Illumination

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The light that is emerging through the glass, spills the unwavering waves of the water 

Illuminating the edge of the window and adorning the surface with the sea shells.

And the little creatures are quivering their wings on the horizon.

Like a heavenly beauty, the depth of the water is surrounded by the pebble stones.

Eyes of sunshine is lurking through the clouds and the joyful trill coming from the tiny birds are ornamenting the sky.

Oh, little birds with the dynamic wings, adjusting themselves in the depth of the water to adorn the view yet enchanting all the morning long.

The first ray of sun is adding gleam to their wings yet, the pristine beauty is flowing through the water.

My heart fluttered as the tiny birds swim by me yet, the scenic beauty remains in the eyes of beholder.

Take me back to the glorious day,

With the clouds as the creation of an artist,

With the sky as the canvas of splattered colors;

And the tiny birds with the sweetest sound, I ever heard.

Who sang their heart out,

Enchanting all the morning long with their joyful trill.

Filled the heart with the surge of happiness and laughter. 

And, the hues of red and orange submerged the beauty yet, the prolific layers seems to be appearing breathtaking.

I watch, I listen the unbeatable beauty yet, the chirping of tiny birds seems to be more appealing to the gateway of my soul.

They sang me a song of happiness yet, fluttered their wings and flew away as the day begins to fade.

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Realm

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Carving my emotions in an architectural heaven beneath the tranquility of lake,

Ethereal beauty of crafted and curated night is  glowing through the magnificent light of candles,

Intricate carving on the walls reflecting the tranquility of soul,

The night would disappear soon, those twinkling stars and clouds of eternity would take us far away,

The quest for answers is like a flaming chariot rushing through the veins.

Dreams are turning into reality and the majestic beauty is the only evidence that is seeing it happening.

Like a mirage of thoughts, everything looks inaccessible yet, the reality only lies beneath the mirror.

Magnificent moment is taking place as she set down on her knee, all of the sudden the name of the beloved floats out of her mouth with the lightness of expressed thoughts,

Her eyes set still and with the sparkling in his eyes, his lips moves lightly to register a sheer happiness but vowels seem to be hovered.

The pretty handcrafted signage wrapped up in rose petals melted his heart yet, the lyrics of the background music opened the realm of his soul.

Beneath the moonlight, the kiss flashed and his arms rose to encircle her yet, the mind and soul, synchronized.

Midnight darkness was flowing and the reflection of ethereal beauty was glowing yet, the stars were there to remind them of the glorious day when they first met.

Day 3

I am very much blessed to be nominated by these amazing bloggers to participate in the 3 day quote challenge. My humble gratitude to all of them. So, this is the last day of 3 day quote challenge.

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“Serene lake is an arc to the horizon yet a gateway to your soul, its tranquil layer of water touches your soul and a thin layer of cold breeze calms your mind”.

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Thank you everyone for reading and appreciating it.

Day 2

I am very much blessed to be nominated by these amazing bloggers to participate in the 3 day quote challenge. My humble gratitude to all of them.

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“Sagacity of souls might be beyond the imagination, but it holds the power within, that unfolds the mystery behind the flabbergasted cosmos”.

Visualization is the process of creating pictures in your mind. When you visualize things you want, you become more inclined towards them.

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My Nominees

  1. Sam Basu
  2. Sundaram Chauhan
  3. Introvertsoulsway

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Day 1

I am very much blessed to be nominated by these amazing bloggers to participate in the 3 day quote challenge. My humble gratitude to following bloggers.

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“The sun was a fiery disc sliding into the purple horizon, embellishing the sky by forming a stray wisp of red and orange hues”.

It was sunset that taught me, the beauty sometime only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrise that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again.

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  3. Pia Majumdar

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Jodhpur

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Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is called by so many names but it is popularly known as the blue city as majority of the houses in the old city are painted in the iconic nuance of blue. It is also known as the ‘Gateway to Thar’ as it is situated on the edge of the Thar desert. The city was build as a replacement of the ancient capital of the state of Marwar in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore kingdom. As well as, it is also called by the name of the ‘Sun City’ for the bright and sunny weather. The city is famous for its dynamic variety of food, Marwar Mahotsav, Gangaur, tourism and Rajasthan International folk festival (RIFF).

Tourist Arrival

Tourists arrive, anytime between mid-September to late March or early April. Even in January, the coldest month, the days are bright, sunny and warm.

How to visit here

Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air to all major cities and towns.

