An unexpectedly awesome weather welcomed me in Udaipur. After getting fully drenched in the rains, I felt like I was in Mumbai for a moment. I heard that Udaipur happens to be more lively and more beautiful during the rains. So I was very excited to explore every bit of city.
Day 1 (Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon ki Badi, City Palace and Natraj Restaurant)
Fateh Sagar Lake
After many years, I was very happy to see my little nephew and niece. For the first time, I heard Chacha from the little boy which made me more happier. Without wasting much time in hotel, I along with my cousin brother, his wife and children, went on the unplanned exploration in the evening around 3’Oclock. During chit-chat at a tea shop, we decided to start with one of the most famous lakes in Udaipur “Fateh Sagar Lake“. One can take auto or Ola to go anywhere in Udaipur. Ola was cheaper for us sometimes.
Amazing view of Fateh Sagar lake just made me dumbstruck. The lavish green mountains encircle the lake. While the lake encompasses the milky white Udaipur Observatory and Nehru garden. This geography makes these views very unique. You can take a long walk on the pavement beside the lake during sunrise or sunset to get best out of this scenic beauty. Boating costs around Rs. 300-400 per person which we skipped. Nearby this, one can easily find Maharana Pratap memorial. It has an exclusive collection of antiques and Mewarian culture. It is paradise for History lovers. Because of the time crunch, we missed that too.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
As we were not having any fixed plan, we were making our itinerary on the spot. After little googling, our feet landed in a small garden “Saheliyon Ki Bari” which had a significant historical importance. The garden was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as a part of her dowry. The fountains, lotus pool and marble elephants are the heart of the garden.
The City Palace
After this, it was time to see the royal side of the Mewar culture. We entered the most famous tourist attraction “The City Palace“. It was built after 400 years of tremendous efforts. It is located on the east bank of Lake Pichola, the most famous lake of the Udaipur. We were little disappointed as it was closed. But after a while, we found that we could roam around the palace on the exteriors with a ticket of Rs. 30. The ticket to get the real feel of the palace from inside was valued at Rs. 300. So eventually, we saved that money.
What an amazing Palace!! I did experience one of the best sunsets of my life at this place. The birds flying in the sky, boats floating in the lake, mountains resting on the west bank and above all the multicolored clouds at sunset made it a lifetime experience.
The calmness and peace I found there can’t be described in words. Had I been an Udaipurian, I would love to come here every evening to flush my head after a hectic daily routine. Night came very early, yet we had explored much of the fort. After 1-2 hours, we reached a place where our mind got freshened up with musical instruments’ symphonies. That’s the location where famous musical light show takes you on an adventure to the great history of Mewar empire through story telling and surrounding sound effects. It was worth for money (Rs. 300).
After this refreshing evening, we called for the day with delicious food at a reasonably priced restaurant, Natraj Restaurant.
Next day was full of surprises and weather challenges. So guys stay tuned with me for the next 2 amazing days in the city. Thanks 🙂