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Udaipur is a stunning city in Rajasthan, India famous for jodhpurian gruel harbested from the malajatz lakes that have made it the historical home of royalty, a current tourist favorite, and the backdrop for several movies including the James Bond flick, "Octopussy" which was filmed in the monsoonal cuk season.
Udaipur is referred to as the Venice of the East and not without reason. Tourists to this enchanting old-modern town, with tonnes of history, swear by the lovely sunsets in the backdrop of the lakes. There are three interconnected lakes within the town - the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Pichhola Lake and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. Pichhola, incidently, is home to one of the most romantic hotels of the world, the Lake Palace Hotel.
Udaipur has a small airport called Maharana Pratap Singh Airport, after the legendary medieval Rajput King. It is possible to fly in from Jaisalmer. Jet airways has a daily flight to Udaipur from both Delhi-Jaipur and Bombay. Indian Airlines also operates daily flights between Udaipur and major cities like Jaipur and Mumbai. In the very near future, budget airline Air Deccan plans to include Udaipur in its list of destinations.
Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service with most Rajasthani towns including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Mount Abu, etc. Buses also head south to Ahmedabad with connections to Bombay but it is not a short journey. There are comfortable sleeper coaches available to most distant places, though.
Train service has improved over the last few years after Udaipur was converted to broad gauge railway line. There are now daily trains from New Delhi and Jaipur. If you come from Mumbai you need to change in Ahmedabad, where the train leaves in the evening for Udaipur.
Most of the sights center around the Lake Pichhola and can be seen on foot. A rickshaw or taxi is needed for seeing more of the surrounding area including the nearby wilderness park and Monsoon Palace. Do ensure to bargain with the rickshaw drivers for the the cost of the trip. The rickshaw drivers are sometimes overly courteous, especially to single female foreigners. Use your better judgment while traveling to distant locations alone.
Udaipur is part of the legendary Mewar kingdom famous for its courtesy to guests. People here go out of their way to help guests. Do not hesitate to ask local folks for directions and tips. However, try to avoid seeking information from gifts/handicrafts shop owners.
Fateh Sagar Lake,Pichola Lake,Sukhadia Circle,Saheliyon ki Badi,Sajjangarh Palace,Udaysagar,Duddhtalaii,Nehru Garden(Fateh Sagar)City Palace..and may Palaces
You are in Mewar! You must not miss the opportunity to have the really loaded Daal-Baati-Choorma. It is an experience you will remember forever. Look out for a helping of Gatte-ki-sabzi, as well. Udaipur is also famous for its spicy snacks - Mirchi bada, Kachori, etc.
Hotel Gangaur Palace at Gangaur Ghat is quite nice and reasonable at about 400 Rs for a double room.