Mewar Jewels - A road trip through Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh!

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16th Aug 2018
Photo of Mewar Jewels - A road trip through Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh! by Swati Keshri

We were 2 folks and left Bangalore on the 15th morning for the beautiful city of Udaipur. We reached there in the evening as we had 5 hours layover in Mumbai :-/. So, nothing much on 15th except for the lake Pichola which was just 200 m away from our Hostel. We stayed in Zostel Udaipur and it was a Value for Money deal! We got a Royal room facing the lake just for ₹1650 per day. We had planned for a road trip and hence had pre-booked a Zoom Car for 3 days (16th to 18th). Our plan was like this:

Day 1

We started off in our car at 9 am in the morning after having breakfast at the hotel. The road to Chittorgarh is quite smooth courtesy the NH. We reached the city at around 12:30 pm. After having Dal Bati thali lunch in Chittorgarh, we started for the fort! So, the fort is having a circumference of around 13 km. There is the winding road up till the entrance of the fort. There are multiple Pols (the older name for entrance gates in Hindi) to the fort. We took a guide at the entrance as we wanted to soak into the history of this marvelous place. In the past, both the royal family and the civilians used to stay inside the fort. As per our guide, even today ~5000 folks stay inside this mini-city while the descendants of the royal family (King Kumbha on whose name is the fort) has moved to Udaipur. It is a UNESCO World heritage site and houses multiple tourist spots, viz., Kumbha Palace, Padmini Mahal, victory tower, Meera Mandir, Kirti Stambh, Jain temple, Gaumukh Kund.

Photo of Jain Swetambar Temple, Fort Road, Sector2, Gandhi Nagar, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Alleys of Jain

Photo of Jain Swetambar Temple, Fort Road, Sector2, Gandhi Nagar, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Kirti stambh

Photo of 12th Century Jain Kirti Stambh, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Victory tower. The park behind is the Jauhar ground.

Photo of Victory Tower, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

One of the many gates to the fort

Photo of Jorla Pol, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Gaumukh Kund

Photo of Gaumukh Kund, Uparala Para, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Meera temple - Meera used to do Krishna chantings here

Photo of Meera Temple, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Padmini Mahal - Summer home for Rani Padmini

Photo of Padmini Mahal, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Adjacent to Victory tower is the Jauhar ground where three Jauhars (mass immolation) happened in the past. As per the locals, the city is still haunted by the spirits who seem to be wailing during night hour. Spooky!

Anyways, this is where we spent our 16th. It took us around 4 hours to complete the tour. Time just flew here! We left the place at around 5 pm and reached Udaipur by 8:30 pm.

OK, I am getting hungry now!

Photo of Padam Thal, Shanti Nagar, Sector 3, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri
Day 2

Today was my birthday! :) We spent this day lazying around. We left the hotel late and went for lunch at Panna Vilas overseeing the beautiful Fatehsagar lake. From here, we left for Sajjangarh fort which was around 20 minutes away. The roads here were spiraling up and was bit slippery because it was raining the entire day. This fort used to be the monsoon palace of the king Sajjansingh of Udaipur. The fort was getting renovated but the view from here was to die for! You can see both Pichola and Fatehsagar lakes sitting like kings amidst the crisscrossing constructions. We ended the day with Karni Mata temple. One needs to take a ropeway to reach it and can see many wild peacocks while in the trolley!

Photo of Karni Mata Temple, Dagiyon Ki Pancholi, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Sajjangarh fort

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

The majestic Pichola and Fatehsagar as seen from Sajjangarh Fort

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Fateshsagar lake as seen from Panna Vilas.

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Lake Pichola as seen from our room in Zostel!

Photo of Zostel Udaipur, Chand Pole, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri
Day 3

Today was the Kumbhalgarh day! We again left early. The fort walls can be seen from KMs away and it's the second largest fort after the Chittor fort. It is also a UNESCO World heritage site. Maharana Pratap was born here and it's also called the invincible fort as it was never invaded by any foreign ruler, unlike the Chittor fort which was ransacked by multiple invaders. The wall extends to the length of 36km and is the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China. It takes around 4.5 - 5 hours to tour the entire fort. The Light and Sound show happen everyday at 7:30 pm, however, we parked it as we had to leave early for Udaipur.

View from outside the fort

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

View from Badal Mahal - Birth Place of Maharana Pratap.

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Badal Mahal atop the hill - Inside Kumbhalgarh

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Fort from inside

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

Lots of custard apple trees in the forest around the fort

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri
Day 4

Today was the last day of the trip. Our flight was at 2 pm. So we practically had time till 11:30. Today, we decided to cover the City Palace, the home of descendants of King Kumbha. The present king, has converted half the palace to a museum. In the remaining half are two hotels and the residential area for the king and his family. The museum houses some of the older artifacts like musical instruments, objects of daily use, utensils, costumes etc. However, worth watching is the craftsmanship involved in every inch of the palace! The doors are very small (~5.5 ft*2 ft) and it was designed in this way to throttle entrance by enemies if ever it gets attacked! Equally thought-provoking and at times difficult to grasp is the lifestyle of the kings. Why one need silver toothpick O_o.

Palace as from inside

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Swati Keshri

It's just Rs.10000 for 24 Karat Gold Pizza!! :P

Photo of Mewar Jewels - A road trip through Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh! by Swati Keshri
Photo of Mewar Jewels - A road trip through Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh! by Swati Keshri

After wonderful 4 days here, we bid goodbye to the wonderful city of Udaipur with a promise that we will come back again to do justice to the history that it encapsulates!

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