Being a city of lakes, many parks in Udaipur have been constructed around the water's edge, and what they offer varies. Some showcase Udaipur's heritage, while others are known for their sunsets and scenery. There are parks that provide nature and wildlife, and those that cater to fitness fanatics. And of course, some are best suited to families with kids. Read on to discover Udaipur's best parks.
Visiting regal Saheliyon ki Bari (Courtyard of Maidens) is one of the top things to do in Udaipur. This elegant garden was made by Mewar ruler Maharana Sangram Singh—popularly known as Rana Sanga—in the 18th century as a recreational space for the royal ladies, with features including marble pavilions, elephant sculptures, fountains, lotus ponds, trees, and flowers. Maharana Bhupal Singh added ornate cascading rain fountains, imported from England, in the late 19th century. Not long after, the garden unfortunately flooded; however, Maharana Fateh Singh reconstructed it, along with nearby Fateh Sagar Lake. There is also a small museum with a collection of royal paintings, antiques, and other items.
Saheliyon ki Bari is located about 15 minutes north of the City Palace Complex on the eastern side of the lake. It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; entry tickets cost 10 rupees for Indians and 50 rupees for foreigners.
Maharana Pratap Memorial Park
Learn more about the legacy of the Mewar royal family at Maharana Pratap Memorial Park atop Moti Magri (Pearl Hill). The park features a towering bronze statue of 16th-century Mewar king Maharana Pratap and his dear horse Chetak, who valiantly fought together against invading Mughals. The park's expansive and well-designed grounds include several smaller gardens built in memory of various Mewar rulers; a Japanese rock garden; man-made waterfall; and the Hall of Heroes museum, which features paintings and large models of mighty Mewar forts such as Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh. Notably, the park is a plastic and tobacco-free zone.
Moti Magri adjoins Fateh Sagar Lake just south of Saheliyon ki Bari. It's possible to walk up to the top of the hill in about 20 minutes, or take a car and pay a 120-rupee parking fee. Park entry tickets cost 90 rupees per person; opening hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. A sound and light show, in Hindi only, is held at 7:30 p.m.
Guru Gobind Singh Park
This well-established spot was named after the 10th guru of the Sikh religion and lies at the bottom of Moti Magri. Located next to Fateh Sagar Lake, Guru Gobind Singh Park has a range of fitness and play equipment amid the greenery, and is an ideal place for joining the locals in their early morning exercise. If you're here later in the day, head south to Zinc Park for lovely views of the sunset.
Navigating your way to Nehru Park is half the fun, as it occupies an island in Fateh Sagar Lake. To get here, you'll have to take a boat from the jetty opposite Guru Govind Singh Park; boats usually depart throughout the day, but only run when the water level in the lake is high enough.
Entry to the park is free, but you'll need to pay for boat tickets. The cost is about 120 rupees per person for adults and 60 rupees for children (ages 3–8).
Rajiv Gandhi Park
On the other side of Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajiv Gandhi Park opened in 2008 and is dedicated to India's sixth and youngest Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, who served during the 1980s. In addition to a memorial statue of him, this huge park has a children's playground, animal statues, and a food court. It's a popular destination for local families more-so than tourists.
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry tickets cost 10 rupees for Indians and 25 rupees for foreigners.
Want to show your affection for Udaipur by posing next to the landmark "I Love Udaipur" sign? Pratap Park is where you'll find it. This relatively new park opened in 2017 and juts out from the western bank of Lake Pichola. It honors late Pratap Bhandari, who helped develop and promote tourism in the city. Pratap Park is eco-friendly, with solar lights, recycled cement tiles, and atural neem organic fertilizer used for the garden. Its free open-air gymnasium and walking track draw fitness enthusiasts.
Opening hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but it's best to go during daylight.
Jungle Safari Park
South of Pratap Park, Jungle Safari Park was originally a hunting ground for erstwhile kings. Unlike what its name suggests, the park doesn't have safaris or wildlife—apart from monkeys and birds. It is, however, a peaceful and secluded place to walk amid a natural forest, with a nature trail, watchtower, and a viewpoint for aquatic birds on Lake Pichola. The park's Kalkamata Nursery also sells inexpensive plants. Pack a picnic and relax for a while!
Park entry fee is 35 rupees, although it's free from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. for early morning walkers.
Doodh Talai Lake Garden
Doodh Talai Lake Garden is an area that encompasses Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park and Maniklal Verma Park. Both overlook the picturesque Doodh Talai (Milk Reservoir), but the former is the starting point for the Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway—an aerial tramway that takes passengers up to Karni Mata temple and a sunset viewpoint. Maniklal Verma Park is on the other side of Doodh Talai, and also offers access to the temple via 20- to 30-minute climb up a flight of stairs.
While Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park is famous for its musical fountain, it fails to impress many visitors. Boating and a lakeside sunset point (yes, many sunset points exist in Udaipur!) are other attractions. In addition, camel and horse rides operate in the area.
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but the fountain only comes on in the evenings at about 6:30 p.m. Entry tickets cost 20 rupees for Indians and 30 rupees for foreigners.
Gulab Bagh/Sajjan Niwas Park
Established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in the late 19th century, the centrally located Gulab Bagh (Rose Garden) is popular for early morning walks. Apart from roses, the sprawling park has medicinal plants, fountains, a food court, open-air gymnasium, bird enclosure, miniature train, and a kids' play area. An unexpected highlight is the 500-year-old Saraswati Bhawan Library, which holds a collection of old handwritten books and manuscripts. After you've had your fill of the park, check out the royal family's Vintage and Classic Car Museum nearby.
There used to be a zoo at Gulab Bagh, but the animals were moved to the newly-developed Sajjangarh Biological Park, beneath the Monsoon Palace, in 2015. About 20 different species of animals and reptiles are housed here, including lions, tigers, leopards, ostriches, alligators, bears, porcupines, and turtles. Their enclosures are spread over a wide area that will take a few hours to cover on foot. However, electric golf carts and bicycles are available for hire as an alternative. Visitors who are feeling active and adventurous can explore the park's hiking trails (including a trek up to Monsoon Palace).
Park entry tickets cost 35 rupees per person for Indians and 300 rupees for foreigners. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Tuesdays. The animals tend to sleep during the day, so try and go later in the afternoon if you want to see them.
Located about 15 minutes south of the City Palace, locals often head to Marvel Water Park in the heat of summer. The park has 24 waterslides (12 for adults and 12 for kids), a wave pool, garden, food court, and restaurant. It's open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost 400 rupees for adults and 250 rupees for children. Women will feel most comfortable wearing a full-coverage swimsuit (optionally with a T-shirt) in the water, as dress standards are conservative.