Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’ – is one of Rajasthan’s largest cities, with a colourful and rich history. The former capital under the rule of MaharanaUdai Singh II of Mewar stands testimony to the glory of the Rajputs, thanks to its architecture, art, and culture.
Places to visit in Udaipur include stately citadels, ancient temples, and pristine lakes that reflect its vibrant past. However, hidden beneath these tourist places in Udaipur is the subtle yet engaging culture of the city.
The following five unconventional spots showcase the true beauty of Udaipur. We recommend you don’t miss them during your family vacation:
1. Udaipur art walk
People who ask for directions around the old city are asked to follow the famous wall paintings that adorn the narrow lanes. These paintings instantly take you back to the city’s illustrious past with their depiction of Rajputana influence. The Rama Gallery, Bougainvillea and other old galleries spread across the city offer a deeper insight into the region’s art, from Rajasthan’s miniature art to Udaipur’s trademark street art.
2. Under the Sun aquarium
This popular tourist spot is India’s largest aquarium and is located near Vibhuti Park. It is praised for its natural lighting and a long gallery of small and large tanks housing a collection of exotic fish. Don’t forget to check out the touch pool; you can feed the fish here! The aquarium also boasts of the world’s first aqua trick art museum. The child-friendly environment makes it the perfect place to hang out while on a family vacation.
Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM
Entry fees: Rs 118 for adults and Rs 47 for children under 15
3. After Hours at the City Palace
Once the organised Udaipur sightseeing tours have ended, the city palace administration organises an after-dark light-and-sound show at ManekChowk located inside the sprawling compound. This private show is narrated by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar and takes you on a journey through the city’s 1500-year-old history. The incredible ambience and great voice acting make this a must-have experience for tourists.
Timings: 7 PM to 8 PM
Entry fees: Rs 150 for adults and Rs 100 for children under 18
4. Udaipur solar observatory
Located on an island, Udaipur’s solar observatory is considered one of the best in Asia. It functions as an educational institution for research scholars and PhD students. The site is open to tourists in June and July and must be reached by boat.
Timings: 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry fees: Nil
5. Crystal Gallery
The Crystal Gallery of Udaipur houses MaharanaSajjan Singh’s dream collection. Unfortunately, he could not enjoy the display due to his untimely death. The incredible artefacts were ordered from England’s F&C Osler & Co. in 1877; the collection also includes some exquisite items of furniture.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry fees: Rs 550 for adults and Rs 350 for children under 12
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