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Udaipur – The city of lakes

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An amazing view of Udaipur from the hill next to Karni Mata temple 

When I am asked which Indian city I recommend for sightseeing I always tell that each Indian city is different and hence it all depends on what the individual is looking for – old monuments, chaotic streets, modern architecture, cultural heritage, ancient traditions, adventure sports, beautiful landscapes, islands, wildlife, tribal life, pilgrimage and so on… When one decides to travel in India, the variety of choices is so vast that one has to first understand one’s preferences and only then one should choose the cities to visit. But there is a city that I praise to everyone – and that city is Udaipur. Udaipur is a city of my dreams and I revisit this place every year.  Just thinking about this place makes me smile and recall all the beautiful moments that I had there. Actually, my first Diwali happened to be in Udaipur where I was with my fiancée (now husband ).

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Picture of my parents taken on the rooftop of Jagat Niwas.

The great history of Udaipur

Udaipur is a historical city and in terms of sightseeing, it  has a lot to offer.  Established in XVI century, the city is full of palaces built in different eras. Thanks to a very favorable geographic location, it largely stayed safe during the Mughal invasion. When we talk about the history of Udaipur – Maharana Pratap (Pratap Singh) must be mentioned. He was the son of the founder of the city. According to many, Maharana Pratap is one of the bravest and best warriors of all times.

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City Palace in Udaipur

Udaipur is full of outstanding arts, great folk music, dances and amazing cuisine. There are many places to see in Udaipur, but the good thing is that from the typical Indian standards, the sightseeing area is not so huge.

How to get to Udaipur?

There are many choices –by car (this is my favorite mean of transport if it comes to travelling –not only one can see the holiday destinations but one can also enjoy the  landscapes on the way), by plane (there is a good connection from Delhi, the prices are relatively cheap and the flight lasts only for around 1 hour and 20 minutes), by train or by bus (takes much longer, but makes you enjoy the landscapes and if you want to save some money it is also a good option). To commute within the city, I suggest taking an auto rickshaw which is perfect for all those famous beautiful narrow streets of Udaipur.

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This time in Udaipur I also had a chance to sit in an auto rickshaw. Due to very narrow streets taking an auto rickshaw or simply riding a bike is the best solution. The autorickshaw driver was kind enough to let me hold the steering 🙂

Hotels in Udaipur

Just like there are plenty of places to see in Udaipur, there are also hundreds of hotels to choose from. And everyone will find something suitable in different budgets, size and locations. There are lots of cute small hotels that offer a remarkable view of the Pichola Lake. Rajasthani style painting, colorful walls and artistic classic furniture – all these you can find in most of the small boutique hotels in Udaipur. But this is not everything – there is something more… Udaipur is famous for its remarkable 5-star hotels and actually some of them can be rather described as 7-star hotels. In 2015 Udaipur Oberoi Udaivillas hotel has been chosen as world’s number 1 hotel. Apart from this one should definitely see Taj Lake Palace – location on the island provides you not only remarkable experience but also breathtaking view. Even some filmmakers have chosen this place to shoot their movies. Leela palace will make you stunned with its out of the ordinary interiors and high-quality service.

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An amazing inside view of one of the best hotels of Udaipur – Taj Lake Palace.

Restaurants in Udaipur

Dining in Udaipur is also superb. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine is diversified and everyone will definitely find something suitable. If you feel like eating something European, there are plenty of good options as the local chefs have mastered the techniques to please European taste buds. While you are in Udaipur, you should go to the rooftop restaurants as the view from there is breathtaking. Enjoy your late dinner or supper observing the other side of the lake and sipping some tasty sweet lassi. One of the best options to do both is by visiting Jagat Niwas ( a hotel with a very beautiful roof top restaurant) – eating in a cross-legged position can be an interesting experience.

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One of many rooftop restaurants that you can find in Udaipur. Not only delicious cuisine but also outstanding view guaranteed!

