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Venice of the East, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

From Jodhpur we caught a six hour bus ride south to Udaipur. We spent a fair bit of time exploring Udaipur as there was a lot to see and do. Udaipur is situated around a number of lakes which lead to its nickname, Venice of the East.

Our hostel was in the heart of Udaipur with most things walking distance.

Jagdish Temple

Extremely close to our hostel and on the way to City Palace, Jagdish Temple reminded me a lot of the Khajuraho Temples we had seen, though not at all erotic. The central god was a bronze statue of a Garuda, which was quite scary with his big painted eyes.

Elephant-flanked flight of steps Jagdish Temple
Stone carvings at Jagdish Temple
Stone carvings at Jagdish Temple

Stone carvings at Jagdish Temple
Chipmunk eating on the carvings of Jagdish Temple
Stone carving of two elephants

Makara of water spout
Ganesha the elephant head god
Scary bronze statue of a Garuda

City Palace

From Jagdish Temple we walked south to the City Palace complex though the Tripolia Pol (Triple Gate). City Palace was like many of the previous palaces we had seen, interesting highlights were the Surya Choupad (Assembly Room) which housed a huge ornamental sun.

Mor Chowk (Peacock Courtyard) had beautiful peacock statues. So intricate were the peacock statues that each barb of the feathers were an individual strand of coloured glass.

The City Palace also had amazing pastel blue rooms filled with wall and window decorations all painted this pastel blue shade.

Lal Ghat

From City Palace we walked back to our hostel stopping at Lal Ghat. Lal Ghat provided us beautiful views of Pichola Lake, including Jagniwas Island (Lake Palace, made famouse with the Bond movie Octopussy) and Moun Mandir.

Jag Niwas Lake Palace famous for one of locations of the James Bond film Octopussy
Mohan Mandir and Jag Niwas Lake Palace in the distance
Travis resting at Lal Ghat

Travis resting with birds flying from a cage
Sonya and Travis at Lal Ghat located on Lake Pichola
Entrance to Bagore-ki-Haveli

Udaipur at Night

Walking across one of the lake’s bridges at night, we managed to catch the City Palace and ghats illuminated against Pichola Lake.

Jag Niwas Lake Palace on Lake Pichola at night
Udaipur City Palace complex at night
Udaipur City Palace at night

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