Rajasthan is the undisputed hotspot for Foreign tourists. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaiselmer, and Badhmer attract a huge chunk of visitors every single year. Rajasthan is huge and there are palaces and forts everywhere! But, if I had to recommend a short trip to experience the entirety of the state, I’d recommend Udaipur! Here goes my Udaipur travel blog.
Also, you don’t have to be Priyanka Chopra or Katy Perry and plan an extravaganza of a wedding to visit Udaipur. Although, if you decide to do that: invite me and I’ll plan your wedding for free.
Back to the blog, Udaipur is the most picturesque city in Rajasthan. Also dubbed as the “City of Lakes”, history and architecture make the soul of the city.
My father has a special spot for Udaipur in his heart as he spent the initial days of his career there. We never understood his nostalgia till we actually toured there for 3 days in January winters.
When should I visit Udaipur?
In general, Rajasthan should be visited from autumn to spring. Never, plan a trip during peak summers(April-June) because it’s a desert and we are not bedouins.
How do I reach there?
A flying carpet is the most convenient way although trains and flights are good as well.
Train: The Udaipur City railway station is connected to all major cities in India.
Flights: The Maharana Pratap Airport receives both domestic and international flights.
Taxis for intercity travel are available everywhere. There’s also the city bus that runs for tourists.
Where do I stay?
The entire city of Udaipur is sparsed with hotels around “Lake Pichola”. There is accommodation for all budgets, so you might as well just find the best place meeting your requirements. I’d suggest living around the “City Palace” for easy access to restaurants, markets, and transportation.
Here are some accommodations by the City Palace to check out on Booking.com:
Udaipur travel blog can’t be complete without food! See, with its immense foreign tourist load the city has a lot of restaurants that serve exotic tastes.
However, for the authentic Rajasthani taste here’s what a friend of mine from Udaipur advised me:
- Neelam Restaurant: Gangaur Ghat Marg, Near Jagdish temple.
- Natraj Dining Hall: Located in the Bapu Bazar main road.
Trust me you’ll eat the best “Dal Bati Churma” and “Rajasthani thali” in these places.
Once you are done with a full course meal, head towards Chetak circle for “The Udaipur Pyaaz Kachori” at “JMB Nashta center”.
Conclude with a “Mava Kulfi” for your sweet tooth. AND! It’s a SIN to not have MILK and JALEBI in your breakfast. Try it! you’ll thank me later.
What do I do there?
- Appreciate the beauty of the city with its so many gardens and lakes.
- Relish in the history of Udaipur and the Mewar Kingdom.
- Indulge in the architectural wonders.
- Eat some of the best snacks (Pyaaz kachori and Doodh Jalebi: a winter delicacy).
- You plan your next trips to Haldighati and Kumbhalgarh.
- Probably get married?
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Your ultimate tourist guide for Udaipur:
The Sisodia dynasty ruler Rana Udai Singh built it in 1553 and then the additions were made for the next 400 years. As I stood in the courtyard of that palace, I just wondered how this was the home to one of the bravest Rajputs. 400 years of history right before you, the doors through which Maharanas walked and the Jharokhas through which Maharanis would keep a watch on their kingdom.
It’s an artificial freshwater lake made for storage purposes. Constructed in 1362 AD, one can only marvel over the prosperity and vision of rulers back then.
In the center of this lake, we see “Hotel Lake Palace” which used to be the summer palace of the rulers but is now one of the most expensive and grand 4-star hotels in the country.
Fateh Saagar lake
This is another artificial lake constructed by Rana Fateh Singh and named after him. It’s a lively spot among locals as well the surroundings are bustling with shops and hotels.
A representative of Maru Gurjara architecture. It’s claimed to be the most beautiful example of Hindu Iconography with 3 stories hand-carved in stone.
Saheliyon ki Bari Garden
It was made for queens by Rana Sangram Singh. There are fountains, kiosks, and marble elephants. It’s on the bank of Fateh Saagar lake and one can spend a good time with family here.
Located 2 km from Udaipur in Ahar, this is a very fancy crematory. There 250 cenotaphs commemorating the rulers of Mewar. 19 bigger Chhatris for the Maharajas. There’s a scary air to the place. I remember having a dry mouth when the guide kept telling us about the place and how each raja died. Life was tough back then as a ruler. Since Hinduism doesn’t have a tomb system, but rulers’ site of cremation is often marked for future generations to pay their respects.
However, for the royal women death was epitomized in a different way. How about you go check out this article.
Moti Magri Memorial
This is a rather recent memorial of Maharana Pratap with his horse Chetak. It’s a bronze statue. One can’t feel the significance of this “statue” till they have been to Haldighati and relived the story of Rana Pratap and the War of Haldighati. Well, do bond with the locals as they tell you all about Rana Pratap: the sharpest sword of Rajputana.
Vintage Car museum
This is the place for automobile lovers. It’s owned by the present heir of the royal dynasty of Sisodias who also owns the HRH Group of Hotels.
SHOPPING!!! Udaipur is famous for “mojris” or “juttis” of all kinds for men and women. Mojris are a type of shoes and you must definitely check out the Mochi Bazar for them.
To conclude this travel blog, Udaipur has a vibe that makes everyone feel like they belong to the royal family. Also, the place begins to settle in you once you are familiarised with the history and the war and the Rajput way of life.
The amount of respect I have for the Rajputana and Maratha kingdom is just reflective of fact that there were people who fought for their self-respect. People who lived before us and ensured that we live in peace even if it comes at the cost of their lives. Ah! I’m just overwhelmed. That settles my Udaipur travel blog :)
For other short trip destinations, how about this blog on Dandeli?
Read the next part of this travel blog here: Haldighati to Kumbhalgarh – Rajasthan Diaries Part 2