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Udaipur: Full Day Private City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

1. Udaipur: Full Day Private City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

Udaipur, once called the most romantic spot in all of India, is the city of Lakes. This tour covers the most important sites of the city, and ends with a serene sunset at Lake Pichola. Several locations were made famous in the the James Bond movie, Octopussy, filmed here in 1982.  Start your tour at Sajjangarh or the Monsoon Palace, an old dilapidated hunting lodge, perched atop a hillside. It offers fantastic views of the countryside, the Aravalli hills, and Fatehsagar Lake, the next stop on this tour. Step into the Maharaja’s lifestyle at Udaipur City Palace (Rajasthan’s largest palace). Some of these buildings date back 400 years. City Palace Museum has opulently decorated rooms, filled with artifacts and miniatures. Spend approximately two hours here, before heading to the Jagdish temple. Built in 1651, this serene marble temple with stone carvings is dedicated to an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice, or ask your guide for recommendations (lunch at own expense). Take a relaxing stroll around the lotus pools and fountains at Saheliyon ki Bari. As the day comes to an end, watch the sunset from Lake Pichola. The evening light makes for perfect photo opportunities. You can also choose an optional boat ride for a pleasant end to your full day tour. At the end of the activity, your driver will drop you back to either your hotel, the airport, or railway station in Udaipur.

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Udaipur: Guided Ghat Tour and Boat Ride

2. Udaipur: Guided Ghat Tour and Boat Ride

Udaipur is famed as the ‘Venice of the East’ because of its beautiful Lakes and Ghats. On this tour, you will walk through these beautiful ghats with a friendly local storyteller and admire the amazing views of Pichola Lake.  Start your experience by heading to the most romantic spot of the ghats, where you will enjoy the best views in the city. Continue walking through Hanuman Ghat and Nav Ghat, learning about the culture of Rajasthan and Rajputs. Visit Gangaur Ghat, which symbolizes the auspicious 'Gangaur' Festival of Rajasthan. Discover the colorful embellishments at Lal Ghat and finally take a boat ride on Lake Pichola via the resplendent Jag Mandir Palace with splendid views of the City Palace complex, the picturesque ghats, Sajjangarh and the Haveli on the bank of the lake.

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Udaipur: Bagore Ki Haveli Museum Cultural Show with Pickup

3. Udaipur: Bagore Ki Haveli Museum Cultural Show with Pickup

Celebrate the cultural heritage of Rajasthan with this experience at a cultural evening show. Your experience will begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Udaipur. Then, travel to the Bagore Ki Haveli museum in a private air-conditional car or tuk tuk. The drive will take around 30 minutes.  Your driver will give you your tickets and show you where to enter the museum. Then, take a seat and enjoy the show, which lasts one hour. Watch folk dances invented by locals, which reflect the traditional life of the region. Admire the colorful costumes and dramatic dance performances, and learn about the local way of life.

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Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur: Private Day Trip from Udaipur

4. Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur: Private Day Trip from Udaipur

Choose a convenient pickup time from your hotel between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Journey into the Aravalli hills on a scenic drive (approximately 2.5 hours) from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh. A local English-speaking guide will join you to explain the significance of Mewar in Rajasthani history. The thick walls of this fort (the second longest in the world) stretch for 36 kilometers and offer splendid views and easy hiking opportunities. With more than 350 temple structures, bunkers, and palaces dating back to the 1400s, it is no surprise this remote fort was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a well-deserved lunch at a multi-cuisine restaurant or try local Mewari food (at your own expense). Then drive to Ranakpur, home to India’s biggest Jain temple. Comprising of massive marble domes and pillars, this house of worship is considered sacred by Jains. Spend some time walking around, as your guide explains the Jain principles of non-violence and non-possessiveness. After a memorable day, bid farewell to your guide and head back to Udaipur to your hotel or other preferred location within city limits. The tour ends approximately ten hours after the start time.

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Udaipur: Guided Cultural Walk

5. Udaipur: Guided Cultural Walk

Your experience begins as you meet your storyteller at the meeting point from where you will head to your first point of interest, the Udaipur Clock Tower. This was the first public clock of the city, and was built as a souvenir to the royal family of Mewar. Following that, pass through the old market before meandering down narrow, crooked, and timeless streets, discovering heritage-listed buildings as well as the city's history and culture. Your storyteller guide will show you hidden places, share the history of the city, and make recommendations for the ways to save money and explore the best of the city. You'll then enjoy some sightseeing of the 18th-century Bagore Ki Haveli, which was constructed by a Mewar prime minister. Following that, encounter a Jagdish temple which is decorated by beautiful ornate carvings. You'll later visit Gangori Ghat and Lal Ghat, which are famous waterfronts of Udaipur. The majestic City Palace of Udaipur will be next, which is covered with impressive balconies, towers, and cupolas. You'll finally visit Tripolia Gate, which is a three-arched gate which was built in 1711, as well as the marble-built Jagat Shiromani.

