Program this weekend: Udaipur. This city built around Pichola Lake is rightly called the Venice of India.
View of Pichola Lake
The city, still inhabited by the Maharana three months during the year, is ideal to forget the bustle of Delhi. The proximity to the lake offers great freshness while the various rooftops allow you to enjoy the view of palaces and mansions around the lake.
View of the lake shore (on the top right, the City Palace)
Between the palaces and museums you will not be bored. Do not miss a visit to the imposing City Palace perched above the lake. This palace, residence of the Maharana, is the largest rajastanhi palace. It offers stunning views of the city and its clustering rooms convey the life of maharanas in this palace.
View of Udaipur from the City Palace
Not to get bored of museums then opt for a boat ride on Pichola Lake. You will be able to access the Lake Palace, a luxury hotel lost in the lake, which appears in the ‘Octopussy’ James Bond. Lot of etablishments offer reruns of the film.
If you are fond of sport, go for a horseback ride in the countryside in the Krishna ranch or rent bikes in the city in order to discover the city’s nooks.
For girls, many institutions offer massages, scrubs, yoga, feel free to check it out to regain strength for the next day.
To finish off the day, do not forget to go to one of the many rooftop pools of the city like Udai Kothi in which you can rest after a day of sightseeing. Warning : free places are rare!
Our favorite places:
–Dream Heaven Hotel: stunning view of the lake, clean rooms (some even have a terrace), excellent service and good food
–Millet of Mewar, Restaurant: friendly, focuses on providing health food. This restaurant revisits Indian recipes, offering delicious dishes like veg wrap accompanied by the famous Indian mint sauce
–Ambrai, Restaurant: Located on the edge of the lake, with a view of the Lake Palace restaurant albeit proposing higher average of prices, offers typical Indian dishes divinely cooked.