Udaipur, also known as the “City of Lakes” or the “Kashmir of Rajasthan,” is a major city, Municipal Corporation and the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Udaipur is spread across an area of 200 km2, and stands as fourth largest city in Rajasthan by population, supporting a population of 751,100 according to 2011 Census. Udaipur is a very popular tourist destination and known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. Over 1.4 million tourists visited Udaipur in 2016. With numerous hotels to serve visiting tourists, Udaipur is home to some of the world’s most renowned and the country’s best luxury hotels and resorts. The Oberoi Udaivilas has been ranked as the world’s number 1 hotel in 2015.The Taj Lake Palace and the Leela palace Udaipur are also amongst the most expensive hotels in the country. With various other renowned hotel chains present in the city, the tourism sector has been a fairly large contributor to the economic growth and fame of Udaipur. Udaipur has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone ages. The lakes, temples, huge forts and palaces boast about the rich legacy of this city. The city has kept a balance between preserving the rituals and traditions of the past while keeping up with the modern advancements and changes in lifestyle. Like any other place in the state of Rajasthan, folk dance and music have an important place in adding to the city’s cultural richness. The dynamic and vibrant dances of Bhavai, Ghoomar, Kachchhi Ghodi, Kalbeliya and Terahtaali add a sparkle to the rich cultural heritage of Udaipur.
It is popularly known as City of Lakes because of its sophisticated lake system. Five of the major lakes, namely Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rangsagar and Doodh Talai Lake have been included under the restoration project of the National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) of the Government of India. Udaipur, with its picturesque landscape, lakes, and historic palaces and architecture, is a major destination for tourists, both domestic and foreign nationals visiting the state.
Food in Udaipur
I’ve been meaning to write about the food that Udaipur has to offer but never got to it. And after my lots of observation and tasting the unique food of the city of lakes and I want to be your guide to Udaipur’s most loved street eateries and its unique authentic cuisine. So finally, I’ve come up with a concise list of ‘must eat’ in Udaipur and the street food is as exotic as the city itself and the eateries that give away the underlying culture of the city in each bite. One of the things that make Udaipur’s street food unique is the way it is influenced by subtle cultural nuances, shaping it, over years to take the form we see. Every item, sometimes every eatery, has its own story of origin and influences. All of these cultural sub-currents come together to enhance the dish and often, its maker. So, here’s a list of must-visit food suggestions:
One of the most famous Udaipur’s localities for street food, the Sukhadia Circle is an area which is loved by both the locals and the tourists. A number of stalls are housed in this area, serving a wide range of food – from typical snacks such as pav bhaji and chaat to full-fledged meals. One among the many treats on offer is an Indian version of the now ubiquitous pizza. A thick base covered with vegetables, it contains Indian herbs and spices lending it an interesting twist. There are quite a few different options to choose from. This area is usually very busy during the weekends. For those who want to sit back and relax, various activities such as boat rides are available. The next destination is famous for its sweets and snacks.
For those with a sweet tooth, Bhole Mishthan is a perfect destination and it is located on the bustling streets of Delhi Gate, Bhole Mishthan offers, what may probably be, the tastiest Jalebis in the entire city. Jalebis are traditional Indian dishes that are prepared by deep frying pretzel shaped flour and soaking them in kesar-flavoured, thick sugar syrup. The jalebis at Bhole Mishthan are made in desi ghee and served hot, a perfect treat for those who love sweets.
Located right ahead of the well known Chetak Cinema, the egg world is highly recommended for those who love eggs. You must try Boiled egg bhurji and Tandoori Omelette here and it is extremely famous and it has a mouth watering taste and it is a healthful combination of scrambled eggs and sautéed vegetables, it has the right blend of mild spices. Tandoori Omelette is bread slices wrapped in Tandoori masala omelette, cooked on huge tawa and then topped with mayo, spicy sauce, sev and fresh coriander leaves.
Fatehsagar lake- Vinod Coffee House:
The Vinod cafe house is one of the most well known youth hubs in Udaipur and everything which is served here is a flavour-some delight. The steaming hot coffee here is served in Kulhad (earthen clay cups). Kulhad cups add a special taste to the coffee which makes the coffee more rich and exquisite. The best time to enjoy the hot kulhad coffee is in the evening where the sunset contributes to the alluring atmosphere.
Poornima Vada pav:
Vada pav is a yummy, tasty snack that can be enjoyed with a cup of chaas (cold buttermilk) after a long day’s work in Udaipur. This snack basically consists of an aloo patty sandwiched between two slices of pav (bread) and mixed with sweet and spicy chutney. A fried crunchy green chilly may be added for extra spicy. Vada pav is a prominent dish that is usually enjoyed on the busy streets of Mumbai, but the Udaipur version is equally tasty and has an added twist to it.
Shiv Shakti Chaat:
Chats are snacks that everybody enjoys, in the crazy chaos of bapu Bazaar there is tiny shop and they making amazing addictive Dahi Kachori Chaat. Kachori are typically made of wheat or flour dough which is deep-fried and stuffed with a filling of cooked dal and spice, or in this case, Dahi (cold yogurt/ curd). The Kachori is usually crushed and topped with spicy and sweet chutney and sev. The Kachori are usually served hot and crisp and are a local favourite.
Quick, delicious and filling are suitable words to describe the thali that Natraj offers. From Gatte ki Subzi to Laal Maas, from dal baati churma to paranthas, the Rajasthani thali is the quintessential Indian thali, and so there’s no way anybody can miss it when in Udaipur. Hotel Natraj serves the tastiest delicacies of Rajasthani thali with the best quality and healthy food. Hot, spicy, sweet, and tangy. The platter has all that you ask for and more!
Apani Dhani ensures the true Rajasthani experience. Here you will get the chance to enjoy Rajasthani cuisines in the most natural forms. Guests can dance here on Rajasthani folk music, and you’ll get various opportunities to take part in various traditional activities. The meal includes dal baati, Bajra khichdi two types of vegetables gatte ki Subzi, sprouts, Papad, salad, amazing chutney and lot other mouth watering delicacies are served. Apani Dhani gives its guests a full package of Rajasthani culture.
The traveller who goes there first is likened to a man who begins his banquets with master piece and is worried to find other dishes rather dull “Venice of the East”