I was visiting Udaipur for the very first time and
accompanying me was my office colleague. He had earlier visited Udaipur along
with another colleague of ours thus he was not that much interested in going
around Udaipur. On asking him, it became clear that the reason he was reluctant
for another Udaipur City tour was that he had seen them all. I was confused when
he only named a couple of them all located around Lake Pichola. I had done some
basic homework about this place thus was sure that he was missing out quite a
few tourist spots.
Udaipur is not just Lake Pichola it has many attractions spread all over the city however, you have to agree that most of the important places are all located around Lake Pichola thus people usually stick to few common places only. In this blog I am trying to list down all the major important tourist places in Udaipur City.
For two straight days, I was trying to locate Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur and I just could not locate it. If I Google it then nothing was showing up and when it did it had nothing out there. I had almost given up hope trying to track Bagore Ki Haveli until the last day when we were supposed to catch our flight back to Kolkata. After having our breakfast we wanted to stroll around Lake Pichola as we had already checked out of our hotels thus had some time in our hands to kill. We just wanted to sit by the lake and enjoy the bright sun as the winter chill was freezing us.
It was Republic Day weekend thus tourists had thronged to
the tourist town of Udaipur. We were confident in finding a car that
will take us to Kumbhalgarh next morning so did not bother to book the
car in advance. We had reached Udaipur at around 11 at night and Udaipur was
freezing at around 5 degree Celsius thus we dared not to venture out at night.
Even though we got up early in the morning a quick stroll around the town
revealed that all cars were booked and no travel agent could get us a car for a
day trip to Kumbhalgarh Fort. Due to the distance auto would not dare to
Our next best option was to hire a two-wheeler and since I have done regular long drives on my Royal Enfield Thunderbird, thus riding constantly for long hours would not be a problem for me. In Udaipur, you can get two types of bikes on rent one would be the Royal Enfield, which would be around Rs. 1200 to Rs. 1400, and Scooty, which you can get around Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 depending on the season.
By the time, we reached Chittorgarh station from Jaipur it was around 11 PM and outside the station was almost deserted. Only a handful of auto’s and some street vendors shutting shop. We were hungry and we had to also reach our hotel, which we had booked online. I first called up the hotel and was informed that they were waiting for us to arrive, we were also informed that there were no restaurants or food joints open at that time of the day near the hotel so we better have our dinner and then arrive at the hotel.
It was for the very first time that I was traveling with my family which included our two-year-old daughter on a long trip. To be precise for 7 days we wished to cover Rajasthan as much as possible. Due to our work schedule along 10 – 15 days complete Rajasthan tour was an impossible feat which we cannot even think of so we decided to split our Rajasthan adventure into sections. The biggest chunk of holidays that we the people from Kolkata would normally get is during Durga Puja where the city comes to stand still and the whole city is in a party mood. The streets become choked and the best possible means of transportation would be to use your legs to travel from one place to another. So it’s quite common for people to actually go on a vacation during this period and the same applies to me.
I had visited Jodhpur as a part of my grand trip of Rajasthan covering Jaipur ->Ajmer – Pushkar ->Jaisalmer ->Jodhpur. In my previous blog, I have already shown you the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort so in this blog I will take you to some of the other tourist attractions in the city.