Named after Maharana Udai Singh of the Mewar Kingdom, Udaipur is one of the most sought-after and romantic cities in India. The opulent settings and dreamy weddings that take place in this city are famous the world over. And every opportunity to return to witness the grandeur of this Mewari city is nothing less than an unforgettable experience. If you’re wondering where to stay, my guide to one of the hotels is here. My first tryst with Udaipur happened in the year 2018 and it left me impressed for a lifetime. It was time to relive some of the old memories and create new ones. In the month of September, I had an opportunity to visit Udaipur. The photogenic city looked as amazing and pretty as last time. Post-monsoon is always a good time to be here. The city looked resplendent in a green covering. Last but not the least, I had an extremely comfortable stay at the RAMADA by Wyndham Udaipur Resort and Spa. Don’t miss out on the amazing food at the MYRA restaurant here. It is quite popular among the locals as well. And I bet this is what makes it a preferred wedding venue as well.
A warm welcome at the RAMADA by Wyndham Udaipur
I had a smooth flight from Delhi to Udaipur, minus the turbulence due to the rain. The flight from Delhi to Udaipur is 1 hour 20 mins. Once I landed at the airport, I found the driver and a lady from the hotel waiting for me. They greeted me warmly and soon I was in a nice car. The drive to the hotel was close to 45 mins during which my driver filled me in with interesting stories from in and around Udaipur. On the way, we also stopped for the famous aloo pyaaz kachoris. It is worth taking a stop at Jayesh Misthan Bhandar (JMB) on the way if you are hungry too or you may get them packed on the way to the airport. I brought some for my family on the day of the return.
The check-in at the Ramada by Wyndham was extremely smooth and I was met with one of the warmest staff at the reception. I quite liked the welcome drink as well. In no time, the buggy dropped me to my room. Initially, I was not able to piece together the whole structure as it is very big but as soon as I went to the terrace, I fell in love with the view above and below. The property has a very rustic and earthy feel to it.
Ramada by Wyndham is one of the most popular hotel brands in the world. One of their hallmarks is grand settings with pops of red. Though they have hotels to meet all sorts of requirements, business, travel, etc, this one in Udaipur is best suited for family holidays and destination weddings. I loved its semi-amphitheater kind of setting, overlooking the swimming pool in the center. Spread over a large area, Ramada by Wyndham, Udaipur Resort and Spa is picturesque and the bird’s eye view gives a great first impression of the property. And the best part is that one gets to see Monsoon Palace alias Sajjangarh fort perched atop, the property. For the best views of Udaipur and to discover the most breezy corner of the city, a trip to the Monsoon Palace is a must-do.
My room, the high tea and the local Rajasthani dance
Just like the property, the room was huge too. And I loved the study area followed by the lavish washroom with the separate bathtub area. The huge bed, lounge chair, and closet were big and comfy. The bathroom door opened to the room as well as was connected to the dressing area which opened to the bath tub. Everything was laid out fresh and new. And together, they lent a feeling of grandiosity. This is what I like about hotels in Rajasthan in India.
Soon after I had settled in my room, I went for the evening tea which set the tone right for the rest of the staycation. The samosas that were served with the tea were very interesting. I walked around the property and acquainted myself with the different floors, two swimming pools, spa area, gym, art corridor, and the rest of the amenities. The weather was just perfect and the sunset painted the sky in a multitude of colors. When the lights were switched on, the property turned all the more gorgeous with the effect of lamps spread all across. The first dining experience was very satiating. We enjoyed our meals over Rajasthani dance and music. The local dancers were very impressive. I never miss a chance to savor the local culture of our Indian states.
The best thing was that the property had a lot of space to walk around as well as sit and relax. One could sit in the garden, around the swimming pool, next to the spa area and the dining area, of course. The resort is a little away from the buzzy areas and thus one feels quite relaxed up there. At the night as well, you can look towards the Monsoon palace.
A big round of applause for the chefs at MYRA restaurant
I loved the food at Ramada and I must give a big round of applause to the chefs at Myra restaurant. They pampered me with a lavish spread, from local to fusion food. In Rajasthan, one must not miss the dal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, ker sangri and some of the local sweets. Also, whenever you are here, you must ask for the chakki ki sabzi. I tried it for the first time and loved it. Do remember to try out this Rajasthani dish. It is amazing. The breakfast buffet covered a mix of Rajasthani, Gujrati, South Indian, and North Indian delicacies. My friends went ga-ga over the non-vegetarian dishes as well.
Sightseeing in UDAIPUR
If you visited Udaipur before, you might not be interested in exploring a lot but if it’s your first time, don’t miss a couple of places. The City Palace is a place of beauty and admiration. Lake Fateh Sagar and Lake Pichola are synonymous with Udaipur. A visit to both these places goes unsaid when you are in Udaipur. Take a walk , feel the breeze around Lake Pichola and indulge in the local cafes. Go to the local markets and buy some local souvenirs for your friends. I bought some very pretty cushion covers for my home. I enjoy taking back local stuff from my travels.
But if you are in no hurry to explore as you have already done in your previous visits, Ramada property is the perfect place where you can relax, take a dip in the swimming pools, and indulge in great food and spa. Below are a few places to visit if you fancy exploring more of Udaipur on your holiday! The vintage car museum is worth a visit. Jagmandir, Jagdish Mandir, Saheliyon ki Badi, Hathipole, Bapu market, and puppet museum are some of my favorite places to visit in the city.
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