Monday, 8 December 2014

Stairway to Royalty


Usually when I travel with Mr.husband, he makes sure that we are in total comfort. Be it the travelling part, the stay part, or the sightseeing part, we plan with keeping the “travel in style plus travel in comfort” mantra in mind. But, the entire Udaipur trip was based on another mantra, “Budget travelling”. Since seven of us were going for the trip, we wanted to make most of it. Imagine seven crazy friends travelling together – complete laugh riot. That is exactly what got us through our 20-hour road journey from Mumbai to Udaipur.:)
Our stay was at UdaiNiwas - a small hotel situated in the midst of the narrow lanes of Udaipur. I loved the décor of the hotel rooms. The walls are decorated with intricate traditional motifs and a vivid splash of colors. The hotel has free Wi-Fi as well. The view from the hotel top was so breathtaking that no sooner than we reached there, we were at the rooftop with our tripods and started capturing the scene. 
This place is the epicenter for all tourists visiting Udaipur. Both the famous Jagdish temple and Lake Pichola are 2min walks from the hotel and The City palace is a 5min walk. During our rooftop dinners, I would feel like just sitting there without looking at the time and admire the serene beauty of the lake and the glittering lights of the palaces.

The City Palace is full of history, art, and beautiful architecture. You must take time to view every corner of the palace as every wall in the palace has a story to tell. A fair warning - be ready to climb 1000 steps! This is an exaggeration, but trust me on this one, if you have weak legs, I suggest - not be too adventurous. Next, do not miss the boat ride from the City Palace to Jag Mandir. That boat ride is “paisa vasool”! Also, the place is super beautiful for you to do some gorgeous landscape photography.
We visited the place during one of the best times, i.e Dassera. The city celebrates Dassera with the furor shared only with Mumbaikars during the Ganpati festival. The decorations are spectacular and the cultural events on the streets are one of a kind. We were lucky to watch an “India's got talent” types show on the streets.
Even though we had a car-for-seven booked for sightseeing, we were forced to travel in a larger-than-normal auto rickshaw because of the narrow streets. The streets are so narrow that a car cannot make a U turn. Then again, you must walk through the beautiful street markets and take advantage of shopping: I am not complaining:P. The markets have a wide range of silver jewellery, gift items, leather, and footwear. You will find unique designs here for a reasonable price.

Udaipur is amongst the cleanest tourist spots in India. Both the streets and the air are clean here. This explains why we found more foreign tourists here. I think the reason for this is the difference in commute – you can enjoy this place only on foot. So travel light, dress summery, and have the time of your life.:)

List of places that you should definitely visit when in Udaipur:
1. Jagdish Temple
2. City Palace
3. Jag Mandir via Lake Pichola
4. Cultural show at Bagore ki haveli
5. Maharana Pratap Museum
6. Haldi Ghati (do take pictures on that road) 
7. Fatehsagar Lake
8. Street Shopping

Food delicacies that you should try when in Udaipur:
1. Yummylicious Kachoris (drool worthy!)
2. Fafda and Jalebi combo
3. Poha and Pakoras
4. Big rajasthani thali
5. A meal at Ambrai

Inside the City Palace
Jagdish Temple
Inside Jagdish Temple
View from our hotel roof top
Dassera Decorations
Puppet Show


City Palace




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5 comments:

  1. I am in a nostalgic trance - LEVEL UP post!!

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  2. Feel like visiting again.. Lovely post :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Silky! :) I do plan to visit this place again, soo beautiful.

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