Traversing the Lake City, Udaipur: Account of an Explorer
Udaipur, the historic capital of the king of Mewar, is surrounded by beautiful and enormous lakes that are not only a tourist attraction but also a major source of water to the city. Lake City as it is famously known, it consists of five major lakes, namely Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar, Rang Sagar and Doodh Talai Lake. This city also houses the Jaisamand Lake, the largest artificial lake in Asia.
A brief history reveals that this royal city was founded by the great king, Maharana Udai Singh, a Rajput, who established Udaipur as the capital city of his kingdom until it was declared a princely state by the British, thus making Mewar an integral part of Rajasthan in independent India.
Many fierce battles were fought on the soil of Udaipur in an attempt to save the city from the Mughals who tried to plunder on this royal land to lay their claim on it, most renowned among them being the Siege of Chittorgarh, Battle of Udaipur and the very famous Battle of Haldighati.
The City and Its Breathtaking Beauty
My trip Udaipur was a quick, short one of 2-3 days. Udaipur hotels are amazing, travel is affordable, and authentic Rajasthani food and colourful attires of the people welcome every tourist who sets his foot in this city; and every individual who has an eye for aesthetics, like me, will definitely get engrossed in its tradition and culture, baffled by the many battles that this ground saw and mesmerized by the royal and grand palaces that stand tall and proud on the shores of enormous lakes.
Udaipur is rightly referred as the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to the scenic beauty of all the palaces surrounded by huge lakes; the golden rays of the sun falling on the blue waters and the elaborate towers of these palaces forms a visual treat for every tourist, the memory of which is etched in the hearts forever. Apart from all the opulent and splendid lake palaces, another noticeable factor about this city is its top-class cleanliness. The roads are large and wide, clean and well maintained, enhancing a hassle-free travel experience for tourists.
Places of Major Attraction
A trip to Udaipur would surely include City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jaisamand Lake, Doodh Talai and Saheliyon ki Bari in your itinerary. But due to time constraints and a curiosity to explore the most of the city I could only manage to visit the City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake and get a quick glimpse of Doodh Talai. The clean and well-preserved lake palaces drive their economy, offering services such as boat rides and guided tours across the palaces.
The City Palace rests at the banks of the Lake Pichola. The towers, balconies and cupolas of this magnificent palace add to its beauty and grandeur; major portions of this palace have been turned into museums for tourists, which showcase the royal treasures and ancient artifacts of the Maharaja. The Fateh Sagar is one of the most enormous artificial lakes that surrounds the three exquisite islands with lush green trees, and a tour on the motor boat across this lake gives you a glimpse of them. Doodh Talai is a small pond located on the way to Lake Pichola; although a small one, this is also a famous lake of the city.
Just like me, if you wish to explore the religious temples of this holy city, then Shri Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple, Eklingji Temple and Shrinathji Mandir may also find a place in your travel schedule.
You experience a cultural detour of the handicraft, folk and rural art of Udaipur at the very beautiful Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal and Shilpgram. I thoroughly enjoyed the puppet shows and traditional dance forms arranged here to provide a thought-provoking entertainment for the audience.
Udaipur offers you dainty, lip-smacking, desi delicacies ranging from the simplest khichdi to an elaborate, authentic Rajasthani thali including dal bati churma. Street food like kachoris, samosas, and poha, too are quite delicious to gorge in. The sweets are prepared in pure desi ghee the taste and fragrance of which lingers for hours.
Where to Say?
We stayed in Golden Tulip , it’s a good hotel for leisure travellers located in the city centre, near the Lake Fatehsagar. Hotel is equipped with all the basic amenities, beautiful swimming pool and gym for fitness freaks.
Personally, I feel even a week-long trip is insufficient to explore this gorgeous city, but a little bit of planning helps you cover all the major attractions of Udaipur.
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