Paradise for architecture lovers vibrant Rajasthan is an incredible destination popular for its formidable monuments, colorful culture, golden sand dunes and the desert! Magnificent monuments tell the tales of prosperity, gallantry and tragedies of the bygone era. I belong to Rajasthan. Going on a road trip to these popular cities of Rajasthan just to rejuvenate myself with the unique experience with desert and tradition, full of colors and spicy food! This post is dedicated to Udaipur with all the history it prevails along with some knowledge ..a food for thought!!
Udaipur, a city popular for mystic lakes, very romantic lake palace hotels and a grand City Palace museum! The Udaipur lake system, arising out of the river Berach (Banas Basin) and its tributaries. These lake are divided in four categories Upper lakes: Lake Badi, Chhota Madar & Bada Madar.City Lakes: Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Swaroop Sagar, Rang Sagar, Kumharia Talab, Goverdhan Sagar.Downstream Lake: Lake Udai Sagar River: River Ahar.
India’s oldest mountain range Aravallis in the backdrop these man-made lakes are mesmerizing in the morning. The popular attractions is a boat ride in Lake Pichola. It gets cold but quite bearable in the morning to walk around the lake. The morning walk around the lake was one thing I enjoyed the most!
After Lake Pichola I went to the City Palace. Only a portion of this large palace is converted into a museum for visitors. I always feel the entry fee (Rs 50) and camera fees (Rs 200) here are too high! But folks it all worth it.. Camera is a must !! But, there are few things inside the museum are breathtakingly beautiful, especially the Mor Chowk (Peacock hall). The colorful inlay work depicting peacocks on the walls is exquisite! And few other interesting exhibits are the armor and weapons that belonged to Maharana Pratap Singh.
Across the Lake Pichola is Macha Hill. From the base of the hill I took a ride on Udan Katola (Cable car) to the top. It costed me Rs 80 and it was worth it. There are stairs if one prefers to walk up. It may not be very strenuous if climbed early in the morning. The view of Udaipur city from here is breathtaking. City palace, lake and both lake palaces can be seen from here.
The 400 years also saw the city developing into one of India’s prettiest cities with artificial lakes, royal palaces for every season and weather, mansions, gardens, and what not. Having visited it now, I can understand why many foreigners consider this city as a wedding destination. Surrounded by hills on all sides, plenty of lakes, palaces on hire, and a salubrious climate, this is a just about as perfect a location as one can get. Add to this the allure of royals and local Rajput history, and you have the perfect exotic quotient that appeals to many.
We spent a couple of days exploring Udaipur, wandering in the alleyways of its old city, touring the famous City Palace ,visiting memorials and gardens Saheliyon-ki-Bari, stuffing myself with sweets, picking souvenirs and bandhini dupattas and the meserising lakes Fateh Sagar Lake…
Presenting some images from my wanderings in Udaipur
The Palace of Pearls, the Palace of Glass and the Peacock Garden all conjure images but you have to see for yourself the decorations that give each palace their name.
Have you visited Udaipur? If yes, what was your experience like?