Nestled in the bosom of Aravalli hills, Udaipur- the city of lakes, is also called Venice of India. It’s a city of timeless wonders and fascinating marvels.
From the massive City Palace to the pristine Jag Mandir Palace perched on Lake Pichola, from the ancient Bagore ki Haveli to the palatial hilltop residence of Sajjangarh Palace- there is enough to remind you of its glorious royal past.
Udaipur is a photographer’s delight. With its naturally lush landscapes, beautiful gardens, palaces, forts, Havelis, & monuments, there is ample to capture through the lens to get some amazing picture-worthy frames. So, get set to explore these five Instagram Spots in Udaipur that you just can’t miss.
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1. City Palace
Filled with remnants of history, art& culture, the City Palace of Udaipur is a melange of unique architecture.
Overlooking the Lake Pichola, the palace houses many historic monuments in its complex, including the main Tripolia (triple) gate, SurajGokhda, Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (Palace of glass and mirrors), Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), Krishna Vilas (named after Lord Krishna), and some beautiful mini-palaces interlinked through a number of zigzag corridors.
One of the most prominent Udaipur Instagram spots, the City Palace has some truly enchanting frames. Grand facades, intricately drawn patterns, detailed archways, jaw-dropping mirror-work, ornate courtyards, and strikingly colored gorgeous balconies and windows that offer stunning panoramic views of the city of Udaipur on one side and those of Lake Pichola and its islands- Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, and Mohan Mandir, on the other side.
2. Lake Palace
Truly a fairytale destination, Lake Pichola is the most beautiful of all lakes in Udaipur. Flanked by Havelis, hills, and temples on all sides, this man-made lake lies in the backyard of City Palace and houses two beautiful island-palaces- Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas, each more magnificent than the other.
Jag Niwas, now a five-star Taj Hotel, was once a royal summer retreat and still carries some of that reminiscent essence. This marvelous 250-years-old hotel is adorned with black and white marbles & decked with semi-precious stones. Lush gardens, pillared terraces, fountains, columns, and ornamented niches line its courtyards and an exquisite dome, paired with contemporary architecture, exhibits the true sense of eastern splendor to all those who stay as guests in Jag Niwas.
Jag Mandir, which is also called the Lake Garden Palace, is a three-storied palace where non-residential guests can sit back and relax in the garden courtyard or the Darikhana (open-sided terrace,) and explore the “Palace of Twelve Stones”, Gul Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and the palace of KunwarPada.
Out of all the places to visit in Udaipur where you can get some amazing clicks, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas stand out because of their mesmerizing architecture. The fact that they are surrounded by water and act as the perfect vantage point for capturing bewitching sunrise and sunset shots only adds to their overall appeal.
3. Karni Mata Ropeway
Apart form the mesmerizing City Palace and Lake Pichola, there’s another gorgeous place in Udaipur- Karni Mata temple, perched high on Macchala Hill.
The temple stands in the memory of warrior sage Karni Mata who is also an official deity of the Jodhpur and Bikaner royal families. What will take you off guard is that it is the home to nearly 25,000 black rats, called Kabbas, and a few white rats, which are revered and worshipped. Popular belief stands that feeding these rats brings good fortune.
Take the ropeway from Deendayal Upadhyay Park to Karni Mata, preferably at sunset, and watch the sky change shades as the city of Udaipur lights up from one end to the other. That’s your opportunity to capture the best shots.
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4. Sajjangarh Fort
A palatial residence built in 1884; Sajjangarh Fort offers a unique panoramic view of Udaipur’s lakes, palaces, and entire countryside.
Built on marble pillars, Sajjangarh’s beautiful walls are carved with exquisite motifs of flowers & leaves, with jharokhas, gardens, and fountains spread across its expanse. Surrounded by forests which are now a part of Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, this area also attracts people who are interested in bird-watching and mild trekking tours.
But, if you are on a Photography Tour In Rajasthan, Sajjangarh Fort offers you some truly enchanting photo opportunities. From its interior facade to the cover of lush green jungles around it, from its ramparts to the winding streets leading up to it, the Monsoon palace is a good location for those wanting to experiment with different types of photography.
5. Saheliyon ki Bari
This beautiful garden, which once used to be the relaxing spot for young princesses, queens, and their maids, houses some unique marble art. It is outlined with fountains, kiosks, and Chhatris and is popular for its lotus pool as well as for having a diverse variety of flowerbeds, plants, and trees.
Out of all the Instagram spots in Udaipur, Saheliyoki Bari has the advantage of abundant natural lighting and a beautiful background.
Other Places to Visit near Udaipur for Great Photography
While this list gives you the names of the top places where you can explore the royal past of Udaipur while taking you to spots for some downright astonishing photographs, this is not an exhaustive list by any means. There are a whole lot of places to visit near Udaipur that deserve to be explored for their unique character, like AmbraiGhat, Gangaurghat, DudhTalai, Mewar Biodiversity Park, GulabBagh, Shilpgram, JagadishChowk, & FatehSagar Lakeside, among others.
If you are looking for more details about other places in Udaipur that you can visit for stunning views & photography, then stay tuned to this space as we will be updating this list from time to time.