Rajasthan had been on my travel list for a while and finally I managed to do a complete tour of this amazing destination last year! Traveling Rajasthan has been a great experience and I covered the same with my friend Dev. Fantasising about the royals, their heritage and cultural vibrance, I always wanted to experience the royalty of Rajasthan.
First stop : Udaipur
Udaipur is rightly named as ‘Venice of east’ because it is around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis, a vision in white drenched in romance and beauty.
It was a Friday. I boarded the 5:00 pm flight from Hyderabad. I landed in Udaipur at around 10:00 pm and then Uber’ed to my hotel. Dev and I planned our 2 days in Udaipur and set an early alarm of 4:30am to catch the sunrise.
Next day we headed out and caught up with 2 of my friends from Udaipur who showed us around. We drove to the famous Karni Mata Temple and hiked for 15mins to reach the view point. It was a misty morning and so surreal. From that spot you get a mesmerising view of the City, Lake Pichola and City Palace. , we managed to capture the beauty of the city.
After spending an hour, we drove to Gangaur & Ambrai Ghat, situated near the waterfront of Lake Pichola. We caught a sight of people carrying out the daily rituals, temples around resonating with chants. It was so calm and peaceful and had a beautiful view of the Jag Mandir and the gorgeous Taj Lake Palace.
We had a quick breakfast stop and rented a scooter for the rest of the day. Next we rode to the famous City Palace!
The City Palace has several such colourful corners, interiors with delicate mirror-work, marble work, murals, wall paintings, and surplus of coloured glass. Gorgeous decorations of City Palace are beyond the words and it always is worth a visit.
The photos below will take you in the corridors, rooms, vents and courtyards of this palace.
A stop for lunch and then a long ride to the Sajjangarh Fort to witness the sunset. The Monsoon palace looks like a castle amidst the Aravalli ranges. I personally found this place so-so, and too crowded but It’s a good place to visit if you want to spend some quality time with your friends and family.
We returned the scooter and headed to the Hathi Pol Market. We did some shopping for our friends and family.
Udaipur has a huge variety of handicrafts and folk arts of Rajasthan. From stones Jewelry, bright colourful textiles, meenakari items to Pichwai & miniature paintings. We came back to the hotel, I jumped into a nice shower, and called it a night.
Next morning around 5:00 am we met a bunch of friends from Udaipur and drove all the way to Badi Lake for sunrise. The lake was glimmering in the callow light of dawn, laying in the middle of a quiet valley. It was peaceful and statue still. What a Sight! The pictures won’t do justice to what I witnessed with my eyes. We flew the drone above the lake and observed how vast the lake is.
I highly recommend a visit here if you’re looking for awesome scenery!
We drove down and the locals suggested us to have the famous Poha of Udaipur for breakfast, it was so delicious!
We decided to explore the streets of Udaipur for the day and take pictures. We moved through lanes and bylanes of the city crossing the fruit and vegetable market, bazaars and halted at many points, devouring the history of the place.
We ended the day by enjoying a cup of tea by the beautiful Fatehsagar Lake at sunset. We also were lucky to see the cultural dance from the Kota District and get some photos with them!
We had a train to catch at midnight straight to Jaipur (blog will be out soon) 🙂
Overall, it was such a great experience in Udaipur!
Have you been to Udaipur? How was your experience, do share it in comments below. Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day!