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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.