Udaipur sightseeing

City Palace in Udaipur will not only provide you a spectacular view ( a great option for photographers) but the museum inside can show you some furniture, paintings and antiques of the royal family. City Palace includes also a 5-star hotel and the royal residence of the Maharaja which you can also admire from the outside. To have even a better view, I recommend choosing a cable car that can take you to Karni Mata temple – there is a special platform from where you have the view of the whole Udaipur (another great spot for the photographers). Tickets are not so expensive and by paying slightly more you can have the cable car all for yourself. On the other side of the city, you can find the Monsoon palace on a hill – an old building which is not so nicely maintained, but has a huge historical significance and the views are outstanding.

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One more picture taken from the hill that shows a remarkable view of Udaipur and its lake.

Inside the city you can find a Hindu temple – Jagdish Mandir. A high staircase will take you to a beautiful place with amazing carvings where every sunset and sunrise you can experience the ancient Hindu prayer ceremony otherwise known as ‘aarti’. Another temple which is worth seeing in the city is Kesariyaji which is full of artistic touch. If you want to relax and just walk around, I recommend Sahelion – ki – Bari garden which is kind of famous among the tourists. Lotus pool and some amazing marble elephants make this place even more stunning. There are many more places to visit in Udaipur, I just have chosen a few of them, but what you should also experience is at least a small lake cruise (you can also visit Jagmandir hotel, a part of the five star hotel that is run by the royal family), ride on the camels that are nicely decorated and don’t forget to just walk around the narrow streets, see some houses painted in blue with Rajasthani style painting and just interact with  the locals as they are very kind and nice to talk with.

Places to visit near Udaipur

When you come to the ”city of lakes”, you can also plan to visit the places  near Udaipur. One of the recommendations is a village called Shilpgram which showcases the typical rural side of Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat. In Ranakpur, which is just a two-hours drive from Udaipur,  you can see a beautiful 15th century Jain temple which is a real masterpiece. It has 80 domes which are supported by 400 columns.

There is also a massive Kumbhalgarh fort which is located at just an hour drive from Ranakpur. This fort has the second largest wall (36 km length- after The Great Wall of China).

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Don’t forget to take a short cruise on the Pichola Lake. 

And here is a little tip- if you want to spend Diwali in Udaipur, book your hotel well in advance as  the city gets very busy during the festival.

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About Karolina Goswami

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading the stuff that you will not easily find on the mainstream media. I am a girl from Poland who is living in India. I am a seeker and I share my thoughts through this medium with the world citizens. For more details, check 'about me' section in the top menu bar. To contact me, write to me on indiaindetails@gmail.com or simply write on the comment section below every post.

30 comments

  1. absolotely stunning. thanks to you i will visit udaipur and india is now on my destination

    • Angelica,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Trust me, you will get stunned the moment you see Udaipur!
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

      • I really like your blog. You made me proud to be an Indian. I am currently in the USA and I had great respect for my own country India. However hearing about of India from a person who was born and raised in a western country is really touching. Thank you so much. I wish your blogs are read by every Indians at least.

        I salute you and your wonderful husband!

  2. Hi Karolina,

    I just watched your latest video on Fb, I feel proud to be an Indian and feel happy that one persons who not belongs to india but have lots of knowledge abut my country and also sharing with all.

    Now i am reading your all blogs…!! and best of luck for your future jurney in My India..!!

    Please review my Professional profile, am sharing with you..and most welcome if i do something for you and be a part of your journey for “India in Details”….Thankyou..!!

    • Hi Karolina,

      recently watched your video on Fb.. proud moment for me..Even feeling more proud when person does not have any connection with India and still have lots of knowledge about my India and share with others.

      Samir Kate

  3. A very nicely written and detailed post. Please do let me know if you intend to write something similar for Old Delhi in the future. Would be glad to assist on the same.
    –An Old Delhi native

  4. I have found your blog through an Indian friend on Facebook – I am very intrigued by your sincere goodness toward India. I also have some friends in Rajasthan (nuns) – now I feel I must visit them as I have only been to Delhi and Northeast in Nagaland- you make it seem very beautiful and do-able – I believe you are doing a smart thing and your opinions seem full of grace. Yet you are very young and I wonder how you have such depth?Grandma Grace

    • Hi Goswami,
      In this regard I would like to say that in India goswami are regarded as very scholar person and you are worth of that

    • Hi Goswami,
      In this regard I would like to say that in India goswami are regarded as very scholar person and you are worth of that. and if it possible for you then I would suggest that you should visit rishikesh haridwar gurukul ashram.

