With its sprawling lakes, majestic palaces, vibrant murals on the walls in the old city lanes, Udaipur is like a fine miniature painting come to life. I think Udaipur is an underrated destination compared to its peer cities in Rajasthan. And quite an unusual option when it comes to a bachelorette destination. But if you’re looking for a quiet and offbeat weekend getaway with your besties, the culture, cuisine and charm of Udaipur makes it an ideal choice.
Where to stay in Udaipur?
We stayed at the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa. It’s a faux palace but a gorgeous one nonetheless overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake, and the perfect option for the bride-to-be to feel like royalty. But for a truly luxurious experience, the Taj Lake Palace perched on an island on Lake Pichola is a great option. For budget travelers, there are tons of boutique heritage haveli turned hotels around Lake Pichola offering stunning views without creating a dent in your pocket.
When to visit Udaipur?
Although October-February is considered to be an ideal time to visit given the pleasant to cool weather conditions, the shoulder months of August, September and March also work well especially since you can score a sweet deal on your hotel.
Things to do in Udaipur
Enjoy a ‘kullad’ coffee at Fateh Sagar Lake
When in the ‘City of Lakes’, don’t miss out on enjoying a gorgeous sunset by the lake while sipping on coffee in a kullad (a traditional clay mug without handles). Be prepared to be mesmerized by the lovely sunset hues in the sky reflected in the lake. Coffee coupled with lots of stories and the backdrop of the alluring lake makes for an evening well-spent!
Relish a traditional Rajasthani meal at Aravali Lakeview restaurant
The rooftop restaurant at Radisson Blu Udaipur offers a lovely view of the Fateh Sagar lake and dishes up some great local Rajasthani cuisine. The non-vegetarians can savor the famous Laal maas (a fiery mutton curry) and the vegetarians can choose from Gatte ki subzi (gram flour dumplings in a gravy), Ker sangri (desert beans and berries in a gravy) amongst others.
Take a heritage walk
We took a heritage walk with Walk & Pedal and it was a great way to discover the city and learn about its history, culture and architecture. Pushpendra, the owner, was very engaging and warm and we instantly struck a chord with him. We explored sites like Jagdish Temple, Bagore ki Haveli, Lake Pichola and the serpentine streets of the old city. The highlight of the walk was the visit to the miniature art gallery, Ashoka Arts, which attempts to preserve this dying art form that Udaipur is famous for. The visit begins with acquainting you with the basics of miniature art like the colors and brushes used and culminates with some cool nail art. The gallery also conducts miniature art lessons if you’re keen and have more time on your hands.
Go on a guided tour of the Udaipur City Palace
This is a fairly touristy thing to do but the Udaipur City Palace is gorgeous and well-maintained and is worth a visit. The courtyards, the arches, and the ornately decorated rooms give you a flavor of the opulent lifestyle of the Mewar dynasty. The palace also offers great views of Lake Pichola and the ‘White city’ of Rajasthan (because practically every house is white in color). If you’re short on time, a guided tour of 1-1.5 hours would be the best way to soak in all the stories and history of the majestic palace.
Sundowner at Upre by 1559 AD
After all the walking around, a good way to unwind is by enjoying cocktails at the rooftop restaurant Upre by 1559 AD which offers breathtaking views of the Lake Pichola and has a lovely yet laid-back ambience. This is an amazing place for a sundowner and marked the perfect end to our bachelorette weekend!
How to get to Udaipur?
Surprisingly, flights to Udaipur both from Mumbai and Delhi are not very expensive if booked in advance. A round trip ticket will set you back by Rs. 5000. The Udaipur airport is about 22 kms away from the city center. If you wish to travel by train, then the 12981 Chetak Express is the fastest train that will take you from New Delhi to Udaipur. It’s an overnight train journey of around 12 hours.
Would you consider Udaipur for your bachelorette getaway? What according to you are the best things to do in Udaipur?