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.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Boat Ride on Scenic Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Aravalli Hills

Places to Stay

Chunda Palace

Style: Heritage

Chunda Palace is a heritage hotel located in the historical Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Designed in the style of a traditional Rajasthani palace, the hotel showcases the rich heritage of the region with opulent hand crafted artwork adorning the walls and ceilings.

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Fateh Garh

Style: Heritage

The heritage renaissance resort of Fateh Garh is perched atop a hill in timeless Udaipur.

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Fateh Niwas

Style: Resort

Fateh Niwas Udaipur offers mesmeric views of picturesque Lake Pichola from its rooftop. Experience the antique charm of bygone eras at this strategically located heritage hotel.

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Jagat Niwas Palace

Style: Heritage

Swaddled in an irresistible aesthetic appeal, the 17th century Jagat Niwas Palace mirrors the charm, romance and allure of the 'lake city.

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Taj Lake Palace

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.

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The Leela Palace Udaipur

Style: International

The latest feather in the Leela crown is the Leela Palace Kempinski in Udaipur.

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

Style: Resort

Perched majestically on the banks of Lake Picchola, a pristine version of an original Rajasthani Mewari palace, the Oberoi Udaivilas…

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Udai Kothi

Style: Heritage

Udai Kothi is a lovely and whimsical boutique hotel located on the banks of Udaipur’s glorious Lake Pichola. Witness splendid…

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Activities in Udaipur

UDAIVILAS-Gangaur Cocktails

(Only if staying at Udaivilas) One Hour Open International Bar BBQ Snacks with live Music at Gangaur Boat.

UDAIVILAS-Cooking class

(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.

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