The mighty fortress Chitor
Trip Start Dec 27, 2016
17Trip End Jan 18, 2017
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We ascended the path up to this evocative ruin in tuk tuks
We finished our tour with a walk (more of a scramble) along part of the ramparts.
After the final fall of Chitor in 1568, Rana Udai Singh II of Mewar founded a new capital which he named after himself - Udaipur. We drove there, arriving in time for late lunch. Udaipur is our favourite city so far. Busy, but cleaner than others, among forested mountains and set around lovely lakes, clearly visible in much cleaner air. We took a boat out to an island Palace in Lake Pichola for lunch - a lovely spot, and a huge lunch. Three of us decided to share a bottle of Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Which cost us $20 each! Beer is much cheaper - might stick to it from now on.
On the way back in our boat we went on a bit of a lake cruise, and can see why some call Udaipur "The Venice of the East" - at least some vistas from the Lake itself, passing the enormous City Palace, bring to mind the palaces along the Grand Canal.
A short drive took us up to our 5 star hotel, very posh and with sweeping views from my room over the lake. As we're here for two nights I took the chance to do washing. Most of us weren't up to dinner. I only had soup, and three of us didn't come down at all. It seems a shame to be alone in such huge rooms but very comfortable.