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Udaipur, Rajasthan India

Filed under: India,Photos — she_travels at 7:25 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2012

The drive from the krumbly place to Udaipur is truly beautiful. Hills and curves on a very small road. It is rural valley with fields and fields of green, two different grains, sugar cane and bananas were seen. There were older men sitting on a contraption walking an ox in a circle to pump irrigation water. There were ladies in local colors of the rainbow, working in the fields.

If I had stopped Lahku every time I saw something I wanted a photo of.. I would be in India for the next year…  I decided NOT to ask him to stop at all. Because of this some of the photos are not great.. but I think worth having a look.

Where there were rocks to use, fences where made this way.  Gotta remember the cattle roam free in this land.

 

I tell ya, where it gets water… tis lovely.

 

I know,  not great  but look at the wacky cone shaped hill.

 

Where there were few rocks the fence line looked like this, broken limbs and brush used to keep the cattle out. Some times there was a wire fence as well, sometimes it was just brush. I did see,  more than once,  branches with a long thorn. The white-ish stuff about mid pic is seed stalk of the sugar cane. I may have a better pic from elsewhere.

 

These next few are random photos of the area near the hotel we were staying.. We deicded to take a walk, Mom nor I cotton to turning back..we got lost.  Ok., not really lost but we were mis placed for some amount of time. It all worked out in the end.  We never did tell Lahku.. he was working so hard to keep us safe and healthy we didn’t have the heart to tell him.

 

Caged booze, what is up with that?

 

Temple-ish in town. The design reminds me of Cambodia.

 

 

 

Narrow little not so much streets.

 

 

Water pump for many of the homes. While having breakfast on the roof top of our hotel one morning we saw a lady  in a dress like garment “showering” with a hose which seemed to originate from the street. We noticed she did her dishes on the roof as well.

Ahh here, view one direction from the hotel roof..

Sunrise,  I am thinking.

 

From Wikipedia:

City Palace, Udaipur,  built by the Maharana Udai Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559, after he moved from Chittor. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency and its last capital.

 

 

 

There were many more people here than anywhere else we had been.

 

I understand this palace complex is the largest in India and it is actually 11 palaces. This is one of  the four courtyards I remember.

 

A view of Lake Pichola and the Floating Palace,  from  City Palace roof, which is now a famous expensive hotel.

 

 

Heaps of inlaid marble. It was all very pretty, this was covered with a heavy plastic to keep visitors hands off.

 

Another courtyard.

 

The front of City Palace.

 

We walked through what I believe is the city gate in to the palace complex. They offer a boat ride on  Lake Pichola from the other side of the palace.  On the way over we came across a bit of space that looked like it had been rented out for a party, perhaps a wedding being is was wedding season. Then we saw these and knew it was a wedding.

Some of this is colored rice, the other bits are flowers.

 

The boat ramp was right behind me.

 

A few pics from the lake.

The City Palace.

 

The Floating Palace.

 

Part of the city with ladies washing clothes.

 

Right then,  next up a quiet place..away from the peep peep if traffic and peoples.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Courtyard of the Maidens) is a major garden, it was  laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains. These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place.

 

Truly a delightful spot.

 

I was just so happy to have quiet with open garden within the walls, I had no idea I would be so truly impressed by….

 

Holy Crackers!! Cool  huh?

 

Backside of the wall above.

 

I think there were a total of five water features.

 

Elephants are lucky!

We were so thankful for the quiet place we told Lahku and he had another in mind. Woohoo!

 

I may have this slightly wrong but I was under the impression this next place is a memorial Chetak, a white warhorse of Arabian decent. Now that I click through Wikipedia it may be a memorial for the Battle of Haldighati. Wikipedia says the statue is in the City Palace grounds.  I can tell you it is not unless there are two.

From Wikipedia:

The battle of Haldighati, lasted only four hours. Both sides fought bravely on the field. Folklore has it that Pratap personally attacked Man Singh: his horse Chetak placed its front feet on the trunk of Man Singh’s elephant and Pratap threw his lance.  In the general melee that followed, Chetak received a fatal wound on one of his legs.

My photo of the statue is not great but my pics of the views from the hill where it is are very nice.

 

 

 

As far as I know this is not Lake Pichola but I have no idea what the name of the lake is.

 

Temple at the top pf the hill one has to walk up a bizillion stairs to.

 

 

 

Whew, I think I am down to the last few of Udaipur, these taken from our the hotel roof.  By the by ~ I think the name of the hotel was Lake View, the staff was very nice, the food and room were also good. But, were I to go back I would choose  Mewargarth Palace, Mom and I went up the hill to use their internet. We were having such a delightful time with the owners,  Farheen and her mother,  we stayed for dinner on the roof overlooking the City Palace.

 

K then, last few of Udaipur:

 

Goats living in the roof.

 

This is a wedding party that was pasting by on the road below. The green at the top of the pics is the lake.  So, there is a car in front of the wedding party, that is just traffic. In front of it is a rolling PA system with a guy singing, there is also a band of sorts, a few horns and what not, behind them are young men dancing as the wedding party moves down the street, then the older men that can bee seen here behind the car… ya see the horse, it is white, all the wedding horses are white from what I understand in memory of  Chetak. The groom is riding the horse. The woman are last in the party.  They travel from the groom’s house to the brides to take her up to where ever the wedding is going to take place. Lahku told us that if you have more money you can rent an elephant or of you have a longer distance you can take a white car.

Parasol over the groom.

 

 

There ya have it!

 

Ok, we had been to several quite places within cities and we stayed in the hills in Rankapur. Lakhu had yet another surprise in store for us. Todgarh is next.

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