  • By Air: It is connected to Delhi and Mumbai and the airport is about 5km from the city.
  • By Train: It is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, etc.
  • By Road: The average distance is 478 km and from Delhi, the distance is 586 km. If you’re planning to go from Udaipur so the distance is 250.5 km which will nearly take 4-5 hours to reach there.

Places to visit

1. Mehrangarh Fort

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About the Fort

It was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. Located in the centre of the city, the fort covers an area of approximately 5 Kms of a hill. Its walls have a height of 36 metres and width of 21 metres. The architecture of the fort went through several developments over the period of 500 years. The intricate carvings on the walls of the fort, captures the attention of the tourists from all over the world.

Distance: 7 kms from city center

Cost: International Guests (Includes the Audio): INR 600
Domestic Guests: INR 70

Time Required: 2-3 hours

Open Time: 9AM to 5PM

Some of the pictures of fort.

Fort from Outside.

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The intricate carving on the walls are made by the brilliant artists over there.

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The wall inspiration. It is displaying the process of traveling from one place to another  during the old times.

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Room of the royalty.

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Rang Mahal

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Moti Mahal ( Palace of Pearls)

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Sheesh Mahal ( The Glass Palace)

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Gateway to heaven.

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The royals used these as a mode of travel. The fort has the most exquisite designs.

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Some of the old artifacts.

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If you look at this beautiful painting, so you will feel the liveliness of the painting.

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The royals dressing.

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Gangaur mata.

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Night view of the fort.

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2. Umaid Bhawan 

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The Umaid Bhawan Museum

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The Umaid Bhawan Palace

It’s construction began in the year 1929 but was completed in the year 1943. It provided consistent employment to around 3000 people and was built at a cost of 11 million rupees at that time. The palace was built in Beaux Arts style and has two wings. Golden yellow sandstone, Makrana marble and Burmese Teak wood were used for the intricate woodwork on the inside of the palace. Gaj Singh II who succeeded his father decided in 1971 to convert a part of the palace into a hotel. The hotel has 70 guest rooms and it also includes the Maharaja and Maharani Suites.  The Maharaja Suite has a black marble flooring and a curved mirror dome, while the Maharani suite has a parquet flooring and offers a great view of the garden. The banquet hall in the past is now the large restaurant in the hotel premises. And the museum houses a huge collection of clocks and photographs that illustrate the interior of the Palace in its most fine form.

Distance: 5 kms from city center.

Time Required: 3-4 hours

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: For Tour:-
Indians: INR 30, Foreigners: INR 100, Children: INR 10

 

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The Umaid Bhawan Palace

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Night view of the Palace.

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3. Mandore Gardens 

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The Mandore Gardens are embellished with beautiful cenotaphs, which heighten the beauty of the gardens and adjoin to its rich historical connections. These cenotaphs are a class apart from the usual Rajasthani umbrella-shaped structures, in the sense that these cenotaphs have been erected in a style that was influenced by the architecture of a Hindu temple.

Distance: 13 kms from city center.

Time Required: 1-2 hrs

Open Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Cost: Garden: No entry fee,
Museum: INR 50

4. Khejarla Fort

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It was built in the 17th century by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, the 400-year old edifice has since been turned into a hotel. This fort elegantly brings together the natural ruggedness of its surroundings and the opulence of its royal roots. A striking blend of art and architecture offers the pictersque setting.

Distance: 9 kms from city center.

Time Required: 2-3 hrs.

5. Jaswant Tada

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Jaswant Tada is a royal cenotaph built in white marble. It has a small pond and a beautiful garden next to it. This structure is just a few minutes downhill walk from the main fort.

Distance: 7 kms from city center.

Time Required: Around 2 to 3 hours

Open Time: All days of the week: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Cost: INR 15 per person for Indians, INR 30 per person for foreign tourists, INR 25 per still camera, INR 50 per camcorder.

6. Balsamand Lake

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It is an artificial lake that was created in 1159 AD by the Gurjara-Pratihara rulers. Balsamand Palace is an architectural marvel which overlooks the lake. All in all, this humanmade creation with exceptional scenic beauty is a place of great tranquillity.

Distance: 9 kms from city center.

Time Required: 2-3 hrs

Open Time: All time

7. Ranisar Padamsar

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The Ranisar and Padamsar lakes are two adjoining lakes in the city of Jodhpur built over 500 years ago. They are situated at the rear of the Mehrangarh Fort, near the Fateh Pol.

