Budget Travelling to the famous Udaipur City that is way more than City of Lakes
11.07.2016 - 30.07.2016
Travel Options: Both Bus & Train (Chetak Express & Mewar Express) take around 12 hours with AC tickets costing from Rs. 850 (AC Sleeper bus) to Rs. 1100 (train).
Best Time: July-December
Days: Two – three days
- Celebration Mall
Shops to galore of brands, with Wi-Fi Hotspots, Gaming Centre and Food Court.
- Celebration Bakery (Fatehpura)
For the ultimate taste at reasonable rates.
- Sukhadia Circle:
- Sahelio Ki Bari:
A garden full of flowers of all kinds and fountains – dedicated by the King Maharana Pratap for all the women who came along with his queen during the marriage.
- Dudh Talai:
A small water body before Lake Pichola that has unfortunately lost its charm for lack of maintenance.
- Lake Pichola:
So crowded that rarely one can get some space to stir the inner peace. Still a visit would be fine.
- City Palace:
Magnificent architecture of the royal residence. Rs. 200 for each entry.
- Maharana Pratap Museum:
To deep delve into our royal past
- Jag Mandir:
A gracious white temple more charming for its stone-work architecture.
- Bagore Ki Haweli:
On the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century
- Lake Fateh Sagar:
Huge lake with scenic beauty especially during the sunset.
- Mumbai Bazar:
The food lane aside the Lake Fateh Sagar that majorly operates in the evening.
- Nimach Mata Ke Mandir:
850 meter climb with options to choose either the stairs or the layered slope. Preferably ascend via the slope and descend via the stairs. After every 100-200m, the city view becomes more mesmerising. There are seating arrangements at various heights for those who unable to walk at a stretch – with the city view.
Preferable to visit in the early morning.
- Shilpgram: (village of talent)
A village maintained to promote Rajasthani folk, art, crafts and culture. Entry fee: Rs. 40, excluding the fee for mobile camera or other camera.
Timing: 11am-6pm. Start the tour with the 12 mins documentary that narrates the background of the village: for FREE. The village-merchants get the stalls for as cheap as Rs.20, and they stay in the village itself, until they have booked the stalls. Merchants come from far away villages too – as far as UP.
It was the first time I had seen live pottery work and making of thread-beaded neckpieces and earrings – good quality, affordable rates. Few of the potters might come forward to help you to learn and make one vessel on the wheel, for pennies. Their goods’ price may increase during the Crafts Fair during December.
Camel ride and free Rajasthani programmes (12pm, 1pm & 3pm) are other attractions.
Budget Travel Tips:
• Travel as much as possible in public transport or Jugnoo or Ola, or take lifts.
o Cover Sahelio Ki Bari, Celebration Mall, Sukhadiya Circle, Celebration Bakery & show at Bagore ki Haveli in one day
o Another day start with Nimach, followed by Shilpgram, Tiger Lake and finish at Lake Fateh Sagar in the evening to witness the glamorous sunset.
o Dedicate one day for City Palace, Museum, Jag Mandir, Dudh Talai and Lake Pichola: these 2 are adjacent to each other.
• Drink at Tribute or at Hari Ghat (near Lake Pichola): both provide an amazing lake view.
• Try Dabeli and Paav Bhaji from a local hawker outside Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Badgaon, opp. Tehesildaar’s Office): yummiest ever. Tell him that you have been referred by one of the 40 students who came for training at stayed at KVK, and see the difference in hospitality.
More than the popular places at Udaipur, its unexplored villages are more beautiful surrounded by green mountains, and the lovely people: I have been fed multiple times by different villagers, some of them even offered me to lift.