Surpises around every Corner
Take a stroll along the winding lanes of Udaipur, and you will encounter a surprise around every corner. Because the lanes are very narrow, cars cannot drive though most of them There are, however, auto-rickshaws,motor -cycles & bycycles everywhere. A profusion of animals join this melee. Goats ,donkeys carrying building-rubble in sacks on their backs,dogs and even a camel or two. A favourite thing to do in Udaipur is just grab a window table at one of the many chai shops which line these lanes, order chai & a tasty cake or two, and watch the world go by. When I say window-table, they dont actually have "windows" , but are open, and very close to the action.
The shop & stall keepers, who sell amazing wares, are all friendly, polite & hospitable.......you will find that bargaining CAN be fun, and usually is.We discovered much about Udaipur just by chatting to many of these people, things that are not in guide - books.Every time we return to Udaipur, the first thing we do is go for a walk, and its heartwarming to see that everyone remembers us, it feels like we had never left. Just a few memories & pictures of Udaipur..........
We were having lunch at the rooftop restuarant of our hotel,which overlooks Lake Pichola, and there were two young girls standing on the ghat, waist-deep in the water. They were washing their long hair, pouring water from a bucket, and it was so beautiful to watch. Every time I sit in a hair salon I think of how happy & contented they were.
The Mewar Festival is held in Udaipur at the beginning of spring along with the festival of Gangaur. Images of Isar and Gangau are dressed by the women and then carried in a ceremonial procession through various areas of the city. Once at Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola, there is plenty of singing and gaiety and the images are then transferred to special boats. The women folk gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city.
Ruins of Nagda Temple in Landscape
Located 23km from Udaipur, Nagda was the ancient capital of Mewar. Earlier known as Nagahrida or Nagadraha, this town was found by Nagaditya of Guhilot in the 6th century AD. Nagda was the ancient capital of Mewar, and the rulers of Mewar had ruled from Nagda for seven generations until the time of Bappa Rawal (728AD). Nagada was plundered by Muslim raiders under Altamash between 1222 and 1229 AD. Today, the town is in ruins and only partially restored for visitors. There are Vishnu, Shiva and Jain temples with wonderful architectural details. Sas-Bahu Temple, them most extensive temple complex was built in the tenth century. What struck me at first was the variety of landscapes images the ruins could offer. Later, I explored the exterior details and searched for interiors of interest.
A bit rustic looking from the outside, this restaurant has a good vantage point as it's located on the corner of a junction so you get to see the daily goings on down below. I came here for breakfast, once, which wasn't all that good. Over cooked fried eggs on toast and the worst orange juice I've ever had which I had to wait half-an-hour for as some young guy had to go and get it from somewhere. Anyway, I got talking to a couple of Canadian girls whilst here and I hooked up them for a day trip to Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh by car. the restaurant offer Indian cooking classes which the girls did and they said how good it was. There's better places to eat than this nearby.
Rajya Angan Chowk
Rajya Angan Chowk is the royal courtyard. It was built in 1572 by Maharana Udai Singh II (1537-1572), founder of Udaipur. It was here that he met with the Sage (prophet) who told him to find a city here.