Udaipur, the city of lakes and also the Venice of East is one of the calm and peaceful cities I have ever been to. The vibe you get while in this city is just great. This Udaipur Budget Travel guide is about how you can travel to Udaipur on a Budget and have a great time in this beautiful and historical city. This guide includes everything you need when you would be visiting Udaipur like transportation, food, budget places to stay in, best places to visit.
Let’s begin with the article.
Best and Budget places to stay.
When it comes to accommodation, Udaipur is certainly one of the cheapest cities I traveled. Being a solo traveler, I have always loved staying in hostels. The hostels in Udaipur are just so different and the interior they have in almost all the hostels is just very mesmerizing. The building in which these hostels are situated are very different than the usual hostels we are used to seeing.
You can expect to pay around Rs.800 to Rs.1700 for around 4 days, which is just $11 to $23 (US Dollars). And just to be clear, this price is for total 4 days and just per night rates.
The amount I paid for the 4 nights I was here was Rs.1450 ($20) and I stayed at Moustache Udaipur.
I am going to list down the hostels which offer the price range I have mentioned above. You can choose anyone of them, according to your liking.
Backpacker Panda Udaipur.(New)
Moustache Udaipur. (The one I stayed in)
Hide-In Udaipur. (New)
These are the hostels you can stay in without spending a lot. The hostels mentioned above had the pricing when I’m writing this article. It would be possible that the price increase when you are reading this article. But don’t worry there won’t be a huge price difference, it would only be around Rs.100 or Rs.200. That’s your first step for Udaipur on a Budget.
I am saying you should stay only at these hostels, if you are getting a good deal at any other hostels then it would be great, but don’t spend more than Rs.1700 ($23) for the 4 days you are here.
The 5 Day Udaipur Budget Itinerary.
Day 1 –
On the first day I love exploring the local areas of the places I go. Udaipur is very famous for it’s Lakes and Ghats right in the center of the city. Starting your day with these would be a very good option for you. Let’s start with the places to visit around
1) Lake Pichola
One of the famous lakes in Udaipur. The quite amazing thing about this is that it is an artificial lake and the area around this is very peaceful. There are many places around where you can see this lake like rooftop restaurants, bridges, Ghats and so on. Lake Pichola is spread around a large area in Udaipur. The lake was just 5 mins away from my hostel. It also had a rooftop which gave this amazing view of this lake. After coming to Udaipur your first stop should definitely be Lake Pichola.
2) Gangaur Ghat.
A Very famous spot to see the Lake Pichola is Gangaur Ghat. It is right on the banks of this lake and also it is a very photogenic places in all Udaipur. Nowadays such spots are called as the Instagram Spots. This is definitely a very popular Instagram spot in Udaipur. Many movies also have been shot in this very location. One of my favorite movies Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was also shot here.
3) Bagore Ki Haveli.
Just right next to the Gangaur Ghat you will find this amazing museum known as the Bagore Ki Haveli. If you want another great view of Lake Pichola then definitely this place should be on your list. Also, there is a folk-dance cultural show called Dharohar Dance Show at 7 p.m. in this museum, you don’t want to miss that out. Make sure you get there earlier as the ticket are only available till 6:15 p.m.
4) Jagdish Temple.
A very famous and a well-known temple around Udaipur, the Jagdish Temple is very popular due to obvious reasons. The aarti which commences here is truly magical to watch and one should definitely witness it once. The songs, the people, the culture are very fascinating to watch.
The timings for the Aarti are as follows
5) Ambrai Ghat
Looking for a perfect place to spend some time in the night? Ambrai Ghat is the place you need. This place gives the perfect view of the Lake Pichola and the major attraction around it. The part where everything starts to light up is really magical and it gives you a very pleasant vibe.
You should definitely come to this place after you have your dinner and take a nice walk around here.
This were the places you can visit on your first day.
The total cost on Day 1 would just be the Entry Fees in Bagore Ki Haveli museum, the Folk-Dance show in it and the Lunch and Dinner you would have. Rest all the attractions are completely free of cost.
Entry Fees – Rs.60 for Indians and Rs.100 for Foreigners.
Folk-Dance Show – Rs.90 for Indians and Rs.150 for Foreigners.
Total cost would be Rs.150 for the Day 1.
After a very lazy Day 1, start you Day 2 with visiting the most iconic and famous places in Udaipur.
1) City Palace.
It is safe to say that The City Palace is the most famous place in Udaipur. Your trip to Udaipur is not complete without a visit to City Palace. The City Palace has many things to around starting from the giant view of City and Palace, followed by the museum and an amazing view of the Lake. There are also various boats rides which you can visit here.
There is separate entry fee for The City Palace entry and the City Palace Museum.
City Palace – Rs.30
City Palace Museum – Rs.250
2) Vintage Car Museum.
