Udaipur- long weekend getaway

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People call it city of lakes, talks about the culture , true it is.  But udaipur is much more than this, in one word it is a “DREAM”. It has the oldest mountain range- the arravalis, the water bodies, forts, hippie yet ethnic style,  temples, roof top lounges, lake side restaurants and If there are tourists who are still looking for a city feel, udaipur has decent multiplex and malls as well.

COMMUTING

The airport  is 30 km away from the city where in the railway station is located within the city. Most convenient is a train from H.Nizamudin Station to udaipur at 1900hrs and the same train can be boarded from udaipur at 1830hrs

The best thing about the city is that it is not spread out,  each and everything is approachable by a tuk tuk or on foot.
*Unusual but they do  not have manual rickshaws.

LODGING

Luxury- the three big brands stand at the Pichola lake. The world famous Taj Lake Palace, Udaivillas by the Oberoi group and then the Leela. Romance hovers Taj lake palace. (If one wants to propose and doest not want to be disappointed by the answer, this is the place for the grand proposal)

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Upscale- the royal family has converted there palace into two hotels. Laxmi villas by the lalit, radisson blue and the Chunda palace are other options.

Budget- there are multiple options to choose from , personal havelis turned into lodges between the price range of INR 500 – 4000 per night.

DINING

EXPENSIVE:Jagmandir- the food is excellent and gives you a royal and unique  experience of dining in the midde of the lake.  The cover charge per couple is around INR 4000 which also includes the ferry charges.

MODERATE:Ambrai- breathtaking location,  panoramic view of the palaces and the Pichola lake with traditional Indian food, what else can someone ask for, being in a city of royalty.

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ECONOMY:Little prince- is a seasonal ‘little restaurant ‘ on the banks of the cannal connecting the two lakes. Serving majorly international cuisine with all sorts of liquor.

The city has a wide variety of cafes and rooftop restaurant serving breakfast starting from a Gujrati dish to a cappuccino with Danish pastry.

SHOPPING (ethnic)

City palace market or the old city market- this is a place for tourists. One can find rajasthani traditional artifacts here.

Haathi pol (haathi means elephant and pol in rajasthani is gate, strage but true)- this is the market area for all the localities. Majorly for apparels.

SIGHTSEEING

The City palace- the main fort which is still the residence of the royal family.  Part of the palace has been converted into a museum and hotels.

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Jagdish Temple- beautiful carvings on the walls will make one awstruck.

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Monsoon palace- A palace once built to keep a track of weather conditions. Is known for its two sided view, the Aging Arravalis and Udaipur city’s arial view.

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Fateh sagar lake- is another lake within the city which is a picnic spot for all the locals. Also the shacks along the lake are called Bombay market as you will get, local delicacies of Mumbai here. Do not forget to try “khullar coffee”.

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Very rightly quoted Udaipur is the ‘Venice of India’. Boating in the Pichola during the sunset, view from the  Tripolia bridge, watching locals on the ghats during ‘Gangaur’, walking through the narrow lanes, exotic breakfast at the cafes and the enriched history will spellbound you in the mystic world. It happened with me, its time for you to explore the beauty…

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