Udaipur is one of the more relaxed and safer cities in northern India, with little violent crime and hassle for foreigners. Pickpockets and scammers are apparent, however, while being aware of certain vaccinations before traveling to India is advised. Udaipur is best visited in the winter when it is dry and cool.
Customs and etiquette
As with anywhere in Asia, dressing conservatively and keeping one's cool is recommended while holidaying in Udaipur. The traditional Indian greeting is a slight bow with palms cupped prayer-like while uttering the gesture, Namaste. Avoid public displays of affection and always remove shoes on entering temples and shrines.
Eating out is generally communal, with the dishes in the center of the table and each diner having a plate of rice to spoon items onto. You only need to tip in top-end restaurants although taxi drivers will hassle you for a tip, where rounding up is acceptable.
The Indian rupee (Rs) is split into 100 paise and has notes from Rs5 to Rs1,000 and coins from 25 paise up to Rs5. Cash is best exchanged at banks as opposed to on the black market. Travelers checks can be exchanged at banks, hotels and large shops, while ATMs, although thin on the ground, generally accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards and Cirrus debit cards.
There is a useful ATM near the Jagdish Temple on City Palace Road. Prices are relatively cheap in Udaipur but you will need to haggle in the markets to get a good deal. Be sure to not accept torn or scruffy banknotes.
Udaipur is tropical and gets extremely hot and humid in the summer (July through September), although it is fairly unpleasant from March onwards. The best time to come is sometime between September and March, which is the coolest, driest time. It is pleasant during the day at this time of year, although packing appropriately for chilly nights is advised.