Fan of cars or not, this place will really make you fall in love with the old and beautiful cars they have around here. An interesting fact is that one of the cars here was used in the James Bond movie Octopussy. It is the elite 1934 Rolls Royce. Also, there are few cars which were used to escort Queen Elizabeth to the Airport in 1961.
Entry Fees – Rs.250.
3) Gulab Bagh.
It is a very ancient garden with lush green surrounding spread all over the place. It was built around in 1881 during the reign of Maharaja Sajjan Singh. Earlier it was also known as the Sajjan Niwas Garden. It is just at 10 min walk from the Vintage Car Museum. There are also little markets inside the Garden, you can also do some shopping while you are around here. These markets are only organized on specific days, so make sure you enquire about it before visiting.
4) Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata Temple.
A temple situated on a hill top which gives you an amazing view of the entire city. This temple is arund 15 min walk from the City Palace and also there is a little climb till the top of the temple. After you reach the top, you will get a perfect view of Lake Pichola and all the attractions around them. There is no entry fee for this temple. You only have to pay for parking if you bring your own vehicle.
5)Sunset Pint/ Doodh Talai.
This is a place where you can get boat rides for Lake Pichola and also a ride to Jag Mandir. It is one of those places where you can come and chill and have a wonderful evening. Also, a very good place for taking some amazing time-lapse.
The total cost for Day 2 would be Rs.530.
1) Moti Magri/ Maharana Pratap Smarak.
The statue built here of Maharana Pratap is entirely made up of Bronze. It is situated on top of a hill near the Fateh Sagar Lake. It was built to salute and be thankful for the brave and great things done by Maharana Pratap.
There is also a sound and light show inside this, make sure to witness that.
Entry Fees – Rs.75
Light and Sound Show – Rs.130
2) Saheliyon Ki Bari
This is one of the most interesting gardens I have ever been to. It was built around between 1710 – 1734 by Maharana Sangram Singh II for the entertainment of the royal queens and their maids of honor. The main attraction of this garden are definitely the Lawns, Fountains, Lotus Pool.
There is various painting inside the facility by some early artists. Just look about it on the internet before you go there, or else you would get lost into various things which are there inside this place. Guides are also available at the gate if you want one.
Entry Fees – Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.50 for Foreigners.
3) Fateh Sagar Lake.
This is the second artificial lake in Udaipur. It is the bigger lake among the two main lakes in Udaipur. The best way to take a tour of the lake is by the boat rides. Fare of the boat ride is less as compared to the boat ride in Lake Pichola. Although this is not a very picturesque place but won’t be disappointed as well.
4) Sukhadia Circle.
A garden situated right in the center of the road. This place is very good to chill and relax during your busy day running around Udaipur. There are not entry fees in this place so you won’t have any problem coming down and sitting here.
There is fountain situated right in the center of this garden and you can also do some boat rides around it.
Total cost for Day 3 would be Rs.210
1) Fateh Sagar Pal.
This is a walkway located on the upper side of Fateh Sagar Lake. It is the one where all the local and tourist people come in the evening and chill around. There are kids skating around this place.
There is also an aquarium located near this called as Under the Sea. These are the few things you can do around this place.
This is a place where you will find the rural arts and crafts.
3) Badi Lake/ Tiger Lake.
A Lake located a little away form the city. Badi Lake is a very isolated lake and a quite one as compared to the other two lakes. There are hardly any public transportation available to go to this lake. The only one reliable way to reach here is Uber.
I went to this place by Hitch Hiking. There were many people which helped me during this. While coming back I was lucky to hop on to a public us all the way till Fateh Sagar Lake.
4) Monsoon Palace.
This is not the kind of place you will like. It is nothing but a bunch of building just located at the top of a mountain. This Palace was built by the king just to see the Monsoon clouds coming from far away. Thus, the name Monsoon Palace.
If you are short of time you can skip this place and spent some more time in the city.
These are the place you can visit in Udaipur during your 4-day trip.
You can change and manage the Itinerary whichever way you like and which is convenient to you.
Talking about the costs.
The Overall cost required for me for just the Attractions is Rs.1000.
This was the best part of my trip to Udaipur. All the attractions except for Badi Lake and the Monsoon Palace were at a walking distance. The overall transportation cost I spent was Rs.150.
The total cost for my 4-Day stay was Rs.1450.
The overall cost for food was around Rs.1500.
OVERALL COST FOR THE TRIP = RS.4100 for 4 Days.
You can add your transportation cost from the city you all are coming from to the total budget.
Trains wouldn’t cost you more. The average rate you would pay for a train journey from the major cities in India to Udaipur is around Rs.500.
Hope you loved this budget travel guide.
See you on my next Journey.
Keep Traveling. Keep Budgeting.