My Rajasthan Udaipur Travel Tips begin with choosing a magnificent place to stay. From the lost in time, adventurous kitsch houseboats in Kashmir we moved to a lost in a fairy tail real Palace.
When traveling to Udaipur, India choosing to stay at one of the City Palace hotels for me is a must.
Our next stop, was a complete change of scenery.
Udaipur is a small beautiful city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, formerly the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar. Founded by Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and known for its lavish palaces.
The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city.
City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.
Best Rajasthan Udaipur Travel Tips
Where to stay?
Taj Lake Palace, is an exceptional hotel, set in an 18th-century palace encompassing a Lake Pichola island, this luxury marble hotel once featured in a James Bond movie is a short boat ride from City Palace.
The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur, set amidst gardens and overlooking Lake Pichola.
The Leela Palace Udaipur
The Fateh Prakash Palace
We stayed at 5 star Hotel, Fateh Prakash Palace and I loved the old fashion vibe and view of the Taj Lake marble Palace. Housed in an imposing 19th-century palace, this refined hotel next to the City Palace. Beautiful regal rooms with period features like the original old fashioned locks on the doors. Note that every room is different some huge while some are just adequate.
What to visit ?
Visit the City Palace Museums and if you are a car enthusiast do visit the Maharana’s Vintage and Classic Car Collection Museum.
Well, as surreal as it may sound I did meet the Maharana because we where invited at the Maharana Mewar Foundation 34th Annual Awards – 2016 (MMFAA 2016). Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has been committed to nurturing centres of excellence in heritage management, fine arts, the performing arts, education, ecological management, hospitality, philanthropy, spirituality and sports.
What to buy in Udaipur?
Could Rajasthan Udaipur Travel Tips be complete without a shopping guide?
Go to Anokhi inside the City Palace for a diverse and colourful selection of products from clothes, to home textiles, sarongs and accessories.
Inside the City Palace ask to visit the Princesse’s store. Princess Bhargavi Aavi Mewar shop is Aashka Jaipur Narain Niwas Haveli, Narain Singh Circle. The prices are reasonable and fixed. You will find silver gold plated jewelry and high quality pashminas.
Do visit the shops outside the Palace… be careful of the cows 🙂 You can find some cute things but you will need to bargain.
One of the best places to shop in Udaipur, that has been actually been voted as one of the most beautiful shops in the world by Conde Nast The Traveller is Ganesh Handicraft Emporium…
A restored 350-year-old haveli in the centre of India’s most romantic city, housing 16 cavernous galleries crammed with Rajasthani treasures. Prices can be negotiated especially if you shop a few items. Oh! I am sure you would love this one!
Can’t wait to be back !
Images – Nina P, remotetraveler.com,
Have a lovely Day!!!