After arriving in Udaipur, and visiting nearby places in Day 1 it was time for us to explore the city at length.
Day 2 in Udaipur began with an early morning stroll to Jagdish Temple. After spending some time there we headed to the Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower, which is located in the Chandpole area and is similar to the one in Jodhpur but smaller in size. Chandpole Puliya or Bridge is one of the several connections of the Old City with the New City.
App cap operators Ola and Uber provide service in Udaipur, but only in the new City. To enter the Old City, they ply till the Chandpole Puliya and the Tripoliya Gate.
Bagore ki Haveli is a large mansion with over 100 rooms, built by a prime minister of Mewar.
After breakfast we went to Bagore ki Haveli (open 10 am-6.30 pm, ticket INR 60 for Indian, INR 100 for foreigners), beside Gangaur Ghat. It is a large mansion with over 100 rooms, built by a prime minister of Mewar. Currently, it has been converted into a museum displaying costumes, artwork, paintings, dolls and weapons belonging to the bygone era. The view of Lake Pichola from the terrace is enchanting. The museum also hold Dharohar, a daily evening show (7-8 pm, tickets INR 90 for Indians, 150 for foreigners) of folk dance including Ghumar.
In the afternoon we went to Ambrai Ghat, opposite to Gangaur Ghat, offering beautiful view of City Palace from across the lake.
In the evening we went to explore City Palace of Udaipur (open 9.30am-5.30pm, ticket INR 30 for garden only, for palace entry INR 250 for Indian, INR 500 for foreigners), the place where the royalty of Mewar currently resides. It is one the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, developed and built by several rulers over a period of 400 years.
There are several palaces inside the City Palace Complex, built over a long period, from 1553 onwards, by 76 generations of Sisodia Rajputs.
Build atop a weathered hill the City Palace Complex provides beautiful view of the lake and the Udaipur city from its upper terraces
Our next destination was Saheliyon ki Bari (open 9am-7pm, ticket INR 5), which is a major garden with fountains and pools built by Rana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. The garden is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, which became our last destination in Udaipur.
Sahelio ki Bari has several fountains, marble elephants and lotus pools which provided a retreat to the royalty in the desert state.
Fateh Sagar Lake is also an artificial lake (like Lake Pichola) and is named after Maharana Fateh Singh.
Fateh Sagar Lake is one of the four major interconnected lake systems in Udaipur, the City of Lakes.
The view of the setting sun behind the hills surrounding the lake is a magical.
The area around the lake has been developed as a tourist spot with the Maharana Pratap Smarak (on Moti Magri hill where there is a bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak), Fateh Sagar Paal (a walkway to enjoy the lake and a sun set point) and Under the Sun (an aquarium housing more than 200 species of fishes, open 8am-11pm, ticket INR 120). The evening was spent shopping in Haathi Pole Market, a popular and large market located at one of the entry points to the Old City.
Places we covered in Day 2 at Udaipur
‘Pole’ means gate to enter the walled city. Hathi Pole is one of the many gates in Udaipur. Present day Haati Pole area is a popular shopping destination of Udaipur.
Our next day was to be a long road-trip to Ajmer, via Chittorgarh and Pushkar. We were looking forward to this trip. So we had an early dinner and retired for the day.