Planning 2 days in Udaipur and want to know all of the best places to visit? Great, because we have got you covered. In this guide, we bring to you what we consider to be the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. We also include the best places to eat, where you should stay, and all of our top tips, so that you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying this magical city.
It is no secret that we fell in love with Udaipur, the White City of India. The serenity of the lakes and the surrounding nature, had us forgetting that we were even in a city at all. We adored the hippie boutiques and choice of amazing restaurants. And we loved how we didn’t feel the need to always be doing something. In fact, to find a rooftop cafe overlooking Lake Pichola was one of our favourite ways to spend the day.
We ended up spending over a week in Udaipur, and I’d like to think we know the city pretty well. We explored all of the top tourist attractions in Udaipur, and have narrowed them down to what we believe are the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. I have also made some additional suggestions in case you have 3 days in Udaipur or more.
Anyhow, there is a lot to cover in this 2 Day Udaipur Itinerary. So let’s get to it.
18 Amazing Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days
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Is 2 Days in Udaipur Enough?
The city of Udaipur is relatively small. Having said that, many of the top things to do in Udaipur are located outside of the city. While 2 days in Udaipur isn’t much time, by following this itinerary, you should find it enough to get acquainted with the city. You’ll certainly have enough time to cover the cities main attractions, even if it means jam-packed days.
As I mentioned earlier, we spent over a week in Udaipur; however, for most of that time, we didn’t do much at all. Thanks to its laidback vibe relative to other cities in Rajasthan, it was the ideal spot to take a little break and recharge the batteries. But, if you have limited time in India then 2 days in Udaipur is plenty.
Where to Stay with 2 Days in Udaipur
Naturally, there is no shortage of accommodation options in Udaipur, regardless of your budget or taste. Many visitors coming to Udaipur seek a lake facing hotel for the view, and with budget options available it’s worth looking into.
Most importantly, if you’re planning to spend just 2 days in Udaipur you’ll probably want to be centrally located. This way you can avoid journey time eating into your valuable sightseeing time. I’ll make some suggestions further down, or you can click the link to compare prices of all hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in the area.
Hostel $ – Gypsy Child Lake Hostel
One of only a few hostels in Udaipur, Gypsy Lake Child is the top choice thanks to its unrivalled location. Overlooking incredible views of Lake Pichola and the surrounding mountains, guests can enjoy the sunset each evening from the rooftop. The staff go above and beyond to make you feel at home here, while facilities include comfortable rooms, air-conditioning, and private bathrooms.
Budget Private $ – Jagat Villa Guesthouse
We can personally recommend Jagat Villa Guesthouse, for affordable, clean & comfortable private rooms. For under $8 a night we had a private room with air-conditioning and bathroom. Located just a 5-minute walk from Pichola Lake, you have great restaurants and shopping opportunities right on your doorstep. Not to mention the owners, whose hospitality is second to none.
Mid-Range $$ – Hotel Lakend
If you fancy getting away from the hustle & bustle of central Udaipur, Hotel Lakend offers a wonderful alternative. Located on the Southern banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, guests can enjoy the serene location while at the same time, conveniently access all the cities top attractions. All rooms in the property come beautifully furnished and well-equipped, featuring a fridge, mini bar, dining area and complimentary toiletries. The outdoor pool overlooks a stunning lakeside view, and a choice of restaurants serve a variety of cuisines.
Luxury $$$ – Taj Lake Palace
For the ultimate Udaipur experience, a night at the Taj Lake Palace is a once in a lifetime kind of stay. Situated on an island in the heart of Lake Pichola, the only way to describe this 18th-century palace is enchanting and majestic. Facilities of the hotel include a full-service spa, a choice of restaurants, 2 swimming pools, boat tours on the lake, plus various entertainment programs throughout the day. If you can afford it, you won’t regret splurging your cash here.
The Best Places to Visit in Udaipur in 2 Days
For those who don’t have time to read through the entire itinerary, here are some of the highlights you can enjoy spending 2 days in Udaipur.
- Marvel the Architecture at Udaipur City Palace
- Watch the sunset at Karni Mata Temple
- Enjoy the tranquillity at Ahar Cenotaphs
- Find incredible panoramic views at the Monsoon Palace
- Have dinner at one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Udaipur
- Stay at one of Udaipur’s stunning lake facing hotels
2 Day Itinerary for Udaipur
From admiring the lakeside views, exploring the cities architecture, and experiencing the white cities vibrant culture, here are all the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 Days. I have also taken the liberty of suggesting a 2 Day Itinerary, which I believe will help allow you to make the most of your time.
