Udaipur – Solo Traveling in Rajasthan
This blog about Udaipur – solo traveling in Rajasthan consists of my experience in the city of Udaipur. Moreover, it includes the places I visited, the photographs I clicked, and my experience as a female solo traveler.
Udaipur also called the city of lakes, is a city in the Rajasthan state of India. The city is located in the southern part of the Rajasthan border, near Gujarat. The city of lakes is known for its culture, the Rajput-era vibes, the palaces, its history, and obviously the lakes. Udaipur has around 7 lakes. Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Ramsagar Lake, Doodh Talai lake, Swaroop Sagar lake are some of the lakes in the city of Udaipur.
This was my first visit to Udaipur and hence the reason for my excitement. I was exhilarated to visit the City Palace, especially. Although I had been to City Palace, Jaipur but not the one in Udaipur. My Instagram was flourished with the pictures of the City Palace, the lakes, and the streets of Udaipur, and helped me decide the place. I would also give credit to the Bollywood movies for my increasing curiosity in the city of Lakes :D.
DAY 1 – Flight from Delhi to Udaipur
In the month of August, I planned my trip to Udaipur. The photographer in me couldn’t wait for clicking the pictures. I am a traveler and the only thing that excites me is exploring places. I started clicking pictures the moment I left for the airport. I wanted to record each and every moment of the trip on my camera.
I had a morning flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Hence, I took the cab, reached the Airport, and completed all my formalities, and there I was on the plane to Udaipur. I had talked to a travel agency beforehand to book a cab from the airport to my Hotel. Because you never know, how the city and the people treat you. You have to be completely prepared, especially when you are traveling solo.
Airport to the Hotel
In no time, I reached Maharana Pratap Airport (it took around 1 hour 15 mins). The Airport is situated in Dabok, 22 km from the city of Udaipur. My hotel was located right in front of Fateh Sagar Lake. It took around 1 hour to reach the hotel, which felt like forever. However, I was not sure if the driver was following the right direction, so I kept asking him about it. I asked him almost five times, he seemed annoyed :P ( Udaipur – Solo Traveling in Rajasthan ).
First and foremost, I finally reached my hotel and I was dumbstruck to see The Fateh Sagar Lake, it was huge. Although, when I booked the hotel, I made sure either I get to stay near Lake Pichola or Fateh Sagar Lake. Hotels near Lake Pichola were almost taken so I booked it there. The picture below depicts how vast and beautiful the lake is.
The place I stayed, was a small heritage hotel, overlooking the scenic Fateh Sagar Lake. The hotel also features a rooftop restaurant with spectacular views of the lake. As soon as I entered the hotel, I made sure I have all my luggage and then sat near the window to watch the mesmerizing view of the lake.
Later, I took a short nap and decided to go to the bazaars for shopping and I couldn’t wait to treat my eyes with the views of the Ghats.
Strolling in the bazaars and visiting the Ambrai Ghat
After the nap, I got ready and left for shopping. I went to Bada Bazaar first, which offers a plethora of shops and showrooms to buy Rajasthani items such as Jutis. Then I visited Bapu Bazaar, which is clothing, handicrafts, and other souvenirs. I love buying colorful dupattas because they look super cool and aesthetic during a photoshoot. I found a shop that sold a hundred different types of dupattas and sarees.
I always like to shop on the first day of the trip. Hence, there I was strolling in the bazaars of Udaipur. After roaming around the markets for hours and buying things for myself and my family. I wanted to sit and relax, also I was very hungry. As a result, I decided to go to Ambrai Ghat. Before reaching the ghat, I decided to stop by a cafe and have my dinner. It was a lakeside cafe ( I can’t recall the name ). After stuffing my stomach with the delicious food, I took a rickshaw and went to the Ambrai Ghat.
The sun was already setting, and it cast an awe-inspiring shadow in the water. The colors of the sky, as well as the water, were breathtaking. My rickshaw crossed the bridge and I felt a moment of contentment. I reached the Ambrai ghat and the sky was beautiful. The pink strokes on the dark sky looked pleasing to the eye. I started walking forward and saw the well-lighted City Palace. I walked around for 15 minutes, clicked some pictures, and explored the place. I sat by the lake all by myself, and it was tranquil. As it was getting late, I walked a little and took another rickshaw to reach my hotel.
