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Udaipur

29 May

Udaipur has the loveliest station. It’s small and welcoming. And arriving there on that sunny winter morning, we knew it was going to be a great holiday.

Having taken the Mewar Express from Delhi on Friday evening we had only Saturday and Sunday to spend. To do justice to Udaipur, one needs a longer break, say four days at least, but by the end of two days, we discovered we’d walked down the old city streets several times over and had begun to feel completely at home.

It is a good idea to stay in the old city if your stay is short. The major tourist destinations are all at walking distance: the City Palace and museums,

The City Palace

The City Palace

Mona, me

Mona, me

Jagdish Temple,

Devotees on the steps to the Jagdish Temple

Devotees on the steps to the Jagdish Temple

and the magical ghats on Lake Pichola.

Gangaur Ghat

Gangaur Ghat

The lake has two heritage hotels, Jagmandir and Lake Palace Hotel, which look like floating mirages. For some reason, the Government run ferries on Pichola weren’t plying that day, so we went boating on the Fateh Sagar Lake, ten minutes away by auto and watched the sun set.

Liquid Fire: the sun sets on Fateh Sagar Lake

Liquid Fire: the sun sets on Fateh Sagar Lake

The next day we visited Sajjangarh Fort with a spectacular view of Udaipur and a not-so-spectacular fort. Shilpgram, a crafts village is worth a visit for shopping and watching folk dances and is on the way back.

The old city on foot:

Walk down the road from Hathipol to Ghantaghar for great bargains on silver jewelry. The roads from Jagdish Temple to Bhattiyani Chohatta and Gangaur Ghat are lined with shops targeted at tourists, stacked with jootis, jholas, colourful clothes and scarves.

We took some rewarding turns into inner by-lanes where there were wedding supply shops and mithai shops with lots of deep fried food. My favourite buy was a red Mewari turban.

Eating out in Udaipur:

Café Edelweiss has the absolute best breakfast. Fresh pancakes with whipped cream, eggs, toast, a variety of tea to choose from. Attached to the sit-out café, is a ‘German Bakery’.

The Whistling Teal was another great find. It has Indian and continental food. Delicious!

Berry’s for Indian food. Great kebabs. It is a little away from the old city, we ended up walking quite long before we got there.

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Posted by on May 29, 2009 in holiday accounts, travel

 

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13 responses to “Udaipur

  1. Bernadette

    July 28, 2009 at 6:48 am

    I have been to Udaipur before but I think it merits another visit. Love the shopping and food guide that you have put in. And “Liquid Fire” is amazing. Thank you for refreshing my memory of Udaipur!
    p.s.: Udaipur is my Mom’s brith place. I should take her with me when I go there next. 🙂

     
  2. Arunima

    July 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    What an account!!I already love Udaipur by the description that u gave of the accessories n food items!! 😛
    Seems like a combination of Chandni Chowk n Janpath!!

    But more than that I loved the pictures that spoke so beautifully n elaborately of the Rajput architecture. The romantic sunset pic on the Fateh Sagar Lake is even better, plus the Ganguar Ghat with its dark clouds actually remind me of the artworks of Romantic painters like Constable n Turner. I’m sure such a scene magically evokes ones participation in Nature n the mood it invites.

    It was on ur birthday right?? Now I have to, have to go to Udaipur-gr8 place!! 😀

     
  3. arjun

    July 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    4 days, definitely! i just had a little more than 4 hours 😦
    and i thought i’d missed this really beautiful sunset too 😉
    very nice pictures! and hey yaa, Whistling Teal is a definite go!

     
  4. Amina

    July 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    The roadside shops of Udiapur sound like an interesting place to shop and bargain. It is nice how you even gave an account of the food and the places where people could eat out to delight the palate. The sunset at Fateh Sagar lake is just wow!

     
  5. goodearthguides

    July 30, 2009 at 4:29 am

    thank you guys so much!

     
  6. Ranjan Matthew

    July 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Excellent review. Eicher Goodearth Crew Featuring Pomona Zaheer! A very nice read and nice photographs! (I really liked the one of the sunset, who wouldn’t?)
    Those restaurants sound very like the one’s in Manali which has a strong foreign contigent camping there. German bakery haha…

     
  7. Leena Paul

    July 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

    That was in deed a good comprehensive travel guide for first comers.
    The venice of the east, as always, looks majestic in your pictures. Good photographs and you look pretty too Tanya!

     
    • goodearthguides

      August 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

      Thank you leena,
      Do keep visitng the site. We will keep having new articles every now and then

       
  8. Nupur

    July 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What a short, crisp and soulful account that manages to capture everything from the ghats to the temple and the shops to the palace!
    I am planning to attend a conference in Udaipur later in the year. Thanx to this review i won’t be going to an “unknown” city. The pics are lovely and along with Cafe Edelweiss, seem to beckon me. Great job Tanya!

     
    • goodearthguides

      August 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

      thanks Nupur,
      do let us know how your trip to Udaipur goes!

       
  9. Monisha M

    August 3, 2009 at 8:31 am

    That review indeed has got me sharply.Now I am looking forward for the time when I can actually live those fantastic descriptions.Those pictures of the monuments and specially the lake really took off my breath for a while.Was just thinking how much more breath taking it would be to actually experience those magical moments.

     
    • goodearthguides

      August 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

      Thanks monisha,
      Hope you manage to visit Udaipur soon! Do try to make it during your December vacation! You can travel around Rajasthan and Delhi in the winter! Will be great fun

       
  10. Rama

    August 7, 2009 at 6:04 am

    This description is truly a great one-am at the moment looking for texts that we can use to get (adult) learners learn English. I think texts(with such beautiful pictures) will be a great hit with studnets–and if we can get our learners to start writing what they feel and experience like this–I’ve done my job!!

    And of course, want to go to Udaipur (or any other place with you, Tanya) so that my feel for the place is heightened!!

    Thank you all ‘goodearnthians’

     

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