A journey to Udaipur the city of lakes

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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.

Accomodation:

We visited the below places:

Fateh Sagar lake:

 It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, constructed north-west of Udaipur, to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s.

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:

City Palace, Udaipur, is a palace complex situated in the city of UdaipurRajasthan. 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.

Lake Pichola:

Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village.

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.

Food:

Few must try dishes or Rajasthani cuisine which we were lucky to try:

Laal Maas:

Laal maans (red mutton) is a meat curry from RajasthanIndia. 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! πŸ™‚

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27 thoughts on “A journey to Udaipur the city of lakes

  1. Josy A

    GORGEOUS!!

    I have only visited Jaipur in Rajasthan, but it looks like I would love Udaipur too. Those flower-filled views and colourful patterns make it look beautiful. Your hotel looks amazing too!

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  2. April

    I love the detailed color of the buildings! I have never been to India and not sure what we like to see the country if we’re given the chance to explore it. Are the buildings made of gold? It looks similar in Thailand.

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    1. Karie Post author

      Hope you visit India soon…They are not made of gold. I think marble or some stone πŸ™‚

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  3. Life Of Y

    Beautiful Udaipur! One of my favourite places in India! Nice post and lovely pictures. The food looks delicious! I’d go back just for more authentic Indian food!

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  4. Danik

    I am really surprised how pretty Udaipur is with all the colourful flowers and facades of buildings. Some photos and the places you have described reminds me of Central Switzerland. I can picture myself at Lake Pichola, at sunrise or sunset, it looks like an beautiful location to capture this.

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  5. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was really cool hearing the travel stories behind the region. Lake Pichola seems like it made such a significant impact in this arid region.

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  6. Patricia Pagenel

    I got to visit Udaipur about 20 years ago, but your pictures are bringing back to the city like it was yesterday! I do remember fondly about the City Palace, such a beautiful building. I went on a boat tour on Lake Pichola, a very relaxing experience. Though I don’t remember all the flowers that you saw, probably not the same season!

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  7. Nic

    We’ve head great things about this region and can’t wait to visit when we head to India, however we didn’t know specific places to visit so this is really useful as we’re hoping to go next year!

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  8. Sage Scott

    It is so incredibly beautiful! I love the way pink and white blossoms cascade down white-washed palatial walls at Saheliyon-ki-Bari. ~ Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

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  9. Candy

    Sounds like you had a great time from lakes to beautiful gardens. The City Palace looks like a place I could explore for hours. It’s crazy that it took nearly 400 years to complete! The exterior architecture is gorgeous. Were you allowed to take photos of the interior? I noticed only exterior photos in the post.

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  10. Heather

    Lake Pichola is breathtaking! Also, I would have to visit the gardens and the city palace. I love finding beautiful, colorful flowers and city palaces are so colorful and intricate too. I was also glad to read that the food wasn’t spicy. I don’t care for spicy food so that’s comforting!

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  11. Michael Hodgson

    Both fun movies I have watched … Octopussy and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Now I have to go back and watch to see if I can recognize places you showed in your photos. πŸ˜‰ Did you visit any sites that were making a claim to fame for being in the movies?

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  12. Jas

    Even though it’s artificial, I agree with you that the lake is super picturesque! The garden is just beautiful too and I’m a sucker for beautiful blooms like those. And the food!? Laal maans sounds to die for and I may just need to plan a trip over now!

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  14. Marry

    Pichola Lake is awesome! In addition, he would have to visit the gardens and the city palace. I love finding beautiful and colorful flowers and the city palaces are also very colorful and intricate. I was also glad to read that the food was not spicy. I don’t mind spicy food, so it’s comforting!

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