Rajasthan, a state as rich in its history and tradition as it is with natural wonders. A perfect example of where humanity not just survived but thrived in the worst of desert conditions and continues to be the cultural capital of India. The place where royal families, palaces, and age-old customs are still carry forwarded from generation to generation. A must-visit for every Indian & foreign tourist - Rajasthani food, bandhanis, desert safaris and forts promises something for everyone.
Udaipur - City of Lakes
Recommended Hotel - Chunda Palace (4 star), Ram Pratap Palace (3 star)
Between Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar and other 5 lakes, stands this historic city of Udaipur founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1568 after his capital of Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Within the city, Udaipur City Palace, Boat rides in the lake, street shopping are somethings that we did in a day. We spent some quality time in Saehlion ki bari gardens with fountains and colourful flowers. You can definitely skip the Karni Mata ropeway as it was a disappointing trip.
The City Palace's guided tour takes you through the rich history of the city and some amazing stories of royal life in 1600. An experience in Taj lake restaurant for a romantic dinner is also recommended.
On the outskirts of Udaipur, one can visit Chittorgarh for a full day tour or Sajjangarh Palace nearby. We instead did Sahastrabahu Temple which turned out to be so much better than our expectation with marvellous architecture, sculpture, and a peaceful lakeside view. Thereafter, we went to Eklingi temple and then for lunch to Devigarh Palace which is a palace converted to a hotel located amongst the Aravalli hills.
En route from Udaipur to Jodhpur, we stopped at Kumbalgargh fort with India's largest 32km wall and Ranakpur Jain temple adorned by beautiful marble pillars.
In Udaipur, one is spoilt for 5 star hotels incl the Oberoi Udai Villas; our stay in Chunda Palace was very memorable and the hotel was one of a kind that we had seen.