The Old and The New
Revelling in the Beauty of Udaipur
Itís hard not to rave about the beauty of Udaipur, once a person
has visited the place. The land of monarchs, myths and legends, traditional customs and new-age luxe living, Udaipur has gracefully combined the allure of its cultural heritage with the modern lifestyle.
Founded in the 16th century, Udaipur was named after its founder Maharana Udai Singh II, who made it the capital of his (Mewar) kingdom. Even in those days, the city was famed for its beautiful architecture and natural surroundings. Today, Udaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, even attracting hoards of foreigners every year. The city is touted as a romantic getaway and a place to catch a glimpse of traditional Rajput culture and customs.
The City of Lakes is an apt name for Udaipur. Shimmering water bodies surround the city and many of its most important landmarks. The famous Lake Pichola houses many important buildings and monuments in its banks. There are many more lakes, such as the Fateh Sagar, all around the city.
The single most recognised image of Udaipur must
be of the City Palace. The palace, built by Maharana
Udai Singh II, today consists of well-pruned and
blooming gardens, rich museums and a number of
smaller palaces and halls inside the main complex.
The overall architecture and beauty of the complex
has found many admirers. And this is not all. Other
places in and around the city that deserve a visit
include the Saheliyon ki Badi (garden), Udaipur
Solar Observatory, Doodh Talai, Gulab Bagh and
Zoo, Bagore-ki-Haveli and Ahar Museum. You can
also travel out of the town, to visit sites like the
Haldighati, the famed Eklingji temple and more.
You can indulge in some horse rides, or a camel ride
if you have the stomach for it. Rajasthanís performing
arts are very popular and replicated everywhere, so make sure to watch a folk music and dance or puppet show.
Shopaholics can indulge in some retail therapy at the many
shopping joints sprinkled around the city. Local handicrafts,
enamelled curios, traditional handlooms and slippers are among
things to buy, but remember to bargain.
Always carry important gear like helmets and life jackets. In
case the trip lasts more than a day, donít forget to carry a torch,
medicine kit and spare clothing as well.
Make your way to Terra
The five-acre Panchgani campsite, with 10 tents,
is situated just 20km from Blue Country, a Club
Mahindra managed resort. For bookings, call toll-free
number 1800 425 2737 from 9 am to 6.30 pm, Monday
to Fridays, and 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturdays.
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To get to the Panchgani site, you have to take a detour
from Panchgani Ė Mahabaleshwar road, approximately
five kilometres from Panchgani. Volvo services are
available to and from Mumbai and Thane, and State
Transport (ST) bus services are available to and from
Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur and Mahad.
For those travelling by train, Satara is the closest
station, 55km away. Lohegaon airport, Pune is the