8 Enthralling Museums in Udaipur

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The glorious history of Udaipur cannot be subdued. The rise and fall of empires, the battles won and lost, the lavish lives of the royal families and the growth of the city, all of it are preserved, protected and exhibited in the museums of Udaipur. With this, it becomes imperative to visit museums and explore the past of the city.

Here, we have for you, a complete list of the most enthralling museums in Udaipur that are a treat for both history buffs and the people intrigued with exploring its history.

Top 8 Museums in Udaipur

1. City Palace Museum

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 307 google reviews)

The City Palace Museum is housed within the magnificent 450-year-old City Palace of Udaipur, which used to be the former residence of the royal family. The museum was opened for the general public in 1969 through the efforts of Maharana Bhagwat Singh of Mewar (1955-1984). The Zenana and Mardana Mahal of the City Palace were bequeathed to the MMCF (Maharana of Mewar Charitable Fund), a trust established by Maharana Bhagwat Singh himself.

The museum is truly a jewel on the crown of the iconic City Palace of Udaipur. The interiors of the museum are embellished with exotic artwork, that exhibit the royal history of Udaipur before it got its first camera in 1857.

Exploring this museum in the City Palace is like finding your way through a maze as this palace was constructed in a way to be protected from enemy attacks. Marvel at the aesthetics and exquisiteness of the City Palace Museum and explore the royalty of Udaipur.

Entry Fees: Rs 250 per person, 100 for 5-12 years of children, Rs 250 for camera
Location: Rajasthan, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-04:30 PM

2. Navalakha Mahal (Gulab Bagh)

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 95 google reviews)

Situated in Gulab Bagh, Navlakha Mahal is a sacred site for the followers of the Arya Samaj. The eminent sage and reformer, Maharishi Dayanand who propagated Vedic learning in India and was a remarkable scholar in Vedas and scriptures came to Udaipur in August 1882 on the request of Maharaja Sajjan Singh of Mewar. He remained in the city for six and a half months and stayed at Navlakha Mahal that was the royal guest house of the Maharana.

In this holy mahal, Maharishi Dayanand accomplished the writing of his greatest manuscript, Satyarth Prakash. This composition was created for the welfare of mankind and also for conveying the divine knowledge to the people.

The mahal has been renovated and themed as per the sayings and works of Maharishi Ji. It has various attractions including the Vedic library, musical fountains, Yagya shala, painting galleries and much more.

Entry Fees:Rs 30 (for Zoo and garden)
Location: Navlakha Mahal, Gulab Bagh Rd, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM

3. Udaipur Solar Observatory

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 413 google reviews)

The Solar Observatory in Udaipur was established in 1975 by Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar under the supervision of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Vedshala trust, Ahmedabad. The observatory was constructed with the objective to monitor the Sun and was designed as per the model of Bear Solar observatory of Southern California.

This Observatory is regarded as the best solar observing site in Asia. The weather conditions in Udaipur are well suited for conducting solar observations. Being situated amidst the waters, the air turbulence that occurs due to ground heating by the Sun's rays is minimized thus, increasing the accuracy and quality of the image.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Location: Lake Fatehpur to Badi Talai, Rani Rd, Near Fatehpur, Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: Saturday, Sunday
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Friday: 09:30 AM-05:00 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since Udaipur Solar Observatory is not open for the general public you may need to contact Udaipur Tourism before planning a tour to the site.

4. Maharana Pratap Memorial

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 117 google reviews)

Maharana Pratap Memorial is a historic site that is dedicated to Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak. This memorial was established by Maharana Bhagwat Singh of Mewar in 1948 with the assistance of public trust.

The memorial consists of a life-sized bronze statue of Maharana Pratap mounted on his dear horse, Chetak. The statue is 11 feet tall and weighs around 7 tons. Regarded as a loyal companion, Chetak stood by Maharana Pratap till his last breath before being killed in the Battle of Haldighati in 1576 AD.

The memorial complex is well maintained and is encompassed with beautiful picturesque views. There is a museum exhibiting the history of Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh forts and the battle of Haldighati. There are also figurines of Maharana Pratap's associates like Hakim Khan Sur, Bhamashah, Bhilu Raj and Bhilman.

