Udaipur Pictures Guide, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur's spectacular lakeside, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur’s spectacular lakeside, Rajasthan, India with the Shiv Niwas Palace hotel on the right side.

Why visit Udaipur?

Udaipur is the most romantic of Rajasthan’s four great towns (the others are Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer) and doesn’t require transport unless a tourist wants to head for the hills for horse-riding or to visit the Monsoon Palace (5kms away in the hills) for panoramic sunset views.

The regular tourist will simply wander the streets – that can be quite untidy but will never as noisy, crowded or polluted as New Delhi or Jaipur. Alternatively or additionally cruise the lake. Even if you are on a low budget it’s essential to visit one or both the palace hotels for a drink and a chance to gawp at the magnificence.

Lake Palace Hotel

Udaipur, Lake Palace Hotel and Lake Pichola, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur’s celebrated Lake Palace Hotel.

The Lake Palace Hotel is somewhat short of its watery moat from time to time as local agriculture makes increasing demands on Lake Pichola, but it’s still a sensational and romantic place to stay assuming that you can afford the extravagant prices and that you book well in advance.

Udaipur, Lake Palace Hotel swimming pool, Rajasthan, India

Obviously there’s no problem with water supplies inside the Lake Palace Hotel!

Udaipur lake musician, Rajasthan, India

And if you can’t get into the Lake Palace hotel, or the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel (equally expensive but requires less advance booking) you can still have a sensual evening somewhere along Udaipur’s lakeshore for a modest price.

A mid-range bedroom with a lake view in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

A reasonably priced, mid-range Udaipur bedroom that is not in a palace.

More Udaipur Attractions

City Palace Hotel gateway, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

The City Palace complex gateway.

Udaipur, palace wall decoration, Rajasthan, India

One of the more restrained walls in one of the Maharaja’s palaces in Udaipur.

Women praying at Jagdish temple, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

The Jagdish temple in Udaipur’s City Palace complex, built in 1651 by the local Maharaja’s wife. Photo by Prashant Vaidya

A couple of sadhus in Jagdish temple, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

A couple of sadhus in Jagdish temple.

In truth it’s sometimes difficult to tell if sadhus and other assorted weirdos are the real thing or conmen in fancy dress, but in such an exotic country as India it’s best to stay away from scepticism, it wouldn’t help appreciation of the weird sights and sounds. Be cool.

Udaipur wall decoration, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur town is famous for its colourful murals, but this wall decoration is a bit different.

Attractions near to Udaipur

The Great Wall of India at Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, a fort north of Udaipur, India

The Great Wall of India at Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, a fort north of Udaipur, more or less on the road to Jodhpur.

The Great Wall of India is not as extensive as China’s but still impressive and the second-longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Located in Rajasthan and reaching out from the fort of Kumbhalgarh, the wall is several metres thick and extends for22. 5 miles (36kms), with seven fortified gates.

Kumbhalgarh fort, near Udaipur, India

Looking from the Great Wall to Kumbhalgarh fort, where the local Raja (who ordered the wall) lived. Rana Kumbha commissioned the wall in 1443 to protect his fort. It was enlarged in the 19th Century and protects over 360 temples.

Getting to Udaipur

Flights: daily to Dabok airport (24 kms from the town centre) from most major tourist destinations in India – Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur.

Trains: many services from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and more.

Bus: From other Rajasthan towns buses are reasonably easy, such as from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner. Otherwise the journeys are very long.