Road travel with family has always been a pleasurable one, as it allows us to stay in touch with people and their surroundings. We make it a point to stay in villages, partake food with them and also observe closely their professions, avocations and life.
We took a quick, one week trip when our daugher had winter break to cover the Palace-fort-temple circuit of Rajasthan covering Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Nathwarara, Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur. In this posting I am covering the Udaipur story with a few magnificient pictures captured.
I drove all the way from Delhi to Udaipur, a distance of little less than 700kms. I travelled via Jaipur and Chittorgarh on the way to Udaipur. Stayed at Jaipur overnight as I started late afternoon from Delhi, then a couple of days at Chittor before reaching Udaipur.
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is a city located 403 kilometres (250 mi) southwest of the state capital, Jaipur, 248 km (154 mi) west of Kota, and 250 km (155 mi) northeast from Ahmedabad.
Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. The Guhils (Sisodia) clan ruled the Mewar and its capital was shifted from Chittorgarh to Udaipur after founding city of Udaipur by Maharana Uday Singh.
The Mewar province became part of Rajasthan after India became independent
Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels.
It is often called the “Venice of the East”, and is also nicknamed the “Lake City” – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.
I loved covering the life of past while capturing the palaces and also life around the city of lakes. Here are a few of my captures. Role your mouse on the photos to know more about them. Enjoy.
I have used only a few photos here. For more specatular photos visit Incredible India! Rajasthan – Udaipur, a set on Flickr.
Since Udaipur is most sought-after destination, not only in Rajasthan but also in India, you have too many choices for comfortable stay ranging from 7-star palace hotels to budget hotels. The city offers everything for everyone.
If you have time, a day or two, you may even learn miniature painting from many schools that you will come across, if you are creatively inclined..
Make sure you also take trips into the bylanes of Udaipur not just confining to the Palaces and lakes. You will discover quite a few things.