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Cruising around Lake Pichola

View of City Palace from Lake Pichola

View from Lake Pichola

After walking through the maze of the City Palace of Udaipur it was an ideal moment to take a boat ride around Lake Pichola.  If you walk out an exit gate from the Palace it is a short walk to the boat launch.  You get an orange life vest and a comfy enough seat.

To be cooled by the breeze as we circulated around the lake was refreshing.  It was lovely to sit in a seat in the shade of the boat and observe another side of Udaipur.  Here and there you could see city residents and tourists walking to the water’s edge to swim, bathe or wash something.  The friendly people would wave at us.  I was really into the trees lining the lake for some reason. More

City Palace of Udaipur

City Palace

City Palace

The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest in Rajasthan.  It is also one of the most well-kept palaces of the region.  I would attribute this to tourism.  There were several beautifully decorated rooms to discover within the labyrinth of the palace.  You get magnificent views of the lake and a trip back in time.

Maharaja Udai Singh II established his city here upon the advice of a holy man who suggested the protection afforded by the forests, lakes and Aravalli Hills would be advantageous for the new capital of Mewar.  Chittor was previously the capital but Akbar destroyed it.  From its beginnings in 1568 until India’s unification in 1947, Udaipur survived many Mughal attacks.  This pride and history that is reflected inside the Palace. More

Udaipur: Jagdish Temple, Babas and stickers

Baba at Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

Baba at Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

The main attractions of Udaipur are the City Palace and Lake Pichola.  Most of the hotels and restaurants of Udaipur have views of both.  We opted not to stay in the famous Lake Palace Hotel but rather across the lake from everything.  In one day we saw the City Palace, took a boat ride and had lunch on Jagmandir Island in Lake Pichola.

The City Palace has several beautifully decorated rooms and paintings, and it was impressive, but one my favorite parts of the day was seeing the Jagdish Temple and buying stickers of Hindu gods and goddesses at a shop across from the temple.   More