What could be more seductive than indulging in this colourful city at this time of year? Winters, I mean because Rajasthan’s scorching heat is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, I came to Udaipur which is one of the most romantic places in the world. The city has frequently been romanticised by poets. The splell bounded mountains, their greenery, waves in the lakes, its sunset, and sunrise; can anyone stay away from this glorious scenery of the city? How would a poet be then?
After finishing the Chittorgarh Fort, we continued on to Udaipur. Almost five hours were needed to travel to this stunning city in Rajasthan. Although it is 1.5 to 2 hours distance by train, if you cover it from Chittorgarh to Udaipur. We had made sure to spend Christmas day here when we were planned the excursion. What could be more seductive than indulging in this colourful city at this time of year? Udaipur is one of the most romantic places in the world.
The city has frequently been romanticised by poets. It makes sense that one of the key factors contributing to its exaltation is the stunning lake Pichola.
Everyone is captivated by the lake’s alluring splendour. We strolled through the historic streets and eventually arrived at the lake where we spent some time relaxing after checking in at a historical palace resort. It was beautiful to watch the tourist boats skitter across in silhouette as the sun sank behind them in the blood-red sky. Our minds were soothed by the sound of the water lapping against the banks and the sight of the twittering birds flying back to their nests. The long, stressful trip was quickly forgotten.
But as it was growing dark, we also took a little stroll to the Fatah Sagar lake. It is one of Udaipur’s four lakes, and it is situated north of lake Pichola. The City Palace was first seen that evening. The palace shone brilliantly with the spotlights on. The palace is beautifully decorated, and at night everything seemed like a dream.
Another magnificent structure in the city is the Lake Palace. Maharana Jagat Singh, a young prince, built it for the first time in 1743 on Lake Pichola. This masterpiece was created to fulfil the prince’s desire to dwell on an island with his mistresses. The Taj brand of hotels soon acquired the palace, though, and it now serves a niche market of high-end travellers who don’t mind splashing out on lodging and appreciate resting on an island with views of the City Palace and the lovely Aravalli hills. As it reflects in the lake’s crystal-clear water at night, the palace appears magical.
The hotels in Udaipur and resorts were all lighted up and full that night, the eve of Christmas. The night market was crowded with tourists. The vendors were hard at work getting money from their clients. We also went shopping, and I totally overdid it because everything was so vibrant and eye-catching. After a lavish Rajasthani dinner upon our return to the resort, we decided it was time to call it a day.
After devouring a lavish breakfast, we left for the City Place in Udaipur the following morning. It would be impossible to fully explore the palace in one day, so we hired a guide to give us a history lesson.
This lavish building was constructed over the course of nearly 400 years. When the Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia Rajput family chose to move his capital from Chittor, he began the building. The palace, which is perched atop a hill, is regarded as being the biggest of all the palaces in Rajasthan. The aerial vista of the Aravalli mountains, Jagmandir, and Lake Pichola is captivating.
An interesting man showed us around as our guide. We were bombarding him with inquiries since our historical curiosity had been sparked. The opulent walls and ceilings display architectural styles from Rajasthan and the Mughal Empire. The valour and bravery of a bygone period are evident in every crevice and corner. A fun fact is that this is where the acclaimed James Bond film “Octopussy” was filmed. We also came into a kitchen that, while in disrepair, included all the essential tools required to prepare food for the royalty of the time.
We explored the palace for over four hours in total. We were hungry and worn out. After relaxing in the courtyard for a while, we proceeded back to the hotel. I spotted a squad of mounted police trotting past as I walked down the avenue. A cavalcade of vintage cars followed them, indicating that a festival was in progress. I was fortunate enough to get a photo of that amazing moment using my camera.
Later that day, I went to “Sahelion ki bari,” a highly popular tourist destination (garden of the maidens). Rana Sangram Singh constructed the garden, which has numerous fountains, a lotus pool, and marble elephants. The Raja himself gave the queen and her entourage this location so they could spend some enjoyable time away from the dull life in the palace. They used to kill time by meandering over the grounds and unwinding in the tranquil gardens.
As dusk fell, we stopped by to take in the holiday atmosphere on our way back to the resort. It was positively Christmassy. We visited an eatery situated on a rooftop. I began to eat as the City Palace shimmered behind me. Suddenly, fireworks shot into the sky, creating a colourful cascade. In the streets, I could see people having a good time. That evening, the temperature dropped to eight degrees. We found a spot next to some talented country singers who entertained us during the chilly night.
The next day began early in the morning for Jodhpur. I bid adieu to the lovely city of Udaipur as our automobile passed by the palaces and lakes, but I made a commitment to return one day.
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