Things to do in Udaipur

Things to do in Udaipur

Many have found themselves succumbing to the charm and allure of Udaipur. It’s a romantic setting (arguably one of the best that India has to offer) that’s pretty enough to make even seen-it-all sorts weak at the knees. Found nestled beside the calm waters of Lake Pichola and hugged by the purple-ridged Aravalli Range that stretches as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to feel the enigmatic pull of this Indian haven. Plus, there are so many things to do in Udaipur, from exploring the mammoth palaces, temples and traditional ornately decorated havelis, to wandering the narrow, well-trodden streets that vein their way across the city. However you opt to spend your days discovering this slice of paradise, you’ll be sure to feel the sense of serenity that envelops it, and we can ensure that you experience it all. From organising boating trips on the lake, with the rolling countryside casting shadows on the city below, to learning about India’s thriving music scene. You can even venture into the colourful chaos of the hustle and heat of the city's bazaars, where this treasure trove of tradition also plays host to a lively art scene and textiles industry (that we can help you discover). Before settling in for a night of good food and even better company, you’ll be sure to find yourself falling hard for this captivating metropolitan mecca.

  1. Boat Your Way Across Lake Pichola
  2. Explore the Textile Artisans of Udaipur
  3. Discover Traditional Indian Music
  4. Enjoy a Private Cooking Experience


Boat Your Way Across Lake Pichola

There are so many things to do in Udaipur and so many ways to discover it, be that on wheels, feet, horseback or our personal favourite; by boat. You can watch the simplicity of life ebb and flow as you make your way through the freshwaters of Lake Pichola, on the border of Udaipur. Among its calm ripples (that stretch a staggering 2.5 miles long and 1.8 miles wide) lie four islands, brimming with colossal temples and palaces, confirming that a boat trip is the best and easiest way to appreciate Udaipur from a new perspective. We can organise this hour-long excursion, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, where you can spot and snap the City Palace that appears to be floating above the water. Afterwards, you’ll disembark and head out on foot with your guide, to explore the old city in all its glory.

Boat on a lake in Udaipur


Explore the Textile Artisans of Udaipur

Centuries have slipped by and revealed countless talented artisans residing in Udaipur's colourful and bustling quarters. Many are still making exquisite textiles, the process of which has been passed down through the ages from generation to generation. Little has changed in the years gone by, and what better way to discover the rich and vibrant artistry of this Indian gem than by meeting the artists themselves? Embark on a creative discovery, learning the traditional methods used to create the wonderful textiles you’ll find adorning the city. During the two-and-a-half-hour experience, your private English-speaking guide will be able to translate and tell of the incredible stories that this magnificent sector is home too.


Discover Traditional Indian Music

Music has the innate ability to motivate, calm and inspire us, serving as the backdrop upon which we live our lives, and India is no exception when it comes to understanding and appreciating this. Music plays a pivotal role in life, religion and more here. It’s the expression of long-standing traditions and the artistic skills are passed down over the years. A master of this is musician Pandit Ram Krishna Bose, who is highly skilled in playing the Sitar, Santoor and Tabla. This is a must on the list of things to do in Udaipur, offering curious travellers an introduction to Indian classical music, which is then followed by a short voice recital and demonstrations on the Tabla and Sitar. An immersive experience that’s sure to reiterate the power that music holds within Indian culture, it will undoubtedly give you a new track to play on repeat, as you reminisce on a trip well spent.

Musicians playing in India


Enjoy a Private Cooking Experience

There’s no disputing that when it comes to food, India knows what it’s doing. Each unspooling train track and journey into a new city can reveal new spice combinations and ways to make you fall in love with food all over again. This love affair with flavour has seeped into every corner and dish served in Udaipur, and now keen travellers, self-proclaimed foodies and novice chefs can don their aprons and learn from the best. The secrets of the thriving Indian cuisine scene will be revealed in an evening, where you’ll lovingly prepare food alongside a local family. Discover a whole host of Indian flavours, textures and tricks, as you get stuck into creating a range of dishes, before sitting down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour. You’ll leave with stomachs full and hearts warmed, content in the knowledge that you’ve learned something new (which you can whip up for friends when back on home turf) and experienced a memory-making moment unlike any other.