Hey Peeps! Two weeks back I was in Delhi and we had planned a Udaipur trip over the weekend. Though it was not the best idea to travel to Udaipur, India during summers, I had to go out on an outstation trip to make the most of my Delhi vacation.
Being a lifestyle blogger based in Bangalore I rarely get time to travel up North. I wanted to cover at least one famous tourist destination north of the Vindhyas this time. As a kid, I have travelled to many famous places in the northern states with family. Udaipur was either not that famous then or we were (sadly) unaware of this beautiful lake city.
Delhi to Udaipur to and fro
It was a last minute plan and we could not get a train reservation. We would have preferred to travel by train as you have a relatively relaxed journey compared to a bus.
Delhi to Udaipur bus fare: Rs 1,000/person (ac sleeper bus)
Udaipur to Delhi bus fare: Rs 850/person (ac sleeper bus)
We had reserved tickets in AC sleeper bus as we wanted to be fresh on arrival at Udaipur to explore the city and my sis and bro-in-law had to get back to work on Monday. In both the cases, a few hundred extra rupees ensured a smooth and rested journey.
Our bus started at 8.45 from Dhaula Kuan and we reached Udaipur the following morning around 7.30 a.m.
While coming back, the bus left Udaipur at 6.30 pm and took a break at 12.30 a.m. for dinner at a dhaba. I am not at all happy about that fact because there were kids on the bus and they were crying of hunger.
I have given them a very bad review on Redbus.in and request you all to give a genuine review whenever you take such service. It really helps people like us to take a call on which bus to take within our budget.
While coming back, we got stuck in Monday morning traffic around Delhi and reached our destination really late at around 11.30 a.m.
Our stay in Udaipur
We had a reservation in this beautiful property “Devasya Resort” through Stay on Skills. I had been to Ooty as well through them and I trust properties suggested by Arjun from Stay on Skills.
Tariff/Night – Rs 2,500-Rs 3,500 per room depending on the season.
The owner of Devasya Resort, Vikram was really kind and concerned while we were trying to reach the resort. He guided the cab driver so that we reach there hassle-free.
We were looking for a villa with 2 rooms. It was the eve of my sister’s 5th wedding anniversary. Another reason to pick Udaipur was a quick break from their regular hectic life. I just wanted them to feel special and this property was perfect for a small family trip. They have 2 rooms and both of them were booked for us. So, we got our own space and time to enjoy the property to the hilt.
Upon our arrival, the breakfast was served at 9.30 a.m. by Radhe Krishna. He took real good care of us throughout the trip. The breakfast comprising of parathas and poha was exactly like homemade food. They have arrangements for lunch and dinner as well. Since we were busy exploring the city most of the time, we ended up having most of our meals at other restaurants.
The rooms were spacious, tastefully decorated and spic-n-span. It sounds logical that Devasaya Resort’s management is planning to convert the place into a destination wedding location. They have huge grounds surrounding the Villa to host a large reception ceremony or such.
If you wish to stay at Devasya Resort, you can contact Vikram directly at +918800716449 for reservation in advance.
Lake View Lunch
After relaxing for few hours at the resort, we went out to explore the city followed by lunch. Well, the patrons at Devasaya serve only vegetarian food and us being non-vegetarian lovers, wanted to explore few restaurants. We had lunch in Jhoomar Restaurant which opens out to beautiful environs of an enormous lake.
Yes, lakes, that’s something you would come across a plenty in Udaipur. The restaurant is divided into 3 floors and each floor has its own uniqueness. If you step in post-dusk or dinner, opt for the calming ambience of the rooftop restaurant.
The view was alluring and we sat there for a couple of hours as it was too hot outside. We asked them to recommend best of their restaurant. We tried lassi, chicken starter and mutton over there. Quantity was too good for three of us.
If you are pressed for time and you want to seep into the beauty of this city, it’s a must visit. We could enjoy the sunset and then took a fairy ride.
Boat ride at Lake Picholaicket cost for Indians
Regular Boat– Rs 150/peron
VIP Boat- Rs 250/person
The regular boat has a capacity of 25-30 people whereas VIP boat is a fully open boat with cushioned seats to fit in just ten souls. We were on a budget trip and chose to go on a regular one. In fact, by the time we went for the tickets, VIP boats were sold out. In case you are willing to take a ride on VIP boat, visit the counter before 5.30.
We could see the complete city from our boat and they took us through all the corners of the city. Each monument and in fact hotels like Leela palace are dotted on the lake shore. The lighting of the city looks like they celebrate Diwali every day(Just kidding). I was mesmerised by the majestic view and beauty of the city. While sailing in the boat I could actually feel why people love this place for royal weddings and honeymoon.
Jagdish Temple in Udaipur
All tourist places close gates by 5 p.m. in Udaipur. So we decided to utilise the post-sunset evening by visiting famous temples, followed by dinner at a rooftop restaurant. There are lots of temples in the city. We could cover only two, the mo Jagdish temple being really close to the city palace. You can go to the palace by walk from there. Or you can plan a visit to the temple while coming back from the palace
Dinner at Rooftop restaurant
We found a beautiful architecture in the middle of the city called the O’Zen Restaurant. This restaurant is divided into several parts. Each corner of the restaurant is beautiful. If I have to rate their food, the feelings are mixed as I frankly felt the portions were underwhelming.
I am someone who cannot finish a regular Rice bowl but they serve really less and that was not sufficient for me. I love their daal fry and ambience. Rest all food item and drinks were very average to me. I won’t strongly recommend it if you are looking out for a great dine out restaurant in Udaipur. Food is very average here.
The City Palace, Udaipur
Entry fee: Rs300/person(Indians)
Guide fee is extra and that depends on the no. of people in your group.
You can’t afford to miss this palace even if you plan to be in the city for just a day. This palace is brimming with history. There is a world class cafe inside the palace. A cup of 24-carat gold coffee cost is Rs 2,000+ taxes there.
I could not afford to have it this time as I was rushing through the palace tour and then I had to hop on to a bus in evening. We also wanted to have lunch in the restaurant which is in Jal Mahal and you need to do advance booking for that. The only way you can enter the beautiful Jal Mahal cafe and the rooftop restaurant is through the city palace. This is out of the world experience. You must visit this restaurant.
So, this was all about my short trip to Udaipur. There are lot more things to do in the city and lots of historical places too. I was in Udaipur just for the weekend from Delhi and we did manage to tick off a few famous places in the itinerary.
Mostly we had a laidback time and enjoyed the resort stay. I have realised one thing, in life how much ever you try you will miss out on something. Rather than running behind everything, I focus on creating lasting memories.
Things to be taken care while in Udaipur
- Keep yourself hydrated as the place is really hot.
- You get both Ola and Uber cab services. But, both of these are restricted to certain areas. The good part is you can at least avail one of the services. For example, Uber was not allowed to enter our resort area and Ola cannot come near the Jagdish Temple.
- All the tourist attraction entry is closed by 5 p.m. except temples and Lake Pichola.
- Lake Pichola boat rides close by 6:30 p.m.
- Entry to few of the attractions are really expensive – like crystal museum tour in Udaipur city palace coss Rs 800 and you get to see a gallery. That’s it. I avoid such things especially when I am on a budget trip.
Hope you enjoyed reading my post and it was helpful too for you to plan out your Udaipur trip and make a list of must-visit places.
As always, keep your comments flowing.