After having had a wonderful sleep I was all fresh and ready to face the day. The group had an excellent breakfast and after that we headed for Pichhola Lake. Located in the heart of the city, must say it’s one of the most beautiful and picturesque lake I have ever seen. We were told that it was one of the oldest lakes in the city and the way it is surrounded by palaces, temples and hills…the view is amazing! The water in the lake looked so blue; pretty tempting to go in for a swim. I could see people enjoying the boat rides. There were all kinds of boats out there…some people were going around on motor boats and those with adventurous streak were getting into the hand rowing boats. We also had a fair share of boating, although I have been on many water events back home but as a tourist the experience was altogether different. There were many expensive hotels on this lake. One of the biggest and most enchanting hotel Lake palace is in the heart of the Lake.
On the east bank of the lake Pichhola we could see massive series of palaces that we were told was the City Palace of Udaipur. The palace is built on a hill top and gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding including several historic monuments. Incidentally the James Bond movie Octupussy was shot in the lake palace and the Monsoon Palace that’s why Udaipur is also called the Venice of the east! Quite interesting!
The main entrance of the palace was through the triple arched gate and it leads to series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens. From the balconies of the palace we could have wonderful view of a famous temple on one side and Udaipur city on the other. There was also a place in the palace where the kings of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. There were very pretty peacock mosaics on the wall. There were so many palaces that I just lost the track of their names. What I remember is the antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils that attract so many visitors. I particularly liked the temple of Lord Vishnu with beautiful carvings on the wall.
In the evening we were to see some cultural program depicting the lifestyle of Rajasthan so we made our way to the hotel to relax and ease a bit.
Before seven in the evening we were ushered into a place called Bagore Ki Haveli. It was a big old traditional kind of a sprawling home on the lake shore. We got to see a cultural show in which the beautifully dressed men and women depicted the Rajasthan culture in various dance forms. There were folk dances, Puppet show and the whole place was livened up with their classic performance. A real pleasure and a perfect way to end a day!