I know I had said in earlier reviews that it’s been a long time since I posted on Tripadvisor… and that’s not because I have not travelled but because I have been…lazy! Shame on me because I rely on Trip advisor for all of my hotel choices and so it is only fair that I should share back my experiences!
In 2012 I went to India twice and on both occasions had a fantastic time and stayed at some lovely places…and a dodgy one or two!
Anyway, here is another review – better late than never – of the wonderful Udai Bilas Palace (UBP)!
UBP is in Dungapur, a town that didn’t have many tourists when we visited. In fact I think were the only tourists there; what a nice privilege!
The palace is set in lovely grounds and overlooks a lake. From the palace one has stunning views of the town, particularly at night when the main temple in town is lit up. A living Maharaja and Maharini who have their separate quarters to the guests inhabit it.
Whilst some areas of the palace could do with an uplift, overall the palace is charming, and a peaceful place to seek refuge if you are done with the hustle and bustle that comes with travelling in India. We had planned to stay for two nights but stayed for three and during this time were the only guests, which suited us very well.
There are a variety of uniquely and charmingly furnished rooms. We stayed in the suite overlooking the Maharaja’s private temple on the lake. The internal décor was of very high standard oozing of charm de Raj Brit-esque.
The open air “dining area” was stunning; something to behold. The decadent “table” was commissioned and designed by the Maharaja. I have never seen anything like it – the “table” and it would certainly not fit in the length of my house!
Men dressed in army attire, which was quite different but a pleasant experience, as they smiled, served meals! We met the princess – stunning graceful lady.
But our thanks go the manager who was very professional, courteous knowledgeable, and sadly I cannot remember his name. (Remember me – I am the lady from Africa who asked to see several rooms as I am just …like that!)
Again I wish I could fault the palace …but this is proving to be difficult. Oh yes - the food was a bit bland and limited, which can be shame but we did not go hungry.
Make sure you visit the Maharaja’s other palace, which is astoundingly derelict, but charming. That said, the price to enter the place – R300 – was in my opinion very dear. Also, make sure you get to see the Maharaja’s amazing collection of vintage cars!
As for Dungapur itself, it is a charming town and good place to wonder around, have chai etc. Also good place to stop in if you are on your way to Udaipur and want to break up your journey and have an indulgent rest.
UDP Plus points:
Charming palace set in nice grounds.
Food was reasonable but a bit on the bland side.
Staff are courteous and efficient. Very impressed by the Manager at the time and wish I could remember his name!
Rooms are reasonably sized, uniquely furnished, clean, and comfortable, some with balconies. They have a selection of rooms including suites.
Bathroom was clean and charming – freestanding bath etc.
Housekeeping did their job well.
Tariff, which included breakfast, was pretty reasonable when compared to other hotels.
Tennis court but not sure whether this is the preserve of the Maharaja.
Small gym – one bike and walking machine (not modern).
Swimming pool - not quite infinity pool but very near to the lake.
Sunset boat rides available and boat trips on lake.
Pleasant gardens plus lots of bird watching opportunities.
Quiet / peaceful surroundings
Massage (lady / man available)
Can’t think of any as it served us very well.
Overall – Very positive experience and would go back there!
- Also Known As:
- Udai Bilas Palace Dungarpur