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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Udaipur Journals, Part 2!


Hello Readers & Wanderlust souls! In this post, I'm going to cover my Day 2 shenanigans in the beautiful city of Udaipur! There are also some places that you must visit which I have not covered, but you might want to! So, here we go again!
On Day 2, I visited Ahar Cenotaphs, Jagdish temple, Lake Pichola & Dudh Talai lake.

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~~ Ahar Cenotaphs ~~
          First stop was at Ahar Cenotaphs for the day. I had seen a lot of photos on Pinterest & Instagram about this place. It's a bit out of the city & attracts fewer people than other places. It is basically a royal graveyard. If the photos had not convinced me to go there, this fact sure as hell did! There are about 250 cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Mewar built over 350 years. When I went, there were few people there & I was glad. This is kind of what the place looks like:




Another highlight of the trip!



The place is not that well maintained as you can notice. Only the one cenotaph which is of Maharaja Sangram Singh is kept really well. It attracts the most tourists to have a beautiful and mystique photo shoot! I gave it a shot & was very pleased with myself!
Here are some more places from the place-





Some Useful Info:
Timings: There isn't any specific timing to visit the Cenotaphs, but to visit Ahar Museum, you can go from 10 AM to 4.30 PM
How far away: 30 minutes away from the Old City

~~ Jagdish Temple ~~

         I had walked around Jagdish temple numerous times as it was in close vicinity to my hotel. Only this time, I went inside to give a proper visit. There was aarti going on when I went. The idols are beautifully decorated & prayed to. The architecture of the temple is beautifully detailed. There is no limit of the number of photos you can click! Here are some of the good ones.







If you go towards the right lane from Jagdish temple, there are some shops. I did all my shopping from a little shop there. I don’t exactly remember the name, but the entire lane is pretty good. You can buy jewellery, leather bags, leather bound diaries! It’s a perfect little street to buy your souvenirs.
Some Useful Info:
Timings: 5 AM to 2.30 PM & 4 PM to 10 PM
How far away: 5 minutes away from the Old City

~~ Lake Pichola & Dudh Talai Lake ~~

          I hated that I couldn't go to Lake Pichola the day before, so I decided to go on Day 2 as I was already a bit ahead of schedule. It's not ideal to go to Lake Pichola in the morning or afternoon hours. So, as I mentioned in the earlier post, just go to for boating from City Palace itself. Here are a few photos of Lake Pichola.




Dudh Talai Lake or Pond is truly beautiful. Here are a few photos!



Some Useful Info:
Timings: Boating timings at Lake Pichola, 9 AM to 6 PM
How far away: 5 minutes away from Old City
Rates: Boat rides till 3 PM, Rs. 400 || Boat rides after 3 PM / sunset boat rides, Rs. 700

I could cover only these 3 places plus a shopping spree that day as I had to catch my flight. There were few other places that you can visit!

~~ Bagore ki Haveli ~~

Bagore ki Haveli is a very famous tourist stop in Udaipur. It is known for its cultural shows, folk dances & the like. It isn’t exactly my cup of tea, so I skipped it. But, if you like local entertainment, then you should visit these shows.

Some Useful Info:
Timings: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM || Cultural show is from 7PM to 8PM.
How far away: 10 minutes away from Old City
Rates: Entry charges are Rs. 60 plus camera charges.

~~ Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway ~~

The entrance to Karni Mata temple is at the foot of the Dudh Talai lake. There’s a ropeway up to the temple. It is the topmost point from where you can view the entire city, quite like Monsoon Palace. It is also a good sunset point.

Some Useful Info:
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM
How far away: 10 minutes away from Old City
Rates: For ropeway, Rs. 100
~~ Saheliyo ki Bari ~~

Saheliyon ki bari is a major garden in Udaipur. Built by Rana Sangram Singh, the place is a beautiful spot for photography with gardens, fountains & beautiful architecture. For me, the place did not have an x factor, which is why I didn’t go there.

Some Useful Info:
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM
How far away: 15 minutes away from Old City
Rates: Rs. 5

~~ Other Places ~~

Okay, so the more I am writing about the places I did not visit, the more I am feeling that I should have. So, let me briefly tell you about some more places.
As Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, you can also visit Badi lake.  Then, you can go to Ambrai Ghat as well. If you must fulfil the true tourist satisfaction, then you should visit the ‘I Love Udaipur’ Sign which is situated near Lake Pichola. There is also the quite famous Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is a 2.5 hours drive from Old City.

~~ Restaurants to check out ~~

I had done some research on restaurants as well. Although, of course, I couldn’t go to all the places.
For authentic Rajasthani food, you can check out Millets of Mewar, Palki Khana.
For snacks or continental food, you can check out Café Grasswood, Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar, Fresh Food Café.

I hope you have enjoyed my tour of Udaipur. Hope you found some useful stuff if you are planning a trip to Udaipur yourself! Keep travelling!!

Until next time,

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