Little Bits Of Udaipur : A Photo Story! Part 1

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In every lane and every turn, a new shade of Udaipur emerges. Take a look at Udaipur from the eyes of a curious traveller and find out the best places to visit in Udaipur in this series of photo stories.

Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’ and ‘The City of Lakes’ is a city in Rajasthan that reflects the grandeur of the Rajputs in grand palaces and other architectural marvels. The rich culture, colourful festivals and unmatched artistry of the locals of Udaipur make it a very special place to visit in India.

  1. Early Morning Rituals In The City Of Lakes

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    A lady draped in a yellow saree goes for a habitual dip into a lake in Udaipur. Her soft silhouette against the morning sunshine is beautifully captured. A lot of people take a dip into the rivers and lakes of Udaipur as a part of their religious morning rituals.

  2.  Miniature Painting – An Art That Reflects Udaipur Itself!

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    Back in the day, painters would paint intricate patterns onto a tiny canvas and present them to Kings. The painting would depict instances or happenings of a king’s life in the past to keep as memoirs of important life events. Ever since, this delicate and detailed form of artistry continues to thrive in the city of Udaipur and still continues to touch a million hearts with their paintings.

  3. A Palace That Took 400 Years To Build.

    Photo Credits: Mohit KhushalaniPhoto Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The palace encompasses sections like the Rai Angan (Royal Courtyard), Krishna Vilas, Badi Mahal, Mor Chowk, Sheesh Mehal (ravishing compilation of a place full of mirrors), Zenana Mahal (Ladies Chamber) and its central courtyard, Lakshmi Chowk.

  4. Colours Of The Dark: City Palace Of Udaipur

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    It is said that true beauty lies within. The City Palace at Udaipur might not look too attractive on the outside, but the interiors? Well, it truly is beautiful. The palace showcases stunning mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, inlay-work and stained glass architecture that compiles you to be awestruck.

  5. A Page Out Of The Daily Life In Udaipur

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    Rajput Rana Lakha built an artificial freshwater lake known as the ‘Pichola Lake’ in 1382 AD. Over centuries, several islands have been developed over and around it. Lake Pichola is adorned with palaces, marble temples, mansions, bathing ghats and arch bridges. The lake also plays a vital role in the lives of the people of Udaipur.

  6.  ‘Terah Taali’, A Famous Rajasthani Folk Dance

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    One of the most uniquely stunning Rajasthani dance is performed at Dharohar- Bagore Ki Haveli. It is called ‘Terah Taal’ or ‘Terah Tali’ which translates to 13 beats. Women tie a musical instrument called the ‘Manjira’ on her hands and legs and plays it in thirteen different styles. This dance form was first derived from the Kamada Tribes of Rajasthan.

  7. The Oldest Performer Stuns You With Her ‘Chari’ Dance

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    The ‘Chari Dance’ is another tradtional Rajasthani dance form performed by the Gujjar community of northern Rajasthan. Women carrying ignited brass pots over their heads and dance to a rythm. It requires great expertise as well as undivided concentration and body balance.

  8.  The Clock Tower Of Udaipur, A Timeless Heritage

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    The Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Udaipur is a heritage landmark built in 1876. Back then, most people did not have watches. Clock towers were therefore placed in the town centre and were often the tallest structures in the town. They made sure the clock tower bells were audible to everyone over long ranges.

  9.  The Gangaur Festival, When Culture & Faith Unite

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    The Gangaur festival is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Gauri (the wife of Lord Shiva), who bears a unique significance to the married women of Rajasthan. Several boats carry idols of Isar (Shiva) and Gauri (Parvati), followed by a big princely boat named ‘Gangaur’. You can see the festival at its best at the Ganguar Ghat next to Lake Pichola.

  10.  Udaipur, A Myriad Of Colours & A Paradise For Shoppers!

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    The streets of Udaipur never disappoint those who wish to take a piece of the city back home. Buy souvenirs like miniature elephants, hand made umbrellas, leather items or pick up any jewellery like anklets and bangles  from the colorful markets of Udaipur!

  11.  If You Haven’t Seen A Puppet Show In Udaipur, You Haven’t Seen Anything!

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    Kathputli is a traditional string puppet theatre based on folk tales and stories. It is believed to be more than a thousand years old! No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the Kathputlis.

  12. Sometimes A Lot Is Done, When You Do Nothing At All!

    Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

    While you’re in Udaipur, I’d recommend you to take sometime off and simply breathe-in the beauty of the city. Sit by the Lake Pichola and give into a soothing sunset over the lake. Listen to the birds, soak in the essence of Udaipur… and do nothing else.

Photo Credits: Mohit Khushalani

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