Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, gloats a few shining lakes against a scenery of the Aravail hills, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, islands in Fateh Sagar Lake, are the site of Udaipur Solar Observatory and Nehru Garden along with some cultural performances. They call it the city of lakes; and living by one, I’d say, is intrinsic to the experience.
I did not just live by the lake for 4 days, I ate at lake view restaurants each night, sat on ghats, took a boat ride to ave the night sky full of stars.Celebrated royal residences incorporate the enchanted Lake Palace, now an extravagant five-star Taj accommodation, and the huge City Palace on Pichola’s east bank, including epic patios and dazzling artistic creations.It was a beautiful experience.. I had imagined Udaipur as filled with beautiful palaces, where time stood still with dashing Rajout princes brandishing their swords and brave princesses sweeping the men off their feet .
Three places that made Udaipur memorable for me are the City Palace , the Jag Mandir ,the Lake palace in Lake Pichola and Sahelion ki Bari. There is also the Fateh Prakash palace , but I think the Jag Mandir is surreal, almost a dream . .Floating on the sheer blue waters , its so beautiful that you wish you could live there for just a night .and so didi I. Carved out of marble, it is an island of love, built in 18th century by Maharana Jagat Singh 11 . To me , it’s the ultimate romantic destination surrounded by the pristine lake Pichola and the Aravalli Mountains . The lake itself is enchanting as it changes myriad hues as you ferry down towards Jag Mandir.
It was quite breathtaking when we first saw this . Delicately carved out of marble and mosaic and blended with blue stones, this was supposedly a hideout for Prince Khurram , known to us as Shah Jahan by the Rajput king ,Maharana Karan Singh .There was no time to think history then as we allowed the beauty of the place to sink in . The craftsmanship is amazing as you gaze at the elephants who seem to be watching over the palace.
Hope you all enjoy the pictures . If you have not visited Jag Mandir, I highly recommend adding that to list of your travel plans.
To be continued with other places …
Photographs by Shashvat Kumar