Venice of the East – Udaipur

Udaipur, the Mewar Capital of India, is also fondly referred to as the “Venice of the East”. Forts with intriguing historical stories surrounded by even more beautiful landscapes are enough to make you dream about a vacation here.

So, finally after a year-long wait of planning and postponing, I packed my bags to visit this stunning city.

I went there on an extended weekend trip and so, technically we had two and a half days to see it all. I don’t believe it making it a hop-and-see-it-all kind of trip which means we had to be ready to let go of a couple of places; but neither of us did mind!

The two most famous lakes of the city are Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake. Although we stayed in the vicinity of Lake Pichola, I found Fateh Sagar a lot more serene and beautiful. There are lots of options available near Lake Pichola as far as accommodation is concerned, ranging from budget stays to luxury ones. I would suggest Lake Pichola Hotel as it’s not very expensive and is situated right at the bank of the Lake with a top floor restaurant overlooking the grandeur of the city. Bookings need to be done way in advance if you don’t plan to visit in the off season.

Local transportation is easily accessible. You can book a cab for a full day or even travel by the local auto rickshaws. Udaipur is not very big in area and the major tourist attractions are within 6-8 kms only.

Day 1: We decided to begin our day with a visit to the grand City Palace. It is located on the banks of Lake Pichola and would easily take 4-5 hours of yours, if you love exploring history. In our case, we were done in about 2 hours. 🙂

There’s a restaurant just outside the palace which serves some amazing Italian food. Give it a try when you go!

Wearing top from Koovs and skirt from Ajio!

Outfit details: I paired a cold shoulders-flared sleeves off-white top with a vibrant yellow maxi skirt from Ajio. The Indo-western vibe suited my holiday mood so well! Finishing touches were brought by a pair of tan flats and bucket sling bag and hoops for the ears!

After having lunch at the Khaana Khazana, we decided to go and see the sunset at the Fateh Sagar Lake. This lake is personally my favourite and the view of the setting sun over the lake surrounded by mountains was absolutely gorgeous. We took a boat ride and visited the Nehru park which is floating on the lake. Only wish it was more maintained though!

The beautiful sunset at Fateh Sagar Lake

Day 2: Our second day began with a healthy breakfast at Udai cafe, which is run by a Greek. The vibrant decor drew our attention and as soon as we got in, we were greeted by the warmth of the beautiful lady – the owner of the cafe. She served us some chilled Greek cold coffee freshly prepared by her.

Our plan was to visit the Monsoon palace and Shilpgram today. We headed to Shilpgram first and met so many local artists, some performing and others selling their art. I bought a couple of accessories from there as a souvenir and just because they were all hand crafted by these hard working local people.

We headed to the monsoon palace thereafter and was disheartened by a large rush present at the location. Instead, we hopped to see the wildlife sanctuary just next to it. Be prepared for a long walk if you wish to go there as well.

We were too tired to go anywhere after that, even though we had a little time. After freshening up at our hotel, we straight up headed for dinner.

Mind you, if you visit Udaipur during weekends, the famous lake side restaurants are mostly crowded and full and you need to reserve your table way before. We went to Hari Garh and found a place just by the lake and had a wonderful sumptuous dinner. Lake Pichola has a lot of hotels and restaurants which are all located pretty close to each other.

Outfit details: Day – I wanted to embrace bright colours today and chose this vibrant striped long tunic from Vastraa. The finishing touches came via my gold jhumkis and comfortable black thongs.

Night – I wore this fun high-low choker top from Lillie by Ruthie over my black denims.

Dinner at Hari Garh restaurant

Day 3: This was our last day at Udaipur and we got ready to hunt a good breakfast place. While strolling through the streets near Lake Pichola, we bumped into this lake side cafe called the Jheel Cafe. They have a verandah kind of a sitting and let you enjoy your food with a gorgeous view of the lake. I would definitely recommend this.

After gorging over some delicious food, we went to check out the local market and I bought some juttis and vintage leather notebooks.

We had reserved Day 3 for the vintage car museum as I love the old-world-machines and took an auto ride to reach there. I will be honest I was a tad disappointed by the size of the museum but nonetheless, it was a good experience.

We went to the Lake Pichola hotel for lunch and bade adieu to Udaipur in the evening.

Outfit details: I wore this yummy yellow off-shoulder long tunic from Ridress over my black denims. I finished out the look by a long necklace from Pipa Bella and my go-to black thongs.

I hope you guys found this post interesting and helpful. Do feel free to reach out to me if you specifically want some help for planning your Udaipur trip. I shall do my best! 🙂

Some favourite things to do at Udaipur:

  • Visit the city palace and learn about the history.
  • Chill by the lake side and enjoy sunset and sun rise.
  • Do visit Shilpgram & Bagore ki Haveli and experience the rich culture
  • Visit the Monsoon Palace which is located at a height and gives you a good view of the city.
  • Eat your food the Udaipuri way – non vegetarians must must try the laal maas
  • Click loads of pictures and take away happy memories back home.
  • PS: If you have time, do visit the Kumbalgarh fort – one of the biggest in Rajasthan but a little far away from Udaipur.

Accommodation: We stayed at Karohi Haveli which is a heritage haveli turned into a hotel. It’s a cute little boutique hotel and has a roof top restaurant over looking the lake. Rooms are small but clean with rajsthani decor. We loved the heritage feel of the place and good food with good view was added bonus.

Food: As I mentioned, laal maas is a must. You should definitely enjoy a lake side dinner as well, at Ambrai, Upre etc.

I reckon I have shared my bit from my Udaipur visit in this post. Next up is a fashion post, so get excited. It’s coming your way soon.

Until next time,

Stay stylish, stay fabulous,

Reitu ♥

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