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Udaipur travel guide

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You're Going to Love Udaipur

There's something inexpressibly romantic about Udaipur. With its marble temples, elegant waterfront architecture, and the sheer tranquility of Lake Pichola, the city is an almost peerless Indian jewel.

On one hand, few cities in the world can match Udaipur's natural setting. The shimmering waters of the lake with tiny scattered islands, and the cradling peaks of the Aravalli Mountains are a sublime backdrop for lakeside meals and evening walks to take in Udaipur's spectacular sunsets.

On the other, Udaipur is a lovely, lively urban center. Its bazaars hum with life, it hosts an annual World Music Festival, and is home to some of Rajasthan's finest art galleries too.

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When to Visit Udaipur

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Most locals will advise tourists to arrive sometime between October and March (the local "winter"), when you'll encounter warm, but not humid weather, and very little rain. Summers are humid and sweltering, while monsoon season in July and August brings too much rain for most tastes. February could be ideal, thanks to the excellent weather and wealth of cultural events taking place in the city.

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Where to Stay in Udaipur

Udaipur is famous for its palatial hotels, which include some of the most beautiful in the world. Probably the finest of all is the island-based Taj Lake Palace, but it's not alone. The Shiv Niwas Palace and the Leela Palace offer 5-star accommodation, while the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort and Spa offers resort-style lodgings within a mile of the city center.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for traditional Indian textiles, jewelry, saris, ceramics, or artworks, the city's finest shopping area is definitely Hathipole Market, just north of the historic city center. Feel free to haggle and drive a hard bargain, and be prepared for a dizzying variety of stalls. If that sounds too hectic, give conventional malls like Arvana a try, or head to old city boutiques like Boutique Namaste India or Anokhi, which is housed in the City Palace.

Groceries and Other

There aren't many supermarkets in the historic parts of Udaipur, but there are plenty in surrounding neighborhoods, where options include Essar Hypermart and Purchase Point. Alternatively, you'll find a daily food market in the Clock Tower district, which is a handy place to find grocery bargains. Wherever you shop, prices will be low, at around ₹150 for a gallon of milk or ₹60 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Udaipur

Rajasthan's food is one of the region's greatest attractions, and Udaipur is a leading light on the regional food scene. If you adore spicy curries, you'll be in your element at eateries like Peshawri or Suvarna Mahal, but there are also some accomplished Italian restaurants, like Savage Garden, and plenty of fusion restaurants, like O'Zen. Meal prices vary from ₹1,000 or more at elite places to ₹200-300 at mid-range restaurants.