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Udaipur Palace Part 2

The city palace , a Wonderland.

This is part 2 of the Udaipur palace.Read Part 1 here

The palace has huge rooms converted into galleries depicting the life history of Mewar kings. Paintings depicting the life of Rana Pratap the valiant ruler; and his horse Chetak who painted the history of Mewar in golden letters are  certainly awe inspiring.  The  articles and artefacts used by the royal clan are also on display and that reflects the customs, culture and values they nurtured ages  ago.

The flooring of the palace and walls are made of rich designs in marble . The wide windows adorned with colurful stained glass  makes the palace an ethereal beauty. The tall ceilings and well arched  windows  makes the interiors brighter with natural light and at the same time gives a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Exquisite craftsmanship is seen in every inch of the palace be it on wood, metal or on marble and a building as old as 500 years old stands tall as if touching the skyline on the banks of lake Pichola . It is real feast to the eyes.

There’s lot to see, lot to feel happy about.

More to follow.

Enjoy the pictures.

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City Palace,Udaipur part 1

Udaipur is a beautiful city and  capital of Mewar . The city was built over a period of 400 years, its mansions, forts , Palaces remain a great tourist attraction even today. The princely state is so attractive with its beautiful gardens, lakes and Forts and palaces. To make this as a well planned aesthetically attractive city the work was started by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553  . It is no wonder that this is one among the  great tourist attraction in Rajasthan.

I am taking you all on a tour of City palace in Udaipur. A marvel in marble,this is also an architectural wonder. A tour of this palace will take about a whole day. This has become a great museum which reflects the life style of Mewar kings, the customs,culture , the style of work etc.

Please go through the pictures to enjoy the Palace . It would be injustice on my part just make a small post on this great edifice. Hence I am palnning a series of posts and would bring what I could capture through my lens.

See you all soon!!

 

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Ship of the Desert

Some pictures captured when I visited Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan Bangles

These pictures of bangles I captured at Mount Abu. The happy shopkeeper allowed me to take a few snaps 🙂

 

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Sun Set , Dwarka, India

Sun set , various faces captured from Dwarka.

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Maha Rana Pratap and Chetak have created history and their names are well etched in the history of Mewar.  Chetak, was the amazing valorous horse who helped Maharana Pratap from the  battle of Haldighati, The horse ran for about 2 -3 miles carrying his wounded master and jumped a 21 feet wide river with its wounded legs and saw that its master was safe before dropping dead.  It is not surprising to see a memorial built to this great horse.

Till date, people of Mewar take pride of Chetak’s marvellous escape from battle grounds and they get really get excited while narrating stories about this great horse.

I have made an attempt to bring Chetak’s memorial and Rana Pratap’s memorial in the same post as it would be easy to keep track of these two while visiting the city.

The Chetak memorial is situated a few Kms from Haldighati,( nearly 40Kms from city of Udaipur) is a mountain pass in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan where battle  was fought between Maharana Pratap and Mughal emperor Akbar’s forces.

Rana Pratap memorial is situated on a small hillock in the city of Udaipur overlooking the Fateh sagar Lake .This has a beautiful garden fully surrounded with sandalwood trees . There is a museum also which depicts the history of Mewar ( will post pictures in my next post.

There is a  life size bronze statue of Maharana Pratap riding his dear Chetak.

The Panoramic view of Udaipur is breath taking.

I have included a few pictures captured during my tour.

This time taking you to yet another beautiful place Sahelion Ki Bari in Udaipur ( Garden  of the maidens) This is very near to Fateh Sagar lake built by Maharana  Sangram Singh for his queen and her maid assistants who accompanied her as part of dowry.

The queen and her friends used to spend their time here.The garden is a major tourist attraction with a lotus pool and marble fountains and brightly coloured flowering plants.The lush green lawns are well maintained and the water in the fountain gushes from the nearby Fateh Sagar Lake.

Enjoy the pictures.

 

Udaipur, Fateh Sagar lake

Udaipur in Rajsthan is a very popular tourist destination. The city was founded by Raja Udai singh.

The city is beautiful, clean and has  well maintained edifices, and is surrounded by lakes and gardens.

The scenic beauty is something to be seen and felt. I have some captures which I will share here.

This is Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur.

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My Vaction

I am just back from a great vacation and it was a great tour ; time well spent exploring  new places, enjoying the local delicacies , meeting new people, and enjoying the shopping. Loved visiting ancient temples and historic places.  This time we chose Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Delhi.Will be sharing pictures here so that you too can enjoy and travel through my post to various destinations.

The climate was conducive for travelling. We made the best of it. We visited, Ahmedabad , Somnath and Dwarka, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Haridwar, Rihsikesh and New Delhi.

Here is a collage – all in a nut shell , nay all in a frame.

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Mysore Palace, Karnataka

On 26th January, Republic Day, I was fortunate enough to see the fully illuminated  Mysore Palace. About 1,00,000 lamps are used for illuminating this grand palace.

The lights came up exactly at 7 Pm and the it was amazing to watch the fully lit beauty against the dark background. The palace shines like a jewel with all the lights on for about 1/2 an hour on Sundays and on National holidays. We just reached there just before the illumination and it was a great experience when suddenly the large edifice was lit at one go. The onlookers squealed with delight.The entry is free for all at  the palace ground during this period.

Only during Dasara ( State festival) it remains illuminated on all days of the festival.

Will post more about the Mysore Palace later.

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