When you feel that you are more inclined towards the hot milk and Jalebi of Trivedi Alpahar at Surajpole rather than the cob-corn of Fatehsagar, it is a perfect sign that winters are arriving and udaipur weather by every month will get colder and colder. It is also the Best time to visit Udaipur as the city is undergoing transition. The city because of its geographical location offers something to people willing to explore it in any season but of all the times, winters and monsoon are my favourite.
As we are halfway thru October it means that now we are entering into winters from monsoon. All the beautiful lakes are completely filled with water offering eye soothing Sun rises and Sunsets from different places. If in case you are too lazy to get up early, pack coffee and ride/drive to the serpentine turns of Rayta you can just wake up slightly before sunrise and ride on bicycle to Rani Road to witness the dawn breaking and the first ray of sunlight hitting the water. Slowly the sun will move upward leaving reflection in the recently filled water of Majestic fatehsagar lake.
As winters is a good time to eat food, you can stop at Lala Mishthan Bhandar in old city for a quick bite at piping hot gulab jamuns coming out from the pan. As Udaipur tourist season picks up during this time i recommend a lot of food trips to Udaipur as i have personally done a lot of walks from homestay to Lala misthan in winters just to ensure that those extra winter calories are not stoping you from consuming those heavenly sugar syrup balls.
The mornings and evenings have started showing little amount of winter chill which we call “Gulabi Sardi” and the kitchen at homestay has replaced mint with black pepper and cloves in tea. The offering at dinning table will also change with temperatures dropping. The winter breakfast for majority of households will be Laddu made of edible tree gum.
The city of Udaipur has many festivals to celebrate food, something like sharad ritu a festival organised by tourism department and western zone cultural center to celebrate winter is something distinctive in itself but also a very good option to satisfy your cultural and culinary hunger. Next time add it in Udaipur winter attractions and even if in case you are visiting Udaipur in off-season you can go to other places mentioned above.
Happy Winters Happy Food!