The few days following the wedding was my first opportunity to actually venture out of the wedding grounds and discover the breathtaking streets and scenery of Udaipur.
Our first stop was moving into our new hotel, The Leela Palace, one of the three most beautiful and well known hotels in Udaipur (the others are the infamous Taj Lake Palace and The Oberoi Udaivilas). You are taken on a Leela Palace boat from the banks of Lake Pichola to the hotel itself which stands majestically at the other end.
First things first, the view from our room was beyond incredible! The entire skyline of Udaipur, complete with the various palaces, forts and Lake Pichola glittering away in the sunshine. Lying in bed as the first few rays of the morning seeped through, we opened our eyes to this beautiful sight each day of our stay!
Having taken in as much of our view as possible, we explored the grounds of our hotel which were equally stunning. As you step off the boat to the hotel, you are welcomed by the hotel staff, this lovely musician playing traditional Rajasthani tunes and a shower of rose petals from above. An experience that definitely leaves you with your head in the clouds! Sorry, but do you know who I am?
Wide open spaces with an elegant blend of traditional and modern architecture.
Around sunset, we took a relaxing boat ride around Lake Pichola, arranged by The Leela. Make sure you book this in advance as it gets booked up fairly soon!
It seems this city looks nothing less than spectacular in just about any light!
The next morning we decided to take a stroll around the local streets and markets; always my favourite part of any trip.
We drove past this street on one of our first days in Udaipur and I had to come back and take as many photos of it as possible.
By nightfall, the Udaipur skyline came alive in all its glittering glory!
At around 6:45 pm every evening, there is a traditional Rajasthani folk dance performance in the hotel. The perfect way to start off an evening of wining and dining.
On our last night in Udaipur, The Leela organised a romantic dinner for two overlooking the lake and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to end one of the most amazing and memorable weeks of my life.
A whole week of candle-lit meals, rose petals and just being incredibly spoilt and pampered. Do I really have to go back to normal life?
We booked the ‘Romance Package’ at The Leela Palace as a sort of mini-moon on the few days following the wedding. The package included a couples bath, a boat ride around Lake Pichola, a spa treatment and a romantic dinner for two. You can find out more information here. All in all, a lovely way to spend our last few days in my new favourite city, relax and reflect on the madness of our wedding!
A couple more places to note when in Udaipur:
- Ambrai – Insane views of Udaipur and Lake Pichola and equally good food.
- Upre – On the opposite side of the lake from Ambrai; a rooftop restaurant right by the lake, overlooking the city. The food is amazing and really affordable.
- Ambrai Road – Row after row of markets with local goods and handicrafts.
- Jagdish Temple Road – Another few rows of streets to shop to your heart’s content.
- Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) – A palace perched atop the hills with views of the whole city
My favourite part of visiting any city is getting lost in its streets and if you can get past the busy, hustle and bustle that is typical of any place you visit in India, definitely go for the walking option! India is unlike any place in the world and the best way to really experience it and I mean really, is by foot.
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