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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the useful tips for a trip to Udaipur?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Udaipur on your mind for the next vacation? Splendid choice! While the City of Lake welcomes you to its folds with a warm embrace, commercialisation always has its own hassles. Read up the following tips, save yourself from trouble and holiday happy!

  • Water

    As the pH levels of the water of lakes have been declared hazardous at a lot of places in Udaipur, you should avoid drinking normal/tap water at all costs. Carry mineral water bottles with you and in case you are thirsty and have no water, prefer soft drinks or packaged drinkables to tap water.

    Even when you eat at restaurants, insist on mineral water.

  • Luggage

    Make it a point to always have your luggage in sight when using public transport and incase you need to leave it unattended, make it a point to padlock it to a bedpost or pipe.

    Avoid carrying handbags, prefer backpacks instead. They are easier to carry and manage along with being impossible to snatch. Keep small amounts of money in various pockets, try not to carry it all in one place.

  • Weather

    It is best to do your exploration in the mornings and evenings, as the sun is too harsh in the afternoons. Keep yourself well hydrated and do stop for the occasional glass of butter milk or lemonade (insist on mineral water).

  • Shopping

    Yes, the markets and colourful displays of Udaipur are inviting. However it is important to bear in mind that traders often quote exorbitant prices for tourists. Put on the poker face, do some haggling if need be and make sure you get value for money. Also, avoid shopping from places your cab or auto rickshaw drivers insist on, they are often motivated by profit shares and not quality wares.

    The rule of bargaining also applies to cabs and auto rickshaws.

  • Sightseeing

    Make sure you check up on the opening and closing timings of a monument before you head there, you don't want to land up there and find out that you cannot enter. Hire only government approved guides with identity cards as there are a number of goons waiting to prey on gullible tourists.

  • Cameras

    Video and Still Cameras often have a separate charge in all the monuments you are set to visit. I strongly recommend getting a ticket for the same as not doing so may land you up in trouble later. Also, don't just hand anybody your camera for taking care or clicking pictures, as there have been incidents when cameras are lost or stolen this way.

With all the above in mind, you will surely have a memorable vacation in Udaipur. Make a written note of the above mentioned information so that you won't miss out on anything that is needed to just complete the picture of a perfect vacation. Pack your bag and zip to this glittering oasis in the state of Rajasthan.

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