My camera and I descend on Udaipur, Rajasthan, India!

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This is Udaipur, Rajasthan.

This is Udaipur, Rajasthan.  Also known as the city of lakes and “Venice of the east,” Udaipur is known for it’s romantic setting in the hills of western India.  There are plenty of picturesque backdrops as you explore the gorgeous architecture and landscapes surrounding you.  It’s a charming place for shopping, sightseeing, or just simply taking it in.    It is known for the Monsoon Palace, Jagdish temple, and nearby Shilpgram.

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Eva

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Sian

This is Eva and Sian. We met in Bikaner, went to Jaisalmer, and then ended up in Udaipur. We spent a lot of time wandering around the city seeing what makes it beautiful. Udaipur has a cool art scene, fun buildings to explore, a nice lake to enjoy, and great vantage points for photos. The girls managed to do a lot of shopping, and I even got swept away with them on a couple of occasions.

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Nukkad Guesthouse

This is the guesthouse we stayed at. The room was nice, affordable, and located in a good part of town. There was a restaurant and open area upstairs, and plenty of places to eat nearby. It was walking distance from many destinations, and easy to get a rickshaw to and from the train station. The rooms were clean and nicely decorated.  No complaints here.

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Natraj thali

This is definitely one of the top thalis I’ve had in all of India. It came from a place called Natraj and only cost 110INR.  It was worth every paisa. A thali is a mix of many different subjis with rice, bread, chutney, and dal. A great thali place will top you off when your bowl starts to get low. It’s like an all you can eat Indian buffet that is authentic, cheap, delicious, and the kicker is that you don’t even have to leave your seat to get more food.

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Foreign wedding guest for hire!

This is about the time we got invited to a wedding party, but let me start at the beginning. We were walking home one night when I heard music from an alleyway. Wanting to explore the source of the sound I got closer to see a man riding a white horse through the streets of Udaipur. He was being led with lights, drums, and people celebrating. I love celebrating, so I jumped in the mix of the things and away we went.

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Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, India

This is the monsoon palace. We took an auto from our guesthouse to the front gates. From there it was a nice hike up the hill where it sat giving a great vantage point. It was built on top of a hill to see the incoming monsoon clouds. There was a james bond movie filmed there as well.

If you liked these photos of Udaipur.  The rest of the collection is below. It’s all of the highlights and some of the in betweens. I hope you enjoy them.

57 Photos from Udaipur, India