In the previous post, I covered the various attractions a first time visitors should enjoy on a day trip to Udaipur. However, with another day in hand, you can visit some more of Udaipur tourist attractions. Here in this post, I shall talk about these attractions of Udaipur.
Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway
Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway, connecting Deen Dayal Park hill top in Doodh Talai and Machhala Magra hill top came into existence in 2008. Since then, the ropeway has become highly popular with both locals and tourists because it not only offers an easy way to access the revered temple of Karni Mata, but also provides amazing views of Udaipur city. If you want to see the views in daylight, choose early mornings; however, if you like to enjoy the city during sunset or when it is all illuminated, choose evenings.
The duration of the ropeway ride is not very long but it is enjoyable. The views of Aravalli Hills, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir Island and the city in general are superb from the cable car. If you happen to visit during monsoon season, you are in for a treat as the lush greenery looks completely awesome.
Upon reaching the stop point at Machhala Magra Hill, you can walk towards the temple. Vivid views of Udaipur city begins to unfold as you walk through the ruins of the Eklingarh fort. It is a good spot to stroll around and climb, take a 360° view of the surroundings and click as many photographs as you want. The temple houses a white stone idol of Goddess Karni Mata.
It takes only around ten minutes for both up and down journey. Remember to keep your ticket safe for the return journey or else you will need to buy another one. Since a bit of walking is required upon reaching the Machhala Magra, it is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes. Also assess the weather a little before beginning your trip as hot weather or rains can really destroy an otherwise enjoyable trip.
The first glimpse of the Monsoon Palace is rather intriguing. Going around exploring the various tourist attractions of Udaipur, you notice a lone structure standing far off, atop a hill and are curious about it. At night you see it beautifully illuminated, want to visit it and know more about it. So here you go.
Monsoon Palace, or Sajjangarh Palace, as it was also known as formerly, was started by Maharana Sajjan Singh but due to his early death, it was later completed by his successor, Maharana Fateh Singh. Though it later served as a hunting lodge for the royal family, yet this was not the primary reason for its construction. The objective was to watch the monsoon clouds. The palace also had a good water conservation system in place. A reservoir collected every drop of rain that fell on the open space of the palace.
The palace overlooks Fatehsagar Lake from where it takes around thirty minutes to reach the palace by car. You need to buy a ticket from a counter located at the base of the hill. After this, a drive characterized by sharp turns takes you up to the palace.
The palace is built of white marble and has a garden in the front. Inside, there is a museum displaying details about the flora and fauna of the area. However, this is not why tourists love to visit it in large numbers. The charm of the palace lies in the beautiful views it offers – of the city, its lake and palaces all of which are clearly visible from here. The sunset views from here are simply splendid. During monsoon, the views might be a little hazy due to clouds, but it is really beautiful to roam around. Also the greenery is completely refreshing.
You can also visit the Sajjangarh Biological Park where you can see a number of wild animals.
In a city which is known for its lake, visiting just one lake is by no means fair. So if you want to visit another one, choose Fatehsagar Lake. An artificial lake built by Marana Fateh Singh, this is another place where you can enjoy a boat ride of your choice. If you want to soak in the surrounding beauty at a slow pace, go for a regular boat ride. In case, you long to make your ride a little thrilling one, choose the speed boat ride.
However, if you don’t really want to go for any kind of boat ride, just stroll around, go for camel or horse safari, or try something to eat from the stalls that line up on the sides of the lake. The night view of the lake is completely stunning. Beautifully illuminated, the lake and its surrounding area present a picture perfect view. To enjoy the beauty of the lake best, try booking a room for yourself in a hotel that is located close by.
Moti Magri/Maharana Pratap Memorial
Who has not heard of Maharana Pratap? The great Rajput warrior who clashed with the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar in the famous battle of Haldighati is a name that is respected till date in the region. So when there is a chance to know more about him, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
Maharana Pratap Memorial, located on the top of Moti Magri or the Pearl Hill which overlooks the Fatehsagar Lake, gives you just that. This place has a huge bronze statue of Maharana Pratap atop his favourite horse, Chetak. The 11 feet high statue was built by Maharana Bhagwat Singh in 1948.
The hall of Heroes or the Veer Bhavan is the place where you can see 22 huge paintings of Mewar and learn more about the history of region in general. There is a model of the Battle of Haldighati in particular.
If you plan to visit the Chittaurgarh and Kumbhalgarh Fort, this place can again give you a quick introduction on the two. Models of both these forts along with description give you an idea about the places that you will visit. A well-kept garden makes for a good place to sit. There is a point at Moti Magri from where you can catch some wonderful views of the Fatehsagar Lake, especially during sunset. From here, you can also see the Monsoon Palace.
Saheliyon ki Bari
It is a place that in the bygone era served as the place for entertainment for the royal ladies and their maids, hence the name Saheliyon ki Bari or the Garden of Maidens. Rana Sangram Singh II built this garden in the 18th century so that the royal ladies could enjoy some peaceful moments, away from the politics of the court. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction in Udaipur. In summers especially, the garden is a perfect place to escape the heat.
The garden not only has numerous species of plants and trees, but it also has many fountains. These fountains – Swagat fountain (at the entry), Savan Bhado fountain, Kamal Talai, Rasleela fountain and Bin Badal Barsaat fountain – each is special in its own way and has a story behind. If you want to hear that, take local assistance or hire a guide.
Near the Kamal Talai fountain, there is an area where the king sat and watched the dance performances by artists. On the opposite side, there is a small palace like structure from where the ladies could see the performances.
There is a small Science Centre that can be covered quickly.