Udaipur, city of lakes and palaces. Days 5 & 6

8 11 2009

Continuing on from Kumbalgarh, it was about 80km into the town of Udaipur. Udaipur, the royal city of lakes and palaces is justifiably famous. Why?

Udaipur's City Palace

The city is built on and around Lake Pichola and contains a vast number of royal palaces. If you can remember the James Bond movie, Octopussy, you will remember part of this city. Much of it was filmed in the Lake Palace (now a hotel) and in the Monsoon Palace. While we didn’t get time to visit the Monsoon Palace, we could see it on top of a mountain just out of town.

Lake Palace and Monsoon Palace

When we arrived into Udaipur it was a challenge to get to our hotel. We were stuck in traffic for quite a while and only once we got close to our hotel did we find out that a large tree had fallen, taken out a wall and brought the power lines down, right out the front of our hotel. This also meant no electricity for a few hours. It’s India, no big deal.

We initially went out to see some traditional Rajasthani dances. A short(ish) performance showcasing a range of different dances. Quite interesting.

Rajasthani Folk Dance

Rajasthani Folk Dance

The next morning we headed over to quite possibly one of the most amazing palaces in India, the City Palace of Udaipur. This is the largest royal palace in Rajashtan and stunningly beautiful.

City Palace of Udaipur

Entering through the gateway in the street we came into a large courtyard, still with parking spots for elephants, now used by cars.

Udiapur Palace Gateway

Udaipur City Palace

Golden Face

Like most such places it has been partly turned into a museum. The guard was rather proud of his moustache and happily posed for photos.

Mr Moustache

More pics from within the City Palace

Indian God's

Screened Tower

Need a Hand?

The next day we ventured out onto the lake for a cruise. The centrepiece of Udaipur, it gives great views of all the famous sights as well as superb photo-ops.

Lake Pichola Panorama

Gnats on Lake Pichola

Udaipur City Reflections

Our boat dropped us at one of the floating hotels, so we could wander, take pics and pay exorbitant prices for drinks. The option was there for dinner but not at those prices.

Smoking Elephant

Cats Royal Box

Reflections of a Lake Palace

Sunset came quickly with us still on the lake.

Lake Palace Sunset

Sunset over Lake Pichola

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