Distance: 7 kms from the city.

8. Toorji ka Jhalra 

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It is commonly called ‘Stepwell of Jodhpur’ and was build in 1740. This 250-year-old structure was made using the famous rose-red sandstone found in Jodhpur. More than 200 feet in depth, it was once adorned with intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions, cow waterspouts, and niches that showed various deities.

Distance: 6 kms from the city.

9. Umaid Heritage Art School

Many famous and budding artists are associated with this school, where one can learn and view painting, sketching, charcoal work, as well as the world famous Rajasthani miniature painting style.

Distance: 6 kms from city center

Time Required: 1 – 2 hrs

Open Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

10. Shastri Circle

 

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This is an ideal spot for travellers to take a break from all the tourist spots and just enjoy a relaxed and entertaining evening with the Light show and musical fountains.

Distance: 6kms from city center.

11. Temples in Jodhpur 

There are many temples in the Jodhpur city but some of the worth visiting temples are listed below.

Udai Temple

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The picture is taken from the Mehrangarh fort.

It is an architectural beauty and the hub of sandstone. Inside Udai temple, there are beautiful wall paintings with 84 Yogasanas and it is supported by 102 pillars.

Siddhant shiv Temple

Siddhanth Shiv temple is situated between Takhat Sagar hills and Kalyana Lake. It’s stairs are made up of cutting rock and carved stone while one can only reach the temple after crossing the hundred of stairs.

Distance: It is about 10 Kms away from Jodhpur.

Chamunda Mata Temple

It is a very calm place and you will get to see the great architecture and marbel carvings. During Dussehra celebrations, Mehrangarh Fort is frequently visited by Jodhpurites to get a glimpse of Chamunda Devi.

Distance: situated in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort.

MahaMandir

MahaMandir is a famous temple in Jodhpur. The temple was built in 1812.It is supported by 84 pillars. It contains detailed designs and figures of gurus describing various postures of Yoga.

Distance: 2kms from city center.

12. Bishnoi Village Tour 

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The Bishnoi Village tour comprises of four villages, where one can absorb and witness the authentic traditions and lifestyles of rural Rajasthan. You will come across the natural scenery being complemented well with the local biodiversity here.

13. The Desert Safari

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The shortest of these safaris allows one to travel 70 km across the glistening sheets of golden sand of the Thar desert to the ancient town of Osian, steeped in cultural history significant to both Hindus and Jains.

14. Paragliding Joy Ride

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It is an adventure sport being offered to tourists since 2014 by a very experienced pilot in Jodhpur. There are early morning and sunset flights.

15. Fairs and Festivals

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Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF)

It was started in 2007 with an initiative of the current ruler, HH Gaj Singh, which aimed at providing a huge platform for the folk artists of Rajasthan.

Marwar Festival

This festival specifically is a celebration dedicated to all the Rajput heroes, as they stood for an important quality in the battlefields, bravery. Apart from the musical events, the Marwar festival also has other events like – Puppet shows, Horse Polo, Camel Tattoo show and much more! This festival takes place over the course of two days between September and October. It is held at the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival

There are two major competitions held during this festival: the Fighter Kite Competition and the Display Kite Competition. The final round of the competition is held in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. So, if you are planning to visit Jodhpur in the month of January, do plan it around the 14th of January.

Nagaur Fair

It is conducted in the town named ‘Nagaur’ and is primarily known as a Cattle Fair. This fair is all about the trading of animals, wherein the animals are presented with colorful accessories upon them. It is an eight-day affair, which takes place between the months of January and February.

World Sacred Spirit Festival

This festival has a number of Sufi performances and is a major crowd puller.

Places to eat 

1. Indique Restaurant

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It offers the lunch and dinner with the fort view beside gulab sagar.

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Cuisines: Indian

Address: Terrace Area, Hotel Pal Haveli, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Open Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

2Gypsy, Sardarpura –

It is a fast food restaurant, quite crowded often but food is delicious. Rajasthani thali (served upstairs) is one of the best in the city and quite cheap.

Type: Veg

Cuisines: Indian

Address: 689, 9Th ‘C’ Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Open Hours: 10 AM to 11 PM

3. Cafe Mehran, Meherangarh Fort.

Simple but pleasant cafe in the fort itself

4. Mehran Terrace, Meherangarh Fort.

Candlelit dining with an exquisite view of the city.

