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Published: February 28th 2019
Today we decided to explore Udaipur’s other lake area. Fateh Sagar Lake. This is just above Lake Pichola and connected by a canal but not as picturesque as it doesn’t have the Royal Palace and all the other ancient buildings round its banks.
We had checked which places were recommended to visit and booked a tuktuk with English speaking driver at the hotel reception. Have to say at the end of the trip we did not see exactly the places we had planned (I’m pretty sure we were going to Monsoon Palace but we never actually got there) but that is pretty normal round here and we have come to accept that where we say we want to go is not necessarily where we will be taken. In this case, true.
So far we’ve only seen Udaipur old city, today we went to the new part of town. Busy roads, manic traffic and what you expect in India.
Headed first for a monument at the top of a hill above Lake Fateh Sugar and with excellent views to Udaipur below and the mountains which ring this area. Maharana Pratap Smarak was where
we were according to a photo I took so I’ll have to stick with that. Then part way down the hill to a newish spacious building housing a museum about one of the decisive battles in the Indian History and also models of the walled city as it once was.
There were some quite amusing paintings, very stylised and romantic view of Indian history and chatting to an Indian visitor he said, with amusement, that it was not the history he had learned at school. Best photo showed the hero on horseback (or could it have been an elephant ?) chopping his rival and the horse he sat on clean in half, right down through the helmet and armour.
From there we went to the Queen’s gardens and had a very pleasant stroll along with quite a few other tourists, some European but mainly Indian. Udaipur is a popular tourist resort for all nationalities.
Very nice gardens with lots of flowers and plenty of photo opportunities.
I knew there was a genuine craft village just outside Udaipur but the hotel reception said it was not really working at the moment because of
some festival or other so when the tuktuk driver suggested another handicraft place where we could see the local women at work I said yes. Got me ! Should have guessed it was one of the government establishments.
I did try my hand at block printing and produced a small print of an elephant and I did buy a couple of rather nice cushion covers (on my shopping list) and we did see One miniature painting artist at work so got off lightly really.
From there to the Puppet museum. Not sure why it was on our list of must see places to visit but it was unusual and fine and lots of exhibits of different types of puppets in use in the Indian puppet entertainment industry. There is also a puppet show and by chance a show was on, special for a group of school children so we popped out heads round the curtain for a while and watched the show.
From there we headed back to our hotel disappointing our driver by insisting we really did not want to visit his uncle from Kashmir’s genuine hand knotted carpet shop nor his
cousins real silver jewellers.
Back at the hotel I had a swim in the little pool and we sat on our balcony watching the lakeside activities and fishermen on the lake. We haven’t eaten fish here as wouldn’t fancy anything which came out of these waters having seen the debris which is in there. Not helped by the soap powder used by the ladies in the mornings when they do their washing in the lake from the steps of the Ghat opposite the hotel.
Then a stroll down to the point of the little peninsula our hotel is built on, to Ambrai Ghat. This proved to be a popular evening stroll location having rather excellent views out across the lake. From there we spotted the Ambrai restaurant on the water’s edge and earmarked it for next day’s dinner.
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