2 Days in Udaipur – Day 1
OK, assuming you spent the night in Udaipur, you’ll want to be out nice and early to make the most of your day. Grab breakfast at your hotel or at one of the restaurants we recommend in our vegetarian guide to Udaipur.
With limited time in the city, it might make sense to discover Udaipur as part of an organised tour. You tend to fit in a lot more that way while removing all the stress of having to plan everything yourself. Click the link below for a full list of best-selling tours in Udaipur.
Udaipur City Palace
It isn’t without reason that the city palace is one of the top places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. The grandeur marble & granite structure stands proudly as the landmark of the city, and we for one were taken aback by its sheer magnificence. If we were to recommend just one City Palace to visit in Rajasthan, it would have to be this one.
We happily paid the entrance fee to discover what lay beneath the towering walls. And despite being touristic inside, we loved exploring the labyrinth of walkways, courtyards, gardens and hidden rooms. We didn’t accept the offer of a guide but found the tour interesting and educational nevertheless. Everything is in English so it’s pretty much self-explanatory. You’ll also find great vistas over the city and surrounding lakes.
If you’re at all interested in the history of Udaipur, a visit to the city palace is an essential addition to your 2 Day Udaipur itinerary. You can read more about it in our comprehensive guide to Udaipur City Palace.
Entrance Fee: 330 IDR/pax & English Speaking Guide: 400 IDR/group *optional
The Hindu devoted Jagdish Temple is the most significant religious building in Udaipur. The captivating 16th-century structure serves as a dedication to Lord Vishnu (preserver of the universe), one of the principal deities of Hinduism.
We are always blown away by the intricately carved Hindu temples, depicting the tales of ancient Hindu legends, and Jagdish was no different. After admiring the architecture, we were permitted to go inside the temple, where Brahmins and devotees were conducting a spiritual ceremony. Although we are not religious ourselves, such encounters in India are always an empowering experience.
Entrance Fee: Free – donations as always are welcomed.
Ahar is essentially a Royal cemetery for Udaipur’s late Maharajas. However, what might sound like a dark place on paper is, in fact, a spot of peace and serenity. Furthermore, if you are at all interested in Rajasthani architecture, you are sure to be left in awe by the intricately carved stone tombs.
Located around 2km outside of the city, Ahar could be considered somewhat of a hidden gem. By that I mean you are unlikely to run into many other tourists when visiting here. Having said that, be wary of the sketchy looking locals who may try to charge you 250 rupees to use your camera within the grounds. This is a common scam and as of 2019, there are no official fees.
For more info, check out our guide to Ahar Cenotaphs here.
Entrance Fee: Free.
There are almost 20 lakes in Udaipur, resulting in its nickname ‘The City of Lakes’. Out of the five most significant lakes, most of them are artificial and one, in particular, is the second-largest artificial lake in Asia.
Lake Pichola is the most well-known lake in Udaipur, and a lot of the action goes on around it. Boasting a jaw-dropping backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range, I’d freely say it’s one of the most picturesque and serene locations in all of India. A variety of lake-facing hotels, ghats, restaurants, and rooftop bars surround the lake, so you can enjoy the view from several different vantage points.
Our favourite time of day to appreciate Lake Pichola was around sunset. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoying a cold beer over one of the best sunset spots in Udaipur is a perfect end to the day. We list some of our favourite place to eat and drink further down in the article so be sure to check it out.
Insiders Tip: Sunsets on the west side of the lake. We took this shot from Sun N Moon rooftop!
Dinner at Namaste Cafe
Namaste Cafe is one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants in Udaipur, and the incredible ‘all you can eat’ Thali is our favourite thing on the menu. You can choose from either a traditional or Rajasthani Thali – both are vegetarian & equally delicious.
If you are visiting in the evening, be sure to check out the rooftop. Adorned in fairy lights and overlooking a wonderful view of the city and lake, you’re guaranteed a night, and meal, to remember.
