Aside from all the tourist “must haves” of history, architecture, scenery and culture, Udaipur’s streets reek of the tangle of human activity that carries on in India every day. After a day of as many palaces as you can tolerate ( see http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2012/10/30/udaipur-its-the-live-connections/) avoiding head fracture on the low door stoops, climbing narrow stairs to the point of heart failure, listening to the guide spiel off how the rich and famous of Udaipur lived the tough life of harems and servants, a change of pace is needed. Take off to the narrow streets to check out the Udaipur scene in real time. The teeming, snarling, rabbit warren of India’s ancient streets. They are all wrapped up in vendors stalls selling cane sugar in massive lumps far too big for any teacup, to kids washing white horses for the weekend’s (or rather, this week’s weddings as Indian marital festivities aren’t don in a day), to beasts of burden walking the streets with their payload.
Evade the snarl of street life at one of Udaipur’s historic parks where bird life offers a peaceful respite. Some gardens are “places where only harem maidens could visit” or was it “the only places that harem maidens could visit”? Too much tour and street life has the mind swirling.
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