Udaipur Impromptu

Cover Pic – Puneet Yashod

Udaipur is one of the most beautiful places in Rajasthan, India. If one knows how to go around in the old city then in less time a lot can be seen and explored. Part of the city has turned into a developed urban town with all those malls and commercial centers but the old city area still has the feel of a bygone area.

On one winter a friend of mine went on a solo trip to Udaipur with 5 days in hand. I gave a surprise visit on the 3rd day at his hotel. And in next 3 days we managed to cover the best of Udaipur when we had arrived with least preparation and study of the place.

So if you happen to come here with less time and almost no info in hand, you can work around with the following read, and experience Udaipur in unforgettable way.

First what to see –

  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • City Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Old Bylanes

Where to stay –

Plenty of accommodation from hotels, resorts and budget stay available in Udaipur. My personal favorite is Zostel. Gives uninterrupted view of Lake Pichola and has rooms, dorms, private parking for bikes or 1 car and a terrace restaurant. Kind of a complete package. Located in the heart of old Udaipur. Address accurate in Google Maps.

Eat –

Udaipur has endless options for the hungry belly as well as the curious one. But in today’s time I prefer to eat the best, true local and flavorful cuisine. So for breakfast, the area around Bagore Ki Haveli is decent enough. Plenty of options from street sitting to terrace view. I personally recommend the Jheel Cafe for its quality and location.

I usually go with brunch way and straight dinner; with a quick coffee break in between. But if in afternoon you feel the need to chow then restaurants around City Palace have fresh preparation.

And for dinner I recommend a place called Tribute restaurant where the service will blow your mind away and topnotch food quality. You can also try out local dishes here. Cost wise Tribute falls under premium. Plenty of similar options in the same belt towards Lake Pichola.

(Most of the time I rely on Four Square to recommend good food options around. 8/10 the result works in my favour. Don’t rely on Lonely Planet, content is quite outdated.)

What to do –

  • Walk the old bylanes of Udaipur near the City Palace. Plenty of opportunities for street photography.
  • Take the rope-way to Manshapurna Karni Temple. Panaromic view of Udaipur.
  • Sit by the lake and sip some coffee. Better yet, a Beer.
  • Chillax on the roof top hangouts.
  • Check out Gulab Baug public library for its heritage feel.
  • Beer & Bite at the Bar located within City Palace compound.
  • Chetak Smarak if you are fond of the famous tale of Maharana Pratab’s horse.

(There’s plenty more that can be done in Udaipur but with limited number of days you can start with the above first.)

Udaipur Photo Gallery

Flickr Album – Udaipur, Rajasthan, India