The City Palace dominates the Eastern shore of the lake. The architecture is a blending of Raiput military with Mughal style decoration. Today, the palace is a combination museum and luxurious hotel. There are many 5 * hotels including a floating one. All this was considered when including Udiapur in an elite list of world class cities for 2010, according to our guide. You don’t need to be in $1000+ a night hotel room to enjoy this magical city. We weren’t and we did!
The City Palace perched on the top of the hill is notable as the site for some of the filming of the Bond film ” Octopussy.” Note the pictures of the students in a roof-top café for dinner where the area and food were “sketchy”, the service slow but we saw ” Octopussy”, which we voted as the worst Bond film ever made! We crossed a lighted bridge, wandered through the narrow dark streets of the old town, gazed at the illuminated castle lit up as a beacon, while continuing to dominate the area even in the darkness. The students sketched and David and I strolled. .
Udiapur is a city complete with marble palaces, a lake with romantic hotels and gardens, picturesque Ghats, (stairs from the top of a hill to the water),ancient temples, and a lively bazaar inside the walls of the old city. A must see for a journey through India . . .you can write your own fairy tale…….