  5. Is your father Indian, as you have name Goswami? How can you stay in India? I hate leaving after only 6 months! What is your work while there?

  6. Only Udaipur!!

  7. Did you go to the island in lake in udaypur ? I’m only asking because me and my Mrs both of us went back in February this year.

  8. Anup Kumar Kalita

    Hello ma’am!! You are doing a great job!! This type of informative blog is also helpful for Indians residing in other parts of India. One day, I will definitely visit Udaipur. Ma’am!! this is small request from me- Please visit north-eastern part of India and make a beautiful blog about it like this one. I can tell you that the natural beauty of North-East India will surely astonish you. THANK YOU!!

    • Anup ji,

      Thank you for your kind words!
      Udaipur is an amazing city 🙂
      Thank you for your suggestion. I have heard many good things about Northeast of India from my husband who visited this place many times and I will definitely also see this part of India in the future.
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

      • Anup Kumar Kalita

        Thank you ma’am for your kind reply. And specially thank you for using the suffix ‘ji’ in my name :-). Actually, I am not worthy to take such a salutation from a person like you as I am still a student and only 21 years old boy. But, I really appreciate your generosity.

        Thank you for giving your valuable time!!

  9. Hi Karolina goswami,

    Thanks for exploring and looking India from your True Wisdom. We love our mother Land for its greater History and its great glory. I would like to recommend you more places in India.

    In India from North to South we are all different and diversified but united by India Mother. Beauty in diversity. I am from south part of India, since your a great Traveller and good at educating the world about the True colors of India.

    I would like to recommend you to visit South part of India and add more information in your blog about whole India.

    I am from Tamil Nadu, Madurai, if you had chance to visit india again I will recommend you to visit Madurai Temple city and Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple and many other temples it would be eye opening to view the architecture and technology used 1000 years ago.

    Also I recommend you to visit god Living city called the state of Kerala with more natural way of living.

    Keep up your good work, once again thanks for great support.

    Regards,
    Sangarganesh S

    • Namaste Sangraganesh ji!

      Thank you for your kind words.
      You are right – India is a highly diversified country and this is the beauty of this great land.

      I had the chance to visit Madurai and in the future, I will definitely explore this part of India more.
      Slowly, new places of India will be covered on this website.

      And by the way, I live in India 😉
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  10. Thanks karolina for sharing details about udaipur..I shall surely make plans to visit this intetresting sity..your sharing is very valuable to all people visitng once..I am from north east part of India..Kindly visit North East part of India..it has amazing greenary nature and culture.

    Thanks once again for sharing a valuable information.

    • Thank you for your suggestion.
      I have heard a lot about the beauty of this region of India and definitely in the future I will visit this part 🙂

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

    • I also have visited thoroughly this magical region! The people are the most hospitable you will encounter! The scenery is breathtaking! The festivals and dancing delight. The Hornbill Festival is worth visiting in December!

  11. thanks Karolina for such a wonderful video

  12. Hello Karolina,
    Thank you for such wonderful blogs.
    I liked your way of explaining.
    I am an expats Hindi trainer in Mumbai.
    Mumbai and Maharashtra are also interesting topics.

    • Karolina Goswami

      Many thanks for your kind words.
      Of course, I will talk about different places of India including Maharashtra.
      Stay tuned.

  13. Hi Karolina,

    You are such a wonderful person in a wonderful country. You are making everyone more knowledgeable about India which helps everyone to understand the diversity and richness of India. I was quite intrigued by your blog and could not stop myself from reading further and further. Recently, i traveled from Bangalore to Delhi by road in quest of knowing India more and i myself got so fascinated by its diversity. Every place has something unique and some interesting history.

    Continue writing the blog so that i can continue reading it and have a digital India trip sitting at my place. 🙂

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