Suggested Read: The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Udaipur
2 Days in Udaipur – Day 2
Ok day 2, and it’s set to be another busy day. We will start the day with breakfast at our favourite cafe, and move on to see some of the best places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days. So let’s get to it.
Grasswood was our go-to cafe every morning for breakfast, and sometimes even lunch, dinner, & dessert too! We adored their healthy, vegan-friendly menu, including delicious smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and cakes. The coffee is also the best we found in the city.
*Travellers Discount – As well as the tasty food we were impressed with the kind hospitality. We became such regular customers that the owner, Ashish, began giving us a discount on our orders. What’s even more generous, is that he agreed to give the same discount to our followers too. Just mention our blog if you visit and you will get a small discount on your order.
When you arrive in Udaipur and spot the ethereal looking castle stood proudly in the hills; that my friends is the Monsoon Palace. This is one of the places you must visit when spending 2 days in Udaipur. The palace once served as a royal residence to the Mewar dynasty and located 944m above sea level provides incredible panoramic views over the city. It is famed for being one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Udaipur. Although we visited in the morning so didn’t get to witness this for ourselves.
It is important to note, that whichever transport you take to the palace, you can only go as far as the entrance gate at the bottom of the hill. From there, you have the option to pay for the palace jeep or walk to the palace. It was a beautiful morning, and we’d indulged in unlimited Thali the night before, so we figured we would walk. To reach the top takes around 1-hr walking at a moderate pace; however, you may need to stop for breaks as it’s an uphill road the entire way.
Personally, we enjoyed the challenge as well as the scenic views the route provided. Despite a few warnings of wildlife in the area, we encountered no bother. You should, however, be wary of the colony of langurs that occupy the palace grounds. If you have food on show, they aren’t shy about snatching it from you. Check out our comprehensive guide to the Monsoon Palace here.
Entrance Fee: 300 Rs./pax + 100 Rs/pax for Jeep *optional
Fateh Sagar Lake
Another lake to add to your list of places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days is Fateh Sagar Lake. In comparison to Lake Pichola, this lake is incredibly peaceful. As a result, it is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
What we loved most about this lake, is the surrounding nature. Not only do you have the staggering view of the mountains, but the perimeter of the lake is adorned with verdant gardens. We recommend checking out Sunset Point Park and Maharana Pratap Samarak.
Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple is a relatively small temple complex positioned atop a hill in the city. Although the temple itself is only small & modest, it is the astounding views from the peak that make this an essential addition to your 2 Day Udaipur Itinerary.
To reach the peak, you must either walk the stairs or take the cable car. Despite being nervous about cable cars (especially in India), we took it so we wouldn’t miss the sunset. It was perfectly fine and the views on the way up intensified the higher we climbed.
By the time we reached the top, the sun was starting to set, casting a glorious golden glow over the city. Thankfully it wasn’t too crowded, so we managed to grab ourselves front row seats for one of the best sunsets we witnessed in India.
When visiting the Karni Mata Temple, please keep in mind that it is a place of worship. Even if you are only visiting for sunset, it’s important to act respectfully. Here are some things to consider.
- Keep shoulders and legs below the knee covered at all times.
- Remove your shoes before entering the temple.
- There is a ‘no photography’ policy in most temples; however, you could ask the priest for permission.
Entrance Fee: Free. Cable Car – 100 Rs/pax return.
Bagore Ki Haveli Night Show
For a taste of true Rajasthani culture, the evening performance at Bagore Ki Haveli is something you cannot miss when spending 2 days in Udaipur Set in the courtyard of a magnificent haveli, the show incorporates traditional folk dance and local talent.
We were not too sure what to expect when we arrived at the show. (Late may I add, and there was no discount for having to stand at the back). However, without giving too much away, we found ourselves transfixed by the dancers and musicians. This was, without a doubt, one of our favourite things to do in Udaipur.
Entrance Fee: 150 Rs/pax + additional 150 Rs to use a camera including phones (You didn’t hear this from us but If you are careful you can get away with not paying the camera charge).
Places to Visit in Udaipur in 3 Days
If you plan to spend more than 2 days in the city, here are some other suggestions for places you can visit in Udaipur in 3 days or more.
If you’re not already ‘laked-out’, Lake Badi is another beautiful lake worth visiting in Udaipur. It’s even more peaceful than Fateh Sagar Lake, but with the same breath-taking views. We rented a bicycle in central Udaipur to explore the lake, and it was a really pleasant experience. To view the lake from above you can climb to a viewpoint on Bahubali Hill.
