Kumbha Palace is run by a friendly Dutchwoman (Francine) and her equal friendly husband (Dinesh). My room was bright, clean, comfortable and airy with multicolored glass windows that opened for a view over the front garden; the room also had an enticing little table and two chairs in the perfect sunny spot. The bathroom was okay, clean and functional, although a bit musty due to lack of ventilation.
I enjoyed eating on the rooftop terrace and chatting with the multilingual Francine, however the highlight of my trip was an afternoon's jaunt out to their property in the hills. As an inexperienced rider I was given a Merwari horse as safe as sitting in a cosy armchair and we trotted happily around the countryside, enjoying the fresh air and quietude. A more advanced rider also had the chance for a gallop.
I fully recommend the Kumbha Palace as well as the chance to experience another side of India by riding through the hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kumbha Palace is a charming and very peaceful budget hotel situated in the heart of Udaipur’s old city. The hotel has a big, beautiful and lush garden. All clean and bright rooms have attached toilet/shower. High speed Wi-fi is free for hotel-guests. There is an excellent rooftop restaurant with great views on the City Palace and the old city. The owners are also running the Krishna Ranch for professionally guided horse-safaris and trekkings in the beautiful surroundings of Udaipur. It is also possible to stay there in nicely decorated rural cottages. ... more less