Our day started off with a divine breakfast at Paliwal kachori wala, who makes the most delectable kachoris in the town. The dal kachori seemed to melt perfectly in my mouth and the onion kachori was no less a treat to my gut. Also, the thin jalebis added a little sweet to the whole spicy aroma. After this wonderful start to the day, we headed to the most picturesque Lake Pichola which embraces Jag Niwas (a palace hotel located right in the centre of the lake) and Jag Mandir (which is a temple next to Jag Niwas). There are ferry services which take both personalised and shared boat rides inside the lake. My insights:
• The view: It is one of the best sceneries you will ever come across. A huge lake which is an abode to a mighty hotel (which looks like a tiny speck of grass in the lake, though). It’s a beautiful sight, even more enjoyable if you visit it in the evening (we did not, and we regret).
• The ferry: The charges were quite high for a boat ride but worth it. They take 300 bucks for an adult and the ferry lasts for 45 minutes. The sunset ride is costlier- 500 bucks for an adult but as I told you, the sunset view is to die for. Evenings are a bliss in Udaipur.
Then we moved on to City Palace museum which is near to Lake Pichola. I did not try some things that I should have, so here’s a list of my takeaways:
• The Entry: If you are a student, carry your ID card because the student ticket costs just Rs.100 and the normal one costs Rs.250. The museum is worthy of every penny you pay and the next few points will tell you why.
• Hire a guide: We did not, and we regret. I am not much of a history buff and therefore it can be justified, but I (and all of us) sure am a patriot and it feels extremely surreal to know about the brass tracks of such places which sing of our late kings (Maharana Pratap, Maharana Udai Singh) and their greatness.
• The architecture: The Mewari architecture speaks of our kings and queens, their conquests and their bravery. It is all visible in one place and that in itself is quite wonderful to experience.
• The food: A lot of foreign tourists visit Udaipur and hence, the city museum. This has made the restaurants right inside the museum campus quite expensive. I will suggest you to eat outside; there are plenty of eateries that can serve your taste buds.
• Take out time: such places require time, so make sure you have atleast 2 hours in hand before you actually start exploring city palace (yet another thing we missed out on :P).
We had our lunch at a local restaurant after the whole museum journey and we made sure that we tried every local Rajasthani food that Udaipur had to offer. My favourite is Dal Bati churma, an absolute delicacy. The best way to eat it is by crushing the bati into really small bits and spreading dal and churma all over it, and then savour it using your hand and not a spoon (heavenly).
Post lunch we returned back to the hotel for a quick nap.