Long weekend at Venice of Rajasthan

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Udaipur, fondly known as the City of Lakes, but for us this city is something more than that. We were anchored to the history of this city from the day we decided to go to there. The city is a photographer’s paradise as every nook and corner of the city is just so picturesque. We are going to be sharing lots of photograph’s in this blog, so don’t forget to miss them at the end.

Upaipur is the historical capital of Mewar named after the king named Maharana Udai Singh who belonged to the clan of Sisodia Rajput.

How to reach

Udaipur is well connected through roads, train and airways. The Udaipur airport is 21km away from the main city.

Enroute Udaipur from Ahmedabad
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Aravali RangesIMG_3597

Number of days required – 2 Days

Places to visit in Udaipur

  • City Palace
    The ticket to City Palace is 300 per head and it would take around approx. 2.5 hours to cover the whole palace. Do hire a guide from the entrance of the palace or an audio tour to know about the history of the palace and the grandeur of the Kings of Rajasthan.IMG_0819
  •  Lake Pichola or Lake Fateh Sagar
    You will find lot of eateries as shown in the below picture. Check out the shops behind the cop. You can treat your taste buds at these eateries while  your eyes witness the colourful sun set
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  • You can visit any one of the lakes out of these two but we visited only Fateh Sagar due to time constrain. This image is of Jag Mandir in Lake Fateh Sagar. IMG_0525
  •  Saheliyon kee Baadi
    Beautifully built garden has pools and water channels. There are idols of elephants and figures and figurines of men and women adorning the place. It was relaxing experience to spend few moments in this rejuvenating place.
  • Haathi Pol Market
    Do shop for the famous Pichwai and Phad painting of Rajasthan. We have been looking for a wall painting since a long time, but were unable to find one, but after seeing the paintings at Udaipur we were awestruck.  We got a Pichwai painting of 5X3 ft for just INR 1100.

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Things to buy

  1. Miniature wall painting on canvas
  2. Home décor items

 Places to visit nearby Udaipur

  1. Chittorgarh fort – It is one of the largest forts in India and a UNESCO world heritage site.IMG_0412
  2. Kumbhalgarh fort – The fort is situated 85 kms away from Udaipur. The wall of the fort is second largest in the world after the Great Wall of China.
  3. Ranakpur Jain temple – The Jain temple is 100 kms away from Udaipur and can be covered in one day. The temple has more than 144 towers carved intricately each having a unique design.

 Places to eat

  1.  1559AD – Beautiful ambience & delectable food

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  2. Padmini – Restaurant at Lalit Laxmi Villas Palace Udaipur
    The buffet at 999/- per person is a must try in Udaipur consisting of mammoth line of dishes originating across cultures in Rajasthan and other parts of India. Intricacies of spices can be appreciated with every bite reminding us of mother’s own recipes.
  3. Natraj restaurant
    Must visit for affordable & authentic Rajasthani Thali
  4. Ambrai
    Beautiful restaurant overlooking lake Pichola
  5. Food stalls at Fateh Sagar Lake
    Must go for the view and don’t miss out try the coffee & Rabri.

Where to stay

We recommend staying at a hotel, which is near lake Pichola or lake Fateh Sagar. The view of the lake is going to leave you mesmerised.
Recommended hotels: Hotel Lalit Laxmi Palace, Hotel Radisson Blu, Hotel Leela & Hotel Ramada
RADISSON BLUE PALACE HOTEL NEAR FATEH SAGAR
Open area in Radisson Blu for family get together combined with lots of activities like Puppet show, folk dance, music etc and the spectacular sunset view. You can witness it yourself from the picture.
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Dusk or Dawn?
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View from my lens and side railings
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Front Facade of HotelIMG_0179
Superior room
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LALIT LAXMI VILAS PALACE RESORT AND SPA FACING LAKE FATEH SAGAR
Bagpiper show in evening

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Front Facade of the hotelIMG_1003
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Deluxe Room
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Visit To Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is a town which is situated 120km from Udaipur.  It takes around 2 hours to reach Chittorgarh. You can easily find  local guide at the fort. They are really worth hiring, They take a very reasonable fees of Rs 100.

Beautiful hand made sculptures and pillars of temples at Chittorgarh fort where Kings used to offer prayerIMG_0419

Front Facade
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Close up of temple front side

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Vijay stambh by king Kumbha or Victory Pillar  in 1448 to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji.

Height – 37 m

IMG_0430History of Chittorgarh will bring you goosebumps. Before visiting Chittorgarh, we did a lot of research about Maharana Pratap and Chetak. So we were really thrilled to visit Chittorgarh. History of Chittorgarh almost brought tear to our eyes. We dont want to make this blog too long and get into history right now but one thing worth mentioning about Rajput is that they never put their heads down in front of Mughals and always fought courageously. If you do get a chance to read about history of Chittorgarh, please dont miss the chance. We will come with another blog giving key highlights of History of Chittorgarh which we came to know from our guide and also after reading the history.

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