Udaipur is indeed a city of lakes

One hears about Udaipur, particularly senior friends from USA and Western Europe, who manage to visit Udaipur more than many of us in India.

So when I visited Udaipur during Feb 4-7, 2010 I was almost “shocked” in a positive way – how the different elements of tourism – hotels, places of interest, historic monuments, shopping places and the city – can come together to offer a “wholesome pleasant experience”.

The hotels are fantastic (of course quite expensive), the service is outstanding. In fact Oberoi Udaivilas was rated No 1 in the world by “Travel + Leisure” Magazine in 2007. Many of the “palaces” have been re-positioned (in fact re-created) and managed not by “Government Tourism Departments” but by first rate tourist operators. Even the shops seem to have learnt that “pestering” puts off people and by giving a wide choice to the customers, you win in the long run. The City Administration must be complimented for maintaining the city and the lakes clean and most of the roads without gaping potholes.

In all Udaipur seems to have got it right. One hopes that they manage the water supply to the lakes in  sustainable manner; if the lakes dry up Udaipur tourism will dry up too!

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