Weekend Getaway - An unplanned trip to Udaipur 

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5th Oct 2018

City of Lakes

Photo of Weekend Getaway - An unplanned trip to Udaipur by Poonam Chakraborty

Udaipur was on my wishlist for a very long time. The destinations with historical importance, forts, lakes and richness of culture always fascinates me. Tired of our corporate lives we decided to go on a quick trip to this city. We planned to leave on a Friday night but being a corporate slave only had in hand a Saturday and a Sunday to explore as much as we can.

How to reach?

The city is connected via all modes of transport. While the flights are a bit expensive for a weekend getaway and there was no time left to book train tickets, we opted for the volvo bus service. There are regular bus service and numerous portals that one can choose from. Starting with Redbus, MMT, Goibibo and facilities each vendor has to offer on your journey, we booked our tickets on redbus. Since it is an 11hours and 30min journey by road we chose sleeper bus. (Tip - For long journeys many buses now have a toilet/lavatory). We boarded a late night bus.

Day 1

Our stay was booked at "The Bunkyard - Udaipur". While it is an option that if fit for a bag packer the place can seriously work on the hygiene a bit more.

You will love the courtyard and vines...

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

The view from the balcony!

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

My favorite!

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

After a night filled with mischief, numerous packets of lays, bourbon and coke, music and washroom halts...by 10:30am we were dropped at the Udaipur ISBT. The bus conductor and driver were courteous enough to wait for us till our ride arrived. Within the city, you can easily depend on an ola, uber or even Tuk-tuk for commuting to the tourist spots.

The late afternoon and evening was spent taking a stroll by the nearby market area, hogging on to scrumptious Rajasthani daal baati and seeing the sun set at Pichola Ghat. Discussing with the locals what we should catch up with and what not to miss when in the city was a big help.

This is what a picture perfect city looks like!

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Poonam Chakraborty

Palace from the lake

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Poonam Chakraborty

Jagmandir Palace

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Poonam Chakraborty

Bagore Ki haveli entrance

Photo of bagore ki haveli, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

Puppets

Photo of bagore ki haveli, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

The star of Bagore ki Haveli

Photo of bagore ki haveli, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

Visit to Bagore ki Haveli remained the key-highlight of the first day. Being run by former theatre artist Mr. Deepak Dixit, the haveli hosts cultural events every evening where various artisans perform their arts. The performances included puppet shows, folk dance, tribal dance, acts and so on. The show stopper you see in the pictures is a 72year old lady performing Bhavai and have given all her life to this dance form.

Day 2

The second day started on a very early note. We were told that the city palace takes half a day to explore if you are too eager on looking at every corner and doorway of the Palace. Which we did! Followed by the Sajjangarh Fort also known as monsoon palace and Fateh Sagar lake (very similar to the marine drive in Mumbai).

City Palace Entrance

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

City Palace

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

City Palace Udaipur Glass work in what was told to be the King's chamber

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

Baithak City Palace Udaipur

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

City view from the Palace

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

The City Palace Udaipur has been shot in numerous Bollywood movies and is a great place for your instafeed.

Udaipur from Monsoon Palace

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

How to spot locals when travelling!

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

Monsoon Palace is for people who would love to explore an isolated place away from the hustle-bustle of the city. With a minimal entry fee there are authorized Taxi/Shuttle service that takes you till the palace set at the top of a hill. The drive till there itself is an experience while few travelers do hike till the palace.

Day 3

While talking to the locals on the first day, we realized there are so many places to see and to-do but after going through the basics we needed to see places what our fellow travelers back home might not have seen yet. The newly made friends promised we will not regret visit to Ranakpur Jain Temple.

Photo of Ranakpur Jain Temple, Sadri, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty
Photo of Ranakpur Jain Temple, Sadri, Rajasthan, India by Poonam Chakraborty

The temple as the name suggests is famous among the Jain Community. But travelers and architecture enthusiast time and again has been visiting this place. The key highlight is their community kitchen where one can have an authentic meal.

Same night we boarded the bus back to Delhi and by monday morning somewhere around 11-12pm were back home.

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