Udaipur-the city of lakes in South Rajasthan, India, has a very important place in my life.This is the city where the journey of my life actually began for the very simple reason, I was born here.
Dotted with sparkling lakes and surrounded by the lush Aravali hills, the city also known as the Venice of the East, was voted as the best city in the world when it comes to travel destinations and accommodation, by the Travel and Leisure magazine in 2009.
The walled inner city still retains its old world charm with the Lake Pichola being the epicenter of its activities. The world famous Taj Lake Palace hotel and the Jagmandir Island are within the lake and the bank has the imposing Udaipur City Palace Complex on one hand and a plethora of hotels, restaurants and guesthouses on the other.The major traditional ethnic shopping destinations are also within the erstwhile walled old city. The lanes of this part of the city are narrow and most of the times crowded with people.
Modern Udaipur is fairly well laid out and boasts of shopping malls, gaming arcades, food courts, state of the art multiplexes, designer showrooms and the like. Lake Fatehsagar, the second most important lake within the city, has facilities for adventure water sports. This lake is probably the favorite haunt of the locals of Udaipur especially during evenings. The food stalls on the bank of the lake along with the ones at Sukhadiya Circle, a landmark circular fountain in Udaipur, serve a wide range of lip smacking street food. From Indian snacks like Chaat, pakodis, pav bhaji, chole bhature, Idli, Dosa to Pizza, manchurian and chowmein, you name it and the delicacy is there in these food stalls. Ice cream and coffee centres are other attractions of this The Foodies’ Delight zone. A setback though for the non-vegetarians is that these stalls exclusively sell vegetarian dishes.
The non-vegetarians have fewer options to choose from when it comes to getting street food in Udaipur. In fact apart from the regular restaurants, non-vegetarian food is available few and far in between. A joint on wheels by the catchy name of Delhi Durbar, stationed near Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, a folk art museum, serves some pretty good non-vegetarian street food like kebabs and tikkas. Take aways like the delicious sounding Biryani House in Chetak Circle and Wings at Shiksha Bhawan Chouraha, near Lake Swaroop Sagar also serve some mouth-watering non-vegetarian delicacies.
Since, this is just the beginning of the journey, more about Udaipur in the next post! Till then Au-Revoir!