View of Udaipur and Lake Pichola from the gondola known as the Udaipur Ropeway.
Monday I showed you Lhasa, a place that didn’t match my expectations in a negative way.
This time, I give you Udaipur, a place that didn’t match my expectations in a most positive way.
When I think of my trip to India last year, I think first about Udaipur.
Yes, I saw the Taj Mahal. And yes, I went to an ashram in Rishikesh. I went to an Indian wedding and visited many fascinating small towns but nothing matches Udaipur in my memory.
Known as the Venice of India, Udaipur sits on Lake Pichola. Lined with ghatts, accommodating to tourists but not overrun by us, this is the place in India that I most enjoyed.
In these photos, I’m sure you’ll see why…
Just one of the beautiful views on route to the Gondola.
From the dock of the Jadmandir Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola.
There are many places to have tea in the afternoon.
Ghatts line Lake Pichola.
View of Udaipur from the lake in the early evening.
You’ll pass the Shree Jadish Temple on the way to the City Palace.
First glimpse of the City Palace.
The rooftop courtyard of the City Palace.
View of Lake Pichola from City Palace
The lake is in constant use by the locals.
Beautiful Lake Pichola
And the frenzy of the city. I preferred to shop where the Indians shop.
Crafts people at work on the outskirts of Udaipur.
There are many shops with talented tailors ready to make you a custom-fitted outfit overnight.
I attended a cooking class.
Hotel Panorama in Udaipur – nice patio, nice room, budget hotel. I paid 1400 rupees per night.