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Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Chittorgarh and Udaipur

During the second half of our two-week motorcycle tour through east and south Rajasthan, we explored the massive Chittorgarh Fort and the romantic ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur. Here are a few glimpses of what we saw.

Also read: Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi

Echoes of Rajput valour in Chittorgarh

Over 4 kilometers long and looming over the surrounding countryside, we could see why centuries of Rajput kings chose Chittorgarh as their centre of power in Mewar.

Fort gate - Chittorgarh
Heading through one of the gates along the fort road that winds up the hill
Homestay sit-out - Chittorgarh
Our charming heritage homestay, the only one in the entire fort!
Parked bike - Chittorgarh
My bike taking a well-deserved rest in the narrow lane outside our homestay
Temple at sunset - Chittorgarh
Of sunsets, views and temples
Jumping langur - Chittorgarh
A young langur in a playful mood lands after a vertical high jump!
Kirti Stambh monument - Chittorgarh
The intricately decorated Kirti Stambh
Fort archway - Chittorgarh
The archway leading to Suraj Pol, the former main entrance to the fort
Pavilion - Chittorgarh
A little pavilion and a mango tree offer shade from the midday sun
Old mansion - Chittorgarh
The crumbling Fatta Haveli sees almost no tourists – perfect for us!
View of Vijay Stambh - Chittorgarh
A view of the Vijay Stambh tower through a broken window of the Fatta Haveli
Samidheshwar temple - Chittorgarh
The Samidheshwar temple, framed by one of its massive entrance arches
Ratan singh palace
The Ratan Singh palace glows softly in the setting sun

Also read: 12 places with heritage sites that left us spellbound

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Art of every kind in Udaipur

Udaipur, with its evocative old-city streets, romantic palaces and enduring love for art was the perfect place to end our road trip by kicking back and soaking up the atmosphere.

Painted archway - Udaipur
Greeted by horses and elephants as we ride into the courtyard of our homestay
Blue door
What stories does this blue door protect?
Graffiti - Udaipur
Whether traditional or modern, street art is everywhere
Cows - Udaipur
Art imitates life
Archway - Udaipur
Hushed conversations in shaded courtyards
Blocks of raw sugar - Udaipur
Huge blocks of raw sugar (jaggery/gur) glisten in the afternoon sun
City Palace - Udaipur
The City Palace and Hanuman Ghat, as evening descends
Illuminated bridge - Udaipur
The Chand Pol Puliya pedestrian bridge lends atmosphere to Lake Pichola
public library - Udaipur
The public library in Gulab Bagh – an erstwhile palace, maybe?
Sajjangarh Palace - Udaipur
The hilltop Sajjangarh Palace, as seen from the Fateh Garh hotel
Egyptian vulture - Udaipur
An increasingly-rare Egyptian vulture circles our hill
Thali - Udaipur
Poolside thali at Fateh Garh hotel – a meal with a view!
City Palace - Udaipur
The beautifully illuminated City Palace, reflected in the waters of Lake Pichola

Chittorgarh and Udaipur each have their own very distinctive feel. While one is a remnant of a glorious past, the other is a living combination of past and present. And both have their own wonders to behold.

Also read: 16 tips for planning that awesome motorcycle tour

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