Jagat Niwas is a one of those gems that looks rough on the outside, but is beautiful on the inside.
The two best things about this place are its location and its decor, considering the price point it sits at.
Location-wise, it is on the banks of the Pichola Lake, offering a beautiful view of the water from its restaurant and roof top (and some of the rooms). It's right next to the famous Udaipur palace, and if you're up for shopping, it's smack bang in the middle of multiple lanes lined with shops selling Rajasthani ware.
As for its decor, Jagat Niwas manages to strike a great balance between being authentic and tasteful at the same time. You step into the courtyard and feel like you've been transported into another era. This was a very reasonably priced option, and I was surprised to see on arrival that it feels a lot more expensive than it is. But at the same time, it doesn't overawe you, and feels very welcoming.
The rooms are again tasteful and pretty, and the bathroom was very clean. My only complaint was that a double bedroom can be a little cramped (there's not much space around the bed to walk). But the personal diwan in the corner was a great place to rest and read. And the stained glass with sunshine streaming in brought beautiful colours into the space in the morning.
The food at the restaurant is excellent Indian fare, made all the more lovely by the fantastic backdrop you get of Lake Pichola. The staff are efficient and polite, but a little more used to foreigners than to Indians - so expect some amount of accented English. Also, the restaurant is small and can get full very fast, so it's better to book a table for dinner beforehand.
The only drawback and caution of visiting this place is that owing to its location, in the heart of Udaipur, you can only access it by rickshaw. It is almost impossible to drive to its entry (the lanes are simply too narrow) and there is no parking whatsoever. So if you're going with a car, you'll have to make arrangements to park at least twenty minutes away (and safety here can be an issue) and take a rickshaw back. So great for foreign backpackers, perhaps less convenient for an Indian road tripper.
Overall, it's well worth the money you pay and is a comfortable, safe and beautifully done up little place, with easy access to most of the tourist spots in Udaipur city. I'd happily visit it again and recommend it to anyone going.
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