We know Rajasthan by Jaipur’s royal palaces, Pushkar’s distinct culture, Jaipur’s kaleidoscopic shopping streets and whatnot. But Udaipur as well could be this mosaic’s most eclectic; because you can’t pin what exactly this melting pot of beauty stands for. City of lakes? City of lake palaces? City of authentic handicrafts? Well, enough stating the obvious—we have compiled this quick guide on what we have always overlooked while talking about Udaipur. The temples of Udaipur. The beautiful, jewel box temples of Udaipur.
Best temples to visit in Udaipur
1. Shri Jagdish Temple
Shri Jagdish Temple is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur. Up and running since 1651, god knows what secrets and mysteries that stay entrapped in this pristine white temple! Shri Jagdish Temple and its construction are of pivotal importance in the history of Mewar dynasty. The temple is situated just 1.4 km away from one of the best places to stay in Udaipur—the Taj Lake Palace. the grandeur of this palatial 5-star hotel will make you feel like a royal in no time!
Location: 1 Jagdish temple, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 4:15 am – 1:00 pm and 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
2. Shri Eklingji Temple
Shri Ekling Ji Temple is a place that celebrates spirituality and art alike, and the mysterious aura that engulfs the four-faced Lord Shiva dubbed as the ruler of Mewar dynasty speaks volume about the same. Looted and ruined over and over only to be restored with more glory in the coming times, the history of Shri Eklingji Temple goes way back. If you love mythological stories, you will definitely like everything about this and other Udaipur temples.
Location: Delvada road, Eklingji, Rajasthan 313202
Timings: 10:30 am – 6:15 pm
3. Mahakaleshwar Temple
Temples in Udaipur are proofs that no time and passing of decades can take away the glory of India’s very own architectural magnificence. This, when coupled with spirituality only adds to the curiosity of worshippers and photographers who have Udaipur temples in their bucket list somewhere if not at the top. Mahakaleshwar Temple is precisely one of those temples in Udaipur that you have to see and feel to believe the ethereal aspects of Hindu mythology.
Location: Rani Rd, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 4:15 am – 1:00 pm and 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
4. Bohra Ganesh Temple
In this list of temples in Udaipur, Bohra Ganesh Temple truly needs no introduction. Being one of the very famous temples of Lord Ganesh, which also happens to be very ancient, say 350 years old—it is easy to see why Bohra Ganesh Temple is visited by thousands and thousands of visitors each and every year. And during festivals and Ganesh Chaturthi? Oh, that’s a whole new ball game altogether!
Location: Bohra Ganesh Ji, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
5. Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata
Riding a cable car taking in views of the mist-wrapped surroundings to reach a mountain temple which only accentuates the view—one of the best things to do in Udaipur! This is not the only highlight. Located high above the Machla Magra Hills, Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata summarizes the entire beautiful city of Udaipur in a nutshell by providing a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city. Did you also know Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata is the famous rat temple in Udaipur?
Location: Jawahar Nagar, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
6. Mahalaxmi Temple
Dedicated to the goddess of prosperity, Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the favourite temples in Udaipur swarmed by locals and tourists alike. Mahalaxmi Temple which is built by Maharana Shambhu Singh has inspired a countless number of devotional songs, mythological stories and books. No doubt this Udaipur temple is famous nationwide.
Location: Bhatiyani Chohatta, Near mamaji ki haveli, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
7. Sahastrabahu Temple
The beautiful architecture and the serene atmosphere are wonderful, but not the best part. The highlight? This Udaipur temple has a backstory worth listening to. It is believed that king Mahipala of Kachchhwaha Dynasty wanted to build a Vishnu shrine for his beloved wife and later a Shiva shrine for his daughter-in-law—thus dedicating a beautiful Sahastrabahu (Saas means Mother-in-law and Bahu means Daughter-in-law) temple for both of them.
Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313202
Timings: 5:00 am – 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
8. Neemach Mata Temple
This temple itself is quite of an adventure. You climb hundreds of stairs and reward yourself with beautiful lake views and gushing wind. The region curbs the entry of vehicles and hence the air is fresh and the night skies are heavenly. Don’t forget to visit Fateh Sahar Lake, the pride of Udaipur which is just 3.2 km away from the Neemach Mata Temple.
Location: Fateh Sagar Rd, Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Timings: Open 24 hours
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