Two months ago, I visited Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan state of India famous for its rich culture and heritage with my super-fun buddy Anmol. The city is also known as “Venice of the East”, and there is a reason for it. Things I liked in Udaipur the most were: Lakes, Streets and Palaces.
Quick Fact: All the images in this article apart from the first one have been clicked by me, and also all the footage in the video has been recorded by me and my partner in crime.
We started off from Ahmedabad on Anmol’s gearless bike with our GoPro ready and it took us almost 6 hours to reach the city of lakes with a stopover for lunch in between. We stopped at a Midway Dhaba, and had super-tasty Rajasthani lunch to kill our hunger.
The next stop was Udaipur and we were staying at Hotel Hanuman Ghat, which is a unique hotel with very affordable prices (around Rs.600/10$ per night) and a great view of lake Pichola from the rooms. Reaching Udaipur is very easy as the city is well connected via air, road and rails. Check out Domestic Airlines or International Flights if you are planning to visit Udaipur.
The sun had set and it was already evening when we checked-in to our hotel, so we had to hurry up to reach the Fateh Sagar Lake & record the sunset time lapse video. The video came out to be pretty decent and above is a photograph of the view that sunset at Fateh Sagar Lake treated us with.
After getting the video, we headed to catch the last boat ride in the Fateh Sagar Lake with a group of family tourists. The boat ride was a good sport, and you can try it once for an experience. I’ll also list down the places to visit and things to do in Udaipur in the travelogue. At the same place, you can find Camel Rides as well. I managed to get a photograph of colorful camels by my phone, but it came out pretty blurred since we had to rush for our boat ride.
The next and the most important task for us was to fill in our tummies and this place had to be “Meera’s Burger Shop: The Best Burgers in the town” which was right next to our hotel and was suggested by our buddies who had previously travelled to Udaipur. After roaming the city in the dark, we were tired and wanted a peaceful sleep.
Next morning, we woke up to the sunrise and enjoyed the breakfast on rooftop cafe of the place we were staying at, with a view of Palace and Lake Pichola. The first place that we had to visit was the City Palace. City Palace is such a large and beautifully constructed palace that’ll give you a feeling of how good a Maharaja’s life can be. If carrying a camera (even Phone Camera) inside the Palace, you’ll need to submit a fee along with the entrance fee. There are literally so many spots inside the palace that it can take at least a day to explore each and every part of it. The best to explore it is to rent an audio guide machine and roam around at your own pace.
As our small trip inside the palace came to an end, Anmol suggested visiting this place that he visited in his childhood with parents called “Saheliyo Ki Baari” which is basically a garden with fountains and small ponds. After wandering inside the park and spending some time sitting on the grass, we headed over to the nearest Subway to grab our favourite subs.
Last evening, I had booked dinner at this royal restaurant called “Ambrai Ghat” which is famous for its lakeside seating and classic atmosphere with live Rajasthani folk music. The night was still young and dressed up to go this awesome but heavy on the pocket restaurant called Ambrai Ghat.
The best places to visit in Udaipur apart from the ones mentioned above must definitely consist of Jagmandir Island Palace, Karni Mata Temple and Bagore Ki Haveli Museum. You might also like to visit Shilpgram or Maharana Pratap Museum if interested in the related fields.
I must say that the Tourism Department at Udaipur has a solid sense of how to maintain the city and attract tourists from all over the world. I certainly want to visit Udaipur next time, but with a different reason and much more adventure and adrenaline rush! Let me know how you liked my roadtrip to Udaipur and btw, here’s the video I made for memory. I am always up on Instagram @sigmabond and at Twitter @mridul_pareek !