Udaipur, It’s The Live Connections

Udaipur, It’s The Live Connections

Most folks go to the fine city of Udaipur, Rajasthan to see the palaces and the lakes (including a palace in a lake) and soak up the history, scenery and culture. The Lake Palace covers an entire island but there are others, Monsoon Palace, City Palace. The former is made mostly of marble (that is, an entire island made of marble! What else, ho hum…) and the latter is so massive it has a palace for a guesthouse. Oh well, only in India. Udaipur dates back to the mid 16th century and had the usual litany of kings and maharanas, ultimately becoming a princely state in 1818. That means the British liaised so they didn’t have to fight to get what they wanted, trade of goods. Water is a big feature of the area: the two lakes being manmade in the 17th century, one of them is 4 km long and 3 wide. It’s hard to find good lake builders these days. Understandably there are temples and gardens and museums but one of the more unique things is the Udaipur Solar Observatory, the only one in Asia. Udaipur made it in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the occasional backdrop to Hollywood and Bollywood movies, stars canter around the city occasionally (Madonna took over our hotel when she came to town).

Notwithstanding all of that history and drama for the visitor sometimes it’s the live connections that create a lasting memory beyond the tourist trappings.

For more on Udaipur, northern India see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2012/11/26/udaipur-man-and-his-wild-friends/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2012/11/01/udaipur-streets/

 

Indian travel photography
Camel in Udaipur, India

Camels are scattered here and there throughout India and show up whether or not you are camera ready. This one obliged in the streets of Udaipur with a nice backdrop.

Indian travel photography
India’s National Bird, the Peacock

The national bird, like the camel in India, pops up when you least expect it and obviously it was not the first time it was caught on the roof.

travel photography
Sometimes It’s the People You Meet that Make a Place

 

This man was special. You can tell by the glint in his eye, he has more than one story to tell. He has seen Udaipur, Rajasthan, India pass from princely state, aligned with the British, to Indian rule. He continues to feed the deer and the peacocks and the Indian wild boar and the pigeons in the wildlife sanctuary at Bara Mahal, just like he has for the past four decades.

 

 

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