Your visit to Udaipur isn't complete without visiting Bagore ki Haveli.
Our second tour was to the royal wedding section where all aspects of Hindu Rajput weddings were on display through dolls/puppets. Reminded me of Shankar’s Doll Museum in Delhi.
|Mother in law welcomes son in law|
|Traditional music at reception ceremony|
|Who can resist selfies at wedding?|
Right from fixing the mahurat of wedding to Bidaai and post wedding gatherings, the dolls display bring out the details of Indian wedding, even the small things used during the ceremonies. The colorful gallery leaves you with a smile on your face. How could I not have taken a selfie here ?
Our next tour was to the first floor where the evening show is organized. Prior to the entrance of evening show, you get to visit one room with Rajasthani puppets on display. As the puppet art is slowly fading, the management is trying to keep it alive. A rich heritage of old times should not disappear like this. As you tour the whole room full of puppets in different sizes and costumes, there are little items on sale as well. You certainly feel like buying the cute stuff immediately. Though the room smells of dust, the puppets take away your attention from it.
|The Rajasthani Pagdi|
For me the most beautiful spot in the haveli was the balcony overlooking Lake Pichola. It the most peaceful place where the kings/queens then would have spent their evenings watching the sun setting against the lake.
One whole floor of the haveli has items arranged in respective categories of musical instruments, indoor games, turbans, pottery, jewellery, beds, and a lot more!
|The game of dice|
The ghat, on the waterfront of Lake Pichola, is a place for many festive rituals. The tranquility which this place offers matches none! The sparkling water of Pichola with Sun painting the sky orange and the heritage hotels in the water are splendid.
|View from Bagore ki Haveli|
We spend less than an hour at the ghat, imbibing the colorful beauty of the lake and Bagore ki Haveli in the backdrop.
The narrow lanes of the market till Jagdish Chowk was so lively and beautifully decorated, perhaps because of festive season? The leather gift items, cute toys, Rajasthani skirts, turbans and every colorful item on display seemed to attract me! I somehow resisted my urge to spend here.
For dinner, we ordered from Natraj, which is a very popular Restaurant on the Railway Station road. Rated 4.9 on 5 on Zomato, this legacy business is forty years old and has been showcased on Discovery Channel as well. Every penny you spend here is worth it. You would not want to miss eating here. Highly recommended for every one.