Every year we plan a trip to our hometown in India and this year we decided to make a short trip to the city of Udaipur. It is also known as ‘A City of Lakes’ and is located in the state of Rajasthan, a land of rich culture and heritage of Mewar dynasty.
During my childhood and teenage years I have visited several cities of Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, and the Jain Tirth (worship) Places like Ranakpur, Pavapuri, and several others. All the forts and palaces within the city limits depicts the stories of the brave Rajput Maharanas (kings) and Maharanis (queens).
So we booked Trident Resorts and Spa for our short stay in Udaipur. There are so many hotels or resorts to chose from. Few palaces are restored and converted into five star resorts and then there some which are newly built but carries similar Architectural style as the old time palaces.
During our stay at Trident we visited Old city of Udaipur where the City Palace is located. There are other sight seeing places, but due to lack of time we wanted to relax and enjoy our resort stay.
Some shops I would recommend in the city…. I really enjoyed shopping some artifacts and traditional bandhani and leheriya printed clothing. Also I got some Pashmina shawls which looks elegant on any Indian or western outfits.
1. Pearl Handicraft
2. Shree Ganpati Plaza
Pashmina Shawls are printed in beautiful designs; they can be worn as stoles or wraps.
Little History of City Palace, Udaipur
The city palace construction started by Maharanaa Udai Singh II of Sisodia Rajput family and was build over the period of 400 years by his successors. It is built on hill top and it overlooks beautiful lake Pichola and provides panoramic views of the city. There are several palaces built within the same complex and it truly is worth visiting.
The admission fees
Nearly 300 Indian Rupees which is equivalent to $4.60 also you can get group discounts if travelling in a group. If you are a visitor then you can hire a local guide to narrate the history of the palace and show you around.
So here are some enlarged pictures of the City Palace, Udaipur and I will try to caption most of them.
5. Udaipur City Views from the Palace
6. Toral Pol
Gallery of all the Pictures