We returned back to the hotel after touring the city of Jodhpur and had a quick lunch, after which we left for our third and final stop of my tour of Rajasthan, Udaipur. The bus ride took us around five hours. By now I was really used to long journeys in a bus and I slept for most of the journey. We reached Udaipur around 7:30 in the evening. The hotel we stayed in this time was Rajputana Resort and let me tell you, this was the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. I wish my stay over here never had to end! We left our luggage in the lobby and headed to the restaurant for dinner. After dinner we left for our rooms and called it a night. I must say, Udaipur has the prettiest sunrises and sunsets.
The next day we headed out to Chittorgarh which is a two hour drive from the main city of Udaipur. Chittorgarh is home to one of India’s largest forts, the Chittorgarh fort is situated a top a hill at the height of 180m. Built in the 7th Century AD the fort is spread over an area of 700 acres. There are many rikshaws that are ready to take you up to the fort that you can hire from the city. To reach the fort you have to go up a winding road that takes you through the seven gates until you reach the top. The fort is surrounded by a thick wall that runs for 13km. The fort complex houses palace complexes, temples, memorials and several water bodies. Our first stop was at the Meera temple followed by visiting the Vijay Stambha (The tower of victory) that stands at 122ft in height and the Kirti Stambha (The tower of fame) that stands at a height of 72ft. After which we were taken for a walk in the Rana Khumbha Palace complex and then to the Padmani Palace complex.
After completing our program we returned back to our hotel and called it a night. The next day we headed to the Leela Palace, Udaipur for our second industrial visit. It is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever visited and I hope to return there once again in the future. After the visit we returned back to the hotel and remained there for the rest of the evening. This time we utilized for exploring the hotel in which we were staying .
Day three in Udaipur and we set out for the famous battle round of Haldighati which is around 40kms out of the city. The name has been derived from the yellow colour of the soil, Haldi being the Hindi term for Tumeric and Ghati being the Hindi term for valley. The very idea of standing on the very ground where the battle was fought sent chills down my spine. A cenotaph was erected by Maharana Pratap Singh in memory of his horse Chetak who was killed in this historic battle. We then went on a tour of the Haldighati museum.
Later that evening we headed out to Udaipur city. We drove to Fatheh Sagar lake where we strolled around the lake and hired a boat to the Nehru Park, which is located in the center of the lake. The park is known for its fountains and view of the lake. Here we stayed for an hour then headed back to the mainland. We then headed to the Pratap Smarak or the Maharana Pratap Memorial. When we reached the top of the hill we were treated to a view of Udaipur city at night.
We then headed back to the hotel for the night. Next morning we headed to the City palace of Udaipur. . The palace was featured in the 1983 James Bond flim Octopussy. The palace is built in a mixture of Rajasthani, European and Mughal architecture. It houses a museum that is open to the public.
After touring the palace we returned to our hotel for lunch and relaxation. After which we checked out. We boarded the bus and headed towards Udaipur railway Station. Our train left Udaipur around nine in he night and that was the end to our epic Rajasthan adventure.
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