Udaipur Pictures Guide, Rajasthan, India
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’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.
Obviously there’s no problem with water supplies inside the Lake Palace Hotel!
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 reasonably priced, mid-range Udaipur bedroom that is not in a palace.