Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands; the largest of these is the Nehru Park (4 km2 (1.5 sq mi) area), which is a popular tourist attraction, the second island (0.06 km2 or 15 acres area) houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain, and the third island (1.2 km2 area) is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO). The Nehru Park is accessible by inboard motor boats. The blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of the green mountains has given the soubriquet of ‘the second Kashmir’ to Udaipur.
We make our way through some villages and reach Tiger Lake (Badi lake), we stop to eat a little breakfast, here our team will organize a small picnic for us by the lake, It is an artificial fresh water lake. The lake was built in the village of Badi, about 12 km from the city, by Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to counteract the devastating effects of a famine. The lake covers an area of 155 km2, and has an embankment 180 m. long and 18 m. wide, which is graced by three artistic chhatris (kiosks or pavilions). During the drought of 1973, the lake supplied water to the people of Udaipur. It is an amazing experience riding around this lake and on all sides it is covered by the forest department so there is no construction or any kind of commercial activity.
After some refreshments we ride complete downhill for 4 kms to the finish point. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Post Breakfast tour The City Palace. The City Palace Museum comprises the Mardana Mahal (palace for the royal men) and the Zenana Mahal (palace for the royal ladies). Since 1969 these two palaces have been preserved and developed as The City Palace Museum.
The Museum is in fact a series of palaces, built from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, spatially divided into royal private areas and public zones. Each of the palaces represents unique architectural styles and materials. Rare murals on the walls and ceilings, glass inlay work, original paintings and artefacts are spread over 20,000 square metres. Weaponry, armaments and personal belongings of the rulers are on display in their original places.
Right in the heart of Udaipur you will find ”Cooking Classes” in a local home that we work closely with. It is an Indian cuisine cooking school, offering a variety of Indian dishes. It would be a fantastic take-away at the last leg of our journey. The kitchen in this home-based-school resembles your home kitchen, so that you are able to replicate the dishes at your place. Enjoy a hands- on cooking class here and learn some quick Recipes like Masala Chai (Indian Tea), Potato and Onion Pakoras (snacks), Coriander & Mango Chutneys (sauces & dips), Aubergine and Tomato Masala (curry), Vegetable Palao (Biryani), Naan with cheese and tomato (fluffy bread), Chapati (Indian Roti/ bread), Potato Parantha (stuffed potato bread); Paneer (Cottage Cheese) etc.
Accommodations: Taj Fateh Prakash Palace