My Trip To Udaipur – The City Of Lakes
I planned a 3-day itinerary to Udaipur which included my memorable visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort, darshan of Ranakpur Temple and boat rides in the city of Lakes. First of all, I would like to describe the beauty of Udaipur and recommend a trip over here in the month of December.
Udaipur – India’s Most Romantic City!
Known for its incredible lakes, the city has glorious palaces and historical forts that have been transformed into super-luxurious hotels and resorts. The beautiful winter season gracefully welcomes tourists and can be counted as the wonderful ‘weekend getaway’ for people living nearby especially Delhi, Agra, etc. In winters, you can indulge in several activities like boat rides, sightseeing and more. Some of the famous tourist spots are City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, and Monsoon Palace. You can also plan your staycation at finely crafted, cozy, cultural heritage of Udaipur.
Welcome to Udaipur!
I made a crazy road trip from Delhi to Udaipur which took almost our 48 hours and our car meter recorded 1448 km. We drove on NH-76 which goes towards Ahmedabad. I tell you it is a paradise to drive over. The roads are as silky as butter and our car was driving like an airplane on a runway. We made it to Udaipur after several stops at ‘
Morning Meal at Cafe Edelweiss!
Although we had a package with super breakfast included, somehow we preferred to explore outside the hotel. So, we started our crazy engine to look for somewhere on the roads of the city beautiful. Then, we stopped at Cafe Edelweiss located at Laal Ghat on Lake Pichola. Most known as the German Bakery, it is a good place to kick-start your hearty morning meal. Each of us had a heavy, proper meal so that we could easily explore the giant city palace in the noon.
A Giant Complex, Largest Palace In Rajasthan – City Palace Udaipur!
A palace built with granite and marble, it is one of the palaces to be admired for its magnificent blend of Chinese, European and Medival architecture. It has an incredible history which has a direct connection to Mewar Kingdon and undergone through many changes and expansion under the reign of many rulers. It costs 30 INR for adults, 15 INR for children as an entry fee and 200 INR as a camera fee. We also had a sunset boat ride. They have different categories for boat rides like cargo boat ride, charter boat, sunset ride and more. We also made a tour to crystal gallery. I literally enjoyed my visit to this spectacular historical monument.
As the sun set, we had a booking at Lake Pichola and enjoyed our tranquil meal at the side of the lake as well as enjoyed the soothing sound of the lake water.
A Journey to the Great Kumbhalgarh Fort!
One the second day, we went on to explore the world’s second longest monument – the great, giant Kumbhalgarh Fort on our crazy wheels. Let me tell you the Great Wall of China tops the list. It is an 86-km drive from Udaipur. Built by the Mewar Kingdom, it opens at 9 AM and closes at 6 PM. It took us 3 hours to travel over this fort.
You would love to explore this monument if you’re adventurous, wildlife enthusiast and capturing historical beauty. The entry fee costs 15 INR for Indians as well as SAARC tourists and 200 INR for others. As the fort is a steep climb, wearing comfortable clothes and sports shoes is a must. Carry yourself with a water bottle to stay hydrated and packets of chips to calm down your stomach. And yes, do visit the birthplace of Maharana Pratap.
Darshan of Ranakpur Jain Temple
Located in a forest area, surrounded by the mountains makes an addition to its beauty, Ranakpur Jain Temple is an amazing temple with majestic columns and carvings. The architecture is incredibly beautiful and eye-catching. Also, the small temples are a must-see. It is a peaceful place for God Lovers, photo fanatics, Nirvana Seekers and those who have a deep interest in knowing the history of these monuments. It opens at 7 AM and closes at 7 PM. The entry fees cost nothing but a promise to keep it clean, lively and peaceful.
This was my wintery experience of Udaipur. Plus, don’t forget to grab the delicious, lavishing Rajasthani cuisines at Santosh Dal Bati Restro.