Cycling Distance – 35 kms. Duration – 4 to 5 hrs (cycling duration depends on the pace we ride on)
Start point – Your Hotel End Point – Your Hotel
Major points covered – Old city/Lake Pichola/ Dudh Talai/ Rural Areas around Udaipur/ Tiger Lake/ FatehSagar Lake.
We start early morning from the hotel, you will each be provided with a GIANT MTB with gear, all frame sizes are available and helmets will be provided.
We start cycling from the hotel and will enter the old city through Brahmpole which is one of the old entrances f the old city, and we ride through the narrow lanes of the beautiful old city, crossing bridges, city palace and markets which will be closed at this hour, we now reach a beautiful little pond called Dudh Talai.
This lake shares a common link road with another picturesque attraction Lake Pichola. Doodh Talai is surrounded by small hillocks which hosts Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park, and Manikya Lal Verma Garden (or Rock Garden or Musical Fountain Garden). Now we will leave the city and go towards the countryside riding on secluded roads with Lake Pichola on one side and the Military Station on the other, we take a small stop on the back side of Lake Pichola to spot some birds and get a very different view of the city palace and the old city. It is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake.
Now we ride towards the villages of Sisarma and kalarohi, which are considered the nearest vilalegs to the city, feel free to interact with the kids we will find on the way, they are friendly and very use to seeing us ride through their villages, if you are lucky they might show you a dance step or two.
We ride through farmlands making a loop around the Monsoon Palace, and reach the diversion for Tiger Lake and Ubeshwarji. 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 ride towards Ubeshwarji which is a slight uphill battle but the views are worth riding for, we will bass beautiful streams which will keep cutting our path from time to time.
We make our way through some tribal 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 will start riding towards fateh Sagar, crossing the villages of Badi and Hawala, (in the picture above), 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 arrive to our final 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.
From here we ride back to the hotel, it will be through the city buy we request everyone to ride on the left side of the road and always on the left of the tour leader.
- 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.