The city of Udaipur is perhaps one of India's most seductive. Known as the City of Lakes or the Venice of the East, Udaipur is the historic capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar and is known for its splendid Rajput-era palaces. Its centrepiece is the gorgeous Lake Pichola and the incredible Lake Palace that appears to float on the surface of the water. Famously used in the James Bond Octopussy film, the Lake Palace was originally built as a summer palace in 1743 and features floors inlaid with black and white marble and walls ornamented with different precious stones. Today the Lake Palace is a luxury hotel, voted as one of the most romantic in India.Read More
An evening boat ride on Lake Pichola is a must for any visit to Udaipur though the city has plenty more to offer. Explore the largest palace complex in Rajasthan - the City Palace, with a museum displaying lavish mosaics of peacocks, beautiful mirrorwork and ornamental tiles. Situated on the east bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace provides wonderful panoramic views across the lake from the many balconies. Overlooking all of the city's lakes is the hilltop palatial residence of the Monsoon Palace, built to enable Rajastani royalty to watch the monsoon clouds. Today it's the perfect place to visit for stunning sunset views of Udaipur.
Other sights in Udaipur include the handsome 18th century haveli museum of Bagore-ki-haveli, the wonderfully carved Jagdish Temple and the Ahar Museum featuring over 250 restored empty Maharaja tombs. However, few visitors make the most of the surrounding rural beauty and the Aravalli hills and those with more time may want to consider horse safaris into the countryside or day excursions by car or motorbike.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Udaipur
If you are planning a Udaipur holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Castle Mewar Udaipur
The stately Castle Mewar is a comfortable hotel that delicately blends the old and new, creating a wonderfully unique atmosphere. Each room is decorated with traditional fabrics and equipped with a range of modern amenities such as a cable TV and minibar. There is a large outdoor pool where guests can take a dip to cool off from the heat and a library for those who would rather curl up with a book. Food is available in the hotel's gourmet restaurant. The garden and pool are both command stunning views of the mountainous region.
Devigarh Hotel Udaipur
The Devigarh Hotel is a lavish hotel, originally a Rajput fort palace that dates back to the 18th century. Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills the property boasts spacious suites with grand decorations and modern amenities including WiFi access, flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. The luxurious bathrooms offer both a shower and a bathtub while within the grounds of the hotel guests will find an outdoor pool and a spa as well as a quiet library and restaurant serving Indian and international cuisine.
Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur
The Shiv Niwas Palace is a grand hotel reminiscent of a bygone era. Set in a beautifully maintained 20th century crescent-shaped palace, the hotel offers 17 individual and ornate suites with original furniture and impressive panoramic views alongside 19 palaces rooms. Dining options include a multi-cuisine restaurant, a pool bar and European-style cafe. The regal spa and salon offers a menu of specialised treatments ideal for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing.
Udaipur Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Udaipur.