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Heritage- Udaipur, The City of Lakes

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Why do I love traveling? Many times, I asked this question to myself and finally come up with an answer, maybe not a full proof answer yeah!!! but a Draft. So traveling provide you enough time to think about yourself, Even when you are traveling alone you have hell lot of time to do meditation and I can pen down the wholesome experience of the trip.

So, folks, this is my first blog and I am penning down my favorite trip to Udaipur. Famous for its heritage and royalty, Udaipur is a must visit if you are bored of your metro city life. The city of Lakes, “Venice of East” Udaipur is known by lots of nicknames, As Mr. Ranbir Kapoor already defamed Venice by calling it Dharavi of Europe, I would not prefer to compare it with Udaipur. I would call it “Vancouver of East” better no??


Once you visit Udaipur, you will definitely get addicted to that place. I ended up visiting it twice in a year. Udaipur is historic capital of Mewar kingdom, Now part of Rajasthan. It is reachable by all the meaning of transport. I opted for Volvo bus from Ahmedabad, it helped me reaching there early morning, and trust me that was a perfect time. After reading so many reviews about hotels and palaces around in Udaipur, I finally booked a Heritage haveli Hotel in the main city, as it is walking distance from main Lake, Pichola. Being ahead of time, I had to wait for check-in. I utilized that time by exploring nearby Jagdish temple. This temple is situated in the middle of the old city and it is a brilliant work of architecture, guys if you are fond of heritage architecture, then you must definitely visit this once.

 
After exploring beautiful temple early in the morning, I headed towards my favorite Fatehsagar lake. A morning walk on the road side of the lake is the best way to kick start your day. Perfect timing, less chorus, cool breeze and a cup of aadrak tea (you can get coffee as well). There are many small shops where you can manage to kill your appetite early in the morning. After enjoying the best morning of my life, I headed back to the hotel.

I did a lot of research before booking the hotel because I wanted a room with the mesmerizing view of Lake Pichhola. Udaipur is jam packed with tourists round the year still September and October is the best time to visit and avoid the rush at hotels. Lake Pichhola also comprises of premises of famous Lake palace,  administered by The group of Taj hotel. If you want to have a great view Lake Palace, you can have your lunch at the restaurant of Fateh Prakash just before exploring City Palace.


City palace is situated in the main old city, It is the residence of Royal family of Udaipur. Famous for it’s architecture and royalty, which is reflected in every corner of the palace. Tour of City palace might be tiring but trust me, it is not considered complete without taking a look at its beautiful architecture, mentioning hanging garden of City palace, because it’s soothing and pleasant to the eyes.

Feel the magic of evening in Bagore ki Haveli. It’s an old Haveli on the waterfront of lake Pichola. You can enjoy the traditional puppet show in the evening with live folk dance performances followed by dinner at some waterfront restaurants. A multi-cuisine restaurant by waterside is Harigarh, you can enjoy the traditional music along with candle light dinner, if you are the early bird and lucky enough, you may get Indian sitting which is better as you can relax and enjoy the scenic view of Bagore ki haveli with live music.

All the shopaholics out there, Hathipol is the place for you to buy anything ethnic, those colorful lehriya dupatta, oxidized jewelry and lots of Rajasthani home decor pieces.
This place imprints beautiful memories on the canvas of your heart, more you visit more you fall in love with this place.

 

Guest Post By: Shweta Pandit

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