From Fiona Caulfield, author of the Love India travel guide series:
UDAIPUR: CITY OF DAWN
“Founded in 1567, Udaipur is one of the most spectacular places in India. It is set on magical lakes, surrounded by hills and dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus-laden gardens and fountain pavilions.
Where To Stay
Devi Garh www.deviresorts.com
“If I was choosing just one place for a romantic Indian escape, Devi Garh is it. Nestled in the Aravali hills since the 18th-century, this Fort Palace in the village of Delwara, has been restored and rebuilt with wonderful sensitivity. The hotel was conceived as a place where the past meets the future. This luxury hotel comprises 39 suites with an emphasis on contemporary design and detail, using local materials. The pool is spectacular, spa treatments and yoga sessions can be arranged. The hotel has many wonderful suggestions for activities, horse or camel safaris, kite flying, sun-rise walks to temples, champagne sunset picnics with Dom Perignon and the most romantic of all, a private dinner for two on a private balcony high up on the fort serenaded by musicians. Amazing.
Best Experience: What to See and Do
City Palace The well-fortified City Palace is a majestic white monument perched high up on a hill and now a museum. Interesting, opulent and spectacular views.
Eklingji Temple On the way to Devi Garh from Udaipur is this stunning temple with exquisite carving. The Maharana and his family continue to worship here weekly.
What To Buy
The narrow lanes of Usaipur are crowded with brightly colored stalls selling local art and craft. Best known for leather products, jewelry, rug weaving and marble work. Wander along until something catches your eye and then have an authentic haggling experience.
Devi Garh Shop Truly fabulous. There is a beautiful curated collection of fashion, accessories and homewares. Local craft, contemporary Indian design and vintage pieces in a soothing fixed price environment.”
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