One of the ways to get around the five-star rack rates for a Merchant-Ivory-worthy spa junket is to visit in June through September, or monsoon season. Temperatures in Udaipur top 100 degrees during the day, but evening rains cool things back down. (Think of it as a spiritual cleanse.)
Leela Palace’s Spa Divine package for two guests costs 17,600 INR (or about $374) for a Lake View room, round-trip airport transfers, breakfast, and a light lunch, plus a one-hour spa treatment each either the Aromatherapy or the Swedish massage. The only catch: You have to stay two nights to land this rate. www.theleela.com
For more trip-planning information, see our Udaipur Travel Guide.