5. Bal Samand, Balasamand Lake Palace.

Outdoor dining as well as indoor dining in peaceful surroundings. They serve typical North Indian food.

6. On the rocks, Ratnada

A nice place with outdoor dining. It has a separate bar and good ambiance.

Type: Veg

Cuisines: Indian

Address: NH 65, Ajit Bhawan Palace, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Open Hours: 9 AM to 11 PM

7. Cafe Frespresso

A cafe that offers healthy and tasty fresh food with an international flavor. complete beverage and snacks break fast solution. pure veg, vegan friendly and gluten free organic with comfortable sitting with aircon.

Address: Pal Haveli near clock tower.

Places to stay

There are many hotels in Jodhpur but I highly recommend these two hotels.

1. Ranbanka Palace

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Set in a palace dating from 1927, this opulent hotel is 2.4 km from Jodhpur Junction railway station and 4.2 km from Mehrangarh Fort. This is probably the most beautiful hotel and they offer very beautiful rooms featuring marble or wooden floors, balconies and hand-crafted furnishings.

2. Balsamand Lake Palace 

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It is one of the top heritage hotels of Jodhpur to witness the opulence & elegance of a bygone era in Jodhpur.

Places to shop in Jodhpur 

1. Sojati Gate: It is famous for Tie and dye sarees.

2. Station Road: It is famous for leather items, embroidered shoes and utensils.

3. Tripolia Market: It is famous for local handicrafts and textiles.

4. Mochi Market: It is well known for lac Bangles.

5. Nai Sarak: It is known for Tie and dye dresses, leather items, and handlooms.

6. Clock Tower: This market is famous for spices, handicrafts and textiles.

7. Mehrangarh fort Museum: Inside Mehrangarh fort itself, you can find different types of tea, handicrafts and various spices.

Udaipur

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Udaipur is a gateway to the depth of your soul. The beauty of City looks like God painted a blank canvas with a variance of colors. It is a very popular tourist destination which is located in the southern part of Rajasthan state, just near to the Gujarat border. It is surrounded by Aravali Range, which separates it from Thar Desert. Udaipur is spread across an area of 64 km2, and stands as sixth largest city in Rajasthan. It is known as the City of lakes because of its diverse lake system. Beside lakes, it is popularly known for its history, culture, scenic beauty, architectural places, regal palaces and the Rajput era places. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. It was initiated in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput.

Udaipur has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone ages. It is famous for some of the dynamic and vibrant dance forms such as:

  • Ghoomar Dance is a part of the royal culture of the Mewar Region and this is a community dance for women which is performed on auspicious occasions.
  • Kabelia is a sensuous dance form of Rajasthan and it is performed by the Kalbeliya snake community.
  • Bhavai dance consists of veiled women dancers balancing up to seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance nimbly
  • Kachchhi Ghodhi dance is performed on dummy horses where men in elaborate costumes ride the equally well decorated dummy horses.

How to Reach

  1. Air- The Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport of Udaipur regularly receives direct flights from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and the airport is located at a distance of 20 kms from the city.
  2. Train: Udaipur is served by direct train links with Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Chittor with the railway station been just 4 kilometers away from the centre of the city.
  3. Road: The National Highway 8 links Udaipur to Delhi as well as Mumbai.

Tourist Arrival

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Tourists arrive, anytime between mid-September to late March or early April. Even in January, the coldest month, the days are bright, sunny and warm.

Places to visit: 

1. City palace 

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The city palace in Udaipur is an architectural heaven. The architectural design with a flamboyant structure took nearly 400 years to build the palace and is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural style. The palace is located in the east bank of lake Pichola and you can also see the panoramic view of  lake Pichola and the Lake Palace.  It’s construction began in 1553  by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput family. The regal palace consist of plenty of rooms and pillars inside.

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Inside view of City palace. This blue part of city palace was once the place which the queen used for their recreation.

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Night view of the City Palace, Udaipur.

2. The lake palace 

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Once, it was a summer palace for the members of royal family. But, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel. It is located on the jag niwas Island and this architectural structure was build on the lake Pichola by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1734. This magnificent architecture with a panoramic view of Lake Pichola gives a fairytale experience. This beautiful landscape, serene lake and beautiful view enhances the magical aura of the rippling waves and the elegant white marble is the foundation of the palace.

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Day view of the palace.

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Night view of the Palace.

