SUNRISE/ SUNSET TOUR
Cycling Distance – 20 kms. Duration – 2 to 3 hrs (cycling duration depends on the pace we ride on)
Start point – Kalarohi End Point – Kalarohi
Major points covered –Rural Areas around Udaipur/ Tiger Lake/ FatehSagar Lake.
We start cycling from the village of kalarohi which is the closest village to Udaipur, the first 10 minutes of the ride is in the village, but after that for about 15 mins it will be through the city so we request everyone to ride on the left side of the road and always on the left of the tour leader.
We arrive to our first to do thing and that’s a lake called Fateh Sagar, It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, constructed north-west of Udaipur, to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s.
Within the confines of the Fatah 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.
Udaipur Lake Conservation Society’s reports indicate that the lake supports and sustains ground water recharge, drinking water, agricultural use, industrial use, ecological water availability and provides employment to 60% population of Udaipur.
There are a lot of birds in this lake and it is a bird waters haven, this lake is the city folks lake as you would find the locals working out and cycling or running around this lake in the morning and there are cafes on the other side of the lake where the youth is found having fun in the evening hours.
Now we will be crossing the villages of Badi and Hawala, (in the picture below), they are very green and the farming community here is very active because of all the run off they get from Tiger Lake as the lake is on a higher altitude, we get to learn a little about farming in India and you might get to see some farmers in action (lovely for the photographer in you).
We ride through farmlands making a loop around the Monsoon Palace, The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is named Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built it in 1884. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a view of his ancestral home, Chittaurgarh. Previously owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has recently been opened to the public. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset.
Its builder, Maharana Sajjan Singh, originally planned to make it a five-storey astronomical centre. The plan was cancelled with Maharana Sajjan Singh’s premature death. It was then turned into a monsoon palace and hunting lodge
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. He named it Jiyan Sagar after his mother Jana Devi. 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. Devoid of any commercial activity, the Badi Lake gives a view of a never-ending expanse providing a serene and calm atmosphere to the visitors. The lake is amongst the major tourist attractions of the city.
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 breakfast we ride complete downhill for 4 kms to the finish point.
- A GIANT MTB for all guests with helmets.
- A cyclist will accompany on a bicycle.
- A backup vehicle follows the tour.
- Packaged Drinking Water.
- Packed Breakfast at Badi Lake.
We go at a very slow pace taking ample stops and you will have the command of stopping anywhere you want for pictures or water breaks or to learn more about India.
Minimum requirement is 2 pax.