Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes. The city was established in the 16th century by Udai Singh II, a ruler of the Mewar dynasty. Today’s royal lineage stretches back 26 generations, yet even with all its luxurious grandeur, Udaipur has a gentle and relaxing edge. The jewel of the city’s crown is sparkling Lake Pichola with the illusory floating Taj Lake Palace, which featured in the 1980s Bond movie, Octopussy.
The heritage renaissance resort of Fateh Garh is perched atop a hill in timeless Udaipur. See Hotel
Jagat Niwas Palace
Hotel Style: Heritage
Swaddled in an irresistible aesthetic appeal, the 17th century Jagat Niwas Palace mirrors the charm, romance and allure of the 'lake city. See Hotel
Taj Lake Palace
Hotel Style: Heritage
A floating mirage-like dream in exquisite white marble, set amidst awe an inspiring fairytale surrounding and gardens, the Taj Lake Palace is one of the most romantic hotels in India. See Hotel
The Leela Palace Udaipur
Hotel Style: International
The latest feather in the Leela crown is the Leela Palace Kempinski in Udaipur. See Hotel
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Hotel Style: Resort
Perched majestically on the banks of Lake Picchola, a pristine version of an original Rajasthani Mewari palace, the Oberoi Udaivilas redefines the term 'palatial'. See Hotel
Hotel Style: Heritage
The Udai Kothi displays splendid examples of Rajasthani architecture and handicrafts. See Hotel
Things to do
(Only if staying at Udaivilas) One Hour Open International Bar BBQ Snacks with live Music at Gangaur Boat.
(Only if staying at Udaivilas) Shopping from local markets of Udaipur for the ingredients with the chef and then cooking together is an amazing experience.
City Highlights of Udaipur
In Udaipur, embark on a tour of this lovely city which will include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and a boat ride on scenic Lake Pichola. Take a trip to Haldighati in the Aravalli hills (40km); visit the Eklingji Shiva temple near Devigarh; explore the impressive temple ruins at Nagda (22 km).
Taj Lake Palace-Lunch/Dinner
With an unparalleled sense of comfort, guests of Taj Lake Palace can enjoy a charming lunch or dinner in their coffee shop Neel Kamal, or ‘blue lotus’ denoting the divinity of Lord Shiva. Using local ingrediennts and traditional cooking techniques like wood-fired stoves, you can enjoy the authentic flavours of Mewar’s royal cuisine whilst overlooking enchanting views of the Lily Pond.
Seva Yatra social work in Udaipur
Seva Yatra, meaning ‘Journey of Services’, offers Enchanting India travelers to work half/full day in a Mumbai associate, implementing best educational practices for under-privileged kids to overcome the digital and linguistic divide between poor and middle classes. This NGO creates a platform for children to learn Mathematics, Sciences, English and Computers in good classrooms. You can engage kids to learn PowerPoint or create a forum for them to practice conversational English.
Visit to Chittorgarh Fort from Udaipur
Tour the unassailable Chittorgarh Fort…India’s largest and Rajasthan’s grandest and best known fort…aptly the ‘Pride of Rajasthan’! Explore the fort and see how Rajput culture and values are depicted, as it sprawls majestically over a hill above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. Re-live an evocative history by strolling these monumental ruins of palaces, gates, temples and 2 prominent commemoration towers.
Cycle Ride at Udaipur
Deviate from the mundane – venture on a bicycle expedition of the City of the Lakes; catch glimpses of Udaipur ‘s diverse cultural colors, pretty lakes, scenic mountains and shops! Set forth for a few hours (or for an entire day…as you wish) starting at Fateh Sagar Lake, shaped like a pear and embellished by 3 small islands, towards Badi Lake, graced by 3 artistic chhatris – kiosks/pavilions, along an interesting route covering some of Udaipur’s popular sights.
1hr Yoga Class at Fatehgarh
Yoga and meditation are Hinduism’s unique gift to the world…strengthen your body and mind by attaining mental peace and increasing physical power…renew and refresh with an hour of Yoga and Meditation! Enjoy an exclusive class with a trained yoga teacher amid serene settings near the swimming pool or restaurant.
1h-Boat ride visit to Jag Mandir
Take a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Picchola, Haldighati ; see the City Palace Complex on Picchola’s banks – a blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. Be amazed by the 17th Century Jag Mandir’s or Jagdish Temple’s stupefying architecture and 8 life-size white marble structures of Elephants. Admire this island palace with walls made of stone slabs of almost translucent thinness…once bejeweled with jasper, jade and ruby inlay work. Enjoy the gardens with lovely flowers.
1-2hr Horse Riding at Udiapur
Enjoy a horse-riding escapade for a couple of hours, exploring nearby farms, fields and villages around Udaipur. See the the desert surrounding while trotting on the back of horses suited for all…regardless of experience. This traditional, age-old way of traveling and pass time for Maharajas, kings, princes and nobles, is now revived for visitors and horse lovers to enjoy the vibrant and extraordinary terrain of Rajasthan.