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A love story in itself, Udaipur commands a romance unmatched by any other Rajasthani city, or anywhere else in India for that matter. Domed white marble palaces and winding lanes with every possibility at the end; cobalt lakes and verdant landscaped gardens: it is no wonder Udaipur is India’s number one spot to honeymoon. Our pick of the best places to stay in Udaipur are steeped in its history and ambiance.
Surrounding Lake Pichola it is silhouetted by the verdant Aravalli hills, providing a dramatic backdrop to this majestic city. Udaipur is glamorous, cultural, easy going and archaic in equal measure. It provides an insight into traditional India, whilst heralding modern times.
The iconic Lake Palace and City Palace are Udaipur’s landmarks and draw visitors from around the world. Whilst the romance might have worn thin around these edifices (as almost every building is either a hotel, travel agent, shop or mediocre restaurant), step away from the backpacker’s epicentre and you'll find yourself in a world of charming haveli properties, ancient temples and heterogeneous bazaars.
Founded by the Maharaja Udai Singh in 1567, Udaipur became a centre for a specialised art form known as Mughal miniatures. A selection of these can be viewed at the City Palace. This penchant for design can be seen in the intricate latticework and coloured glass windows ubiquitous throughout the city.
Die hard Bond fans or just those keen on movie trivia might appreciate a visit to the beautiful Monsoon Palace, the lair of Ian Fleming’s classic Bond villain, Kamal Khan. Octopussy is shown daily throughout Udaipur so make sure to catch a rooftop screening whilst you are here.
View the city by boat on one of its several lakes. Lake Pichola is the most iconic, however the waters of Fateh Sagar also offer a beautiful way to see Udaipur.
Why not explore the arid desert lands surrounding the oasis-like Udaipur by camel, horse or elephant safar? All novel and unforgettable ways to sightsee.
Or head for the hills and traverse Udaipur’s rocky outcrops by the power of your own two feet. Mountain Ridge has pioneered hiking trips between local villages and indigenous tribes for many years. A safe and reliable choice.
Visit the crafts village of Shilpgram, just 3km outside of town to see some of Udaipur’s famous produce in the making. You can also buy them to take home.
In keeping with the rest of Rajasthan, Udaipur is best visited between the months of October and March for optimum weather. However it is truly beautiful during the monsoon season, around July and August when the lakes are full and the white domed palaces glisten under the rainfall. Holi, India’s spring festival, is also an excellent time to visit. The contrast between the kaleidoscope of colours against the alabaster backdrop is quite the spectacle to behold.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Udaipur are all luxurious abodes that reflect the romance of this superlative city.
- As well known as Udaipur itself Taj Lake Palace is the place to stay for honeymooning couples. Located in the middle of Lake Pichola it is accessible by boat and all rooms include lake views. There is a unique spa boat and it boasts sumptuous bathrooms and suites with ornate mosaic work and stained glass windows.
For great value
- A charming family run property Kankarwa Haveli, located on the Lal Ghats, is a quintessential Rajasthani stay. Most rooms enjoy views of Lake Pichola and it is walking distance from the City Palace.
- Then there is the exquisite heritage property, Karohi Haveli another ornately arched white structure. Located on the historic Hanumant Ghats it is as attractive on the inside as it is from outside.
For a luxury stay
- The former, one of their most exuberant properties, The Leela Udaipur is a truly lavish stay. With lake views, its black and white tiled pool is divine, as are the rooms and spa.
- A modern day Mughal masterpiece, The Oberoi Udaivilas boasts fine dining and rooms with four posters made for lingering.
For a heritage stay
- There is plenty of history behind Devi Garh’s bougainvillea covered walls. Taken over by the RAAS chain this 18th century restored palace has been injected with some modern amenities and chic designs. Still every bit fit for the maharajah it is a luxurious stay outside of town.
