Udaipur “The Lake City”

Having two days in Jaipur we were finally able to slow down a little. Our departure for the day was at 9:30am the latest yet, so we were able to do a quick yoga practice from our balcony before departing.

Today was incredibly hot at 40c / 106f we felt incredibly drained by the extreme sun and dry desert heat. It was a hard day to be outside and pay attention to our tour guide, we also felt like we were on palace tour overload.

The city of Jaipur is known as the “Lake City” because of their five man made lakes connected by canals that were once used as a reservoir for drinking and bathing use. The city is also known as “The White City” for their export of makrana marble (used to build Taj Mahal), zinc oxide, and silver.

We started our tour at the city palace located next to the lake side built 200 he ars ago. Maharana pratap is the most famous king of Jaipur who defeated the Mughal king and his white Marwari horse has a prominent statue in the center.

Fun fact they use to put these fake trunks on the horses in battle, so that the elephants would follow in. There was a chair in the palace in which once a year the king would weigh himself on his birthday and give away silver and gold coins based on his weight. 

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In the palace we saw narrow passageways, steep steps, and doors of different heights. The purpose was that if invaders stormed the castle that these variances would slow them down, however between the 1700s-1900s there were no invaders, because the town was strategically hidden behind the Arabli hills.

In front of the city palace was the man made Pichola Lake which means “behind” and also used for the word butt.

After the city palace tour we went on a 30 minute boat ride in the Pichola Lake past the Jagmandir Palace (named after Jafat Singh and completed it in 1652). The palace is now a hotel and was closed off to us, instead we stopped off at Jagmiwas Island. This Island was build as a guest house and concubine quarters.

Then we stopped off for lunch and had some local Udaipur dishes of Bagan mutter ka bharta and dal batí.

The final stop of the day was Sahelion le Bari a park only for the princess and her girl friends. This garden had imported trees from Brazil and the pure iron gates, plus fountain centerpieces from London. In front of the princess’s palace was a large swimming pool, with a gazebo and a statue featuring the princess. There was a tree in the corner called the Neolama Archia “wish fulfilled tree”, if you make a wish under it, it will come true.

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After this we were so overheated we retired back to our hotel to rest in our AC filled room. We learned that there are thousands of languages in India, but only 16 languages are official and are featured on their currency.