Drowning in the City of Lakes...

Tripoto
16th Dec 2016

Itchy feet?

Need a weekend gateway?

Budget travelling?

If you happen to be someone who is disturbed by all these questions, then Udaipur is the place for you.

Udaipur is a small town with narrow lanes, vibrant colors and lovely people. No matter what you are, a beach bum or a mountain hippie, the old city has got something for everyone. Encompassed by the Aravallis and lakes, this city is sure to surprise you with its impeccable beauty.

Day 1 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

City Palace

Entry fee : 250/-

Students Pass : 100/-

Day 1

City Palace to Udaipur is what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. It is the largest palace in Rajasthan and trust me, there are many. It took around 400 years and 11 different rulers to create something so majestic! It stands tall and proud on the banks of Lake Pichola. Amar Vilas, Zenana Mehal, Mor Chowk are some of the high points of the Palace, not to forget the magnificent view of the White City from the balconies. The hanging root garden surrounded by the blue waters is a sight you can’t afford to miss.

Day 1 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Bagore ki Haveli

Entry Fee: 50/-

Everything in Udaipur stands out because of it being surrounded by lakes. Bagore ki Haveli is a historical marvel which is converted into a museum. It consists of elaborate glass and mirror works, paintings and beautifully decorated puppets. It is undoubtedly the best place to admire the alluring Lake Pichola. Another reason why this Haveli is known is for its evening cultural shows. Men and women draped in colorful attires, swaying to Rajasthani folk music will surely take your breath away. All in all, it is a must visit.

Day 1 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Monsoon Palace

Entry Fee : 50/-

How to reach: Take a sharing rickshaw from the main city to the base of Sajjangarh Fort at 20/-

From the base to the Monsoon Palace at 90/-

Monsoon Palace sits proudly on the hilltop overlooking the city of lakes, amidst the Aravallis. Reaching the top is not a cakewalk, but once you do, the view is breathtaking. Udaipur has been given many names like the city of lakes, the old city and the white city, and it won’t stand true completely until you see it from the Monsoon Palace. Though the palace is not in its best condition, tourists visit in huge numbers just to get a glimpse of the old city. Remember the good old childhood days, when the only painting we knew was of the Sun drowning from the mountains into the lake near a pretty house, the sunset from the Monsoon Palace will bring back the pleasant memories. It’s not just the surroundings, but the boundless tranquility of the Aravallis flanking the lakes that will embrace you, and this sight is something that will forever be etched in your brain.

Day 1 Post 7:00 PM

Dinner at Lake Shore Restaurant @400/- for two

After an exhausting yet thrilling day, satiate your hunger pangs at this amazing restaurant under the bridge near Chandpol. It is a quiet, small and soothing place. There are a variety of cuisines to choose from. What better way of ending the day if not with a candle light dinner and your loved ones surrounded by calm waters?

Day 2 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Have hot and crisp, early morning breakfast on the streets of Udaipur. Savour the different kinds of ‘Kachoris’, ‘Samosas’ , ‘Puri Bhaji’ and fresh Jalebis. Total cost 75/-

Day 2

Places to head: Ayad Ka Samosa Thokar Chauraha, Lala Ki Kachori, Anda Bhurji at Chetak Circle, Delhi gate ki Jalebi.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

How to reach: Take a RSRTC bus, Udaipur- Ranakpur- Jodhpur express. Get down at Ranakpur.

Take a tuk tuk auto from Ranakpur bus station to Kumbhalgarh Fort. Total cost 150/-

Located within 64 Kms from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh fort is the second largest fort in Rajasthan. What separates it from other forts is a simple fact that this fort remained unconquerable due to being encompassed by the Aravallis. The fort is extended over 36 Kms, and its walls are the longest in the world after The Great Wall of China. The fort is comprised of almost 300 temples, out of which the one with the splendid “Shivllinga” is the most visited. Though nothing can be compared to the unbounded charm of the Monsoon Palace, Kumbhalgarh fort does not believe in surrendering. Located at about 1,914ft above sea level, this fort was also the birth place of the valiant Maharana Pratap. Cradled in the Aravallis, there is one picturesque place, probably the best place in the fort called as The Palace of clouds or ‘Badal Mehal’.

Day 2 Post 7:00 PM

Lake Fatehsagar

Enjoy the rest of your evening on the shores of Lake Fatehsagar. It is one of the most happening ‘Youth Adda’ in the White City. Both the major lakes in the old city have their own charm. While Lake Pichola can be best described with the quote ‘Old is Gold’, Lake Fatehsagar demonstrates how beauty lies in simplicity. There are various cafes and food stalls nearby to deal with your hunger monsters. The view of the lake illuminated by the dim lights of the Sun, near the horizon is the sight worth remembering.

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

hanging root garden, city palace

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

Udaipur market

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

Near Hathi Pol

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

city palace

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

bagore ki haveli

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

view from the city pala

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

Nehru garden, lake fatehsagar

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni
Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

beautiful lake pichola

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kashish israni

Picture credits: Shubham Rathore

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