Udaipur: the Venice of India in Photos

View of Udaipur and Lake Pichola

View of Udaipur and Lake Pichola from the gondola known as the Udaipur Ropeway.

Monday I showed you Lhasa, a place that didn’t match my expectations in a negative way.

This time, I give you Udaipur, a place that didn’t match my expectations in a most positive way.

When I think of my trip to India last year, I think first about Udaipur.

Yes, I saw the Taj Mahal. And yes, I went to an ashram in Rishikesh. I went to an Indian wedding and visited many fascinating small towns but nothing matches Udaipur in my memory.

Known as the Venice of India, Udaipur sits on Lake Pichola. Lined with ghatts, accommodating to tourists but not overrun by us, this is the place in India that I most enjoyed.

In these photos, I’m sure you’ll see why…

beautiful views on route to the Gondola.

Just one of the beautiful views on route to the Gondola.

At Jadmandir Palace

From the dock of the Jadmandir Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola.

There are many places to have tea in the afternoon.

There are many places to have tea in the afternoon.

Ghatts line Lake Pichola.

Ghatts line Lake Pichola.

View of Udaipur from the lake in the early evening.

View of Udaipur from the lake in the early evening.

Shree Jadish Temple

You’ll pass the Shree Jadish Temple on the way to the City Palace.

City Palace

First glimpse of the City Palace.

Udaipur Inside City Palace

The rooftop courtyard of the City Palace.

View of Lake Pichola from City Palace

View of Lake Pichola from City Palace

The lake is in constant use by the locals.

The lake is in constant use by the locals.

Lake Pichola

Beautiful Lake Pichola

Shopping where the Indians shop in Udaipur

And the frenzy of the city. I preferred to shop where the Indians shop.

Crafts people outside the city

Crafts people at work on the outskirts of Udaipur.

alented tailors ready to make you an outfit overnight.

There are many shops with talented tailors ready to make you a custom-fitted outfit overnight.

The result was a fabulous meal

I attended a cooking class.

Hotel Panorama in Udaipur - nice patio, nice room, budget hotel. 1400 rupees per night.

Hotel Panorama in Udaipur – nice patio, nice room, budget hotel. I paid 1400 rupees per night.

  • johnmerchant

    Every one knows that udaipur is world famous and here are many historical places available and many hotels also available for accommodation i can add in this one thing about Panorama Guest House it is very nice and budget friendly and providing such a nice service. You can also go through this resort and hotel in udaipur.

  • Sonia Sahni

    Totally love Udaipur!
    We want to see Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur as well….I guess we need
    another trip for that! Have you been to these two locations?

    http://tickingthebucketlist.blogspot.in/2014/07/udaipur-treated-like-royalty.html

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

    So cool! What a great city. And I loved the rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view.

  • Julian

    I actually stayed at Panorama Guest House because I heard about it from this blog. Udaipur was a beautiful travel experience.

  • http://www.heartofavagabond.com/ Yara

    This was my favorite city in India and I spent 5 months travling out there. There’s something magic about this city.

  • Dr. Ajeet

    Even i miss this city. Visited this city along with nephew (14 year old). It was fun exploring and made so many new friends.

  • Dr. Ajeet

    Yes Jack u can rent bikes..bicycle , motor bikes etc. I rented a gear bicycle for a whole day and it was just less than $2. Rental is for a 12-hour duration and they submit you passport along with a nominal security deposit. Its fun exploring the city on bike rather than a three-wheeler(cab).

  • Helga Boom

    I associate Udaipur with the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy (the film was being shown all over when I was there, so the locals were obviously proud of it).

  • Jack Kent

    I never imagine India to be that beautiful place like Udaipur. That is a highlight to the country. Honestly, I just thought India is one crowded place, but look at that, these photos made me realized that it isn’t just a crowded country but there is a hidden beauty in it. What I like most is the view of Udaipur in the Lake Pichola from the City Palace. Do you have any idea if there’s any vehicle rents to roam around the city?

  • Jack Kent

    I never imagine India to be that beautiful place like Udaipur. That is a highlight to the country. Honestly, I just thought India is one crowded place, but look at that, these photos made me realized that it isn’t just a crowded country but there is a hidden beauty in it. What I like most is the view of Udaipur in the Lake Pichola from the City Palace. Do you have any idea if there’s any vehicle rents to roam around the city?

  • Pingback: LandLopers Picks of the Week()

  • Scott

    Udaipur was for me a highlight too; though it had everything to do with the people – one in particular – I met there. Without Harish – The Best Rickshaw Driver in the World – Udaipur wouldn’t have been the same. Thank you Harish . . . 22 years after the fact, Thank you.

  • Emilia

    beautiful <3
    wish i could go there someday! Did you travel there alone?

  • Melissa

    Beautiful. I’m taking a mental note to purchase a custom-fitted outfit from a personal tailor if I ever visit Udaipur.