Udaipur: Magical Marble Mosaid

Tripoto
7th Sep 2018
Photo of Udaipur: Magical Marble Mosaid by Priya Parashar
Day 1

Udaipur is a city in Rajasthan famously called “The City of Lakes” against a backdrop of the Aravail hills. Udaipur is steeped in royalty. We took a train from Mumbai (around 11:30 p.m.) which reached Udaipur the next evening. The countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. We checked into our hotel and had our dinner there itself.

Photo of Udaipur: Magical Marble Mosaid by Priya Parashar
Day 2

We decided to start our day by visiting the City Palace. The moment we laid our eyes on the City Palace, we realized that it is grandeur personified. The ticket price is INR 300. The City Palace is stunning- inside and out. Looking at the enormous white, domed and towered exterior is overwhelming, but it is not until you wander the nooks and crannies of the interior that the hidden treasures are fully revealed. Courtyards and arched doorways lead you step by step to wonder after wonder. The beauty of the reflective mirrors, tiles and glass are beyond description by words alone. The main part of the palace complex now serves as the City Palace Museum, housing a collection of miniatures, ceramics, paintings, inlay glass, antiques and enamel works. The windows throughout the palace offer spectacular views of Lake Pichola.
Tip: The city palace will consume half of your day. So, plan accordingly and make sure that your stomach is full.

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar

We the headed towards Vintage Car Museum which is a 10-minute walk along Lake Palace road. The entrance ticket costs INR 250. We first decided to have lunch at the Garden Hotel here, and tried their traditional Rajasthani vegetarian thali. The museum houses 22 splendid vehicles, including a seven-seat 1938 Cadillac complete with purdah system, the beautiful 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom used in the Bond film Octopussy, and the Cadillac convertible that whisked Queen Elizabeth II to the airport in 1961.

Photo of Vintage car museum, Brahmpuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of Vintage car museum, Brahmpuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar

The last stop for the day is Lake Pichola. This picturesque lake is lined with the City Palace, ghats, havelis and hills, while the lake itself is dotted with numerous island palaces. Sunset views were stunning. Boat cruises offers lovely views of the town, particularly in the evenings as we saw the sun go down on our eyes, we found the city lit up. The palaces look stunning with the lights on and it is a great from the lake.
You can choose to visit Lake Garden Palace (Jag Mandir Palace) which is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. It has some stunning structures in its complex.

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Priya Parashar
Day 3

We started with Jagdish Temple today. The temple has Indo- Aryan architectural which is impressive. The wall carvings and elephant sculptures are magnificent.

Photo of Jagdish Temple Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar

We headed towards Saheliyon ki Bari. It is a sprawling garden with fountains and museum, and marble elephants all around the complex. It’s not well-maintained. Nothing much to see. You can skip it you have less time.

Photo of Saheliyon Ki Bari, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Priya Parashar
Photo of Saheliyon Ki Bari, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Priya Parashar

We visited Moti Magri which is a complex honouring a bronze statue of Mahrana Pratap. It is situated on a hilltop overlooking Fateh Sagar lake. They have a light and sound show as well in the evening.

Photo of Moti Magri, Zinc Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar
Photo of Moti Magri, Zinc Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Priya Parashar

How to reach:
Air: The airport is about 25kms away from the city. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai
Rail: Udaipur is connected by rail to several major cities in India
Road: Udaipur is easily accessible by road from every major destination in India

With its old-world charm, regal palaces, vibrant markets and well-known eateries, Udaipur is matchless in its grandeur. Today, it is a shining example of heritage tourism in India, and we tell you how to make the most of your trip

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