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Day 04 : UDAIPUR
Day 04 and we woke up in Udaipur, the City of Lakes. The Guest House was beautifully perched on a hill-top overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. The view was awesome and the breakfast sumptuous. Having experienced the maze of roads the previous evening and in view of the time factor, we decided to hire a cab instead of venturing out all over the place on our own. I hate the idea of lowering the window glass every now and then and calling out every second pedestrian or rickshaw-puller, “Bhaiyya ji…xxx ka rasta kidhar hai?”
|Pichhola Lake as seen from the Guest House|
The cabbie was punctual and as planned, we started our local tour at 9.30 am sharp. Well, by tourism standards, it is pretty late. Isn’t it? Anyway, having already feasted our eyes on the Pichhola Lake the previous evening, we headed off straight to Rana Pratap Memorial.
|Rana Pratap on Chetak|
Built in the memory of Rana Pratap, it is an unusually neat and clean memorial and the bronze statue of Rana Pratap riding his favourite horse Chetak is quite imposing.
Born on 5th May, 1540, Rana Pratap succeeded the throne of Mewar on 28th Feb, 1572 even before he was 32 years old. Having lived a life of strife and struggle, he sadly died quite early on 19th Jan, 1597 when he was barely 37 years old. From the large size of his dresses and the size and weight of his sword(s) displayed in the local museum, it appears that he was quite a tall and strong man who could carry such heavy swords in each of his arms while fighting.
|We as a Rajasthani couple|
SAHELION KI BARI: Soon we were at Saheliyon ki Bari, an old beautiful garden maintained so meticulously even today. As the name indicates, it is a garden where the royal ladies used to come with their female friends for a graceful stroll.
|My grandfather Rai Sahab |
Shobha Ram Bhulyan,
As we walked and walked asking strangers whether there was an old building there, nobody was able to direct us to the house as it had now been converted into the office of the Senior Supdt of Gardens. We were told that there is a zoo here and nothing else. We also sighted a toy train chugging away. Quite disappointed, we were about to return when suddenly behind some old trees we sighted this big yellow building. It appeared almost out of the blue when I had started feeling depressed thinking that I will never find it.
Yippee, we had found it at last.
|The City Palace|
THE CITY PALACE: The next destination was the City Palace. The cabbie dropped us at the gate of the palace and took the car away for parking. What a rush for purchasing entry tickets! Good that we did not have to look around for a parking place for the car. The walk being long and the Palace sprawling, I thought one has
The City Palace
JAGDISH TEMPLE: This shrine is stated to have been built in the 16th century with a black marble statue of Lord Vishnu. The sculpture looked impressive from outside, but we were short of time, hence decided to give it a go.
|Sunset on the way to Ahmedabad|
1. For local sight-seeing, it is a good idea to hire a local cab who can take you around with the driver usually doubling up as a guide too.
2. Eating frugal meals at the Guest House keeps your health in order.
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