Awarded the best tourist destination award in 2010, Udaipur is known as one of the most romantic cities of India and at times referred to as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan'.
Located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes, Udaipur has natural offerings with a grandeur multiplied by human effort, to make it one of the most enchanting and memorable tourist destinations. It justifies all names ever offered to its charm from 'Jewel of Mewar' to 'Venice of the East'. Apart from Lakes, this beautiful historical city adorns itself with forts, palaces, temples and hills. And though the entire city's architecture is flattering, the Lake palace hotel is something that offers the city a visual definition. The revered Nathdwara temple is about 60 km from Udaipur.
Various kinds of hotels depending on one's budget can be found. There will be a lot of options from budget to top end luxury 5 star hotels. During winters, prior booking is advisable.
One of the most romantic cities in the world. Beautiful forts, palaces and temples. Home to one of the best hotels and resorts in the world. Well connected by air, road and rail.
Can be crowded during peak seasons and you might not get good mobile network everywhere.
Perfect for couples who want to get away from the hustle bustle of cities and spend some quality time together. One of the best wedding destinations in the world. It's also good for hippies, backpackers and nature lovers.
Udaipur is where much of Rajasthan's grandeur resides, traces of which can be seen in the rich cuisine available here. One can just not miss out the famous Dal Bati Choorma or Gatte ki Subzi. Also, do try out the famous Dalkachori, Mirchi kachori, Kachori Chaat and other kinds of kachoris from the streets, forming a popular element of Udaipur's Cuisine. Order a Rajasthani Thali, which has all the best local items to relish in the area from Dals, Roti, vegetables to delicious sweets.
Hiring a cab for a day is a good idea. Travelling via three wheelers is an easy option and relatively cheaper too.
Day 1: Reach Udaipur by morning, freshen up and you can start the tour with Pichola lake while covering Bagore Haveli and Palace of Udaipur together as they lie in the same vicinity. This can be followed by an interesting vintage lunch at Garden hotel. The evening can be spent shopping in the local markets where you get handicrafts and traditional wear.
Day 2: Visit Shilpgram which the hub of handicrafts and you can even buy some as souvenirs. Visit Udaivillas, if possible as it has hosted a lot of movie shoots for its grand and luxurious ambience. Go to Doodh Talai in the evening for its beautiful sunset, followed by dinner at the roof top restaurant Ivy View which makes a perfect end to the day.
Day 3: You can do a small excursion and visit Eklingji temple, which is around 22 km from the main city. Or you can visit Haldighati, which is around 40 km from the main city of Udaipur. Alternatively, you can spend your day in Udaipur itself and enjoy some relaxing time having good food and drinks in the city itself while enjoying the lake view from any of the cafes out there.
Known as the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur captures the essence of nature in its most vivid form. The lakes along with the palaces and forts together make a perfect combination of all travellers. With more than 10 lakes in the city, all connected to each other, Lake Pichola remains the number one attraction, closely followed by Udai Sagar Lake. In the proximity of Lake Pichola, lies the infamous Bagore Haveli which wows the tourists with its impeccable glass work. On the banks of the lake lies the architectural wonder, the City Palace of Udaipur.
The city is a bit humid, so light cotton clothes would be best. Carry proper woolens in the Winter as night temperature can be as low as 2 degree celcius in the winters
The city of Royals, forts and Palace. I found city a bit expensive but if your love for the Forts and Places is too much its worth giving a shot.
By Rohit Shroff
I'm based in Delhi and really wish to take a break all by myself. How is Udaipur in that way?