Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi

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Blue Room, City Palace

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sonalika Debnath

It's an uneventful morning in Udaipur. The pigeons are up and about, the langurs leap from one filigreed balcony to the next and a watery sun shines down on the sweeping City Palace. Dotted with dosa shops and time-worn temples – a narrow road, quite easy to overlook, curves down right from the palace's entrance to the Gypsy Child hostel. Straight out of a postcard (possibly from Greece!), it's perched on Lake Pichola's Nav Ghat and welcomes you with soothing shades of ivory and turquoise.

Ideal for

Straight out of an alley in Greece.

Photo of GypsyChild Lake Hostel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sonalika Debnath

Embodying their motto – nap, chill, be, Gypsy Child makes for a perfect escape from the daily grind. The lakeside hostel offers the comfort and familiarity of home, as well as the thrill of a brand new place, and brand new people, making it perfect for every kind of traveller.

About the property

Hypnotic wall art on the ceiling by local artists.

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

The hostel resembles a Cycladic Greek house with intricate illustrations by local artists.

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

Nap. Chill. Be

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

Poised delicately between modernity and traditional nuances, the hostel leaves with you an experience that echoes the romance, culture and the soul of Udaipur. The nooks and crannies of the hostel are embellished with colourful illustrations by local artists – Anil and Hemant, that give you a small glimpse into the city's penchant for folk art. The walls are adorned with vintage portraits and posters, and the dorms are christened with names such as Noor and Aravalli. However, the best part of the hostel is our host Ruchika, who comes like a jolt of warm, fuzzy energy making our stay at Gypsy Child our favourite part of the Udaipur trip. Impromptu breakfast walks and endless conversations on the best leather and leheriya shops in town are also on the house. Making you feel right at home, this hostel needs to be your go-to accommodation option if you're visiting Udaipur!

Food

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

The hostel whips up the most delicious chai along with some of Udaipur's staples – a cheery yellow poha and crisp kachoris. You're in luck if the hostel takes you out for one of its surprise breakfast walks. On the menu are Jagdish Shri restaurant – a hole-in-the-wall joint offering poha amply sprinkled with namkeen, daal kachoris straight out of the kadhai and rich, red gulab jamuns that will melt in your mouth.

Cost

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath
Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath
Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

The tariff is inclusive of daily breakfasts:

Single occupancy, dormitories: Starting at INR 799 per night

Double occupancy, private room with terrace: INR 2499 per night

To book, click here.

Best time to go

November through February are the months when Udaipur is at its most beautiful. The sporadic rains withdraw by October, making way for chilly nights, and winters are welcomed to the town by mid-November.

What to do in and around the property

Head out for a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola; walk down from the Jagdish Temple to Saheliyo ki Bari – the garden makes for some lovely photographs; visit the mansion turned museum, Bagore ki Haveli for a night of folk dancing and a surreal sunset by the Gangaur Ghat; for an hour or more of retail therapy, the Hathi Pol Bazaar offers an array of colourful, pocket-friendly souvenirs; a rickshaw ride away from the hostel, the Vintage Collection of Classic Cars is treat for all car enthusiasts; hire a bike and cruise down to Badi ka Talab for an early breakfast away from the hullabaloo of the main town.

Getting there

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

The property sits on the banks Lake Pichola and is 8 km away from Sajjangarh Fort. And you can reach Udaipur via the following means:

By rail: From Delhi, the Mewar Express departing from Nizamuddin takes around 12 hours and makes for a comfortable journey. Local buses and taxis ply to the city square from the railhead.

By road: Well-connected with cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner, taxis and government-operated buses ply on a daily basis.

By air: The Maharana Pratap Airport is 22km away from east of Udaipur and can be accessed via taxis or buses.

Photo of Away From The Crowds, This Lakeside Hostel Is The Perfect Escape From Delhi by Sonalika Debnath

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