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Udaipur

Set around the vast Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is surely Rajasthan's most picturesque city. It certainly has made a huge impression on me! High whitewashed houses and narrow, winding alleys lend it an almost medieval charm. The huge City Palace, still the residence of the Maharana, is carved out of yellow sandstone and stands on the banks of Lake Pichola. From here there are fabulous views over the lake and the famous Lake Palace Hotel. The main part of the City Palace is now preserved as a museum with a large and varied collection of mosaics, glass and porcelain figures, miniatures and paintings. Nearby is the Jagdish temple, a centre of constant activity. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh 1. But one of the highlights of this city is simply wandering the narrow lanes of the Old City with its whitewashed buildings built on the shores of the lake and to wander through the bazaars to look for souvenirs. For a superb evening meal try the restaurant on Jagmandir Island, after having booked a table whilst on a lake boat ride. It cost something like 15 inclusive of a boat ride for two for the evening!

For a photo of Lake Pichola without water see: < http://www.pbase.com/image/35336100

The island palace, Jagmandir, was completed by Maharana Karan Singh, but takes its name from Maharana Jagat Singh (1628-52) who made a number of additions to it. It is said that the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, derived some of his ideas for the Taj Mahal from this palace after staying here in 1623-24 while leading a revolt against his father, Jehangir. The view across the lake from the southern end, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palaces, is a scene of rare beauty and becomes even more picturesque at night.

Of course (as one never fails to hear) the Lake Palace was the setting for Octopussy and is a beautiful island which apparently has a fabulous restaurant and food. Next time we visit......! < http://www.indiasite.com/rajasthan/udaipur/

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Ruth in our hotel room
Ruth in our hotel room
View from room, Udaipur
View from room, Udaipur
View from room, Udaipur
View from room, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Bridge to town centre, Udaipur
Bridge to town centre, Udaipur
Sweet amkers
Sweet amkers
Sari shop
Sari shop
Vegetables!
Vegetables!
More sweets
More sweets
Nut roast
Nut roast
Market stall
Market stall
Blue karai
Blue karai
Sunset restaurant
Sunset restaurant
Playtime
Playtime
Gate
Gate
Sunset
Sunset
Bagore-ki-haveli
Bagore-ki-haveli
Nightime view from our hotel window
Nightime view from our hotel window
Nightime view from our hotel window
Nightime view from our hotel window
City Palace at night
City Palace at night
Musicians Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Musicians Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Lake Palace from Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Lake Palace from Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Evening meal at Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Evening meal at Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Restaurant Ambrai, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple,  Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple,  Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple,  Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Flower sellers, Udaipur
Elephant for hire
Elephant for hire
Well, I don't recommend standing too close!
Well, I don't recommend standing too close!
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Lord Ganesha, City Palace, Udaipur
Lord Ganesha, City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Jagmandir Palace from City Palace, Udaipur
Jagmandir Palace from City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Mirrored ceiling, City Palace, Udaipur
Mirrored ceiling, City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
View of City Palace, Udaipur
View of City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Ruth at City Palace, Udaipur
Ruth at City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Mirred hall, City Palace, Udaipur
Mirred hall, City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Painting of Lake Palace, Udaipur
Painting of Lake Palace, Udaipur
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Jagmandir Palace Painting
Jagmandir Palace Painting
Tiger hunt
Tiger hunt
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Buying paintings
Buying paintings
Willing seller
Willing seller
Washer women
Washer women
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Kite, Udaipur
Lads at play
Lads at play
Lads at play 2
Lads at play 2
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur buildings
Udaipur buildings
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur buildings
Udaipur buildings
Gate
Gate
City palace, Udaipur
City palace, Udaipur
Udaipur buildings
Udaipur buildings
Lake and City Palaces
Lake and City Palaces
t4%2f63%2f190063%2f4%2f52533940.IMG_5327.jpg Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace, note high water!
Jagmandir Palace, note high water!
Ruth takes tea, Jagmandir Palace
Ruth takes tea, Jagmandir Palace
City Palace from Jagmandir Palace
City Palace from Jagmandir Palace
t4%2f63%2f190063%2f4%2f52533950.IMG_5349.jpg Sunset 1
Sunset 1
Sunset 2
Sunset 2
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
City Palace from Jagmandir Palace at night
City Palace from Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Moonrise from Jagmandir Palace
Moonrise from Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Flowers, Jagmandir Palace
Flowers, Jagmandir Palace
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
Jagmandir Palace at night
From our window!
From our window!
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