good to know before you go
If you are a European citizen like I am, you will need a tourist visa to visit India. Thankfully, the government recently introduced e-visas, which make the process so much easier! You just need to fill a few forms online and you're good to go. Prices vary depending on your nationality. NB: Don't get scammed! Make sure to buy it from this website and not any other site!
Do I need vaccination?
You won't need malaria shots if you are visiting Rajhastan only. However, if you are planning a road trip to different parts of India, check with a doctor.
What should I pack?
- Toilet paper! (This may make you laugh but you will thank me later!) Many restaurants, etc don't actually offer toilet paper, and when they do, it's the tiniest rolls, which they take forever to replace (even in hotels...) I can still see you laugh! Just trust me on this one.
- Mosquito spray (especially if you are visiting Rajhastan during monsoons)
- Clothes to cover up (which brings me to my next point)
- Cash (in your currency) You are unable to purchase rupees outside of India. Make sure to have some cash on you to be able to exchange it for rupees once you are in India.
What to wear in India?
Boys, you can wear pretty much anything you like. Girls, avoid anything short! Remember that Indian and european standards are different. My first trip, I packed shorts (which honestly weren't that short at all on European standards... but got some weird looks, from women!) so I learned from my mistakes and brought long skirts for my second trip. It can get really hot so go for light materials. After asking my local friends how to dress respectfully in India, this is what I learned:
1. Don't show your legs.
2.Try to cover up your shoulders.
3. You are completely fine walking around in a crop top: that won't shock anyone.
Note you will need to cover your arms and cleavage if you visit temples, I recommend packing a scarf in your bag which you can use to cover up when needed.
Rules to follow to avoid getting sick
- Don't drink tap water (only bottled water)
- When you buy a bottle of water, make sure you are the one to open it first (some bottles are refilled with tap water and then sold to tourists!)
- Don't eat fruit without them with filtered water first
- Don't eat street food (as tempting as it may be!)
- Only eat from places that are recommended by guide books / travel blogs / travel agencies...
- Eat a lot of yoghurt (Lassis or Raita) in the first few days of your trip
- Don't be afraid to ask waiters/restaurants to make the food less spicy
- When in doubt, go for the vegetarian option
When to visit Udaipur?
Low Season: The monsoons had just started. I was expecting heavy showers, but in two weeks in Rajhastan, we only experienced light rain. It was always slightly cloudy (which is not ideal for pictures) but still very hot and humid. Fun fact: Our friends in India would check the weather forecast and say "The weather is going to be good tomorrow!" That actually meant it was going to RAIN! Rajhastan is so dry that the locals count the days to Monsoon season. Although June/July/august aren't the best time to go, you will still have a great time. Heavy showers are mainly experienced in the South of India.
High Season: Blue skies everyday! The temperature was around 25 degrees C. everyday. NB: I found that I would get sunburnt way quicker than in Europe... bring hats and sunscreen! The temperature would seriously go down at night, down to 8 degrees C. (Bring a jacket!) This is definitely the best time to visit Rajhastan.
things to do in udaipur
Udaipur old city
You should visit the main temple, Make sure to remove your shoes before walking in, and don't get scammed by the man trying to make you pay to "watch your shoes"! and walk down the the waterside.
boat ride on lake pichola
Where to stay in udaipur