Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
After travelling through cities for the last week (Delhi and Agra) it was so nice to get into the more relaxed feel of Udaipur. Laying beside to two lakes, this town is the ultimate picturesque retreat. With rooftop pools to chill at, or the city palace and lakes to explore, it’s definitely a spot to put on your route.
There are unlimited places to eat, with western/Italian food or the traditional Indian food.
If you fancy like splurging on some late night ice cream, head to Baskin Robbins, it is so delish and there are SO many flavours.
This is a really cool building with a lot of history. We didn’t get a guide but in hinds sight that would have been a good idea. There are signs in each room to tell you the history on it but it would be handy with a guide telling you. The palace has views all over the lake and the rest of the city, but not many picture opportunities as the windows are very small or there is clear plastic over it. We paid extra to take a camera in but didn’t even end up using it! It is very busy during the afternoon so, as always, if you want to avoid the tourists and crowds, go as soon as it opens.
Small boats are available to rent out for a few hours with a driver. For a 30 min boat ride on a 4 man boat we paid 300RPS each. The driver can stop or slow down if you ask, but he just pretty much does a lap of the lake. We went during the day but I bet it is beautiful during suneset. You sail past the famous hotel featured in the James Bond film, and can witness locals doing their weekly washing on the edge of the lake.
There is also a beautiful view point (apparently) which you can get to via cable car. We didn’t manage to get to it as food poisoning got the better of us! As a result, we had to add on an extra 2 days in Udaipur as they were absolute write off’s!