Udaipur, India: Peace, Love and Jalebi

There was one hotel on our India trip that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave: Fateh Garh is the most beautiful spot I’ve ever visited.  Hands down.

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Fateh Garh sits on the top of a hill in the Araveli range near the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan.  The hotel “belongs to the Heritage Renaissance School of building Heritage Renaissance – a term used to describe the laborious transplanting of the stone by stone, pillar by pillar of a heritage structure from a place not very far away to a new context.” (Source).

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And it looks like this.  Seriously, I don’t think it could be any more beautiful.

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Wanna see my favourite spot?

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We were so warmly welcomed to this breathtaking site, and proceeded to enjoy two days of Rajasthani (specifically Mewari) food.  Tough life, right?

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Imagine breakfast at sunrise:

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Where you start out with a typically North Indian food: Paratha.  These are gorgeously flaky whole wheat breads stuffed with all sorts of Indian veggies – my favourite options being aloo (potato) or even better – gobi (cauliflower)!  And where there’s paratha, there must be curries and chutneys.  This tomato chutney was just-the-right-sweet for breakfast, and just-the-right-savoury.  Mmm.

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And onto something I’d never encountered as a breakfast food: Semiya Upma. This dish is an upma made with short vermicelli noodles (instead of the rava (cream of wheat) that I’m used to), fresh veggies, and mustard seeds.  Yum.

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And of course, idli and sambar.  You’ll have to go read about Mumbai to discover the idli and sambar deliciousness.

And Rajasthani feasts for dinner:

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The candlelit tables were gorgeous, but of course made food photography look a wee bit blurry, as you’ll see in the shots below — so you’ll have to forgive me.  But I make up for it by showing you my favourite desserts: one of them being gulab jamun (balls of sugar & milk in a simple syrup).  Try not to call them “Timbits”.

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And my all-time favourite dessert: Jalebi.  Jalebi are like a funnel cake where the batter is fried, and then soaked in simple syrup.  How could it not be amazing?  And they presented at the restaurant as “Jalebi (live)” — because the chef was out there making freshfresh jalebi right in front of our eyes.  And bellies.  Don’t ask how many I had.
And so now you get the experience of “Jalebi (live)”:

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And jalebi to eat, by candlelight.

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Hint: If you’re looking for Jalebi in Toronto, you usually find them at Indian grocers and sweet shops — and they’re highlighter-orange in colour.  We got them au naturel in Udaipur, but saw the bright orange ones heaped in piles by the street vendors.

I’d rather have a beige jalebi, and a bright orange sunset:

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Then sit by the pool and digest while contemplating buddha.

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And if you decided to actually leave the hotel and go visit Udaipur?

You can go see some traditional Rajasthani dancing:

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Gorgeous temples:

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The Palace:

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And best of all, the Summer Palace — known around these parts as the Lake Palace, for obvious reasons.

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If you feel like you recognize it, it’s because it was in a little Roger Moore Bond movie, “Octopussy”.

But really, I’m here for the food.  Can you bring me another jalebi?  I’ll be at the pool.

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11 Comments on “Udaipur, India: Peace, Love and Jalebi”

  1. April 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Your photos are gorgeous, the light looks amazing! It really does look like the most beautiful place on earth! All that and the best vegetarian food in the world, I have to go, and soon!!

    • April 13, 2011 at 8:13 am #

      YES! I recommend saving your pennies now so you can get there ASAP. You would love the food. 🙂

  2. April 13, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Your pictures are breathtaking. Makes me want to visit India some day 🙂

    • April 13, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      Thank you so much, Felix! I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to go! And can’t wait to go back!

  3. October 2, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Thank you for the lovely write up and pictures…..

    On behalf of team Fateh Garh,
    Dushyant

    • October 2, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks, Dushyant for stopping by my blog!!! We are thrilled to be coming back to Fateh Garh in March 2012 — and are looking forward to another wonderful experience!

  4. March 22, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Thank you for the lovely write up and pictures…..

    On behalf of team Fateh Garh,
    Nehpal singh
    Manager Front office

    • March 24, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      You are so welcome! We enjoyed our time so much last year, and this year was truly special — so thank you for the hospitality! I will let you know once our post about this year’s stay is up!

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