Laid back feel, inexpensive, great views
The Lake isn't so clean, so don't look too close
Great spot to take a loved one!
This is a nice beautiful Lord Vishnu temple on the way to City Palace.The temple is ~ 400 years old and is situated atop 30 foot steps at a height. The temple is not very big and you can take a round within 10 minutes.This is a very beautiful temple of Lord Vishnu - the preserver of the universe and surrounding the main temple, outside in the...more
Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace" can be reached by boat only.The boat takes a loop of the lake for 30minutes before dropping you off on the Island. It's quite relaxing to walk the grounds and garden on Jagmandir. There's a small museum about the history of Jagmandir. .I...more
Kumbhalgarh is 100 km far from from Udaipur. This was built by Mewar king - Rana Kumbha around the 15th century. Maharana Pratap was also born here. This is the second biggest fort after Chittorgarh. This fort is built on the Aravalli hills & This historical fort wall is said to be the second largest wall after The Great Wall of China at 36 km...more
Fateh Sagar was built in 1678 by Maharana and it is an artificial lake which is located in north of Lake Pichola. It is one of the most happeing place in Udaipur where people comes in evening for boating, sightseeing, relax, romance and to enjoy the food of street vendors. Dont miss the taste of Pav-Bhaji if you visit Fateh Sagar Lake. There are...more
Srinathji temple at Nathdwara is a must visit if you are into temple visits. The idol is so beautiful and the rituals are unique. It is worthwhile to listen to the musicians play to awake the lord and later to put him to sleep. The whole temple complex is fascinating and it's a divine experience to be there.Around the temple there are plenty of...more
I had the opportunity to take a cooking class by the local at shashi's home,in Udaipur. Located just below a well known restaurant in the city, shashi welcomes you in her kitchen and show you how to cook basics such as Masala or Pakora or Nan.It was just great, Shashi was very friendly, I strongly recommend such activity.There are several other...more
A resplendent creation in marble sparkling amid the calm waters of the Lake Pichola, (Udaipur), is...more
Voted no 3 hotel in the world I thought it fantastic Setting, grounds, attention to detail, food,...more
The hotel has 143 rooms, which over look some of the 43 acres of landscaped gardens. All the rooms...more
The restaurant is right on the rooftop of Jaiwani Hotel and it offers one of the finest view of the Lake Hotel and Jag Mandir islands. It has an attentive and helpful staff. The restaurant offers vegetarian and non-veg eclectic flare. Of course, their expertise in Rajasthan style cooking. I tried their vegetarian curry with mungo beans. It was not...more
We always stay at Jaiwana Hotel- so I have eaten many,many meals at the Rooftop Restuarant. Not only is the food of the very highest standerd- the view is spectacular.Breakfast, lunch or dinner is served indoors, in a glass enclosed diningroom, or outdoors on the rooftop terrace.The service is prompt, friendly and efficient. Yash, the owner/manager...more
forget about the food.this venue is all about ambience and romance. the sheer location will make the experience of dining enjoyable.this place comes alive after sunset.ideal time to go is just before sunset to watch the vivid colors of the desert sun as it takes its final bow.the lake palace in the foreground shimmering in the lake makes for a...more
the streets of udaipur coem to life with the advent of dusk. as the sun sets on the distant aravalli hill ranges creating a play of lights and shadows the streets come to life with common people of udaipur who venture out to shopping. mingling with them are the foreigner tourists who take to the bazaars to shop and get that elusive...more
The grounds of the trident hilton udaipur organised a theme rajasthan night. the concept wa to create the ambience of a rajasthani fair ground during evening.apart from the illumination and fireworks the "mela" or fair was complete with camels beautiful dressed up rajasthani ladies snake charmers astrologers bangle sellers puppet shows and...more
Every evening at either 6pm or 7pm, you'll find most hotels will show the James Bond movie Octopussy. Why? Well a large part of the film was filmed here and helped put Udaipur on the tourist map. The obvious and most well known location that was used in the film was the Lake Palace Hotel which was Octopussy's island home but other scenes were...more
Rajasthan is the largest State (Area wise) of India. Its Capital City is Jaipur, which has the International Airport. Udaipur is situated in Western Part of Rajasthan. The International Airport is in Jaipur City, & from there Udaipur is conveniently accessible via. Airways, Railways or Roadways. There are several Direct Flights from Delhi, Mumbai,...more
the new upgraded terminal of maharana pratap airport at dabok situated 22 kms south of udaipur is located bang in middle of nowhere. the recently inaugurated terminal is excellent in design and quality and built keeping in mind the need of future tourist growth in the area.the connecting road is absolutely superb with rugged scenerey welcoming you...more
If you happen to come through here, make sure you buy a tea at the stall in the far corner of the waiting area. You can claim that you've bought tea at the same place where Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) was filmed. A wonderful movie by the way.more