Neemach Mata Temple
We were told about this temple on our last day in Udaipur and having visited all the other sunset spots, we decided to check it out. A tuk-tuk dropped us at the foot of the hill, and we had to climb a steep set of stairs to reach the top. There are rumours that they will install a cable car soon; however, I figure this is quite a long way off. Either way, unless you’re afraid of a short workout, the stairs are perfectly fine.
Having heard very little about Neemach Mata Temple, we didn’t have too high of expectations for the view. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised by the spectacular panoramic vistas that welcomed us at the top. Here you can enjoy views of the city, its various lakes, and surrounding mountain landscapes, so if you find yourself at a loose end one evening, it’s definitely a sunset spot worth checking out.
Traditional Yoga Class
While India is the home of yoga, the spiritual energy in Udaipur makes it the perfect environment to practice. For a traditional yet challenging yoga class, we highly recommend Prakash Yoga. Prakash is an incredible teacher and will help you to achieve postures you possibly have never done before. This may not be a class for somebody who’s never done yoga before, but if you are a regular at yoga, definitely check it out.
Price: Prakash relies on a donation only as payment; however, be sure to pay what you think is fair for the class.
Creativity can be found in abundance in Udaipur and taking part in an art class is a unique way to spend your time in the city.
Located within Hotel Gangaur Palace, the Ashoka Arts class comes highly recommended. Using natural paints and silk material, the teacher will guide you to complete a traditional Rajasthani painting.
Price: 400 Rs. per class
Sunset Boat Cruise
One of the most romantic experiences you can have when spending 2 or 3 Days in Udaipur is to take a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Not only can you experience the sensational views, but it may be your only opportunity to catch a close-up glimpse of the luxury Taj Lake Palace. Unfortunately, we missed out on our sunset boat cruise after getting sick; however, it’s at the top of our list for when we return.
Price: While there are several ghats in Udaipur where you can catch the boat, for the best price, we were advised to catch the boat from Lal Ghat. From there, a shared boat is around 300 rs/pax while a private boat is approx. 1500 rs.
Related Read: 7 Awesome Spots to Watch the Sunset in Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace Hotel
Now, this, of course, highly depends on your budget; however, spending a night or 2 at the Taj Palace hotel is the ultimate Udaipur experience. The 17th century, marble structure once served as a palace for the Mewar Dynasty. It was later converted into a luxury hotel in the 1960s.
The majestic palace sits seemingly floating in the middle of Lake Pichola, alluring you with its beauty & elegance. Our experience at the Taj Palace hotel was like no other… Who am I kidding? Our backpacker budget would never stretch to this. Maybe one day.
Insiders Tip: There are several other lake facing hotels in Udaipur that won’t break the bank.
A fun fact about Udaipur is that many Bollywood and Hollywood movies have been filmed there. The one you are most likely to be familiar with is James Bond ‘Octopussy’ and the city is clearly very proud of its Hollywood legacy.
Special showings of ‘Octopussy’ can be seen, every day might I add, at a number of rooftop bars and restaurants. We aren’t Bond fans so we didn’t catch a viewing but I can imagine it would be pretty cool if you were!
Shopping & Markets
Shopping is without a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Udaipur. Adorned with cute shops and alluring boutiques, the city is oozing with temptation. Udaipur is also famed for its excellent tailoring stores, so if you’re looking for a sharp suit or similar, this is the place to get it.
Places to Visit in Udaipur in 1 Day
While we wouldn’t recommend spending only one-day in Udaipur, if it’s necessary it can be done. You’ll just need to start as early as sunrise and come home after sunset, so it will be a long day but you’ll get to cover most of the highlights. This is my recommended places to visit in Udaipur in 1 Day.
- Sunrise: Karni Mata Temple
- Morning: Monsoon Palace
- Late Morning: Fateh Sagar Lake Gardens
- Lunch: Lunch in the City Overlooking Lake Pichola
- Afternoon: Ahar Cenotaphs
- Sunset: Sunset Dinner at Namaste Cafe
- Evening: Bagore Ki Haveli Show
The Best Bars & Restaurants in Udaipur
With so many places to visit in Udaipur in 2 days, you can expect to leave your hotel before sunrise and return after sunset. To avoid burning out, it pays to eat well and keep hydrated! At the same time, food is a huge part of the Udaipur experience, so check out our favourite restaurants & rooftop bars for the best food and drink in the city.
