Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Udaipur which is known as the white city of India is situated on the Lake Pichola which is surrounded by the beautiful palaces, Heritage hotels right on the bank of the glittering Pichola Lake starting from Lal ghat to Gangurghat.

What makes it more beautiful is the glamorous  setting of its grand architecture  all around dominated by the majestic City Palace.

This is well complimented by the  luxury 5 star hotels mainly The Leela Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas and The Taj Lake palace and when you do a boat riding for a sunset view, you will be amazed to see the grand architecture that reflects the style of traditional Rajashthani palace all around.

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The Lake Palace

 

The Available Train from Mumbai

We travelled by Train from Mumbai (Train No. 12995- Udaipur Mumbai Superfast) which takes Approx 17 hrs. It runs thrice a week.

  • The train starts at 15 :35 from Bandra station and arrives at Udaipur City at 9:35. So you get the whole day to explore. (From Mumbai it runs on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday).
  • The same train returns at 21:35 from Udaipur allowing you to explore the day and arrives in Mumbai next day at approx 14:00 hrs in the afternoon.(it runs on Monday, Thursday and Saturday).

 We travelled on 3Tier AC which was well maintained and was very clean. This train does not have any pantry car as such but nothing to worry about food as there are some big junctions where this  train halts like Vadodra, Surat, Godhra etc.

However, what we have found more convenient is to call the Purohit Railway catering based in Surat and they will deliver your food right in your coach. They serve vegetarian food only. The Thali (Dish) at Rs 120 which is far better than the usual pantry car food unless you are travelling by Rajdhani/ Shatabdi express.

The number is :

  • 0261-2451048;
  • 08238378349 ;
  • 09998808118.  
  • But this is only if your train passes by Surat. 

Alternatively thanks to IRCTC. You may check the following option for your food while travelling by train to anywhere in India :

http://www.trainkhana.com/

Staying at Jagat Niwas Palace- A Heritage hotel

I was so amazed the moment I got out of the  Udaipur station in a 3-wheeler auto rickshaw to our hotel while passing by the small galleries of book shops, tea stalls in the narrow zig-zag crooked streets. It is quite clean compared to its peer cities.

We always wanted to stay in a place with traditional aesthetic and were very excited about Jagat Niwas after reading reviews from the Trip Advisor. It took my breath way when I have found the place exceeded my expectations as it was superior than what I have read in reviews.

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The Various rooms at Jagat Niwas
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Rooftop Restaurant during the sunrise 

 

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The corridor to the Restaurant
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The Haveli Room Non-Lake facing- Room# 121

 

Dine in style

Jagat Niwas Palace lake side restaurant with its jharokhas on the lake itself is an inclusive itinerary for some of the nearby hotels  wherein a complimentary romantic dinners are organised occasionally. Hence, it is advisable to book in advance in the morning  incase you are on a tight schedule to enjoy the excellent Indian cuisine, select continental and Chinese dishes at the rooftop restaurant as the seats are always on demand.

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Apart from the beautiful ambience, the added advantage of this property is its location which is right at the heart of the old city that allowed us to explore  City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Jagdish temple, the clock tower, the silver street of udaipur and the old market area by walking as it was just 10 minutes away.

What we got back along with us in this holiday is a  memory filled in regal haveli atmosphere and style.

In my next blog I am going to  write about the excursions to Jain temple in Ranakpur, The Kumbhalgarh fort and chittorgarh fort that we covered on Day 2 and day 3  respectively out of the total stay of 4 days.

 

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