Jewels of Northern India Tour 2014
February 19th - March 3rd, 2014


March 2nd Udaipur

This morning after breakfast we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola before visiting City Palace. City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Uday Singh initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces and structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to the design. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have been living here and having to run around serving at the pleasure of the King, the Queen and all the guests. All the doorways are low so if attacked the attackers would have to bend to go through and thus they would get their heads chopped off!
What I enjoyed most here were all the colours, bright and cheerful. And so many floral designs in the doors, on the walls and ceilings too. This was a beautiful place to visit and around every corner there was something to take your breath away.

Sahelion- Ki -Bari, the "ladies garden"

Sahelion-ki-badi just adjoining the east of the embankment of Fatehsagar lake was constructed in its present form by Maharana Fateh Singh after the original garden had been washed away on account of the breach of its old embankment. A Profusion of flowers, well laid court yards and lotus pool studded with water fountains guarded by four marble elephants each elephant sculptured out of a single piece of stone will be a feast for the eyes of visitors. Spacious and well maintained lawns, beautified by blooming flowers and the setting of huge groves of trees, present a pleasurable sight to enjoy. Fascinating Saheliyon-ki-Bari or the 'garden of maids' was designed and built under the express guidance of Maharana Sangram Singh II. It is believed that Saheliyon ki Bari was constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the Maharana's wife as a dowry.


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