I went to Udaipur(The city of lakes) in july in a group of 5 people. Best time to go there is during winter and rainy seasons. try to avoid travelling there during summers. it was a one day trip for Udaipur, next day i went to Haldighati, nathdwara and kumbhalgarh. but here i will tell you about Udaipur trip. I live in Delhi so i took a night train to reach there in the early morning. There are plethora of hotels which you can search on booking sites but if you want to live in a rajasthani theme based home then book an AIRBNB stay they have amazing homes in a reasonable price. our hotel was near to Jagdish temple in the centre of city so by that arrangement we had a delight to see the Jagdishji's sawari in the night. So these are the places i visited in one day:-
1. Sajjangarh- That was near to city center we reached here by an auto rickshaw. There is a monsoon palace and a zoological park. I went to monsoon palace. it is on the top of the hill with a ticket of 60 INR. we took a cab service to reach on the top of the hill in rs. 90 (to and fro).Monsoon palace was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty in 1884 to see the beauty of Aravali hills, city's lakes and the countryside during the monsoon season. This place offers a panoramic view of lakes, palaces and the city. one can sit there for hours just to see the beauty and feel the ambience. They also have a restaurant on the top which serves Indian as well as Continental food and beverages in a bit higher prices. If you are planning to go to Udaipur other than monsoon season then you can give a second thought to Sajjangarh.
2. Natraj Hotel- If you are in Udaipur then at least have a lunch or dinner here. They serve a Rajasthani thali in just rs. 220. The food is scrumptious and in an unlimited quantity.
3. City Palace Udaipur- The Second destination was city palace of Udaipur. which is one of the most beautiful architectural example of Rajasthan and mughal architecture. The ticket was of 350 for adults but its worth to go there. Arvind Singh Mewar is the custodian of the house of mewar. There are so many thing to explore and history behind that makes it more interesting. It has three gates of Badi pol (left), Tripolia (center) and hathi pol(right). they call pols to the gates. Main entry from Badi pol. There are small and large mahal inside such as Badi mahal, Dilkhush mahal, Manak Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Rang Bhawan, Bheem Vilas. Manak Mahal has a sun faced emblem in gleaming brass religion insignia of the Mewar dynasty. Sheesh mahal is a palace of mirrors and glass was built by Maharana Pratap for his wife Ajabde. The part of mahal has been converted into two hotels.There are restaurant inside where you can sit and have a cup of coffee. Jag Mandir can be seen from the Mahal easily that is situated at the center of lake Pichhola. So by paying 700 for the boat ride one can reach there. Splendours of this palace is the reason of its attraction to Indians as well as foreigner tourists.
4. Ambrai Ghat- Best place to sit calmly during evening and just see the city palace across the lake all lighten up and grand. over the sip of wine one can see through the heart of Udaipur. Time just fly there. So the cost of food is worth it.
while returning to our hotel we saw the jhanki of Jagdish ji so it was like a cherry on the top. so overall it was an awesome day. If you are planning to go to Udaipur for one day so city palace should be on the top of the bucket list and the other places like Saheliyon ki Bari, Gulab Baag (I had been there in my previous trip so I did not went there at this time) and for lunch or dinner at Hotel Natraj. you can buy things made up of camel leather, handcrafted accessories, diaries, bags, colourful clothes and ethnic jewellary.