Udaipur, the city of lakes is the epitome of beauty and serenity clubbed in a little city. Here’s everything you need to know about Udaipur before planning a trip:
Located in Rajasthan, Udaipur is close to Ahmedabad and it takes about 4 to 5 hours via road. If you’re travelling from farther away, we suggest you take the train that drops you at Udaipur station. Bus travel from Mumbai to Udaipur takes about 13-15 hours. However, if you’re short on time and have a bigger travel budget, take a direct flight to Udaipur.
Accommodation in Udaipur:
1) Lake Palace Hotel
The Lake Palace Hotel is a heritage hotel and the most luxurious and expensive hotel to stay at in Udaipur. If you have a big budget, stay at the Lake Palace Hotel. The hotel is erected right in the middle of the Pichola lake and offers the best views of Udaipur. If you’re not keen on spending too much but want to visit Lake Palace, go to the Hotel to grab a meal or drop in for a cup of coffee and have a look at Udaipur’s lavish 5-star hotel.
Where? Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
2) Bhairavgarh Resort
Nestled in the Mewar region, on top of the Aravallis, Bhairavgarh Palace resort is a luxurious escape into royalty. The ambiance at the resort takes you back to the rich Rajasthani heritage. With a multi-cuisine restaurant that dishes food from all around the world, the resort has everything you’ll love.
Where? Maharana Pratap Khel Gaon, 200 ft Road Opposite R.T.O, Bhuwana, Chitrakoot Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
3) Moustache Hostel
For travellers who are tight on budget, Moustache Hostel is a better bet as it is located close to the river and to other tourist attractions. The hostel is not very luxurious as you might have figured but is very clean and hygienic with good service. The good part is that you can spend some of the money that you save, on food and shopping in Udaipur.
Where? 44, Panduwari, Gadiya Devra,, Near Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
Places to visit in Udaipur:
1) Sajjangarh Fort
Viewing the sunset from Sajjangarh Fort is one of the most surreal experiences you’ll ever have. The fort has been a popular location for film shootings and the sunset scene from the Bollywood movie, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was shot at Sajjangarh Fort. The Fort itself has a beautiful and intricately designed architectural structure. Make sure you reach the fort by about 4:30 pm so you have enough time to look around and watch the sunset. If you love photography, you definitely cannot miss this place.
Where? Fateh Sagar Rd, Malla Talai, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313011.
2) Boating at Fateh Sagar lake
Take a boat ride in the Fateh sagar lake in this City of Lakes. The best time to go boating would be in the evening so you can enjoy the cold breeze against your face as the boat cuts through the winds.
Where? Fateh sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
3) Shopping at Bapu Bazaar, Hathipole
No trip is ever complete without shopping, don’t you agree? The market has hand embroidered dupattas, semi-stitched suits (Indian wear), Indian clutches and large stalls selling all sorts of traditional earrings and delicately designed danglers. Some of these sellers also bargain so put your haggling skills to some use when you’re out shopping. You’ll also find jootis (traditional Indian footwear) for about Rs.250/- at the market, make sure you pick up a pair as a memory of visiting the city.
Where? Hathipole, Chamanpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
5) Saheliyon ki Bari
Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of Companionship/ Maids, in English. Maharana Sangram Singh had built the garden in the 18th Century for his queen so she could spend some leisurely time with forty-seven of her maids who had accompanied her to the kingdom after the Queen’s marriage to Maharana. It is said that the garden was designed by the King himself and makes for a spectacular sight with four water pools, perfectly carved kiosks, lotus pools and elephants made with marble. One of the best places to experience royalty differently would be the Garden of Maids. Saheliyon ki Bari is easily accessible by taxis, tongas, buses and auto-rickshaws.
Where? Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
Restaurants in Udaipur:
1) Jheel Cafe in old Udaipur
Jheel Cafe is the best cafe in Udaipur. Make sure you sit outside (facing the lake) as the view from there is stunning. If you’re lucky, you will be able to feel trickles of the cool lake water on your feet while you eat the sumptuous food here. Head to Jheel Cafe for breakfast or for a bottle chilled beer in the night. Try to go early so that you can get a table at the cafe. This cafe is a must visit.
Where? 52-56, Jheel Guest House, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
2) Raas Leela
Situated on the banks of the Pichola Lake, you can see the Lake Palace Hotel, City Palace Hotel and the Jagmandir Island right from your restaurant table. Dining by the lake on a chilly evening with friends, family or just by yourself and relishing some tongue-tingling North Indian food at Raas Leela is the best way to spend an evening in Udaipur. If you’re visiting in the winter months, make sure you carry a warm shawl/ pullover so that you don’t feel too cold.
Where? Sony Ji Ki Bari, Adjoining The Leela, Outside Chandpole, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
3) 1559 AD
1559 AD is described as one of the most romantic restaurants in Udaipur that serves the best food. They serve some of the best Rajasthani food along with North Indian and Continental cuisines. The restaurant is a tribute to Maharana Udai Singhji, the founder of Udaipur city. 1559 AD is known to take you back to the golden days with their warm hospitality and nostalgia-arousing ambiance.
Where? P P Singhal Marg, Near Fateh Sagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001.
4) Kulhad Coffee at Fatehsagar Lake
You can’t go to Udaipur and miss the Kulhad Coffee by the lake! Kulhad coffee is basically piping hot coffee that is served in little earthen pots and then topped with their in-house chocolate powder. This is the best treat on a chilly evening or night when you’ve stepped out to take a walk around the city and are freezing of cold. The best feeling in the chilly winters is wrapping your hands around a warm cup of coffee. For those of you who believe in ‘killing cold with cold’, there are some other options available for you such as the Cold Cocoa drink or you could also pick up an ice-cream from one of the stalls nearby.
Where? 44, Panduwari, Gadiya Devra,, Near Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001.
Best time to visit the City of Lakes:
The best time to visit Udaipur is from the months of November to February. Avoid visiting in the summer months as it gets too hot and you will not be able to step out till 6 pm.
Be it the palatial palaces, heritage hotels or the lakeside restaurants, there’s not a single place in Udaipur that’ll not fascinate you. Whether you’re someone with an interest in history, architecture or are a romantic at heart, Udaipur has something for everyone and does not disappoint at any point.