Udaipur is one of India’s most magical cities – a bastion of Rajasthani tradition – with its creamy-white palaces beside a shimmering lake, rambling old havelis and romantic luxury hotels that pull in honeymooners and more than a few wedding parties.
Here’s our pick of some of Udaipur’s best lakeside haveli hotels.
Hotel Rampratap Palace : This compact, heritage-style hotel has a classy ambience with an open courtyard and wide marble balconies. The rooms are done up with kitschy handicrafts, paintings and bright linen and 11 rooms have views of the Fateh Sagar Lake. The rooms on the ground floor don’t have lake views.
Phone: +91–294 2431701/2432961
Location: 5-B Fateh Sagar Road Fateh Sagar Lake, Alkapuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Amet Haveli : Green, serene and well spread out, the Amet Haveli has spacious rooms done up in traditional carved wooden furniture. Some rooms face the courtyard and the garden, while those with the lake views have seating in the alcove. The hotel also has a lovely Mughal style garden, which has several seating areas from where you can almost touch the lake’s waters.
Phone: +91-294 2431085/2434009
Location: Hanuman Ghat Road, Outside Chandpole, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Udai Kothi : Miniature paintings, walls inlaid with coloured glass and period furniture feature in this stylish and artistic hotel. The rooms – many of them lake facing – are large and done up with bright Rajasthani linen and upholstery. An exclusive honeymoon suite with a 360-degree view of the Pichola, temperature controlled pool, dining area, Jaccuzzi and private terrace is best suited for couples.
Phone: +91–294 2432810–1
Location: Chand Pole Road Opp Chand Pole On, Hanuman Ghat Marg, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Karohi Haveli : A bright courtyard invites the guest into this former family home. All rooms are aesthetically done up and the entire property has a serene feel to it. There are three categories of rooms – the base category does not have lake views, but the other two do. The mid-category is value for money, since it has almost the same decor and amenities as the top category. There is also a small spa.
Phone: +91–96801 81111
Location: Chand Pole, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Jagat Niwas Palace : Let the narrow entrance to this hotel not be your yardstick for judging this wonderful lakeside property. A 17th-century haveli with a central courtyard, sit-out areas and open terraces is divided into two wings and five categories of rooms. The decor is simple yet classy with touches of traditional arts and crafts.
Phone: +91-294 242 2860
Location: 23-25 Behind Jagdish Temple, Lal Ghat Road, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Swaroop Vilas : A short drive up a hilly road takes you up to Swaroop Vilas, a haveli hotel with an impressive facade, overlooking Lake Swaroop Sagar. The whole place is artistically done up with gorgeous paintings and interesting artefacts and the ceilings are adorned with Usta paintings. Rooms in the old wing here have balconies with lake views.
Phone: +91-91166 23383
Location: No 6 Ambavgarh Opposite Lake Swaroop Sagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Kankarwa Haveli: Kankarwa haveli is an old mansion which has been in the Kankarwa family for 180 years. It was The urban house for a Kankarwa family. In 1993 the family began renovation work and within two years Kankarwa haveli opened with all modern facilities for guests.
Kankarwa haveli is now one of the Heritage Hotels in udaipur, managed and run by original family.
Location: Kankarwa Haveli – 26 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001
Jaiwana Haveli :Jaiwana Haveli was once the private residence of the Thakur of Jaiwana, one of the jagirdars of Maharanas of Mewar. Located in the historic city of Udaipur, the hotel has an unbeatable location.
The twenty-four room Jaiwana Haveli hotel is located on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola, and possesses unparalleled views across the sparkling waters and island palaces, to the Aravali Mountains beyond.
Location:14 – Lal Ghat, Near Jagdish Chowk Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Mewar Haveli: Mewar Haveli is a delightful hotel in the style of a traditional Rajasthani Haveli. The newly-built hotel stands proudly on the banks of the lovely Lake Pichola. It offers amazing views of Lake Pichola, the Old City, Lake Palace, Jagmandir Island Palace and the rugged Aravali range. The hotel is elegantly appointed and tastefully designed to offer a comfortable and cosy stay.
Location: 34-35 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Madri Haveli: Madri Haveli is part of a long history of more than 300 years. The property was purchased 7 years ago from the Maharaj of Madri by a French investor and Indian designer.
During 6 years, it was under renovation, using the same methods and material which were used 300 years before. Tons of stone were used to give back the same old style and property prosperity.
Location: 70, Ganesh Ghati, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Pahuna Haveli : Pahuna Haveli is built in the Mewar style of architecture surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens; a source of pride for Hemant Kumari. Hanwant Singh, son of Brigadier Jaswant Singh worked for many years in the tea plantations of NE India & the coffee plantations of the South. On his retirement, he and his wife Hemant Kumari returned to live in Udaipur at Pahuna Haveli.
Location: 211 – Sardarpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Aashiya Haveli :Aashiya Haveli is a heritage building, situated on the eastern bank of famous Lake Pichhola, which has been in the Aashiya family for over 224 years. It was the urban house for the Aashiya family. In 2006, the family began renovation work and within two and half years, Aashiya Haveli opened with all modern amenities for guests with pure vegetarian food, where even Eggs are not served. Aashiya Haveli is now one of the Traditional Hotels in Udaipur, and is solely managed and run by the original family.
Location: Satya Dev Singh Aashiya, 15, 17-20, Lal Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001