Udaipur is known as the “City of Lakes” and is one of the top travel destinations across the globe. Millions of travellers come here every year to enjoy the serenity of this place. With beautiful forts and astonishing architecture, boat rides with a view you can’t imagine etc. this place deserves to be in your bucket list. This is how I spent a few days in this stunning city.
DAY 1: Arriving at the mesmerising place
I was so excited when I booked my flight tickets to Udaipur. January 7, 2019, was the day when I had to catch my flight to the “City of Lakes”. After a successful catching the afternoon flight and landing, I took a taxi from the Airport and went to the hostel I booked for myself. Along the route came beautiful mountains and roads. I was so thrilled observing the nature that the 45-minute drive came to an end and I was there in front of my second home for the next few days. By the dawn, I was all alone and thinking about what to do now. The hostel had a fantastic terrace with a view of the city. I sat there experiencing the calmness of this beauty. Next, I went to my room after the sunset and met two people whom I didn’t imagine would become a part of my family. We started talking and how the introductions turned into never-ending talks was unimaginable! We went out for dinner and after returning went to the terrace. The terrace had a beautiful and cosy room that offered various indoor games along with the home-theatre system and a big screen for watching movies etc. Playing games and chilling by watching movies was how my first day was spent.
DAY 2: Exploring with my New Friends
Next morning, I went to the streets in the morning to have breakfast with my new friends Arthur and Anubhuti. After strolling, we came across a beautiful Café by the name “Brew Villa”. Upon entering, we were mesmerised by the interior. Beautiful paintings crafted on the wall, a tourist was playing the guitar, and we got a menu offering so much to eat that we were confused about what to order.
Finally, we ordered the Lemon Grilled Chicken sandwich and Piri Piri Chicken sandwich along with Hot Chocolate Drink. The food was SOOO Delicious that we were craving for more!
After breakfast, we went to see the famous “City Palace” and were mesmerised by the fantastic architecture of the place. Clicking a few pictures, enjoying the views from the Palace and knowing it’s history, we were out. The king still resides here! Cool, isn’t it?
Image Credits: Volker Glätsch
After exiting the City Palace, we went for a boat ride. The ticket costs a few bucks and takes you to see the various architectures of the city; one of them was the Jagmandir, only accessible by boat. We were enthralled by the views and Arthur was busy clicking pictures and recording videos.
Time flew by, and after the ride, we went for some local food tasting. It was dawn, and our next stop was the cultural show at Bagore ki Haveli Museum.
This cultural show (Dharohar Dance Show) at the Bagore Ki Haveli takes you through the Rajasthani Culture by performing various dance shows like a tribal dance, folk dance, puppet shows etc. It started sharp at 7 pm. The one-hour show was beyond explanation and how the time past was unbelievable. If you are in Udaipur, you must go for this!
Finally, we went for dinner. If you eat non-veg, then you must try Laal Maas dish which is a traditional spicy Rajasthani cuisine of Udaipur made from mutton, red chilli and herbs. The best place to try it is at Jagat Niwas located in Lal Ghat, Chandpole.
Upon coming back to the hostel, we were introduced to two more new friends- Surjangshu and Cristina and the night passed by knowing about the life of each other.
DAY 3: Strolling around the City
On the morning of Day three, I went directly to the Brew Villa Café for breakfast without any confusion. Today, I ordered Vegetable Poha along with Rajwadi Kulhad Chai. It was a sound decision to have it!
After eating, we took mopeds on rent and went straight to the one of the best Animal NGO’s of India by the name Animal Aid Unlimited. It was a few kilometres away from the Old city. On our way, we left the town and soon were riding on a beautiful road with lush green plantation on both sides. This NGO has been treating injured dogs, cows, donkeys and many more animals from the past several years. Arthur was busy taking care of the animals and Surjangshu busy in clicking the pictures. You can also volunteer at the place without any cost. Click Here to Donate.
After spending a few hours, we went to see the famous Sajjan Garh Palace( also known as the Monsoon Palace). It is a hilltop residence overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake and the whole Udaipur city. You can even eat at the restaurant here though it is a little bit expensive. The sunset from the Palace was so captivating and soothing. Finally, after the whole day of exploring, we went straight for dinner and after that walked to Ambrai Ghat which is the main ghat situated near the waterfront of Lake Pichola. This was my second last day of the trip.
DAY 4: The last day of my trip
On day 4, I went for breakfast and after that strolled to the Jagdish Temple. It is the most iconic temple of the city with detailed carvings on the facade and other arts. After coming down, I went to see some of the shops at Hathi Pol Bazaar offering various Rajashtani items you can shop for!
Image Credits: Suket Dedhia
On the way back, I stumbled upon a beautiful restaurant at the Lake Pichola, by the name “Lake Shore”. It has a rooftop restaurant with direct lake views. I sat there with Arthur and Anubhuti for some time sipping coffee, eating sandwiches and watching the tempting views of the city.
After a successful snacking in the afternoon, we went to see the Vintage Car Museum. If you are a car lover, this is a place for you!
Finally, without any further thoughts, we went straight to Lake Shore Restaurant for dinner. After lunch, we were clear from the doubts of the tastes of this place. It offers delicious and lip-smacking food. You should try out this place as the food here is worth every penny!
The trip finally came to an end. As it was the first solo trip of my life, I was worried how my journey would go, but all happened beyond expectation. I can’t forget the memories I carried from this trip. It helped me to know myself, gain experiences etc.