Sunday, October 16, 2016

Udaipur Day 1

The city of lakes Udaipur, offers magnificent combination of natural beauty as well as History. Being in our travel bucket for quite some time, we chose this destination for holiday during the October Dusherra break.

Inspite of making train reservation in July, the ticket status reached RAC 2 and 3. As husband and I scratched our head thinking how to share the single berth, the kind hearted TTE directed us to two vacant berths. We couldn't thank him more for making our journey so comfortable!! The train started from Gurgaon at 8:40 pm and reached Udaipur at 9 am. Bang on.. right on time!


Sight seeing-
There are many places in Udaipur that you can drool over. There are royal palaces as well as lakes to see. You can hire Uber or Ola taxis. Auto fares are higher than taxis!
Auto asked for 150 INR to cover three kilometers while Uber charged us 57 INR only. 
For reasonable fares and to save your pocket from draining, hiring an Ola in Udaipur is advisable.

Our first spot was the most hyped City Palace. Several combinations of tickets are available at the counter. Pay 30 INR to enter the City Palace and wander in the outer premises. 250 INR is the price to enter the museum complex. To take your camera inside, pay another 250 INR or else deposit your camera in locker. There are several other palaces within the complex for which ticket prices are different and often touch the sky.  However, its worth the price. 
Elevated road to main complex with lake on left
Main entrance for Museum
The History of Udaipur on City Palace wall
City Palace is huge beyond imagination. It takes straight three hours to see the whole palace. The complex houses armory, temples, kitchen ware, collection of uniforms, flags, palaces/rooms of queens, paintings, last remains of Maharana Pratap and lot more. You have to walk a lot from one complex to another and also need strength in legs to mount stairs- many of them!

Lake Palace view from City Palace Library


We managed with my phone camera to capture the palace’s delights.
Do not hurt your legs by wearing heels. Wear shoes or flats, since walking inside City Palace is quite tiring.

Courtyard of Zanana Mahal



             




The backside entry gate from Jagdish Temple

By the time we made an exit from City Palace, it was past lunch time. With growling tummy and bad headache, we headed to the market for lunch.

Ask the driver to take you to the entrance of City Place first so that you can walk to Jagdish Temple. Entering vice versa will only make your experience more tiring.
  
Post an hour’s break of lunch and relaxing, our next stop was Jagdish Temple.  Made on a raised platform, you have to mount a staircase of 30 steps to enter the temple. The temple’s beauty speaks volume of medieval period’s magnificent architecture.

The main shrine

Constructed in the Indo-Aryan style, the three storied Jagdish temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu also known as Laxmi Narayan, the preserver of the Universe. It holds a record of being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. 


Garuda statue
The first flight of stairs to the temple

Across the main shrine, stand the brass image of Garuda, a figure of half-man and half-eagle. The symbol of strength and loyalty, this idol stands guarding the doorway of Lord Vishnu.
 Another flight of 32 marble steps leads to the main shrine that houses the beautiful four-armed idol of Lord Vishnu. This idol is carved out of a single piece of black stone. The main shrine of Lord Jagdish/ Vishnu is centrally located encircled by four smaller shrines which are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively.



















The temple has a double -storey mandap  tucked within its pyramidal bellroof. The hollow clustered 79 feet spire over the sanctum contains two more, nonfunctional stories.


The gods on walls

The exquisite carvings on the walls leaves you in awe. Every corner or wall of the temple boats of art prodigy. It is said that 1.5 million rupees were spent to raise this temple.  


The intricate carvings

The temple was a visual treat for us. Serenity and charming appeal oozed out from each stone.  
I am the sure evening arti would have been a sheer delight as well. However we could not watch since it was still an hour and a half to start. The next tourist attraction was Bagore ki Haveli, at a short walking distance from Jagdish Temple.

Coming in the next post. Stay tuned for Part 2...
How to reach Udaipur:

Udaipur is well connected by railway lines, naming a few : Chetak Express, Mewar Express. Check out the time table from http://enquiry.indianrail.gov.in/ntes/

You can save time by direct flights as well. Cheap fares available for November. Cash on the low rates ASAP. Make advance booking to avoid last minute waiting in train.

By road Udaipur is at a distance of 650 km from Delhi. Tiring it will be unless you plan a road trip from nearby place.


Hotel accomodation: Plenty of hotels are available in Udaipur. Advisable to book hotel in advance. Ours was Hotel Le Roi, opposite to the railway station. 

8 comments:

  1. Very nicely written post.. thanks for sharing the info.. bookmarked it for reference.

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  2. The carvings of ancient Indian temples are amazing!Thanks for the post... :-)

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    1. Pleasure is mine Mani. I loved the temple. Oh it was beyond words.

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  3. beautiful pictures! pretty crisp...great post. loved the pictures of city palace amd jagdish mandir.

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation and encouragement.

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