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Udaipur: More than City of Lakes

Budget Travelling to the famous Udaipur City that is way more than City of Lakes

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

To Explore:

- 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:
For boating

- 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.

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- 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:

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A gracious white temple more charming for its stone-work architecture.
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- 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.

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- 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.

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Preferable to visit in the early morning.
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- 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.

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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.

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Camel ride and free Rajasthani programmes (12pm, 1pm & 3pm) are other attractions.

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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.

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Posted by travellingswati 23:15 Archived in India Comments (0)

Angry Indian Goddess at Jaipur

Exploring the Pink City

Time to Visit: During Winters
My mom has always said: “To have the most pleasant experience, travel to the hotter places during summer and to the cooler places during winters!

Both train and bus are good options to travel from Delhi. There are AC buses every hour from Bikaner House, New Delhi (nearest Metro station: Khan Market).

To Explore:

- Choki Dhani: A famous tourist place with cultural dance and music for entertainment, and traditional Veg & Non-Veg food too. Entry is charged per person.
- City Palace: This is where the royal family still resides.
- World Trade Centre Mall: The huge mall with its traditional interiors gives it a mesmerizing look.

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- Jal Mahal (Water Palace)[/i[i]]: The palace is situated in the middle of water. The best view is in the early morning and night.
- Hawa Mahal (Air Palace): a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.

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- Amber Fort (pronounced as Amer): for the historic magnificence and the Light & Sound show narrating the tale.

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- Jai Garh Fort: The fun is in the walk to get to it, like a mini-trek; and the view from up-there is breath-taking. Feel nostalgic with the look-around of huge spaces used as kitchen, giant utensils, open space for royal kids to play and the kings and queens to sit and chat, the Palkis etc.

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- Nahar Garh Fort: Enshrines the royal vanity with the giant cannons at the premises. The Rang De Basanti spot is few steps ahead. But the spot had lost its aura when we visited, until we walked few steps above to see the entire city.

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- Raj Mandir: No, not a temple! It’s a traditionally designed movie theatre that gives the feel of royalty. It would be a Bonus if you get to see a traditional movie. We watched Bajirao Mastani!
- Babu Bazar: Best for cheap-and-best shopping: Jaipuri bandej ki saree, stoned and other kind of colorful bangles, saree etc. I got a beautiful off-white saree with blue border, big folk-dance prints above the border – for only Rs. 500/-.

Suggested lodging:
- Zostel
- Braj Haweli: They have hotels at both Old Jaipur City and New Jaipur City. Wonderfully designed rooms : all at very reasonable rates, extremely welcoming hospitatlity, and if you would be lucky, you can even get a peaceful aura at their roof-seating (under renovation, when I last stayed).
Take my reference and get best rates and hospitality.

Budget Tour Tips:

• Days required: Two to Three
• Travel as much as possible in public transport, and if in group, then Jugnoo Autos or Cabs (Ola or Uber), or ask for lifts as I did most of the times.
• If you are a student, carry Student ID card. It will save a lot of money for the student discounts at many of the forts.
Indian Coffee House: It’s a good idea to have breakfasts here: delicious, hygienic food at surprising rates.
• All the forts and palaces can be covered in one day itself; and perhaps cover Old City in one day and the New City in the other.
• Both Jal Mahal & Hawa Mahal would not take long – the former is a view from the side of the lake, and the latter is just a 15 mins walk inside.
• After these two, start with Ajmer Fort in the morning, followed by the walk (or private vehicle) towards Jai Garh & Nahar Garh Fort – both are at a height above Ajmer Fort. To visit Nahargarh Fort, take a share auto from the Jai Garh Fort exit only. Try to cover Nahargarh Fort by 5pm. It would also allow to come back to watch the Light & Sound show at Ajmer Fort.

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• Don’t shop much from the Mall unless something is exceptionally great with less chances of getting the same at the hometown. From Babu Bazaar too, buy only exclusive things and/or at exclusively cheap rates.
Choki Dhani & City Palace are too commercialized and I felt as if have lost their traditional essence, yet a visit would be fine. However, there are many other places that provide more authentic Rajasthani Thali at comparatively cheap rates, like Neelam Dhaba.

  • You may seek help from this Auto-wallah for travel and city tour: +91-9660416463. He is extremely sweet and honest.

Hope this post helps few, don't forget to share your experience.

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