Still not sure which to book? From romance to heritage browse through our list of the best places to stay in Udaipur to start to plan your trip. Or widen the net and explore all our recommendations in Rajasthan or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Udaipur
Kankarwa Haveli from $45Udaipur
In the same family for over 180 years this lovely, understated heritage hotel is slap bang in the centre of Lal Ghat: walking distance from the City Palace and other sights. Colourful rooms, some with private balconies, provide spectacular views of the Lake Palace. A charming stay.Local markets - Chetak Circle is perfect for picking up handicrafts and giftsSights nearby - Jagdish Temple, Lake Udaipur, City PalaceViews - Of Lake Pichola.Full of character
Karohi Haveli 26 rooms from $56Udaipur
An exquisite heritage hotel in Udaipur’s Hanuman Ghat, overlooking Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace and the City Palace. Delicious food is served at the delightful rooftop restaurant, providing spectacular views, plus there is a swimming pool for an added bonus. A great choice.Local markets - Chetak Circle is great for picking up traditional Rajasthani pieces.Sights nearby - The Lake Palace is moments away.Views - Lake Pichola and City PalaceSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Amet Haveli 20 rooms from $80Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Situated in the town's old quarter this haveli is quintessential Rajasthani. White walls, stained glass windows, intricate lattice work and ornate arches. Bedrooms are jam packed with decorative tiles and fabrics plus antique furniture. There is a roof terrace with lake views and a pool.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is one of the most popular where you can find saris, ornate jewellery, fabrics and much more. Great for gifts.Sights nearby - City Palace and the Jagdish temple are within walking distance.Great walks - Mountain Ridge trekking includes morning pick up and drop off.Sailing - Take a boat out onto Lake Pichola.
Trident Udaipur 141 rooms from $135Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Fool proof accommodation courtesy of Trident. The impressive exterior makes way to airy interiors. Rooms are modern and fuss free including tea and coffee facilities with garden views. There's a classic bar and restaurant Aravalli serves Indian and Continental dishes. Enjoy the pool & relaxing spa.Local exploring - This hotel is ideally placed for exploring Udaipur's sights.Sights nearby - City Palace, the Crystal Gallery, the Monsoon Palace or the beautiful JagmandirKids Club - The Trident Kids' Club features games, play area and their very own tentCooking classes - Sushma's Cooking Classes are a great way to learn the local flavours.
RAAS Devigarh 39 rooms from $276Udaipur (Delwar)
Majestic Five Star 18th century palace restoration outside Udaipur. Minimal interior designs frame original historic architecture. Luxury boutique suites combine stone floors, marbles, hot tubs, balustraded terraces with all the mod cons. Fabulous views, excellent restaurant, extensive spa and pool.Total relaxation - Away from the hustle and bustle of town it is a wonderfully relaxing location to explore Udaipur fromRomantic Break - Luxurious suites and a romantic ambience make this a perfect couples retreatSpa breaks - A spoiling spa providing both Western and traditional Indian treatmentsArchitectural - 18th century palace renovation.
Taj Lake Palace 83 rooms from $362Udaipur (Rajasthan)
As iconic as Udaipur. A shimmering white and gold vision located on Lake Pichola it is accessible only by hotel boat. Rooms are quite literally fit for a maharajah: stained glass windows, plush velvets, gilt work, and intricate murals. Plus a pool, famous rooftop restaurant and novel 'spa boat'.Sights nearby - Located in the heart of Udaipur, most of its sights are within walking distance.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike.Private Hot TubViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection
The Oberoi Udaivilas 87 rooms from $476Udaipur (Rajasthan)
A modern Mughal masterpiece. What it lacks in age it makes up for in style; opulent, classic and with service to match. Relax by the black and white tiled pool or in the sumptuous spa. Rooms are divine and decorated with tasteful Oberoi flair. And it enjoys stunning views of Lake Pichola.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is awash with glittering sarees, jewels and much more.Cooking classes - Have a private cooking lesson with the hotel's head chef.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.OpulentRecommended by - Fodors, Tablet
The Leela Palace Udaipur 80 rooms from $530Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Leelas are known for their exuberant style and their Udaipur offering does not fail to impress. Simply gorgeous at every turn rooms feature four poster beds, finest silks, ornate artwork and subtle lighting plus palatial bathrooms. Fine dining and an extensive wine collection completes the set.Sights nearby - The City Palace and much more are within easy walking distance.Sailing - Take a boat out on Lake Pichola - an iconic Udaipur experience.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is a favourite for picking up gifts and souvenirs.Cooking classes - Check for timings.