8 Glorious Historical Sites in Udaipur




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Udaipur is synonymous to splendour, glory, royalty and heritage. The regal architecture, age-old traditions and culture and the royal extravagance make it one of the major tourist spots in India. Udaipur has been accredited with titles like 'Venice of the East' and the 'City of lakes', and you will find that it stands up to them.

The places of historical significance here reflect the rich culture and ethnicity of the royal city of Udaipur and particularly highlights the lives and works of the glorious and valiant Rajput rulers.

We have enlisted some of the must-visit historical places in Udaipur that you should definitely visit.

Top 8 Historical Places in Udaipur



1. Bada Mahal


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Amongst the many historical sites that are grounded on the land of Udaipur in Rajasthan, the Bada Mahal is one. It is one of the most ancient monuments that give in for some real wonders in terms of structural grandness along with architectural carvings that have been carried out in the entire of the building. This monument however is commonly acclaimed as the men's section in the City Palace and that it is of much attraction amongst all those who drop in to go deep into the ancient culture of Rajasthan as a whole. The interiors and exteriors along with the surrounding environment of the site are picture-perfect.

Entry Fees: Rs 30 (adults) Rs 15 (child)
Location: Trident Rd, Haridas Ji Ki Magri, Shavri Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-05:30 PM

2. Udaipur City Palace


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Built alongside Lake Pichola, the Udaipur City Palace is considered as the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. This magnificent fort was constructed by Maharaja Uday Singh in 1559 and has served as the seat of power from where the rulers administered their kingdom and as the royal residence for generations. The grandeur of this palace was augmented by his successors who added a few structures to the chief building. The palace is now a beautiful assortment of mahals, courtyards, pavilions, hanging gardens, terraces and rooms. There is a museum here as well that exhibits some of the finest specimens of Rajput art and culture.

Perched in the Aravallis, the granite and marble facade of the palace stands in contrast with its natural environment. Its royal architecture is a coalescence of medieval, Chinese as well as European influences and is adorned with several domes, towers and arches. The imposing City palace lies in a lush green garden and is a wonder to marvel at. It is a delightful amalgamation of history, tradition and regal architecture and is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Udaipur.

Entry Fees: Rs 250 (adults) Rs 100 (till 18years) and 250 for camera
Location: Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-05:30 PM

3. Jagmandir


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Jagmandir is a magnificent palace built on an island in Lake Pichola. It is also known as the 'Lake Garden Palace'. The construction of this grand palace is attributed to the three Maharanas of the Sisodia dynasty of Mewar. The construction of this palace was commenced by Maharana Amar Singh in 1551, taken forward by Maharana Karan Singh and finally completed in 1652 by Maharana Jagat Singh I. It is named 'Jagat Mandir' in reverence to Maharana Jagat Singh.

A few more structures were added to the Jag Mandir complex including the Gul Mahal by Maharana Jagat Singh added. The palace was used by the royal families as a pleasant summer resort and for hosting grand parties. Jag Mandir acted as an asylum during the revolt of 1857 when Maharana Swaroop Singh offered shelter to several European families here.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Location: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM

4. Bagore ki Haveli


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Bagore ki Haveli is an 18th-century masterpiece situated right on the waterfront of Pichola Lake at Gangaur Ghat. It was built by the then Prime Minister of the province of Mewar, Amarchand Bawa. The Palace is immaculately designed and constructed by the craftsmen of those times and reflects their proficient engineering skills.

The walls of the haveli are adorned with beautiful mirror work and mural paintings. It has more than a hundred rooms and exhibits traditional apparels, modern art, a grand collection of Mewar's paintings and glasswork.

Do not miss the cultural folk dance- Dharohar, performed here every evening.

Entry Fees: Rs 60 (Indians) Rs 100 (Foreigners), Rs 30 for children (age 5-12), Rs 50 for Camera
Speciality: Dharohar Dance Show
Ticket price: Rs 90 for Indians and Rs 150 for foreign adults.
Location: Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawat Wadi, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-05:30 PM

5. Kumbhalgarh fort


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The Kumbhalgarh Fort has made its mark in the history for its second-largest wall after the Great wall of China. This large fort is 38Kms long and 3600ft tall and stands as a fortress for the city of Udaipur. It was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and is situated strategically on the western Aravalli hills.

The magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. It consists of seven fortified gateways and has several Jain and Hindu temples in its premises. One can also find the Lakhola tank which was built by Maharana Lakha. The Jain temples inside the fort complex signify that the Rajputs patronized and encouraged Jain culture. It is said that the fort initially faced various problems during its construction and the solution that was sought was a human sacrifice. At the main gate of the fort, which is Hanuman Pol, there is a shrine in the remembrance of the warrior who sacrificed his life.

Entry Fees: Rs 15 per person (Indians) Rs 200 (Foreigners)
Location: Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

6. Sajjangarh monsoon palace


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Named after Maharaja Sajjan Singh, the Monsoon Palace is also known as Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace. Perched atop a hill, the palace was constructed to overlook Chittorgarh, Maharaja Sajjan's hometown. The palace provides a magnificent view of the city of Udaipur that rose to glory under Maharaja Sajjan's rule. The palace was decided to be a nine-storey astronomical unit which would record and analyze the arrival of monsoons by keeping track of the Monsoon winds and clouds. But due to the sudden death of Maharaja Sajjan Singh, the responsibility of its construction shifted over to his successor, Maharaja Fateh Singh. He built a lake named Fateh Sagar lake which can be seen directly from the palace.

The Monsoon palace is built in the traditional Rajput architecture style. Decked with white marble and adorned with beautiful turrets, pillars and towers, the palace is a splendid structure. Despite the wonderful techniques for harvesting the rainwater, the palace was gradually abandoned and has not been renovated due to the shortage of water. Only recently, the general public has been allowed entry to the Monsoon palace and it is undeniably among the major places to visit in Udaipur.

Entry Fees: Rs 10 (Indians) Rs 80 (foreigners)
Location: 11 monsoon colony, Sajjan Garh Rd, near MewarGarh hotel, Eklavya Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM

7. Haldighati


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Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli Range which is known for the historic battle of Haldighati that took place in 1576AD. The battle was fought between Maharana Pratap and Man Singh, Mughal emperor Akbar's general. This battle is regarded as the most significant in Rajput history and was also one of the shortest battles ever fought as it lasted for only 4 hours.

Its name is derived from the colour of the soil that appears to be turmeric like yellow here. This place was the battlefield of the legendary Maharana Pratap and also where his horse, Chetak breathed his last. He constructed a cenotaph at the place where Chetak died.

There is a museum called Maharana Pratap museum which exhibits weapons and paintings of this famous battle. The Light and Sound show also gives a glimpse into the history of this battle.

The Haldighati pass stands as a repository preserving and protecting the splendour of the glorious battle of Haldighati and the memories of the heroic Maharana Pratap and his horse, Chetak.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Maharana Pratap Stadium Road, Haldighati, near Rakt Talai, Khamnore, Rajasthan 313322
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

8. Nagda


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Nagda is a small town located besides Bagela lake, 23 Kms from Udaipur. It was found by Nagaditya, the fourth ruler of Mewar province. Nagda consists of many resplendent temples, but the major attraction here is its 'Saas-Bahu' temple. This 10th-century temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and it is said to be built in two structures, the first one by the mother-in-law and the second by the daughter-in-law. Both the temples are magnificently laid out.

The temple of Saas is larger in comparison to that of the Bahu. The Bahu temple consists of an octagonal ceiling and is embellished with intricately carved female figurines. The Saas temple has a torana in its frontier part and is accredited with magnificent carvings. Both the temples are built on a common platform and face towards the East.

Another temple that attracts the tourists is a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Shantinath. The temple is said to have been built during the rule of Rana Kumbha. The main idol is 9ft tall and is a major attraction amongst the tourists. The temples boast of their splendid architecture even after enduring the attempts of being demolished by the foreign invaders. Tourists from near and far visit these glorious ancient temples to seek blessings from the Gods.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Nagda, Rajasthan
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

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