is an exotic temple, you should inspect every corner of it. You can also discover more about the stories behind 50 pillars and the paintings on the temple walls. Furthermore, if you wish to offer Lord Vishnu garlands and sweets, you can find many shops and hawkers nearby.
4. Monsoon Palace
Perched atop a hill, the Monsoon Palace illuminates Udaipur's skyline. This palace, once known as Sajjangarh Palace, provides a panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, countryside, and palaces.
Monsoon Palace is best viewed during sunsets in Udaipur because the orange glow reflects off the palace. This palatial residence is located high in the Aravali mountains, overlooking Lake Pichola and Fatehsagar Lake.
A visit to this palace will also give you the opportunity to see Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary at the bottom of the hill. This sanctuary surrounding the Monsoon Palace is home to reptiles, wild boars, sambhars, nilgais, tigers, hyenas, and panthers. The Aravalli hills can even be enjoyed from Gorilla Point to Bari Lake on a fun jungle safari.