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Udaipur: Evening Horse Riding Experience in the Countryside

6. Udaipur: Evening Horse Riding Experience in the Countryside

Begin your experience with pick-up at 3:30pm from your hotel in Udaipur. You will be driven to the farm located on the outskirts of Udaipur city. On reaching the farm, enjoy a warm welcome with piping hot tea or coffee and cookies. After relishing the supper, you will be taken for Marwari horse riding under the supervision of a professional instructor. Ride this famous cavalry horse breed and feel like a true Rajput warrior. Afterwards, you will be taken to the quaint lake of Jogi Talaab to catch your breath after the exhilarating experience. After the exciting evening, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Udaipur, terminating the Udaipur city horse riding tour package. 

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From Udaipur: Private Transfer to Jodhpur via Ranakpur

7. From Udaipur: Private Transfer to Jodhpur via Ranakpur

After being picked up from either your centrally located hotel in Udaipur or the railway or bus station in the morning, you will depart for Jodhpur. First, you will visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will learn the history of the fort while enjoying its mesmerizing views. Afterwards you will go to the Jain Temple in Ranakpur. It is believed that the temple was built in the 15th century under the direction of Seth Dharna Shah, who was a follower of Jainism and a businessman by profession. He constructed the temple with the help of Rana Kumbha, the king of Mewar whose condition for help was that the temple be named after him. There are four entrances to reach the main chamber where the idol of Adinath is placed. There are also five pillars in the temple and each holds idols of various Tirthankaras. The biggest pillar that stands in the center holds an idol of Adinath. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Jodhpur, where your tour will conclude.

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Udaipur: Highlights of Udaipur, Guided Half-Day Car Tour

8. Udaipur: Highlights of Udaipur, Guided Half-Day Car Tour

Explore the beautiful and colorful royal haveli of Bagore. It was built in the 18th century and is situated on the lakeside and loved by photographers. Discover the marvelous and mesmerizing ornate carvings on Jagdish Temple, built in the 17th century. Visit the most famous ghats on Lake Pichola and listen to the inspiring stories about the history, culture, and life of Udaipur. Continue the tour and stop to try local food delicacies and learn about local food culture. Enjoy a visit to the famous local markets of Udaipur. Your guide will help you navigate and explore the old alleyways for an offbeat experience. Visit the beautiful Fateh Sagar Lake and listen to the heartwarming stories of the Rajputs Dynasty, which is loved by locals. Continue to explore more popular local sites, including the beautiful Saheliyon ki Bari or "Garden of Maids," built for royal women, and more. See the city palace of Udaipur and complete the tour with a big smile on your face and beautiful memories to cherish in your photos.

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Ranakpur Jain Temple Private Excursion from Udaipur

9. Ranakpur Jain Temple Private Excursion from Udaipur

Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali, and the Jain temple was built during the reign of the monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th-century. This temple is world-famous for being one of the 5 most important Jain shrines in India. It is comprised of 5 spires, 20 domes, 29 halls and 420 pillars. Almost every inch of material used in its construction is alive with lavish and delicate carvings and no 2 pillars are alike. The ingenuity of the layout was such that the entire structure is bathed in natural light that streams in from the courtyards within the temple, opened out to the sky. The temple is known for its unique Jainism design and architecture. The large complex houses the smaller Chaumukha, Parsvanath, Neminath, Amba Mata and Surya temples. Amongst all these, the Chaumukha temple, shaped like a Nalinigulm Vimana (heavenly aircraft) is a major attraction and is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of Jain Rishabdev, also known as Adinath.

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Transfer from Jodhpur to Udaipur via Jain Temple in Ranakpur

10. Transfer from Jodhpur to Udaipur via Jain Temple in Ranakpur

You will be picked up in the morning by an English-speaking driver from Jodhpur Airport, Jodhpur Junction Railway Station, the bus station or your centrally located hotel in Jodhpur. After pick-up, you will leave for Jain Temple in Ranakpur. It is believed that the Ranakpur temple was built in the 15th century under the direction of Seth Dharna Shah, who was a follower of Jainism and a businessman by profession. He constructed the temple with the help of Rana Kumbha, the king of Mewar, whose condition for help was that the temple be named after him. There are four entrances to reach the main chamber, where the idol of Adinath is placed. There are also five pillars in the temple, each holding idols of various Tirthankaras. The biggest pillar, standing in the center of all others, holds an idol of Adinath. After visiting the beautiful Jain Temple, you will be taken to Udaipur, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or preferred location.

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4.3 / 5

based on 41 reviews

It was a great experience, nothing unnecessary, no shops and lunches (just when we felt really hungry we asked our driver to find something for us and he found a really tasty and cheap cafe). Several more words about the driver. He was the best ever! He was really experienced (and fashionable in his multicolored turban))) with a great sense of humor and quite good English. Unfortunately I forgot his name. You do not really need a guide visiting those places, and we were honestly told that. Everything was prepaid, we were given audio guides for Ranakpur. So, it turned to be one of our best tours in India (together with Taj). Ranakpur is for sure a must-see place, an incredible one.

Very good tour to get from A to B. Since there is no direct train route from Udaipur to Jodhpur, we have decided on this and it does not regret the route is beautiful and adventurous at the same time! You make a very beautiful impressive fort and visit a fantastic temple! Our driver was very friendly and showed us a lot of things along the way!

awesome experience of cooking Indian food with Neelam, Nimu and family we got to see and prepare many dishes, Laxman took photos of steps and given to me so I could focus more on cooking.

The trip was excruciating. Well coordinated. The guide and driver were very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend them to everyone.

Guide well knowledge of area. And has lots of information to pass on