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Cycle through Udaipur at dawn

You’ll see people bathing and washing their clothes as we cycle leisurely into the heart of the city at 7am…

By Sandeep Sharma
Udaipur tour guide

Pedal through the streets of Udaipur as the city wakes up, meeting local artists and market vendors along the way. In Udaipur, people gather in the streets in the morning to have chai and snacks. You’ll see people bathing and washing their clothes as we cycle leisurely into the heart of the city at 7am. We pass key monuments like the clock tower and temples where people come to pray. You never know what you might see – perhaps a wedding or festival will have taken over the streets.

At this time of day, the vendors are just setting up their stalls, laying out the spices and vegetables. We’ll visit several markets like the Teej ka Chowk vegetable market and Mukherjee Chowk for fruit, where you’ll see colourful produce and meet the Hindu and Muslim vendors. People are very friendly and like interacting with visitors. We’ll also stop by a spice and bamboo-basket market, which demonstrates this ancient craft. A highlight of the tour is meeting potters who still work by hand using traditional techniques and materials.

What people love about cycling through Udaipur most is getting to talk to locals and seeing what their morning routine is like; the houses, temples and different communities living together. Guests are also fond of the bright Indian colours that fill our streets – the old city is great for photography. The tour stands out because you get to experience the India of bygone years and since I’m from Udaipur and know the area well, when you’re with me, people will come and greet you warmly.

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Alfred & Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma hails from Udaipur, where he studied at Mohanlal Sukhadia University. His career includes working for a security company and as a location scout for films like Life of Pi before he discovered his passion working as a tour guide in Udaipur. Sandeep loves showing people around his beautiful hometown, the city of lakes.