My Last two trips to Rajasthan i.e. Jaisalmer and Jaipur  has elevated my level of fondness that for this “Royal State of India”. As a result , I was again having this urge to explore more into it. This time it was an extended weekend , so the plan to explore Udaipur and Mount Abu was made. Udaipur is known as the “The City of Lakes or The White City or Venice of the East”. Mount Abu is a very beautiful hill station in the Aravalli range of mountains.

We were a group of 4 and reached Udaipur via Chetak Express from Delhi. When we arrived there was a different calmness and freshness in the air that I have never felt before! It had set my mood in the best possible way. We checked-in the hotel, quickly freshened ourselves up and embarked on our day long excursion to this Lake City!

PS : If you are planning to visit Udaipur in the coming long weekend (2-5 October '15), make sure you get to see the palace in the night when they are lit by beautiful amber lightning. 

Lake Palace or Jag Mandir Udaipur Night (Source)

Our first destination was Lake Pichola. It is an artificially created fresh water lake , built way back in the 14th century. As soon as we reached the lake , I sensed that I was set to witness something very beautiful. The first impression of the lake with Jag Mandir standing right in the middle is a treat to the eyes! 

Overall there are 4 islands on the lake, viz Jag Mandir , Jag Niwas or Lake Palace , Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas. The Aravalli Range in the background , the rajasthani architectural gems in the middle and the blue color of the water – it was a picture right out of a painting! 


There is provision to try various kinds of boats. We went in the 12-seater motor boat to see Jag Mandir and Jag palace from close. City Palace of Udaipur can also be seen from the boat ride. 
Ticket costs around INR 200 for Indian adults.



boating charges in lake Pichola in Udaipur
First look of Lake Pichola
City Palace of Udaipur with Aravalli range
City Palace of Udaipur with Aravalli range
Lake palace or Jag Niwas of Udaipur
Lake palace or Jag Niwas
Jag mandir Udaipur Rajasthan
Jag mandir


City palace of Udaipurfrom Lake Pichola
City palace of Udaipurfrom Lake Pichola
Boating in Lake Pichola Udaipur
Waves in Lake Pichola

Our next destination was the Udaipur Ropeway.  It is near Lake Pichola and takes people to a hill top temple dedicated to Mansapuran Karni Mata. Per adult cost is INR 78 for one side ride. Breathtaking 360 degrees view of the Udaipur city is on offer from the top and believe me they are absolutely stunning. On one side you can see the beautiful Lake Pichola and on the other side buildings – all in white color! Hence the name “White city”!


Ropeway from Lake Pichola to Mansapuran Karni Mata
     Ropeway from Lake Pichola to Mansapuran Karni Mata
View of Udaipur from hill top
View of Udaipur from hill top



Hill top view of Udaipur Rajasthan
Tushar overlooking the Udaipur city
Mansapuran Karni Mata Udaipur
Divyam & Gaurav 

View of Lake Pichola from Ropeway
View of Lake Pichola from Ropeway


Our next stop was City Palace of Udaipur. It is a palace complex which was progressively built for over 400 years by the Rajput rulers yet each ruler maintaining the uniformity of the palace. It is open from 9:30 am till 4 pm and per person entry costs INR 115 per person. 


This place is a rare mix of a rich blend of Rajasthani, and Mughal Architectural styles. The palace from outside seems like a fort and consists of chowks or quadrangles. The entry point to the palace is the "Tripolia Gate"(triple gate) .This place can be termed as “city within a city”.

Tripolia gate (City Palace of Udaipur)
Tripolia gate (City Palace of Udaipur)

Weapons dating back to royal times in City palace of Udaipur
Weapons dating back to royal times in City Palace of Udaipur

                                   Weapons dating back to royal times 

City Palace of Udaipur timings

timings of City Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan
City palace from outside

We were a bit exhausted and also it was time to feed something to our “power houses” aka tummies. Post lunch we continued exploring this beautiful city. Our next destination was another gorgeous lake – “Fateh Sagar Lake”. This is second of the artificial fresh water lakes in Udaipur. It was built in 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh but it was washed away in floods, Maharaja Fatah Singh reconstructed the lake and hence the name “Fateh Sagar Lake”. 


This lake has a unique structure and different appearance from Lake Pichola. The water level of the lake was such that it was just equal to the level of the road and if there had been no boundary to separate the two , it seemed like the roads are going into the lake. There is a small island named "Nehru Island" upto where boats go. Blue waters of the lake and backdrop of the green brought to my mind the views of Kashmir.



 Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur Rajasthan
View of Fateh Sagar Lake from roadside
Fateh Sagar Lake view from Nehru park
Fateh Sagar Lake view from Nehru park
Blue water and green mountains in Udaipur
Blue water and green mountains

Our next stop was Maharana Pratap memorial which is nearby Fateh Sagar Lake and built in the memory of Maharana Pratap and his valiant horse “Chetak”. It is situated on Moti Magri (Pearl Hill).  It is a historic site dedicated to the gallant Maharana Pratap. 


There is a life size bronze statue of Maharana on his loyal horse Chetak. The views that this place offer are fabulous. You can see the Udaipur City in the backdrop and Fateh Sagar Lake on one side. This is a wonderful place for photography enthusiasts.


Chetak and Mahrana Pratap Memorial udaipur
Chetak and Mahrana Pratap
Historic data about Maharana Pratap memorial Udaipur
Historic data about Maharana Pratap
Images of Maharana Pratap memorial Udaipur

Maharana Pratap memorial timings and entry fees
Maharana Pratap memorial
A flower at Maharana Pratap  memorial Udaipur
A flower at memorial
Udaipur View from Maharana Pratap Memorial
View from memorial

With this our full day excursion of Udaipur came to conclusion. We were exhausted to say the least but then this is the way it is for travelers. Fatigue comes and vanishes soon but the joy of exploring places is unparalleled and imbibed in your minds forever. We will visit Mount Abu in the next article. Till then sit tight and enjoy the oncoming of winters.





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