Udaipur City Palce - Exquisite Marble Architecture Among Turquoise Blue Waters!
It is easy to see why Udaipur is considered one of India's most romantic cities. The town's old quarter centered around Lake Pichola with its straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale Lake Palace in the middle, is unfailingly picturesque, if not sublime; it exudes the sort of charm that augments - and is augmented by - conviviality. You will find many grandeur monuments in India, but few that are as atmospheric as Udaipur City Palace. Its elegantly designed balconies are the highest pads in town with the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola dribbling below them - it's easy to imagine the royal invitees sitting up here watching the elephants at play in the voluminous courtyard below.
The Regal Riviera - Highlights of City Palace in Udaipur
The famous City Palace is an intricate labyrinth of inner patios, courtyards and balconies in granite and marbles, connected by interspersed passageways and flight of stairs. Enter from a mammoth courtyard (Badi Pol) where you can park your car, through an prodigious gate (Tripolia Gate) embellished by eight carved marble arches, into the building that cater a tour across centuries. This is because the mansions have been added to by succedents of the royal clan in a process that continued into the 20th century, and have been integrated much later but still retain an symmetry of design. Under the connected arches between the two, the Mewar kings were weighed with gold and silver, which would then be bestowed to the indigent.
An Ecstatic Cruise Around The White Marvel
There are solitary hunting lodges on the hills and lush green gardens on the islands; an indeed stupendous landscape composition. Jag Nivas island, now the Lake Palace Hotel, echoing the early Mughal architecture which inspired the Taj, is famous for its ubiety in the James Bond film Octopussy. Jag Mandir island has a garden with three towered pavilions arranged around a pool with fanciful embroidered sides. The evocative view of the undulating valley and surrounding hills makes a boat trip in this pool more than worthwhile. The Saheliyon-ki Bari, on the other hand, has an internal court with a square pool and a beautiful chhatri which is originally a fountain.
Udaipur is aboded on the NH 8, which goes straight towards Mumbai, the economic capital of India. But you don't have to plan much to visit the Venice of the East, just get a car, ignite the engine, shift gears and push your accelerator to reach this tourist destination, while enjoying the splendid landscapes dispalying true essence of Rajasthan. If you have come by train, then catch an unmetered auto rickshaw or local buses that will drop you beside this alluring lake. The museum and the palace are open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Plan your day accordingly so as to spare some time for the mind-blowing boat ride.
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