Journey to Udaipur
We arrived in Udaipur by bus from Jodhpur. The bus journey took around 8 hours – we boarded the bus at 7:30am and did not arrive in Jodhpur until around 3pm. It took the bus an hour before it actually left Jodhpur because it kept stopping to pick up passengers and for the driver to have a chat. Also the roads were VERY bumpy and so the bus could not drive so fast. I’m glad it wasn’t a night bus that we had to try and sleep on, as we would have gotten no sleep whatsoever due to the amount the bus was rattling and bouncing up and down.
We paid 250 rupees each for the bus ticket to Udaipur and this was arranged through our guest house (Singhvi’s Haveli). The bus firm was Pooja and it was a sleeper bus which had both seats and sleeper cabins. We took the seats as we were told the sleeper cabins were an additional 100 rupees each, even though throughout the journey Indian’s seemed to be using them for free! Got to love the Indian/Foreigner two tier pricing in India….
Cost: 600 per room per night (budget en-suite double)
We stayed at Mewargarh Palace in Udaipur as we saw it was fairly central and rated highly on tripadvisor. It was only 5 minute’s walk from the Jagdish Temple, the rooms were very clean and toiletries were provided (e.g. toothpaste, soap, shampoo). There was also a rooftop restaurant serving a good selection of food. The only bad thing was that we found it a little loud in the mornings as the rooms face onto a central courtyard where everyone comes and goes.
We would definitely recommend this guesthouse to other travellers.
Cost: Common ticket (shared cabin) 72 rupees per person (return)
Cabin (2 people) 288 rupees
There is a cable car located just beside the lake and it takes you to the top of a hill where there is a Hindu temple and a mosque. Although they temple and mosque are nothing to write home about, the views across the lake and Udaipur are well worth it. There is also a basic restaurant at the top.
There are boat rides available on Lake Pichola and cost 200 rupees each for 20 minutes.
Cost: 75 rupees each (plus 200 rupees for a camera) plus 200 rupees (total) for a guide.
The city palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and is the largest palace in Rajasthan. It has great views across the lake from some of its many windows.
Location: Govinda’s is just 2 minutes’ walk from the Jagdish Temple on City Palace Road
Cost: Budget/mid (ice-cream sundae’s 110 – 135 rupees, sandwiches 70 -80 rupees)
We eat here every day during our stay in Udaipur as we found it to be the perfect place to stop for an ice cream sundae and cold drink. They serve delicious food, although we found the service to be a little slow.
Location: Pushkar’s café is located5 minutes walk from the Jagdish Temple on Chand Pol road
Cost: Budget/mid (80 – 130 rupees per dish)
We visited Pushkar’s Café once during our stay in Udaipur for dinner (at the time of writing it is rated number 1 on trip advisor). I eat a pizza (as my stomach was feeling rather sensitive!) and Ben ate paneer masala. We thought the Indian food was average and the pizza was below average as it seemed to have a brown sauce base rather than tomato! (I guess it serves me right for ordering pizza in India…). Service was also a little slow as the staff were busy watching a 20:20 cricket match on television.
Location: Lotus Cafe is located 5 minutes walk from the Jagdish Temple on Bhattiyani Chohtta
Cost: Budget/mid(around 70 – 100 rupees per dish)
We visited lotus café on our first night in Udaipur for dinner. We thought it was a little hard to find as it was set back in a courtyard off the main street, however it still seemed to be full of travellers as it had been recommended in the lonely planet. The food was good and the price was also fair.