3. Jagmandir Island 

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Jagmandir Island is a dreamland. A trip to Udaipur is incomplete without taking a ride to this beautiful place. It is also known as the Lake Garden Palace and it’s construction has been credited to the three Maharanas of Mewar. This palace was initiated by the Maharana Amar Singh in the year of 1551 and was later carried on by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh.

4. Sajjan Garh Monsoon Palace

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This delightfully lit palace was build in 1884 by  Maharana Sajjan Singh and it has been build with white marble. Beyond the lake, it gives a bird eye view of the city of Udaipur. The palace is encircled by the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It was build on the Aravalli hills, just outside, Udaipur and the best views can be seen during the sunrise and sunset. Also, during the rainy season, dark clouds descend upon it and the scenic view remain in the eyes of beholder forever.

5. Vintage Car Museum

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The vehicles in the museum are more than 70 years old but each have been beautifully restored and each one have a tale to tell. The vintage car collection is placed in the Mewar State Motor Garage.This garage was built during a time when only the Maharanas of Mewar had owned the cars.

Timings: 9 am to 8 pm.

6. Saheliyon Ki Bari

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It means the ‘Garden of maids’. It represents a green retreat of Maharana Sangram Singh in the desert land and was build in the 18th Century. It is situated on the banks of the lake Fateh Sagar and is one of the must visit place in Udaipur. Fountains, marble art and the lush lawns captures the public attention.

Distance from the City: 4.5 kms.

7. Udaipur Solar Observatory

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Udaipur Solar Observatory is known to be the best solar observing arena in the whole Asia and is one of the celebrated places to visit in Udaipur.

Distance from the city : 7.5 kms.

8. Dudh Talai Musical Garden

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The calm, peaceful and picturesque spots of this city makes you feel warm. It is a small pond surrounded by a rock garden and is situated within the city.

Location: Near Lake Pichola

Visiting Hours: 8.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M..

9. Crystal Gallery 

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This is a very exclusive and exquisite crystal collection and was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal across the world.

Timings: 9am to 7 pm

10. Other places

Bagore Ki Haveli-It is a beautiful place on the waterfront of lake and was build in 18th century.

Haldighati– This place deserves a visit for the majestic history and it’s diverse culture. It is a mountain pass in the Aravali range. Distance from the City: 40kms

Kumbhalgarh Fort:It is 64 km away from the city and was build in 15th Century by Rana kumbha. It is the second important architectural structure after the Chittorgarh fort.

Chittorgarh Fort:It is situated 112 km away from the city and is a true embodiment of the pride and the glory of the Rajput culture making it one of the places to visit in Udaipure.

Maharana Pratap Memorial:It was build by Maharana Bhagawat Singh Mewar in memory of the Maharana Pratap and the statue over there tells a story of courage and  deep love between humans and animals.

11. Wildlife Sancturies 

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: It is situated 65 km away from the main city and it falls in the district of Rajasamand in Rajasthan. This sanctuary was built to provide shelter to the endangered animals like jackal, wild cat, sloth bear, wolf, leopard etc.

Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary:Very rare species of wild animals can be spotted here such as sambars, wild boars, chitals, hyenas, jackals, panthers, hares and blue bulls. It will take almost 30 minutes to reach here from the city.

Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary:

It is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the shores of Jaisamand Lake, the second largest artificial lake of Asia.In existence since 1957, the wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 62 square kilometres and houses wildlife. Distance from the City: 51 kmsLocation: Next to Jaisamand Lake.

12. Temples in Udaipur

Jagdish Temple

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It is one of the great works of architecture and was build in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. It has 50 carved pillars, beautifully decorated ceilings, gorgeously painted walls, and spacious halls and corridors. It is open practically all day- from 5.30 am to 10pm.

Eklingji Temple

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It is a complex of 108 ancient hindu temples over 1200 years old. Appreciation for the marvellous stone work will be the overwhelming sentiment you experience when you walk around the 108 temples.

Ranakpur Temple

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It was build in the 15th century and is one of the five holy places for Jain community. This revered place of worship has 29 halls and 1444 pillars. All the temples inside Ranakpur four faced structure are with intricate engravings.

13. Lakes in Udaipur 

1. Fateh sagar lake 

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It was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh and is the second artificial lake of Udaipur after Jaisamand lake. It is famous for boating, food market, camel and horse rides.

2. Pichola lake

 

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It is one of the oldest and largest lake in Udaipur.The Taj Lake Palace resting in the middle of the waters of the Lake Pichola.

