Budget stay in Udaipur – Udai Niwas

2017 ended on a good note with a last-minute travel hop to Udaipur. This beautiful city had been on my travel cards for eons. With a depleted travel journal for 2017, a vacation at the enchanting Udaipur was the perfect way to round up the year with a bang.

The city of lakes has a plethora of options to stay, with almost every other hotel claiming to offer a lake view just to lure in the naïve traveller.  I was looking for a place which was not only centrally located but also convenient to wander out to nearby tourist attractions. This is where Udai Niwas fitted the template well.

lake pichola view cheap and budget stay

Centrally located: Up in the old Udaipur, Hotel Udai Niwas is located up a small alleyway in a bustling neighbourhood lined with little restaurants and colorful shops. A mere 30 minute drive from the bus station and barely 30 metres from Lake Pichola, Udai Niwas is ideally situated near most of the hot spots in the city; not exaggerating but “Bagore ki Haveli” is an exact 60 second walk from the hotel. Going over to the other side of the lake and exploring the town a little further was fun to simply walk down.

Rooms: The delicate details and pretty colors cast a happy vibe as I stepped inside our room. I checked in to a Premium room on the top floor, with a clear view of the gateway of Gangaur ghat, the bustling neighbourhood and a panoramic view of Lake Pichola in the distance. The room itself was spacious and felt warm & homely especially during those cold winter days. With beautifully arched doors and windows, a white plush bed and artsy ornate, the room was creatively designed to integrate modern amenities with a traditional touch.

Budget hotel room

Beautiful restaurant with a view

Food: Our stay was inclusive of a complimentary breakfast. The food was decent with a limited range of options on the menu. The terrace restaurant is apt to unwind at the end of a long day spent exploring the city. The bright and colourful lights from the lakeside hotels gleaming over the waters of the lake at night offer a serene view especially if you are enjoying a glass of wine over at the terrace. During the day, this restaurant transforms itself into a pinterest-y café of Greece with walls splashed in white with a pop of orange and turquoise.

stay in udaipur

Things to do around: Staying at Udai Niwas means you’ll be a stone’s throw away from all of the landmarks of the city. Just a short stroll from the hotel is City Palace and Jagdish temple, the must visit places when in Udaipur. During the evenings, people grab a seat along the steps of Gangaur Ghat waiting to get a magical glimpse of the sun set over the horizon of Lake Pichola. And, do try and walk around the places, you’ll enjoy them more 😊

Service: The staff was helpful, almost a human version of Google maps as they helped us with the directions and hidden gems since internet services were disrupted for almost a week due to ongoing political issues. Somehow, the old school way of finding places was way better than a fancy gizmo.

Experience: Udai Niwas is an apt hotel for families on a budget trip in Udaipur.  It was a good experience as the hotel was convenient and in a prime location especially if you want to cover most of the places without renting a bike. The rooms were neat and staff courteous. I would recommend for a family stay or anyone looking to set camp on a budget.

I was invited as a guest, however, all above mentioned opinions and published pictures are my own and not influenced in any way whatsoever.

Until then,



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