With two days in beautiful Udaipur, India’s Lake City, you’ll be able to check out the romantic city’s gorgeous palaces and temples and still have enough time left over to go on a day trip into the Rajasthani desert for more stunning architecture. Here’s one way to do it.
Spend your morning exploring the beautiful City Palace complex, a collection of 11 interconnected regal buildings on the banks of Lake Pichola. Don’t miss the City Palace Museum, a fascinating showcase of old artillery, regalia, and other artifacts from the past five centuries.
After lunch, check out the beautifully carved pillars at the city’s famous Jagdish Temple, a short walk from the City Palace. Then make your way to the outskirts of town to take in the views from striking Monsoon Palace, a 9-story structure that got its name because it was once used by royals to watch monsoon clouds roll by.
Wrap up your evening with a romantic dinner at Jag Mandir, an elegant palace complex right in the middle of Lake Pichola. Opulent buffet dinners are served here most nights, and a boat ride out to the island to dine makes for an enchanting way to end your first day in Udaipur.
Get up bright and early and make your way out to Kumbalgarh, home to the second-largest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). This enormous fort dates to the 15th century and stands some 1,200 feet (365 meters) above sea level. Getting there is half the fun and involves a drive through the Aravalli mountains that skirt the area.
From Kumbalgarh, it's about an hour and a half by car into the Rajasthani desert to Ranakpur, known for its stunning 15th-century Jain Temple. This huge complex features a number of smaller temples made primarily of intricately carved marble and pillars. If you're short on time and want to get back to Udaipur by evening, skip Ranakpur and instead stop on the way back from Kumbalgarh at Eklingji, a temple town with 108 temples of varying sizes, most devoted to Lord Shiva.
If you’ve opted to check out Ranakpur, you probably won’t get back to Udaipur until fairly late in the evening. However, if you do make it back in time, a dramatic sound-and-light show at the City Palace is a great way to spend your last evening in Udaipur.