Early Morning arrival in Udaipur was not a problem for us as our host was ready to serve us. We booked our accommodation through airbnb. It was in the heart of city. We were group of 8,of them 7 travelled from Mumbai. It was biting cold in the early hours of day which then proceeded to bright sunny day and then again a cold winter evening.
After our morning routine we headed straight to Jagdish Temple which was half a mile walk.
After paying visit to the holy place it was time for breakfast, and what could be a better than the Jheel Ginger cafe.
Jheel Ginger Cafe: It's a rooftop restaurant by the side of Lake Pichola. This place offers breathtaking views of the lakes and hills. The food is nice, we had fries, pizza, sandwich and hot coffee.
After a sumptuous breakfast and clicking many pictures our next stop was the pride of Udaipur: The City palace.
City Palace: Entry tickets INR 350. The palace takes you to the rich cultural heritage of Mewar and Rajasthan. The palace provides an insight into the Royal life of the rulers. It takes around 2-3 hours to visit all sections of the palace. After the palace we went to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
The way to the jetty is so beautiful that you feel like to just sit and enjoy the beauty.
Lake Pichola boating: Tickets 400 INR from 9 am to 1pm and 800 INR from 3pm onwards. It was late afternoon when we started to explore the lake. The boat takes you around the lake and then drops you at the Jagmandir Palace.
Jagmandir Palace - It stands on an island, and also houses a restaurant and garden. Darikhana restaurant is an open roof restaurant and surrounded pillars and benches where you can sit and enjoy the sound of water. Grab a cup of coffee and bite a burger while you enjoy the evening and look at the lake through the curtains between the pillars. As the sun sets, the palace lights up and so the nearby buildings.
The gardens adjacent to the palace provides a walk by the lake and one sit in peace and look at the beautiful lighted structures.
We took the boat back to the city palace. It was around 6pm and trust it me what a mesmerizing view of the structures around the lake, lighted up to welcome you to the new chapter, an evening in Udaipur.
The city palace also presents a Light and sound show: Tickets 550 INR. The shows takes place in a open air theatre. It takes you through the history of Mewar and Udaipur.
After a tiresome day it was time for a grand dinner and that's what the city offers.
The Traditional Khana, Restaurant- It serves unlimited traditional Rajasthani food at fixed price.
The food is so tasty that I feel hungry while writing it.