Udaipur, India

Udaipur, the city combines real beauty with a picturesque association of a great and glorious past. It stands on the banks of the wide, steel blue Lake Pichola. On little islands in the lake, from the water's edge, rise marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Crowning the ridge in which the city clusters, along the shore of the lake is the palace of the Maharana. Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur and is replete with fantastic hill top fortresses, exotic fairy tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. 

 

The Small List

  1. City Palace - A conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. The entrance is through Hathii Pol (elephant gate) along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish Temple. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved ‘chhatris’ and of course the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute in making a visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. udaipur.org.uk
  2. Crystal Gallery - Located at the City Palace, it has a rare collection of Osler's crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. 
  3. Sahelion Ki Bari - The Garden of the Maids of Honor was constructed for forty-eight young ladies in waiting who were sent to the royal house as a part of the lavish dowry. This garden is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. The sprawling flower lined parks hug the shores of the second major lake of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar. udaipur.org.uk
  4. Lake Palace Hotel - A floating vision in marble, The Taj Lake Palace is the most romantic hotel in India and perhaps the world where the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was shot.  taj.tajhotels.com
  5. Karan Cuisine with the Bedla Family - A culinary delight from a family rich in heritage who has had the distinction of serving Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy and the first prime minister of independent India.  An intimate and memorable experience with the delightful family, the cuisine and the culture. karancuisine.com