Rajasthan has always been on our bucket list and this year we finally visited the colorful state of India.
Well we only managed to visit two cities but those were really great days that we spent in Rajasthan.
We spent first two days in Udaipur, which is also known as the city of lakes. Not to be confused with Nainital which is also known as the lake city of Uttarakhand in India. There have been many famous Hollywood and Bollywood movies shot in Udaipur like Octopussy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Guide, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani etc.
We were always mesmerized by the beauty of this lake city and had to see it for ourselves.
We started out from Pune to Jaipur by flight and then onto Udaipur by road. It took us approximately 6 hours to reach Udaipur and we enjoyed the road trip. There aren’t many good/clean places to stop on the way so we were glad we had breakfast in the plane. Luckily we found a restroom but it wasn’t too clean by our standards. Anyway we reached our hotel in the afternoon. We were staying at Hotel Swaroop Vilas which is a gorgeous hotel. You can read our review here.
We visited the below places:
Fateh Sagar lake:
We made a quick stop at this beautiful lake to take in the views and click few pictures.
It’s quite a huge lake and really picturesque. There were a few ducks swimming in the lake and other birds flying around the too.
Saheliyon ki Bari:
Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Courtyard or Garden of the Maidens) is a major garden and a popular tourist space in Udaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Rana Sangram Singh. There is also a small museum here.
It’s s really beautiful and we’ll maintained garden. There were really beautiful flowers and plants. We clicked quite a few pictures here as we love flowers.
City Palace, Udaipur, is a palace complex situated in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. Its construction began in 1553, started by MaharanaUdai Singh II of the SisodiaRajput family as he shifted his capital from the erstwhile Chittor to the new found city of Udaipur. The palace is located on the east bank of Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex.
It was really exciting to be explore the palace complex and inside the palace.
We spent almost 3 hours here and it was worth it. The palace inside was really gorgeous especially the intricate architecture and colorful rooms.
The lak is very picturesque and we got a nice sunset view. We could the lake from city palace as it’s close by. They also have boating on the lake.
Few must try dishes or Rajasthani cuisine which we were lucky to try:
Laal maans (red mutton) is a meat curry from Rajasthan, India. It is a mutton curry prepared in a sauce of yoghurtand hot spices such as red Mathania chillies. This dish typically is very hot and rich in garlic, the gravy may be thick or liquid and is eaten with chapatis made out of wheat (usually eaten in summers) or bajra (a millet grown in Rajasthan and eaten in the winter months).
Honestly it wasn’t very spicyand really delicious! We had this at the restaurant in our hotel Swaroop Vilas.
Dal baati choorma and Rajasthani thali
Click on the above to read more about Dal baati choorma.
Rajasthani thali comprised of gatte ki sabji, Ker sangri, baati, kadhi, rice, bajra & corn roti , salad, papad, buttermilk and gulab jamun.whew..we shared it..don’t worry 😁
The food was really tasty and not spicy at all. We had this at a restaurant called New Jhumar Restaurant.
Few places that were on our itinerary but we couldn’t visit due to time constraints:
- Jagdish temple
- Gulab Bagh
- Bharatiya Lok Kala museum
Below are few restaurants that we heard are good:
- Ambrai restaurant
- Garden thali
- Kebab Mistry
- Cafe Namaste French bakery
Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Udaipur, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂
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