Udaipur: City of Lakes

Monday, September 11, 2017
Udaipur, the city of lakes or the Venice of the East. And with good reason. Udaipur is one of the most charming cities of India and obviously a popular tourist destination.

View over Udaipur city from Monsoon Palace, India
One of the most prominent lakes of Udaipur is Lake Pichola, which is located right in the heart of the city. Taj Lake Palace or simply the Lake Palace formerly a winter palace for the royal but today a luxury hotel, which lies right in the middle of the lake. The Lake Palace served in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, as Maud Adams' hideout.

Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India
The City Palace was built in an flamboyant style over nearly 400 years and is considered the largest of it's type in the state of Rajasthan. Parts of the City Palace have been turned into a museum. Entrance fee: 300 INR per person.

View from City Palace in Udaipur, India
After exiting continue straight to Shiv Niwas Palace, a luxury hotel. Entrance fee is a mere 30 INR per person and for another 300 INR you can spend the day at their Pool Deck, which was famously used in the 1983 James Bond classic; Octopussy.

Pool Deck at Shiv Niwas Palace in Udaipur, India

For dinner Id' recommend visiting Sun and Moon Restaurant, which holds the record for highest rooftop in Udaipur. Located on top of Banjara Hostel, one of the most prominent hostels in the city.

Highest rooftop in Udaipur at Sun and Moon Restaurant, India
Northeast of the city centre you can enter Sajjan Garh Palace or simply the Monsoon Palace for 300 INR per person. The hilltop palatial residence is most famous for it's views over Udaipur.

Monsoon Palace in Udaipur, India
Besides delivering astonishing views over the city, the sunsets here are impeccable. Standing here while the sun sets, gives a feeling of being at Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sunset from Monsoon Palace in Udaipur, India
After a good night's sleep, get up early before the sun wakes. At Banjara Hostel you'll be awarded with the advantage of rooftop views towards the sunrise, as the city of Udaipur wakes up.

Sunrise over Udaipur from Banjara Hostel, India

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