This series of posts on the highlights of Rajasthan begins in the majestic city of Udaipur.
Any visitor to Udaipur will be immediately struck by its sparkling jewel: stunning Lake Pichola. The lake is surrounded by alleyways of colourful houses, the spectacular city palace, a handful of temples, as well as many hotels and restaurants.
Udaipur’s most renowned site is the magnificent city palace in all its regal splendour. Here you can explore the many receptions rooms, leisure rooms and hallways while learning about the life of the palace’s inhabitants. The palace is actually a collection of palaces as the structure expanded and grew with the dynasty. Because of this, it is really big so be prepared to spend half a day here.
Another memorable experience from Udaipur was the peaceful boat ride over the lake to Jagmandir island. The ride was overpriced and the island itself wasn’t anything particularly special. The architecture is nice, it has some pleasant gardens and an expensive restaurant. However, the scenic views from the boat were spectacular and well-worth the price.
Other things to do in the town include the historical Jagadish Temple which always seems to be a flurry of local religious activity. Walking along the lake in the morning you’ll see locals bathing and washing their clothes as well as performing morning rituals at the temple.
You can also visit the Bagore-ki-Haveli which has some relics from Udaipur’s past, the traditional dance show here during the evenings is also very enjoyable.
Monsoon palace is another attraction, but it has found itself in a bad state after having fallen under government ownership. However it is nonetheless a nice place to see the sunset if you’re willing to pay the hefty entry fee.
Fave eats: I was dealing with Delhi belly so sadly my culinary escapades were limited. When I was feeling up to it, I usually went to O’Zen. It’s a little pricier and very touristy but I felt I could trust their food in my fragile state.
Where I stayed: Mewargh Palace, although this place was on the upper end of my budget, I needed a bit of luxury to cope with the food poisoning (and by luxury I mean a private bathroom and working wifi). The staff were also really lovely and helpful. It was located through some colourful maze-like alleyways filled with donkeys, dogs and local residents and had a gorgeous sunrise view.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option I heard great reviews of Bunkyard hostel.
What I’m reading: Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald
Have you visited Udaipur? Was it one of your highlights of Rajasthan?