Holi and other experiences at Udaipur

Tripoto
7th May 2019
Photo of Holi and other experiences at Udaipur by Tara Singh
Day 1

This holi I did not want to spend it celebrating with society folks and instead decided to get adventurous and travel to a new land, the city of lakes.... Udaipur. A friend who had never been to Udaipur was happy to join. This led to.us staying in an Airbnb instead of the hostels I usually choose.

We booked our stay at Greco house on Lal Ghat Road which was conveniently located near all the major tourist places and was in close proximity to the local shops. The cost for three nights was Rs. 5807 on a twin sharing basis with breakfast included.

On 20th morning, I arrived by train from Delhi and after a heavy breakfast of aloo parathas and tea we headed to the City Palace which took 10 mins to reach by foot. It took a few hours to cover the entire area with an audio guide which cost Rs. 200. There is also a crystal museum with a separate fee of Rs. 500 which I did not cover in this trip. The palace showcased the grandeur and style of the royal family, the history, art and architecture. In the interior was a soul soothing garden where havans were performed. You will see intricate enamel work on the walls, paintings depicting God's and Goddesses on doors and walls, marble inlay work and tiles from foreign lands were also used to decorate walls and one can see these extensively used in different rooms of the palace. Almost every room window opens up to Lake Pichola and I couldn't help but get my picture taken at one such beautiful spot. I let myself "dream on" to what Udaipur may have felt like, at a time when everything was magical and mysterious.

We had lunch at a lake facing restaurant located inside the premises for Rs. 1500 per person. The lake glistened in the afternoon sun and boats bobbed about lazily. I felt like a queen relaxing on my private island. The contentment I felt watching this was palpable as everyone just let me be and take in this experience.

After lunch we went for the Jag Mandir boat ride which cost Rs. 750 per person. This included a 20 min boat ride around the lake to Jag Mandir island, an hour's stop there and a 20 min boat ride back. I particularly like water and so every experience near water is a pleasurable experience for me. Jag Mandir was a beautiful experience again for what it represented. It seemed like the ideal place to get married- the greenery, the lake, the gardens, the overall place gave an ideal experience of exclusivity and this seemed perfect for an intimate and fun gathering. Here, one has the option to wine and dine or simply enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the sights of this beautiful place for as long as they can.

My most favourite moment was watching the sunset during the ride back on the boat. My entire trip to Udaipur culminated in this single moment when I was watching this sunset. My senses were heightened. Everything was in 3D. And I will never forget how I felt. I was completely enveloped in the experience of this sunset. I was in that moment completely detached from the world around me. All that existed was the sunset, the water and me experiencing the magic :-)

Entrance of the Palace inside the premises

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

side view inside the palace

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

The soul soothing garden

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Where the havans were conducted

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Greenery in the garden complex

Photo of City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
Day 2

On 21st morning, I woke up early to take in the soothing vibe of the sunrise. The bells were ringing at a distant temple and prayers were being chanted. I got ready early and trekked up to Karni Mata Mandir, a renowned temple which will soon become a tirth stan in times to come. Being holi, the ropeway was closed. It took me 45 minutes uphill and 30 mins to trek back.

On my way to the town the holi celebrations had already begun. I was joyously bathed in colour from head to toe and I enjoyed every bit of it. Tourists and locals celebrated holi at the Jagdish temple and the architecture here is simply amazing. Playing holi in front of Lord Krishna was a beautiful experience. I'd never imagined I would get to do this one day. People on the streets are friendly but in crowds men do try to grope women and women are advised to stay within their group. But the overall experience was good.

In the evening we went to Fateh Sagar lake for a boat ride. After that we walked around the lake, chatting and munching on snacks, taking pictures and enjoying the good weather. The locals come here regularly for a walk and it is quite a stretch.

That night we returned to the Ambrai ghat to take in the City Palace and Lake Pichola on a full moon night. The intensity of some experiences never leave you and the sunset and full moon experiences here are among my favourite.

Lord krishna, Jagdish Temple during holi

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Jag Mandir Island

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Fateh Sagar Lake

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

View of full moon night from Ambrai Ghat

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

City Palace at night

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

City Palace

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
Day 3

On 22nd morning I went to Nathdwara temple which is 15 kms by bus at Rs. 30 a ticket. This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and I had a good darshan here. One should keep a few hours for this visit as the temple doesn't have fixed timings and can open late for a darshan. It is especially unpredictable around festivals.

In the evening we visited the Sajjangarh Palace aka Monsoon Palace. It is located on a steep hill and here you can enjoy the sunset with the Aravalis in the background and a beastly view of Udaipur. I wish to go back during monsoons and take in this view again. Udaipur is said to be especially captivating and charming during the monsoons.

On our return we went shopping to the local markets on Lal Ghat Road. I saw beautiful miniature 'pichwai' paintings which Udaipur is famed for, silver jewellery, rajasthani skirts, juttis, leather bound books and ittar. I bought a paid of silver enamel jhumkas as a memory from my trip.

Entrance to Monsoon Palace

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

View of Udaipur, Lake Pichola

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Udaipur City in the distance

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

The Palace

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Details on balcony jharokas

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Details on marble pillar inside the palace

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Mewar Garh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
Day 4

On 23rd morning we visited the Ahar Cenotaphs before leaving for the airport. The Ahar cenotaphs contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Mewar that were built more than 350 years ago. There are 19 chhatris that commemorates the 19 Maharajas who were cremated here. This place is more enjoyable on a non sunny day but still offers a peaceful vibe. It has intricate detailing on the pillars and one can see the effort put in to beautify the chatris. A good end to out lovely trip.

Lord Shiva on marble

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Cenotaph details and view

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Beautiful pillar designs

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Beautified cenotaphs with intricate details

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Entrance of one cenotaph

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Stepwell inside the complex

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

One of the biggest cenotaphs

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

In memory of

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Lots of marble statues of various Indian Gods inside the cenotaphs

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Overview of the area from a higher cenotaph

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Grand

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh

Phenomenal Structures

Photo of Ahar Museum, Ayad, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Tara Singh
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