“Travelling with Parents” series : Destination 4 of 6 - Udaipur

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4th Dec 2019

Experience Grandeur At Udaipur

Photo of “Travelling with Parents” series : Destination 4 of 6 - Udaipur by Divisha - The Diadeb

This Udaipur trip is a part of a 14 day trip to Rajasthan.

For anyone looking at this trip in isolation, few points to note pertaining to this trip:

Trip Timing : 1st week of December

Mode of travel : Rented Car

Stay : Ram Pratap Palace

Travelled With: Parents aged 70 and above, hence places to visit, stay and food choices had to be made keeping their preferences and comfort in mind

Ideally, one can make a 6 day trip to Udaipur but as this was a longer trip around Rajasthan, we explored only key places. As an extension to this trip, do refer my "Around the Udaipur" to find what more to do.

Udaipur is where my heart resides, inspite of having visited the city thrice – Udaipur keeps growing on me, every time I visit. The palatial buildings, serene waterfronts, art extravaganza keeps pulling me back and this trip was nothing less.

Day 1

Udaipur: Gorgeous by the sunset

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

We reached Udaipur at about 7:30 PM. The first thing we did was to reach Fateh Sagar Chowpaty. We ate junk to our hearts delight and then topped it over with the famous “Kulhad Coffee”.

Photo of Chowpaty Market, Fateh Sagar Road, Zinc Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

After spending some quality time at the lake, we enjoyed a musical evening with some young talents, playing by the lake - later we checked in to our hotel- Rampratap Palace.

View from the hotel

Photo of Hotel Ram Pratap Palace Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb
Photo of Hotel Ram Pratap Palace Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

In my first trip trip to Udaipur, we had stayed at this place and head really loved every bit about it. An old haveli has been converted into this boutique hotel and is well known because of its restaurant. Its location is ideal because its away from the hustle bustle of main city and gives solitary space around Fateh Sagar Lake and the rooms have a vantage view of the lake.

Day 2

Greens and Blues : A Beautiful melange @ Saheliyon Ki Baari

Photo of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Saheli Marg, New Fatehpura, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb
Photo of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Saheli Marg, New Fatehpura, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Next day, after a sumptuous breakfast by the lake- we started at about 10:30 AM with a visit to Saheliyon Ki Baari. This is a beautiful garden boasting of not just landscaped garden but also clever and creative usage of water force, gravity & transmission to bring water to life and ornate the garden.

Shilpgram : Depicting a piece of Rajasthan

Photo of “Travelling with Parents” series : Destination 4 of 6 - Udaipur by Divisha - The Diadeb
Photo of “Travelling with Parents” series : Destination 4 of 6 - Udaipur by Divisha - The Diadeb

Being an arts and crafts lover, i had read about this place known as Shilp Gram, which has been carefully created to give the viewer an experience of Rajasthan. This place hosts exhibitions, which are sheer class and also has exemplary local folk performances. We didn’t get to experience the place fully, as the exhibition season was not on. We found the entry to be heavily priced as exhibition was not running. We saw beautifully created replicas of houses in various parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan, witnessed 2 dance performances and some shopping stalls. The Stone Craft Museum was a standout, with its hand mastered stone sculptures spread across the garden. One can give this place a miss, if the peak season is not on.

Royal cars at displa

Photo of Vintage and Classic Car Museum, Gulab Bagh Road, Old City, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Udaipur houses a Vintage Car Museum, which has old vintage cars, straight from Maharaja’s fold. The ticket is exorbitant at Rs 400 per person but the experience is worth it. There are so many old models, which are a collector’s delight and a visual treat for the onlookers. With a collection of cars & chariots - this place is a must visit.

Experience Grandeur @ City Palace

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

After eating South Indian at a nearby restaurant, we then bought tickets for the magnanimous City Palace. Just like other palaces of Rajasthan- most part of this palace is open for public viewership and rest continues to be inhabited by royal family. The biggest beauty of this palace is its location at the Lake Pichola, which makes it ideal to visit during sunsets. We spent about 2 hours at this palace, which has beautiful interiors, opulent decorative pieces, grand palanquins & chariots, scintillating utensils and ornaments and beyond all- great view points.

