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Udai Kothi is a family owned boutique hotel in Udaipur, located right on Lake Pichola – a location as prime as it gets. The water is a minute’s walk, as are some of Udaipur’s famous cafes, rooftops and sunset spots. A picturesque hotel that unveils itself slowly, through lovingly decorated corners and hidden nooks coming to life through secret gardens, rooftop pools and glittering views of Udaipur. The hotel’s white facade gives nothing away, its magic slowly coming to life as one walks through this property. The devil is in the details at Udai Kothi, with every part of the hotel oozing creativity, rooted in Rajasthani influences, a precious nod to its history.

Udaipur's Udai Kothi - Rooftop Pool
Rooftop Pool at Udai Kothi

In choosing a boutique hotel, one also experiences character and local flavour through its architecture – but also through bedroom upholstery that proudly flaunts Indian block prints, lobbies with history framed on the walls and the small bells and whistles that make a hotel stay feel like a haveli stay. The most endearing part of this property are the two rooftop pools, one of which has a stunning chandelier hanging over the pool, creating a mix of cultures that also makes for a perfect Instagram moment.

Above the rooftop pools, is the hotel’s – and Udaipur’s – famous rooftop bar, Baro Masi. Baro Masi, in Mewari (the local dialect) means 12 months. True to its name, this cocktail and tapas bar is beautiful all 12 months of the year, for it looks over Lake Pichola and offers a panoramic view of Udaipur city. In the evenings it’s a glittering sea of lights, best enjoyed at the bar’s upper deck. The cocktails (I can vouch for every one of their Gin cocktails) are as outstanding as the view. If it’s a candle light dinner you’re in the mood for, or an upscale cocktail vibe, I recommend swinging by for an experience you’ll remember. The bar area at Baro Masi also boasts of a cool feature that’s as unique as it is unexpected. The floor is made of glass and located directly above the pool that’s on the floor below it, giving the illusion you’re walking over the pool.

Expect a boutique hotel stay and you’ll find yourself enjoying the location, interiors and experience at Udai Kothi. They also offer a luxury night boat ride and are one of the few hotels that have a license to operate on the water at night. It’s an experience I highly recommend and is bookable through the hotel reception. We experienced a peaceful evening out on the water, and watching the City Palace all lit-up was an experience of a lifetime.

Nikita Butalia is a solo 20-something traveler who documents her experiences around India and the rest of the world in witty narratives and travel tales that are best read curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a winter evening.

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