DAY 2 – Visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat and Darohar Folk Dance show at Bagore ki Haveli
According to me, it’s the best thing about solo traveling, you get to experience different things altogether. The previous day, I came to my hotel really tired and slept. But I had no idea, the next day is going to be more tiring than ever.
I woke up in the morning and went to have my complimentary breakfast on the terrace restaurant. The restaurant has an amazing view of the lake. I kept looking at the lake while having my food. I had some Poha, watermelon, and black coffee in my Breakfast. I had booked a one-way cab to the City Palace and reached there in 15 minutes.
It is one of the main Ghats situated near the waterfront of Lake Pichola. I spent the entire evening sitting here, dipping my feet in the water. I watched the sunset and people in a boat pass by. Sitting there all alone, near the Lake was a different feeling altogether, which I can’t put into words.
How to reach – It is closer to the Jagdish Chowk and adjacent to Bagore ki Haveli.
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Dorohar Folk Dance at Bagore ki Haveli
Darohar is a Live Rajasthani Cultural Dance show which is staged every evening at the Bagore ki Haveli. It showcases the various Rajasthani folk dances, that reflect the traditional life of Rajasthani people.
Ticket per person – Indian – Rs. 90, Foreigner – Rs. 150 and children below the age of 12 – Rs. 45.
Timings – 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Tickets are available from 6:30 PM
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After the show got over, I went to Gangaur Ghat and spent time there, sitting by the water, talking to strangers, and playing with dogs. Around 8:30, I planned to get back to my hotel as I was really tired and hungry. I went to my Hotel and had my dinner at the same rooftop restaurant and slept. (Udaipur – solo traveling in Rajasthan)
Day 3 – Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Saheliyo ki Bari and Boating in Lake Pichola
I woke up early the next day, had my breakfast, and waited for my cab which I had already booked. Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace was the first destination. A friend of mine lives in Udaipur, who had visited the Palace, I took her along with me.
Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace
The distance between Fateh Sagar Lake and Monsoon Palace is 12 km. Therefore, it took us around 30 minutes to reach the Palace. It is a hilltop Palace overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. The Palace offers panoramic views of the Udaipur City and its lakes. Maharaja Sajjan Singh built the fort and hence the name. Moreover, he built the Palace with the intention to enjoy the Monsoon season.
Saheliyon ki Bari
We came back from the Monsoon Palace, had our lunch on the way, and headed straight to Saheliyon Ki Baadi. It is also called as Garden of the Maidens. It is a beautiful garden that is celebrated for its beautifully adorned gardens, fountains, and marble art. However, the story behind building the garden really fascinated me. Maharaja Sangram Singh designed the garden himself, especially for his Queen. More than 40 maids accompanied the Queen and this garden used to be the relaxing spot for the ladies of the Royal Family.
Ticket price – Indian visitors – Rs. 10, foreigners – Rs. 50
Timing – 9 AM to 7 PM
Boating at Lake Pichola
Boating in Lake Pichola was an amazing experience. We went to the Lake Pichola Municipal Road ride point. We took a 10 seater boat and the price of the ticket per person was Rs.250. I occupied seats towards the side, so I get a better view. I would definitely recommend the boat ride. The boats take a huge round of the grand and mesmerizing Lake Pichola, the picturesque City Palace, other monuments, and hotels. I got a glimpse of the Udai Vilas, and it was so beautiful. Then we came across Jagmandir Palace and Lake Palace, which I couldn’t visit due to a shortage of time.
Altogether, I didn’t want the boat ride to end. But it did, and it made my heart heavy. Because it was the last place for the day, briefly I didn’t want to leave Udaipur and go. I left a part of me there, in those sunsets, in the lakes and the palaces. I bid adieu to the city of lakes and headed towards the Airport, as I had to catch my flight back to Delhi.
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