Full day Udaipur, and let me tell you, its not enough! This happened to be my favourite place of the whole trip.
This city has some charm, some romance in it. Maybe because we did quite a bit of walking in the gullies in search of early morning breakfast watching the city wake up.May be because I watched a beautiful sunrise over the waters of lake Pichola – the sun rising above the city palace which was bathed in an orange light and everything was so quiet at that time of the morning.
We had chosen not to take a Bed and Breakfast here, so we headed out by 8:30am in search of some breakfast before we start the sight seeing. The driver had already told us that he will not be navigating the narrow roads and that it would be closer to walk than the car going all around the town since the bigger vehicles are not allowed within the old city. So, we walked across the Hanuman Ghat on the foot-over bridge and started searching for a place to eat. BIL asked some shopkeeper and he gave us a few suggestions along with saying that there was a good Poha-Samosa place for authentic Udaipur breakfast in the gully across the Jagadish Mandir. We soon found the place-a really small shop with benches to sit and eat. He was cooking everything right there and we orderd Masala Pohas – which was like Churmuri. It was soo yummy that even as Im writing this,my mouth is beginning to water! We then ate kachoris and also ordered Samosa and then hot masala chai.Perfect breakfast and very different from the daily Khichdis and thick/hard aloo parathas.
Once done, our first stop was right opposite- the Jagadish Mandir. Still a functional mandir and well maintained, we quickly moved on to the city palace. Took tickets to enter and when we went in, they refused to let us in because mobile phones were also not allowed if we didnt take camera fees! So while the men – BIL,hubby,Chutku and little S 🙂 Stayed out, Co-sis and I went into the palace. Oh my God! The whole palace is so big with so many courtyards and rooms that even without stopping anywhere it took us nearly 50mins to come out. By then the men were already restless and ready to go out. They didnt even want to go in and see the whole palace and spend another 45mins there.
We rushed to buy the tickets to the boat ride to Jag Mandir in the middle of the Pichola lake and we just missed the 12pm one. So, we just sat there for 45mins waiting for the next hourly boat where the boat takes us through the ghats, shows the Taj Lake Palace, infact went right in front of our hotel from where we could see our room balcony and took us to the Jag Mandir. Not much to see here apart from a restaurant and a huge courtyard with fountains and a large Garden. Plenty of Photo opportunities and we decided to head back to the boat instead of staying there for another hour. It was 2pm by the time we got back and we were all hungry. It was also extremely hot and we wanted to get out of the sun. So we decided to have lunch. Now, lunch again was a good walk outside the city palace and we found this small eatery,which looked like a local college crowd hangout where we had maggie noodles and sandwiches with Tropicana juice and lemon iced teas 🙂 We called the driver and decided that he will take us to the bottom of the hill from where we were supposed to take the rope-way to the Mata temple on top. Unfortunately, we ewre destined to miss the Udaipur rope-way….
PART 2 in next post – these posts are just so lengthy and there is still a lot of Udaipur to write about and I dont know where to stop with the pictures -so splitting it into 2 days 😀 Fodder for post you see…fodder for post…hehehe.
Finally, my fave moment of the day…me and my little nephew with the backdrop of Taj Palace 😉