Udaipur – A city well-connected with Delhi as well as most cities in Rajasthan.
Havelis, palaces and delicious food makes this place one of the favorites for travelers – both Indian and foreign; young and old; solo, couples, families and groups.
Usually crowded, I would suggest going on a weekday to make the most of it, and walking around a lot – in the narrow lanes, packed streets, colorful markets. Rich in history and tradition, it can actually be a budget destination. And when you move further away from the town, avoiding the crowds, it can be offbeat as well.
If traveled slowly and leisurely, you can stay here for a week, but if you just have one day, and want to experience Udaipur, do the following:
- Have breakfast at Jheel’s
In the lanes of Gangaur ghat, we stumbled upon this café as it was closest to where we were staying, and went back to it three times in two days. The coffee is one of the best I’ve ever had, and sandwiches are scrumptious. Reasonably priced, you can also try pastries and pancakes. Don’t expect Indian flavors, or you will disappoint yourself.
- Visit ‘Bagore ki Haveli’
The Haveli is just a few steps away from the café. They have rooms full of ancient weapons, a section displaying all rituals of royal Indian weddings, and a hall with everything that can be used for a puppet show. Different types of turbans are placed with their history written alongside. I liked the courtyards, corridors and terraces more than the rooms, may be just because of the love for outdoors.
- Spend the afternoon at City Palace
This is one such place where I could hang around the entire day. Even if you don’t want to explore every nook and corner of the palace, which is huge, you can just laze around the courtyards and admire its enormity.
- Sit by lake Pichola in the evening
There are many hotels and restaurants overlooking the lake. You can check-in to any of those or just lie down at one corner, watching the sun setting dramatically spreading all the shades of orange in water. While we were there, a group of students came up with their musical instruments, sang away through the evening and made it a bit more memorable.
- Indulge in local delicacies
Laal maas, a mutton curry is something you need to try. Also, savour the even better taste of Gatte ki sabzi, Papad ki sabzi or ‘Daal baati’. There are various options for street food, which is not only readily available, but comes easier on pocket and tastes great.
- Star gaze
Almost all the home-stays and hotels have either a roof-top restaurant or just an open terrace which, I thought was a perfect way to spend some time in solitude, under the stars. The weather is mostly pleasant during this time of the day.Do you know of another interesting place/to-do in Udaipur? Let me know in the comments. 🙂How to reach
Book a bus from Delhi to Udaipur which will take about 12 hours and can be instantly booked. Alternatively you can visit Jaipur first, and take the bus from Jaipur to Udaipur. This will again be an overnight journey.
For more information on bus routes, visit Travelyaari.
Additional tip: From Udaipur, you can also hire a taxi for day trips to Ranakpur temple and Kumbhalgarh fort, which is also known as the Great wall of India.
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