A sound and light show is also organized here presenting the thousand-year history of Mewar.

Entry Fees: Rs 20 (indians), Rs 50 (foreigners), Rs 10 (children), Rs 35 (sound and light show)
Sound and Light show timings: Summer - 8:15, Winters - 7:30
Location: MDR 11, Chawand, Rajasthan 313904
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM

5. Under The Sun Aquarium

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Rating: 4.3 (based on 6201 google reviews)

Situated at Fateh Sagar Lake, 'Under the Sun Aquarium is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The aquarium is 125 metres long and houses 156 species of both fresh-water and sea-water fishes that were brought here from around 16 countries.

'Under the Sun' is the largest public aquarium gallery in terms of numbers and species of fish and the amount of water. It was inaugurated on 21st October 2017 by Rajasthan's Home Minister, Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria. The aquarium has a total of 180 different species of fish.

Entry Fees: Rs 118 (Indians) Rs 236 (Foreigners), Rs 47 for children (5-12 years), Virtual reality - Rs118/-
Location: Fateh Sagar Overflow, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-11:00 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: Photography inside the aquarium is permitted, which will make your experience even more exciting as you can take back some wonderful memories with you. So, don’t forget to take your camera.

6. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal

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Rating: 4.3 (based on 6447 google reviews)

Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal was established in 1952 by Mihir Chaudhary to propagate and popularize the traditional and folk culture of Rajasthan found in its artforms. The striking collection mirrors the age-old charm and inspires people to follow the charm of artistic pleasures.

The museum showcases an exotic collection of articles depicting the folk culture of Rajasthan including ornaments, puppets, folk deities, rural apparels, masks, paintings and folk musical instruments. The popular local handicrafts and ancient artifacts of Mewar attract tourists from all over the world.

Entry Fees: Overall Rs145/- (Indian), Overall 115/- (Child), Overall Rs 230 (Foreigner)
Camera fee: Rs 10
Video camera fee: Rs50
Puppet show and folk dance timings: 12:00pm-1:00pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Near, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Chetak Cir, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM

7. Ahar Museum

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Rating: 4.2 (based on 877 google reviews)

Located near the striking cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar, Ahar Archaeological museum is one of the major places to visit in Udaipur. It is known for being a repository of artifacts, sculptures and antiques dating back to the 10th century. The museum houses several coins, earthen pots, stone weights, terracotta toys, balls, animal figures and iron objects. The metal statue of Lord Buddha and the image of the Sun God are the key highlights of this place.

Located around 3 kilometres from Udaipur, in the proximity of Ahar museum, there are around 19 cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar where they were cremated. Amongst them, the cenotaph of Maharana Amar Singh is especially stunning.

There is not much to see in the museum but it's a rare collection of ancient artifacts from many centuries before makes it a place worth visiting.

Location: Ayad Rd, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: Monday
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:45 AM-05:15 PM

8. Vintage Car Museum

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Rating: 3.8 (based on 2165 google reviews)

Situated near the iconic City Palace, the Vintage Car Museum is a perfect place for both history and car buffs. It is an intriguing diversion from the mesmerizing lakes and palaces of Udaipur. The museum is a repository of a number of vintage automobile models owned by the Mewar dynasty.

This dynasty is considered as the most opulent Rajput rulers who owned luxurious lifestyles. The museum offers an insight into their plush lives by displaying the Rolls Royce and Mercedes models which were custom made and owned by the royal family of Mewar.

The museum complex was initially the Palace Garage or Mewar state motor garage; now it is under the HRH group owned by the present Mewar family's heir, Rana Shri Arvind Singh Mewar.

The major attractions here include the 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom which was used in the popular James Bond movie and the Cadillac Convertible that was used to escort Queen Elizabeth back to the airport in 1961.

The exotic vintage car collection will leave you spellbound and in the awe of the plush lives led by the royal family of Mewar.

Entry Fees: Rs 150 (adults), Rs 95 (child)
Location: Gulab Bagh Rd, nearby The Garden Hotel, Old City, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-09:00 PM

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