Udaipur is like a beautiful princess. So elegant, so modest !!
During the reign of Maharaja Udai Singh Udaipur was found and declared as the capital of Mewar kingdom. Jodhpur was still there which served more towards business as Jodhpur had well connectivity with major trade zones like Delhi and Gujarat. Chittorgarh was another capital of Mewar which was once attacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Seeing the risk of having an easily accessible residence, Udai Singh found the little precious gem called Udaipur that lied between the Aravalli mountain range. Since then, till it became the princely state of British India in 1818 Udaipur served the capital of Mewar.
Udaipur has two major palaces. The city palace where the royal family spend most of their time and Bahore Ki Haweli which was the summer palace. Bahore ki Haweli is in the banks of Lake Pichola and its cool refreshing breeze keep the Haweli livable whole year long.
There is a lot to see in Udaipur. The best thing to do is to ditch your tour operator and explore the streets of Udaipur by yourself, like we did. We spend half a day in City palace and half a day in shopping the vintage stuff outside the palace. By evening we took a walk to the shores of Lake Pichola and got refreshed by the cool winter breeze and by night we got to see some authentic rajastani art forms at Bagore ki Haweli. Luckily we were in Udaipur on the new year eve. (Yes. this post is late by 6 months :(.. lazy me !!!)
Bagore ki Haweli has been modified into a museum and it has got amazing arts and crafts . I cant share all the pics here even though i really want to…
One thing you cant miss in Udaipur is the night light show at City palace. At the show they narrate the histroy of Mewar kingdom and there is some pretty good light works, But what is amazing is the view of City Palace at night. It was mesmerizing.