Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Udaipur Diaries: Vintage & Classic Car collection

The Vintage  and Classic Car collection is a unique private collection of the House of Mewar one of the world's longest serving dynasty. This landmark place unvieled in the city of Udaipur on 15th February, 2000.

The collection of cars has been housed in the original Palace Garage, a majestic setup for the showcase of such oldies. The semi-circular garage with its forecourt is housed within a greater courtyard, creating a pleasant hideaway from the hustle of the streets. the garage was built at those time when the only cars in the town belonged to the royal families which is still maintained in its royalty.Till today there is the original Burmah Shell petrol pumps in working condition. The collection has vehicles which belonged the Maharanas of Mewar both past and present. The collection houses even cars which are seventy years old and the greatest fact is that most of them are in perfect working conditions.

The bougainvillea coated Garden Hotel and restaurant is a property of HRH Group of Hotels is also within the campus of the garage. Visitors are awestruck by the display of the magnificent Rolls-Royce, 1939 Cadillac open convertibles, rare Mercedes model, 1963 Vauxhall and 1937 Opel models.
 These collection is an living example of the fact how was the grandeur of our kings and the royalty with which they lived and the legacy they have left behind for us to be proud of.

These collection gives us an glimpse into our rich and bountiful past making us feel proud for the glory of our past.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Udaipur Diaries: Sajjangarh Palace

Sajjangarh Palace, perched on the hilltop of Banasdara mountain of Aravalli hill range, is a palatial residence in Udaipur city overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake. It is a white marble palace, situated 5km to the west of the city at an altitude of 944mt above the sea level. It was built by the seventy second ruler of Mewar dynasty, Maharana Sajjan Singh in the year 1884. As he had a deep passion for astronomy, he intended to construct a nine story astronomical center  that could facilitate the tracking of monsoon clouds along with the weather conditions and thus the great Sajjangarh palace got its renowned name the monsoon palace. But the construction was done for three story building due to his early demise. It is said that the king built it on the hill top yo get the view of his ancestral home at Chittaurgarh. this place also meant as a resort for the royal family for hunting lodge and as a summer retreat. The place structuring is such that it gives us an panoramic view of the great Aravalli ranges, lake Pichola and the countryside scenic beauty.

The monsoon palace has high turrets and guards regulating each tower. It consist of a grand central courtroom with staircase, grand rooms and quarters. The is structured on marble pillars, which are carved with exquisite motifs of leaves and flowers. The walls of the palace is plastered with lime mortar. The quarters are divided into Mardana Mahal(quarter for men), Zanana Mahal(Female quarters), Diwan-e-Aam(public audience hall) and Diwan-e-Khas(hall for the royals). At night the illuminated palace with the Rajasthani architecture comprising of domes, fountains and jharokas gives it a fairy tale beauty. The ground floor of the palace has an indigenous collection of pictures, paintings, maps of the entire palace that Mahrana Sajjan Singh had intended to construct. There is a structuring of rainwater collection system which can store 195,500 liters of water and considered an innovative way of rainwater collection system for dry desert region. there also exist some cannons which can traced backed to the time Udaipur was attacked by Schindias in the year 1764.

 The palace is surrounded by Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary established in the year 1987 which cobers an area of 5.17nsq km. It is regarded as a reserve for reptiles, wild boars, blue bulls hyenas, wild rabbits, spotted dears, panthers, sambhars, jackals, peacocks and many insects. the hillock has been protected with concrete walls and fences to improvise the flora and fauna in the sanctuary

The numbers change, pages of history turns by, the pages flutter yet the palatial fort still stands firm echoing the history of Mewar kingdoms on its full glory. Looming at a great height the palace is the best destination which gives an exhilarating view of the Udaipur city overlooking the lakes. It is an astounding and charismatic view.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Udaipur Diaries: Saheliyon ki Bari

Saheliyon ki Bari meaning Garden for the Maidens is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake designed as a peaceful retreat outside the old city of Udaipur. The garden can be described as a poetic description so is the beauty of this garden. Garden of Maidens was built was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. The Legends speak that this garden was designed by the king himself as a token of gift for his queen. As the queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. Hence the garden was constructed to give them pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court. The garden presents a perfection fusion of the Indian and English architectural styles.

This renowned garden is famous for its lush green lawns, intriguingly constructed fountains, beautiful lotus ponds and its indigenous marble arts. The romantic ambience of this magnificent garden is enhanced because of its lush green gardens, flowerbeds, marble pavilions, bird fountains which makes this place more beautiful. The fountains are fed by water of the lake gushing through ducts made for these same purpose which creates a distinct sound for each channel and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place.

In the years which followed Maharana Bhupal Singh grew a founding for this place and built a pavilion of rain fountains in the thought process of forming an illusion of rain dancing in cadence with dancing maids. the kings used to enjoy a lot around the pools and fountains. these fountains were brought down from England. The main reservoir has four black marbled kiosks in its corners and one white marbled kiosk in its center. Hence on the top of each kiosks, are in the form of sculpted birds that spurts water from their beaks producing the effects of rain.During the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, flood occured in the lake and damaged a part of the garden but it was reconstructed to the present form.

 There is a museum which exhibits a huge collection of royal households which is another attraction in the garden. there is collection of ancient pictures and things from bygone periods. Another interesting sight are the stuffed cobras and other animals which will be a added tint to your journey.

 Saheliyon ki Bari with its beautifully maintained lush gardens, crystalloid fountains, carved pavillions and the lotus pool is a picturesque sight to behold and hence a must visit place for the touristers of Udaipur.