They say 'Impromptu trips are the best' well, they are right. It is one of the best trips i ever had and it was as sudden as it could be. My friend and I were sitting and talking, this thought crossed our mind and we made all the bookings within one hour and were ready to leave the next hour. We had crazy 5 days there, experienced culture, heritage and explored hidden gems of the city.
It was my first time in udaipur and was one of the most quaint cities I've ever been to. It is better known as city of lakes and it is true in every sense as there is Fateh Sagar lake, badi lake, lake pichola to name a few. The city itself speaks of Rajasthani heritage with a hint of European culture. From post card perfect culture and history depicting buildings to über cool cafés. Art on streets, roadside pizzerias and bakeries offer European feel while sitting in the heart of Rajasthan, it's called Venice of the East for a reason.
There is tranquility in the breeze, the calmness and the pleasant weather is cherry on the cake. There are Royal and culturally enriched Palaces in udaipur which offer lodging and are open to public who wants to explore the history of the city.
Udaipur has delightful weather through out the year but the peak season is monsoon from June to October. The city receives foreigners whole stint of the season.
How to reach:
Udaipur is well connected by all means of transportation.
Airport- Maharana Pratap Airport is located at Dabok, 22 km East of Udaipur serving the Udaipur city of Rajasthan.
Bus stand- Udaipur city bus depot is the central bus stand for the city serving lines from all over Rajasthan and some from farther north and west.
Railways- Two major railway station serving the city of lakes are Udaipur city railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station. The main Udaipur junction is 2.5 km from city centre. I took a chair car in Jaipur Udaipur special express from Jaipur.
Where to stay:
There are plenty of hostels in Udaipur providing comfort stays starts at 300 Rs per night. I love staying in dorms, it teaches you about how to live in a confined space, you make couple of friends and it's a budget stay too. I stayed at Go stops near Hanuman Ghat. It was the perfect location for me as it was walking distance from ambrai ghat and everything was nearby to the hostel.
There are plethora of options available if someone wants their privacy and want a seperate individual room and in peak season they get a little bit pricey, so I would suggest to book in advance.
I've curated a list of some places that are must visit in Udaipur: