There are many adjectives which describe Udaipur- Vibrant, colourful, romantic , artsy, city of lakes, Venice of the East, majestic..... It's all that but for me Udaipur is a city of contradictions. Its a blend of modernity and tradition, touristy but with a sense of calmness, a place where you find elephants walking the streets on one hand and little boys guiding the foriegn tourists in their flawless acquired english accents on the other.
Udaipur is charming with its ancient narrow streets lined with colourful shops inviting and tugging the shopoholic inside you at every step :P
Where to Stay
We stayed at a very beautiful homestay situated in Lal ghat-old city area of Udaipur. It is owned by a British lady and has beautiful views of Lake Pichola from rooftop. The place has a distinct location advantage with all the main attractions situated nearby. Udaipur is dotted with many homestays, hotels and guesthouses catering to all budgets with most of them offering panaromic views of the lake.
What to Do in Udaipur
There is a very relaxed vibe to the city- take your time to soak in the beauty and easy pace of this place.
Visit the City Palace :
Built by Maharana Udai Singh II of Mewar Dynasty, this magnificient and sprawling palace overlooks the Lake Pichola and is a sight to behold. It comprises of various mahals which are open to general public, museum which houses the various scluptures , royal artefacts & crystals and a part of palace has also been converted to hotels .
Boat Ride to Jag Mandir
Take one hour boat ride in Lake Pichola from City Palace ghat which also takes you to Jag Mandir Island Palace. Its a part of City palace and was built as a summer palace by Maharana Jagat Singh. You can also have dinner at the Jag Mandir Palace but be ready to shell out 3200 bucks for a couple. The boat ride offers stunning views of the ghats and the famous Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Lake Pichola.