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Udaipur’s Many Highlights

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View of the City Palace, during a Boat Ride at Sunset, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan

With its stunning lake view, its magnificent temples, its Havelis and palaces turned into museums or hotels and Rajasthan’s largest palace, it made Udaipur to one of our favorite places in Rajasthan. The stunning view of Lake Pichola is what really got us hooked. It made such an impression on us when we stepped onto the terrace of our hotel! We simply held our breath. But there is a lot more to Udaipur…

 

 

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Leaving the Tourist Ghetto

In the streets of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

In the streets of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

After two days of temples, castles and tourist ghetto, it was finally time for a somewhat more genuine Indian experience… So we decided to hit the road and simply walk far enough to discover the “real” Udaipur. It did not take long until we reached what seem to be a huge bazaar, first with a construction material section, then a mix of everything that one needs or doesn’t need, starting with all kinds of food, clothes and what not. Continue Reading →

The Maze Of Lal Ghat

In the streets of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

In the streets of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Lal Ghat, on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, is a maze of alleys and lanes sprawling through a sea of crème-colored cubic houses. Inside traffic can be mad: scooters, motor-rickshaws, cows, pedestrians and even cars try to make their way through the labyrinth. Pedestrians are at the low end of the pecking order and constantly frightened by scooters cutting by within an inch and blowing their deafening horns. Continue Reading →

Udaipur – City Palace By The Lake

View of the City Palace, during a Boat Ride at Sunset, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

View of the City Palace, during a Boat Ride at Sunset, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

For all those who have wondered all their lives why the name of so many cities in Rajasthan ends in “-pur”, like Jaipur, Jodhpur or Udaipur… here is the key. This final syllable indicates that a Hindi prince founded a city. The ending “-bad”, like in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad or Islamabad, tells of a Muslim founder. Last but not least, ending in “-er” like Ajmer, Bikaner or Jaisalmer, indicates a city of the desert. Our guide, Mr. Singh, who took us around the gigantic City Palace, enlightened us. And this is why we will always remember that Udaipur was founded by Udai Singh… Continue Reading →