With its lakeside setting, glistening white rooftops and rolling mountains in the distance Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in Rajasthan and even in India. As the sun begins to set the whole city is cast with a warm glow and the suns light twinkles in the waters of vast Lake Pichola. You can really tell why Udaipur is often dubbed as the most romantic city! We spent three weeks in Udaipur and come 5pm every evening we made sure we were situated somewhere (often with a cold beer in hand!) to catch and capture each mesmerising sunset! If you’re spending a few nights in Udaipur then follow our tips below to catch the sunset from all the best vantage points around the city!
Ambrai Ghat is also known as ‘Sunset spot’ and for a very good reason! To find it you must head across the footbridge which connects the main town of Udaipur with the small island that sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. Once across the bridge simply take your first left and keep walking all the way to the end. Eventually you will come out on the beautiful Ambrai Ghat. Unfortunately, you will rarely be alone here but this place is still extraordinarily peaceful and our favourite place to watch the sun set on another day.
From Ambrai Ghat you not only get an unobstructed view of the whole of the famous City Palace but you can also see the golden orb sun setting in the mountains behind you. The great thing about this place is that as the sun starts its descent it casts its low rays out onto the City Palace making its white city walls turn a lovely honey hue.
There is a small Temple here which you can go inside too; ask the man nicely and he may even let you up on the roof. From here you can see the City Palace, the coveted Taj Palace Hotel and the mountains all at once.
We visited Ambrai Ghat on numerous occasions and despite it being a popular sunset spot for both tourists and locals it was always very peaceful.
Okay so this might sound a little strange but we can honestly say the view from the rooftop of Zostel hostel is absolutely spectacular. Over our three week stay here this was hands down our favourite place to watch to the sunset (and not just because it was easy!)
You don’t need to stay at Zostel in order to access the rooftop as it is also home to a pretty good restaurant. As you go into the hostel just follow the marble staircase all the way to the top floor, here you will be met by the smiling waiter, Rajesh, who will be more than happy to get you front row seats in time for sunset.
The food in here is actually pretty authentic and delicious, the beers are the cheapest around and the view is second to none. Day after day we just couldn’t drag ourselves away from this view and we caught some of the most beautiful pink and purple sunsets which cast right out in the sky and reflected back up at us from the lake below. Perfection!
If you look out and up from anywhere around Lake Pichola you will see a Disney like castle far far away up on a hill – this isn’t a figment of your imagination but actually Monsoon Palace. This place looks so magical and mysterious sat up on its hilltop perch and is actually the most difficult place to reach of all of our sunset spots! To reach Monsoon Palace or locally known as Sajjan Garh you must take a tuk tuk or an Uber from the centre of Udaipur to the base of the hill. From here you will need to pay a 300 rupee fee for entry plus a 90 rupee fee for a shared jeep which will take you right to the top of the hill. If you really want to you can walk from the base to the top – just make sure you’re feeling energetic and leave yourself enough time to make the climb in time to catch the sunset.
If, like us, you take the easy route in the jeep then you will reach the top in no longer than ten minutes and so ample time to explore before the sun sets. To be honest, for us, the palace itself was pretty disappointing. It cost more than the City Palace and was basically just a derelict shell. Don’t go here expecting another ornate Mughal palace but go with the view that, from up here, you will undoubtedly get a spectacular view over the whole of Udaipur and on a good day (not when we went!) a glorious sunset!
Udaipur is a special city and our memories of it will always be coloured with its gorgeous watercolour sunsets!
We hope you find them as special as we did!
C & J x