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Wanderer Neha

"i haven't been everywhere but it's on my list."

Udaipur, Rajasthan - Quaint Old Town

When I think of Udaipur, I think of narrow winding lanes. I think of Haveli-esque houses perched on the streets. I think of royalty from the history books. I think of majestic palaces and its architecture. And how can I forget the delicious vegetarian cuisine? 

Udaipur is a visual delight for souls who are seeking old charm from the bygone era. To an extent, the people here have preserved their culture. It's great to see a large section of the West easily amalgamating with the people of the town.  

Be warned, it might take you a while to get into the groove of this place especially if you are searching for solitude while traveling like me. The streets can get busy and loud (old city), it did give me claustrophobia. But you will slowly grow into the vibe and begin to feel a part of the daily hustle-bustle. 

One of my favorite things to do in Udaipur was to sit on the rooftop of my Airbnb and simply observe the locals taking on their daily chores. I could stare aimlessly at the City Palace in the backdrop and watch the sun go down every evening.

 udaipur haveli airbnb 

Cozy rooftop of my Airbnb

udaipur haveli airbnb

Entrance of the Airbnb

udaipur haveli airbnb
 

Comforting as holidays can get, I knew I had to drag my lazy ass to explore the town.
 

Spend the day at City Palace

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur
 

Take a day trip to Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Chittor Fort Chittorgarh

Things to note -

  • Other places that you can explore include: Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Bagore-ki-Haveli and Gangaur Ghat
  • You can hire an auto for INR 500 and it takes you for sightseeing for 3-4 hours
  • Steer clear of guides at every tourist point and you same some bucks (Google the history of the place before you visit and it will all make sense!)
  • Cab to Chittorgarh will cost you INR 2,300
  • It felt like it was a safe destination for women to travel to
  • Udaipur is fairly a budget destination and you can plan a 2-3 night stay under INR 10,000

It's great when tourism opens up new sources of income for the locals. However, Udaipur at times just feels like a tourist trap. Polluted lakes and streets, endless number of shops selling you mediocre Rajasthani items. I have a feeling that sometime soon this place might lose all its charm. Maybe next time I should try to explore the city away from the center?

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