3. Badi Lake

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It is situated near the Village Badi, the lake is also called by the name Jiyan Sagar named after Jana Devi, the mother of Maharana Raj Singh who built the lake.

4. Jaisamand Lake

Jaisamand means ‘Ocean of Victory’. It is situated at a distance of approximately 51 km from the city of Udaipur and is also called as Dhebar Lake. It was built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1685.

5. The Other lakes 

Udai sagar – It is located at a distance of about 13 km in the east of Udaipur. The construction of this lake was begin in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and Completed in 1565.

Swaroop Sagar- It is located near Chand Pol adjoining Rangsagar (which is a branch of Pichola Lake) and is connected with Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.

Dhut Talai-The serene, calm and picturesque spot of the city.

And the other lakes are Purohito ka Talab, Goverdhan Sagar, Madaar (Chota-Bada), Rajsamand Lake and Swaroop Sagar.

Places to Eat 

1. Sheesh Mahal

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It is a two-level, open- air fine-dining Indian Restaurant. The ambience of the open-air restaurant glitters under a clear sky full of stars. Added to it, the evening glow of candles in various hues adds a resplendent touch of a bygone era.

Address: The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

2. Charcoal by Carlsson

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The specialties are divided into two categories, delicacies cooked over coal and the Rajasthani specials. It is also suitable for candlelight dinner in Udaipur as the ambiance is subtle and romantic.

Location: Lal Ghat
Cuisine: Continental

3. Upré by 1559 AD

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Upre has the perfect combination of great hospitality, photogenic location and mouth watering dishes. The warm hospitality of the place, never fails to please anyone.

Location: Pichola
Cuisine: Rajasthani, North Indian, Continental

4. Khamma Gani Restraunt

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Considered one of the best fine-dine restaurants, Khamma Ghani is one of the best restaurants in Udaipur with a 5 star ambience and palatable delicacies. The place serves cuisines from all over the world.

Location: Fateh Sagar
Cuisine: Chinese, Continental, Rajasthani

5. Ambrai – Amet Haveli

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It is located on the banks of Pichola river with a spectacular view of the Jagdish Temple, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and many more architectural marvels of Udaipur. It serves excellent multi-cuisine delicacies that make the mouth water and tingle the taste buds.

Location: Pichola, Udaipur
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental

6. Raas Leela 

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Located near the lake with a panoramic view, Raas Leela specialises in North Indian, Chinese, Continental and Rajasthani delicacies. Apart from the delectable local food of Rajasthan, it has a vibrant aura and the restaurant is quite economical too.

Location: Chandpole
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Rajasthani

Places to stay 

Udaipur is home to many luxury hotels. But, I highly recommend the ‘Lake Pichola Hotel’. Founded by the legendary Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the banks of Lake Pichola. This is probably the most beautiful hotel and the rooms are comfortable. The view of the lake and the city from the room’s windows are absolutely beautiful.

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Shopping in Udaipur:

1. Shilpagram

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Shilpagram is an art and craft village, located 3km west of the city of udaipur. Shilpgram is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region. Udaipur, the city of lakes is known for handicrafts such as painting, marble articles, architectural designs and terra-cotta. The Shilpagram is a pavement where regional handicrafts and hand looms are prepared.

Famous for: Shilpgram Mela is famous for its handicrafts and artwork. As well as folk music also.

Timings: 11 am to 7 pm

Closed on: This crafts village remains closed on Sundays

How to reach: The Shilpgram is situated at a distance of 3 kms west from Udaipur, near the Havala village.

2. Hathi Pol Bazaar

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It is a place where you can find a diverse varity of handicrafts, illustrious paintings and folk arts of Rajasthan.

Famous for: The Rajasthani illustrious paintings, handicrafts and Phad paintings are must-buys. Authentic souvenirs, wooden handicrafts, and ‘Nagra’ slippers  with beautiful embroidery are highly recommended.

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Closed on: The market remains closed on Sundays

How to reach: It is located adjacent to the City Palace.

3. Jagdish Temple Street

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It is a very busy market, located very close to city palace. This market is famous for its journals and diaries made from handmade paper.

4. Bada Bazzar 

It offers plethora of small shops, showrooms and, it is famous for handmade jutties ( footwear), Batik and Bandhani print sarees and textiles. It is located within 1 km of the city palace.

5. City Palace Street

If you’re looking for a diverse variety of handicrafts and handmade jutties. So, you must visit the City palace street as their is innumerable shops and wide variety is available.