Aerial view of Udaipur city from city palace.

A self-guided photo tour in the white city of Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur is known as the “City of Lakes” and “White city.” It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in ancient times. Udaipur is a very famous tourist destination and is visited by people all over the world for its history, culture, lakes and the old palaces. In fact, the famous James Bond film “Octopussy” was also filmed in this very city. I visited Udaipur in November of 2017 for two days the purpose of photography and using this guide you can also visit some of the picturesque locations in the city. If you are interested in more photographs, you can visit my other blog Udaipur photography.

Explore the white city 

Very few people know that Udaipur is known as the “White city” of India because of the buildings in the old part of the city are white in color. You can witness this as you walk through the old lanes near the pichola lake. However if you do not feel comfortable walking by yourself, you can easily join any walking tours conducted by local tour operators.

People walking in a busy street with different shops and vehicles in Udaipur.
People walking in a busy street with different shops and vehicles in Udaipur.
People walking in a narrow street with different vehicles and shops.
People walking in a narrow street with different vehicles and shops.


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White colored narrow lanes in Udaipur
White colored narrow lanes in Udaipur

City palace:

City palace in Udaipur is a massive palace complex on the banks of Pichola lake.  It took around 400 years to be completed. Of all the palaces, that I have visited in Rajasthan, it had the best interior architecture. One can also get a panoramic view of the Udaipur city from the top of the palace. It will take around 2 hours to tour the entire palace. 

Colorful interior architecture of city palace in Udaipur.
Colorful interior architecture of city palace in Udaipur.
Colorful glass decoration in the Interior of city palace in Udaipur.
Colorful glass decoration in the Interior of city palace in Udaipur.
Interior architecture of city palace in Udaipur.
Interior architecture of city palace in Udaipur.

Bagore ki haveli:

Bagore-ki-Haveli is a haveli on the banks of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. The Prime Minister of Mewar, Amar Chand Badwa built it in the 18th century. It is not a big palace, but a small building but it is worth visiting. From the outside, it may not look much but the interior architecture is very good, there are beautiful colored glass windows inside the rooms which are worth seeing. In the evening, a puppet show is held there, which tourists may enjoy.

Colorful red colored interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.
Colorful red colored interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.


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Colorful green and white interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.
Colorful green and white interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.
Interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.
Interior architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur.

Pichola lake:

Pichola lake is a large artificial fresh water lake created for the purpose of providing drinking water and irrigation to the people. There are many important historical monuments built on the ghats of this lake. Best time would be to visit during sunset at Gangori Ghat. There are very few boating facilities available as I saw one tourist boat during my two day visit.

A boat sailing over pichola lake in Udaipur.
A boat sailing over pichola lake in Udaipur.


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Tourists relaxing on the ghats at Pichola lake.
Tourists relaxing on the ghats at Pichola lake.
The famous Gangori ghat on the banks of Pichola lake in Udaipur.
The famous Gangori ghat on the banks of Pichola lake in Udaipur.

Fateh sagar lake:

Fateh sagar lake is quite underrated in terms of tourism, as it is mainly visited by locals. Nevertheless, I found to be clean, beautiful and well maintained than Pichola lake. It has a beautiful park along the banks of the lake with mountains in the background.

Sunset over Fateh sagar lake in Udaipur.
Sunset over Fateh sagar lake in Udaipur.
Sunset over Fateh sagar lake in Udaipur.
Sunset over Fateh sagar lake in Udaipur.

Getting around

If you stay in the old city, you can explore the surrounding areas by foot. If you do not feel like walking, Tuk-tuks are available for exploring different areas.

When to visit:

It is recommend to visit Udaipur from October to February, because during summer it reaches around 40°C or more.

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If you are interested in knowing more about Rajasthan, visit my other blogs on Jodhpur street photographyJodhpur sightseeingMandore gardenJaisalmer street photographyJaisalmer photo tourPatwon Ki HaveliBada BaghPushkar mela photography,  KuldharaJaipur architecture street photography and Jaipur photo tour.

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16 Comments

  1. Amazing pics @Saurabh. I too love Udaipur’s street culture and the vibrant lifestyle of this lovely town. Thanks for bringing old memories back.

  2. Loved reading this and looking at your excellent photographs of this elegant city. I visited Udaipur over 20 years ago and your post brought back some lovely memories.

  3. I would definitely love to do street photography there! streets look really authentic and there are many colorful elements.
    How do people react to a guy walking with a camera there?

    1. If you go during the tourist season, you will find a lot of people with cameras in their hands. It should be fine, but avoid the areas without any tourists and keep an eye for cheats posing as guides. Also, if someone does not wish their pictures to be taken, politely delete them.

  4. The blue city palace and the Bagore ki haveli palace are stunning colours. Very stunning. I wonder if they’ve been transformed to hotels or stays. I hope not because everyoe should be able to experience these colours.

  5. Udaipur is indeed one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India. I visited Udaipur a couple of years back and I was completely mesmerised by its hypnotic beauty. The huge lakes surrounded by majestic Aravalli Hills, the royal palaces, architectural temples and unmatched hospitality – everything was amazing about this city. Your post has refreshed my memories. I didn’t know it is also known as the ‘White City’. Great post!

  6. The more and more photos I see of India and the more I read about it, the more I fall in love with it! Your photos in this post are lovely 🙂

  7. The palaces are magnificent. Not only is there such beauty, there is the history that adds to their attractiveness. The landscape seems magical and what a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images. I have read your blog and seriously it’s too informative. After reading out this blog we can imagine the beauty of Udaipur in the real world.

  8. Great blog with stunning images, Udaipur is indeed a nice place to stay, I wanted to spend some more days over there, but my trip was only for 2 days but still I’ve covered most of the places to visit. Really awesome lakes and palaces. The hotels are luxurious, one of the best place in Rajasthan.

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