Our first stop for the next day was the most popular tourist destination of Udaipur, the City Palace but just before it we visited the revered Jagdish temple.
Situated in the heart of the city, this temple was built in 1651, and is an architectural marvel. We reached there at the time of the morning aarti and singing the aarti with the locals I too was filled with devotion for lord Vishnu and Krishna in the land of Meera Bai.
The City Palace
The city palace is a grand structural complex whose building was initiated by Maharana Udai Singh ll of the Sisodia rajput clan and was completed in a long span of 400 years by his successors.
The grandeur and spendidness of this palace is difficult to describe in words alone and can be felt in every nook and cranny of this humongous palace complex.
The marble work, the mirror work, the murals and the wall paintings, the silver work and the inlay work are a cogromeration of the Rajput, Mughal, Chinese and even British architecture.
We spent hours at the palace listening to stories of the Rajput bravery from our guide, halting and marveling at the jharokhas and the courtyards and taking pictures of its paintings, artifacts and rooms used by the erstwhile Maharajas and their queens.
Sahaliyon ki badi
Our next stop, the Sahaliyon ki badi is a green patch of garden near Fatah Sugar lake, built by Rana Sangram Singh for his queen and her maidens, from where it got it's name.
The fountains, kiosks, lotus pool and marble elephant shaped fountain are refreshing in the heat of the day .
The garden is well maintained with numerous places to relax in the shade of trees.
Fateh Sugar Lake
The speed boat ride on the Fateh sagar lake provided the thrill and do take time to visit the Aquarium on the extreme end of the lake which is the largest aquarium in India and first of its kind virtual aquarium of the country.
The camel ride along the lake admiring the scenic beauty of the Aravali hills was a worth while experience.
The cable car ride to Karni Mata temple is a newly added attraction of Udaipur, built in 2008 on the Macchla hill top.
After the ride you have to walk a short distance upto the temple. The view from top is breath taking of the Pichola lake and the nearby areas and we were lucky to witness the sunset from the height, where the setting sun's luminous curtain engulfed the sky in orange hue.
We enjoyed the view with some pakoras and a steaming hot cup of coffee while we waited for the cable car to ferry us down.
Our dinner at Darikhana right in the middle of the Pichola lake at the popular Jag Mandir palace was a perfect end to our superb day.
The view of the sparkling water of the Pichola lake in the moon light, along with the gourmet delicacies made it a memorable evening.