- Grasswood Cafe: Best For Healthy Breakfast
- Namaste Cafe: Best For Local Food
- Millets of Mewar: Best For Vegan Food
- Jheels Coffee Bar & Bakery: Best For Western Food
- Sun & Moon: Best For Sunset Drinks
- Street Food: Best on a Budget
Related Read: The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Udaipur
Tips for Sightseeing in Udaipur
Here are some useful tips that I hope will enhance your travel experience in Udaipur.
Best Time to Visit Udaipur
The best time to visit Udaipur is during the India Winter which runs from October to February. During this time you can expect perfect sightseeing weather – Ie. temperatures are cooler and there is very little rain. If you are sensitive to the heat, you may wish to keep mornings and late afternoons free for sightseeing, as lunchtime gets hot all year round. It’s recommended to avoid Udaipur during the months of Summer or Monsoon.
How to Get to Udaipur
AIR: Udaipur Airport is located around 20KM from the city centre. Daily domestic flights are available from most major airports throughout the country.
TRAIN: Udaipur is well connected via train from most major destinations throughout the country; however, booking trains in India can be tricky. It is advised to book at least 3 days in advance and even then you aren’t always guaranteed a ticket. For this reason, we always used the bus network in India. You can book trains up to 6 months in advance using 12go Asia.
BUS: Udaipur is accessible by bus from a number of destinations across India. To check routes, timetables and ticket prices we recommend using redbus.com. In our experience, they are extremely reliable. They are one of the few companies who will accept payment with an International card, and they are contactable by phone should you have any issues with your journey.
Getting Around Udaipur
If you are spending just 2 days in Udaipur, the easiest and cheapest way to get around is by scooter. The cost to rent a scooter is around 500 rs. for 24hrs; however, be aware that the Udaipur traffic can be intimidating if you’re not experienced. You will need to have an International Drivers License should you be pulled over by police, and always wear a helmet!
Another option is to get around using taxis or tuk-tuks. This can be cost-effective if you are in a group, but be sure to haggle as the drivers are opportunists when it comes to tourists.
Finally, OLA TAXIS operate in the city. Ola is an app similar to Uber and we found the service extremely reliable. As well as single journeys, you have the option to hire a car for half of the day or even a full day, and it’s almost always cheaper than a tuk-tuk.
Parties in Udaipur
While there isn’t much going on in terms of parties in Udaipur, there are a select few bars which serve alcohol. Our personal favourite was Sun & Moon where we would enjoy a few quiet beers while the sunset. They also seemed pretty relaxed about people smoking weed in there too.
While we do not condone taking drugs, if you are looking to get high, you can guarantee you will be approached by numerous tuk-tuk drivers in Udaipur looking to sell.
Social Etiquette in Udaipur
Rajasthan is one of the holiest and most socially conservative states in all of India. It’s important to keep in mind that what might be socially acceptable in your home country, is likely to be viewed entirely different here. Thankfully, most Indians are forgiving toward foreigners to a certain extent; however, to avoid unwanted attention and embarrassment, it’s good to know the dos and don’ts. In which case, I recommend this article regarding social etiquette in India, which includes dress codes, table manners, temple etiquette etc.
At the same time, you’ll likely be surprised by some of the aspects of Indian culture. And in all honestly, you’ll probably be offended from time to time. But again, it’s important to remember that the culture is entirely different from the western world, and embracing the unique Indian culture is all part and parcel of the experience.
Be Aware of Scams
It pays to make yourself aware of the common scams in India, so in turn, you can avoid them. There are also known to be skilled pickpockets operating in Jaipur so be sure to keep your valuables secured at all time. We use either a small padlock or compartmental bag to keep our valuables safe.
We recommend educating yourself on Travel Safety in India to help you avoid any sticky situations.
Recommended Apps to Download for Udaipur
- Maps.Me: For offline maps – Just be sure you download the relevant map in a WiFi zone.
- Google Translate Offline: In tricky language barrier situations, this could be your saving grace.
- OLA Taxi App: Because they are cheaper than most local taxis or tuk-tuks.
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