Still from Dharohar Show

Photo of Dharohar Folk Dance [Folk Dance Show], Old City, Bhagwat, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Having visited earlier, I knew already about the supremely famous Dharohar Show at Gangaur Ghat running for about 20 years. What sets this show a class apart vis a vis other shows is the quality and variety of performances ranging from dance forms to puppetry to theatrical performances all bundled in an hour. One can gauge the notoriety of the show from its foreigner clientele and difficulty in securing tickets. While there is an option of Online Booking, we directly reached the location to grab our tickets. As the place is located in the tiny streets, it is difficult to manoeuvre with 4 wheelers. We reached at about 6:20 Pm and saw a huge queue for tickets. The window opens at 6:15 Pm and by 6:25 PM all tickets were sold out. We tried best to get tickets but failed at all attempts. The only resort we had was to wait until the show starts and see if there is a backout. We were lucky to get place under the tree in the courtyard, after waiting. Even though we missed first 10 mins, but next 50 minutes were worth the wait. Perhaps, this is the only show which covers art forms around the length and breadth of Rajasthan.

Breathtaking view from Gangaur Ghat

Photo of Shri Jagdish Temple, Hiran Magri, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Before leaving for hotel, we quickly paid a visit to the Jagdish Temple, which has ornate carvings on stone and spent some time at the Gangaur Ghat and then proceeded towards our hotel for dinner.

Day 3

View from Karni Mata Temple

Photo of Karni Mata Temple, Jawahar Nagar, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Our next day started with a visit to the Karni Mata temple. You have to take the ropeway to reach the temple. This temple has its base in Bikaner where temple is swamped with thousands of rats skimpering on the floor. This place doesn’t house any rats but offers a panoramic view of Udaipur surrounded by various lakes.

Solar Observatory, seen from a distance

Photo of Udaipur Solar Observatory, Lake Fatehpur to Badi Talai, Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

On the way to our next destination, we spotted the solar observatory- right in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake. As entry is not permitted, we quickly moved ahead.

Not Under the Sun but Under the Water

Photo of Under The Sun, Fateh Sagar Overflow, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

We had heard about Udaipur housing the biggest aquarium of India, located at Fateh Sagar Lake. “Under the Sun” aquarium offers not just display of wide variety of Indian and foreign fishes but also 3D gallery, under water restaurant, fish spa and VR experience. In addition, there is hydroponics at display and some nice photo clicking booths.

Photo of Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, near Mewar Garh hotel, Eklavya Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Sajjangarh : Where clouds are at bay

Photo of Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, near Mewar Garh hotel, Eklavya Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Enroute Sajjangarh, the Monsoon Palace we stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch and then headed to the Palace. Entry to this palace is expensive and one can choose to also visit the adjoining biodiversity park, for which we didn’t have time. The royal king made the monsoon palace to enjoy the beauty of monsoon from the top. The weather suddenly becomes cloudy and breezy as one reaches the top. Again, a good place for view but nothing exquisite about the palace.

Boating by the lake

Photo of Lake Pichola Boating Point, Jaal Boraj Road, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Returning from Udaipur, without a boat ride around the Lake Pichola is considered a crime. So, we headed to the boating location around City Palace. We were just in time for Boating at about 5:30 Pm as it was the golden hour and we could catch hues of sun over the lake. While i am not very fond of boating but I didn't mind redoing this 30 minutes boating around Lake Pichola and various premier hotels.

Udaipur: An art collector's haven

Photo of Hathipol Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Divisha - The Diadeb

Udaipur is an art connoisseur’s heaven and how could we do without shopping? We quickly left for Hathi Pol Market, from where we shopped and shipped loads of handicrafts and souvenirs. One can also buy Lac Ornaments and Lahariya sarees, which are a speciality. If you really want to shop some exquisite handicrafts, don’t forget to visit the market around Gangaur Ghat. I have previously shopped there and that market stands out for its variety, customization and price.

Based on a local’s recommendation, we visited a nearby rooftop restaurant called Upre, which has been in vogue since 18th century and offers great food and lakeside view.

With this our 2 days at Udaipur came to an end and next day, we started our journey to next destination - Jodhpur.

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