Spotlight: 1559 AD, Udaipur

Allison Sodha

Back in 2009, Arjun Shaktawat had a vision. After studying at the prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and working with Aspen Meadows Resort in Colorado, he returned to Udaipur and took on a 100-year old dilapidated haveli on lease from the Maharana of Udaipur. After a meticulous restoration, it became one of the city's most complimented restaurant - bistro-lounge: 1559 AD. The name was easy for Arjun, as 1559 was the historical year that Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh.

If you are visiting Udaipur, be sure to check out this gem that blends contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine. The restaurant has received rave, mouth-watering reviews by critics and travelers. (It received a Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor in May of this year.) Also, be sure to check out Upre, Shaktawat's newest Udaipur restaurant and bar on the rooftop of the Lake Pichola hotel. And coming soon in Jodhpur: Bijolai.

Topics: India, Food and Water

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and India travel expert, Allison is passionate about offering travel tips and destination inspiration. She has curated content for several publications, including Little India, and facilitated panels on sustainable travel in South Asia. Allison is currently the Delhi Destination Expert for AFAR and India Specialist for the Women's Tour Collective.