The beauty of Udaipur can only be appreciated if one experiences the exquisiteness of the city. Residing at the affluent “Chunda Palace” overlooking the Aravali hills – the waft of pleasantness, the richness of the palace, the colorful paintings, encapsulated me in the kingdom of dreams.
We marked the beginning of the journey with the package tour of – The Crystal Gallery, City Palace Museum, Lake Pichola Boat ride, The Lake Palace, Jag Mandir & Vintage Car Museum. “The Crystal Gallery” houses crystals of F&C Osler & Co, ordered by Maharaja Sajjan Singh, provides an unparalleled & extensive collection of crystals. “City Palace Museum” exhibits the heritage of Mewar dynasty & can utilize a sizeable portion of time for exhaustive exploration. The ride on the serene “Lake Pichola” with its blue waters & the horizon dotted with the city’s palaces & white house’s gave respite post the frantic museum exploration. The Lake Palace & Jag Mandir are small islands on the lake & offer solitude & tranquility amidst the bustle of the city. The Vintage Car Museum is home to vast vintage vehicles & speaks volumes of the lifestyle adorned by the Maharaja’s. Moving to Gulab Bagh, a very large & beautiful garden adjoining the zoo, the beauty buzzed around to fabricate a frenzied environment. The day ended on a quite note, breathing the stillness & embracing the sunset from the doodh talai hill-top.
On the next day we visited Maharana Pratap Memorial, a place of historic significance. As the name suggests, the statue was built-in the memory of Maharana Pratap on his loyal horse, Chetak. On the way back to Fatehsagar lake the surrounding sites can be visited for a deeper look at the history of the city (Museum, gardens, etc.). A must try is the speed boating on the Fatesagar Lake.
“Saheliyon Ki Bari” is a resplendent garden with lush green lawns, fountains & elephant marble art which was built for the retreat of the royal ladies. The Lok Kala Mandal showcases puppet plays & folk dance, the magic of the dance enticed me & left me spell-bound. Traditional culture is engrained in the pulse of the city folk & the place is increasingly moving towards attracting tourists from all over the world.
We consumed traditional Rajasthani Thali during most of the meals. One place recommended is “Natraj Dining Hall” next to the railway station. The restaurant serves both Rajasthani & Gujarati Thali & the food is extremely delectable. Travelling on the roads in & around the city is a pleasure since the roads are wide & the city is extremely clean. The people are helpful & the civility is very evident.
Udaipur can be truly be coined as “The City of Indelible Magnificence & Elegant Beauty”.