This shop is small, but the service is excellent.Prices are negotiable. The owner is helpful and friendly. You will be offered a cup of chai while you look at the vast array of high quality silver on offer. I never miss a chance to buy good silver here. The rings and earrings are beautiful. Silver, handcrafts, leather sandals, books, silk scarves,...more
This shop has an amazing collection of artefacts, idols and more made of marble and other natural stones including onyx. You must visit this place to add an aesthetic appeal to your home. Take a look who knows what you might find to beautify your house. Speak to Chiraag Vajawat who has a thorough knowledge on the products and is passionate about...more
This shop has an amazing collection of books made of handmade paper and bound in camel leather which is decorative and totally aesthetic. Camel leather craft is a local craft and very beautiful and unique. Photo albums, files, books, letter pads and much more. They also have these made of silk and brocade cloth. Very reasonable. I picked up books...more
There are certain cultural differences that have to be observed. The observance of these is appreciated- but not enforced.Important things to rememberDo not wander around half naked- modesty is observed by Indian women, and showing miles of naked skin will naturally draw unwanted attention.It shows disrespect.Mini-shorts and midriff are NOT ON!Do...more
the fateh prakash palace is a marvel in itself. but the traditional ethos is well maintained with well attired guards at gates.even the people serving you at the hotel and conference venue are attired in traditional royal attire.it consists of a turban with decorations signifying the importance you have in royal service.a traditional full length...more
One afternoon, after exploring the lanes around Lal Ghat, we found a little teashop that was virtaually on the pavement-(it had a large open window, facing the lane) . While enjoying our chai and apple crumble, this elephant, with his mahout on his back, comes trundling slowly past us.Elephant stops RIGHT IN FRONT OF US - casts a beady eye on my...more
You might experience some shortish powercuts whilst staying in India. However, be warned that Udaipur, and a lot of other places in Rajasthan, have daily powercuts that last a couple of hours. Udaipur's last 2 hours between 9am and 11am. I never quite understood the reason behind them so if anyone can shed some light on it then let me know!more
As part of our tour of Udaipur on our tour of Rajasthan conducted by Hi Tours and booked through Indus Travels of Canada we stopped at a shop for demonstrations of miniatures painting. This was followed by offers of beer, tea or soft drinks, then the hard sell of their miniatures. We saw one that we liked but couldn't negotiate down from the...more
Another very common thing that will definitely happend to you during your stay in India is this: You will take somewhen a rickshaw or whatever to reach a site, and they will definitely bring you in some shop (a shop of a friend or a brother or whatever). Keep in mind that the owner of the shop will pay the driver a commision cuz he brought there...more
Kumbhalgarh FortRange upon range of the Aravalli hills protect this impregnable fortress, the second most important citadel of Mewar. Surrounded by thirteen mountain peaks, guarded by seven great gates and seven ramparts, strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers, this mountain fortress has witnessed many battles. The winding road...more
On top of Bansdara Mountain Sajjan Garh was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. The palace looks its best during the rainy season, it was later abandoned and used as a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. It offers a panoramic overview of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding country side and best place for sunset.more
Jaisamand Lake is located 52km south east of Udaipur and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1685.It is one of the largest lakes in Asia On the banks of lake are elegant marble steps descending to the water and a small temple dedicated to Shiva.The forests around Jaisamand, which once were the hunting grounds of maharanas of Mewar, have now been...more
Horseback Riding around Udaipur is the perfect way of escaping the hustle-bustle of the Indian city for a while. I booked a ride with Princess Trails and they collected me in the morning from my hotel and brought me to their farm about 10 min drive from the old city.
Already there it was very peaceful and green. The owner questioned me about my riding abilities and finally I set out on a beautiful Marwari mare called Kumari into the Indian countryside for a half-day ride. The whole business was amazing as we crossed little villages and went through the hills which I would have otherwise never seen. There was not traffic here, no noise and no pollution. We had a number of trots and a canter but I felt safe all the time. Finally we came to a most stunning lake situated in the middle of lovely green hills.
When we came back to the farm I was almost disappointed to pat my horse goodbye and go back to Udaipur.
This was definitely one of the best experiences in India so far!
Equipment: I did not bring anything in particular but did wear a pair of jeans and closed shoes. At the Princess Trails Farm I was provided with a helmet and chaps free of costs.
Take a stroll along the winding lanes of Udaipur, and you will encounter a surprise around every corner. Because the lanes are very narrow, cars cannot drive though most of them There are, however, auto-rickshaws,motor -cycles & bycycles everywhere. A profusion of animals join this melee. Goats ,donkeys carrying building-rubble in sacks on their...more