My Li’l Travel Book | Udaipur

Udaipur is undoubtedly the most romantic city in India! And it is royally romantic. I don’t know why – there is no characteristic landmark like the monument of Love, Taj Mahal, in this city – but still this place is super beautiful. The aura is just so calm, serene and romantic here.
Before I start about my journey and stay in Udaipur, here are few travel tips!
  • The best time to travel to Udaipur is from October to March – when the city is pleasantly cold, dry and windy.
  • Udaipur is reachable through all means of transport. I took a flight from Delhi, which is around 40 minutes in duration.
  • Udaipur is relatively a safer city. Intra-city travel is easy because of the availability of Ola and Uber. My cab riding experience here has been really good here!
  • You will not get starved here due to the huge variety of food being offered – both for vegetarian and non-vegetarian people.
I had already covered about my first day in Udaipur here. The first day was just about chilling at the hotel and doing nothing. No wait, doing nothing and just getting clicked! No wait again, I did that on the second day as well – got clicked!

Udaipur is rightly called the city of lakes. I spent my first day at the Lake Fatehsagar, which is away from the crowd and is a lot calmer.  One of the four major lakes of the city, Fatehsagar lake is a man made lake, constructed some 200 years ago.

The first day in Udaipur was very relaxing. I just went to the rooftop restaurant of my hotel. I just love Rajasthan for its royalty!
Th next day was about exploring the city. The first place to visit was of course, the City Palace. It is the residence of the current Maharaja, that is, the descendent of the royal family that once reigned here.
The palace is open to the general public for few hours in a day. It has 11 small separate palaces and balconies. The plethora of architectural genius is commendable – marble work, mirror work, silver work, wall painting!
The best part about this Palace is its location. It is protected by the Lake Pichola and the Aravallis on the sides. From the terrace of this Palace, the whole city of Udaipur can be seen. I can just imagine how beautiful and scenic that would be!
Something is certainly missing in the above picture, I know. So here you go!
From the city palace, there is boat tour of Lake Pichola. It takes you around the lake for good 20-30 minutes and then drops you off at the Jag Mandir, another of the historic monuments.
Okay, so when I was in the city palace, I couldn’t really see how huge the palace is. The boat ride gives a good view of the city palace.  Even after being renovated a lot of times since its inception some four hundred years ago, this palace is a great example of homogeneous architecture!
The lake also houses the Lake Palace, which is now a luxury hotel. Though this palace looks extremely ordinary, the swag of living in the middle of the lake must be of a different level altogether!
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The lake is beuatiful and I swear I could spend hours watching the undisturbed water around me!
Soon, the Jag Mandir was visible and it is again one great example of Indian architecture. Having said that, I will always maintain than nothing can ever be as majestic as Mughal architecture in the world. The entry pavilion elephant sculptures here are cute though!
Here is a closer view.
Jag Mandir is actually a natural island on the lake Pichola, the second of the four lakes in Udaipur. The structure with glass windows in the above picture is of Darikhana, which is an open terrace of this monument. Now, it has been converted into an upscale restaurant where you can just grab some drinks and quick bites while enjoying the beautiful view of the lake. I grabbed a quick cup of coffee while sitting at the corner table – when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When you enter this complex, there is huge courtyard which is now used for hosting private parties.
The garden of Jag Mandir is known for the yew bushes and the Bougainvillea flowers. However, this place is mostly booked again for private parties nowadays. In fact, when I was there it was being prepared for some wedding – so most it was closed.
The first ever structure of Jag Mandir is the Gul Mahal Palace which was build using the Mughal style of architecture. Well, they didn’t fail completely. Did they?

And then I decided to get clicked again! Some beautiful background always calls for a beautiful subject!

Fresh flowers are here in abundance – artificially placed or grown naturally. And getting a picture there is a must!

After spending some good amount of time here, I came back to the city, using the same boat. The boats come back to pick you up after every 20 minutes.

The next stop in my mind was a place to have some authentic Rajasthani Thali. One thing that I loved about Udaipur is that the cab drivers turned out to be very helpful. They guided me to a good restaurant called the Natraj Dining Hall and Restaurant and I had one of the best thalis I have ever had.

It was a vegetarian thali with most of the dishes cooked authentically. The only off the cuisine dish served here was the custard. But given the fact that it is a dessert, I really did not mind. I was so famished that I decided to eat first.
After this I came back to my hotel for some rest. The cab driver had told to go to one of the few royal and very famous places for dinner there. The Ambrai and Upreh are the restaurants for having a good romantic candlelit dinner at the lake side.
The one thing that I missed was the Saheliyon ki Baadi. My hotel was so close to it that I took this place for granted and missed it!
I explored the nearby market in the evening and at the dinner time, proceeded to the restaurants suggested by cab driver during the day. The restaurants are definitely pretty royal!
Here are some pictures of the place called Upreh which was established in the 16th century.
However, I got to know that these restaurants take reservations weeks in advance. So I settled for another nearby restaurant, which was again lake side.
I really love these kind of romantic and quiet experiences! I called it a day after having some good food. I had a flight to catch the very next day.
Udaipur was certainly a great weekend escape from the daily drill. I plan to visit it again sometime soon.
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  1. You pictures capture the absolute beauty of that place! The architecture is simply stunning. The step by step in depth story you tell of Udaipur is quite convincing lol. I would love to visit one day. Hopefully I can throw it on my list!

  2. Udaipur looks beautiful! I've only been to India once, to see the taj mahal but I really want to go back and see more. I'll definitely add Udaipur to my list, wonderful review!

  3. @Alison

    Trust me, it is truly the Venice of India! It is super romantic and quiet! I really hope that you are able to visit here with your husband!

    Thank you for your visit to my blog 🙂

  4. @Style over Coffe
    Oh! I love your blog! And please visit Udaipur again if you can and explore the places which are not very commercial. This city is amazing!

    Thank you for the comment 🙂

  5. @Ana de jesus

    Thank you for your visit to the blog!

    If you are in Udaipur, for vegetarian food you can go the famous Restaurant there called Nataraj. They serve authentic local food which is vegetarian and scrumptious!

  6. Udaipur sounds like it definitely lives up to its reputation of romance. If my husband and I are ever lucky enough to go, you can bet we'll be having dinner and drinks on pretty rooftops (for him) and taking a boat ride to see the palace (for her). x

  7. Oh I really look forward to visit India. I’m not familiar with Udaipur but looks so beautiful place. Wow beautiful lake too. It’s now officially on my bucket list. Thank you!

  8. I've read quite a few posts about Udaipur and I am so close to getting convinced to make it our next destination! It's really quite beautiful.

  9. I am a vegetarian so I am so pleased to hear that there are some great vegetarian options, what would you say us the best choice to eat in Udaipur? Beautiful place to visit as well, the culture is truly fascinating x

  10. Hi Sushmita! This is such a lovely detailed post with wonderful experiences and breathtaking pictures. I havent yet been to Udaipur but do plan to visit it soon. Love and Cheers!

  11. I have never been to udaipur but this post of yours is making me feel like “I want to be there now!” If that is possible… those were some lovely captures accompanied by lucid writting. Especially i loved the views of lake palace 🙂

  12. I never been to udhaipur but all the pictures are very beautiful and attractive. Now this place is on my vacation list. Will make a plan to visit here. Thanks for sharing your experience about udhaipur.

  13. @Chandresh
    Totally Chandresh! You should do it once! And I would suggest to go and live in the Udaivillas!

    I stayed in Radisson Blu Udaipur. It is pretty royal! 🙂

    And thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

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