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Maharana fateh Singh shotting a bear, 1916, Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur on Rivers III – Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur City Palace - Views

Looking at these ancient palaces in Rajasthan – the outside, the insides – every detail thought of, produced with perfect attention, love, harmony, I can’t help asking what happened to humanity in the modern world.

Is the “best” we can produce now are the similes of the ugly Trump Towers? How can we take a natural landscape and build over it an ugly mall, Walmart or a sprawling faceless subrurb? Where are the human esthetics that created these combinations of landscape and structure you see here in these glorious ancient palaces? Not only do they not destroy the view, they actually add to it, complete it. It is as if the landscape was waiting for the human hand to bring out some hidden element, a secret embodied inside…

That is true not only for grandiose structures such as these Indian palaces, but also to rural villages world-over that are built into the landscape, and to old city buildings world-over, where attention was given to details and esthetics.

A turbaned Punjabi guy I met on the grounds explained to me that, indeed, the palace was built according to astrological and numerological rules so it will have the best energy. As the air comes in, so it goes out, he said.

Entrance to City Palace, Udaipur    Gate viewed from palace. udaipur

The gate

Elephant in yard, udaipur City Palace, Udaipur The Elephant

And the palace is, indeed, very powerful and yet also delicate, cozy, accomodating to the soul. In particular the views over Lake Pichola are magnificent. 

Palaces by Lake Pichola, Rajasthan

Palace on Lake Pichola, RajasthanPalaces on Lake Pichola

 Ganesha with escorts ovelooking forest view City Palace up close, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Sun face, dial at City palace, RajasthanThe arichtectural magnificence of the Palace

So much history here too. Little did I know. Just a vague idea about maharajas. The splendor, art, intricacies, details. Strangely, if I understood correctly, there is a “private sector” to the palace where a king still lives. Amazing. You can read about “who owns India’s palaces” here

View of Udaipur from City Palace, Rajasthan

City of Udaipur viewed from palace

Half-Way Views From Inside Udaipur City Palace

There’s something enchanting about framing outside views through windows or between columns. That mix of the in and the out is manifest throughout Udaipur City Palace.

View framed in window. Udaipur City Palace , Rajasthan

View framed in window. Udaipur City Palace

Lake and island framed in window. Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

Stained glass windows at Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

Udaipur city views through city palace windows

Udaipur City Palace - The Wonders Inside

One can barely digest the beauty outside and around, when the attention is drawn to the marvellous art and decorations on the inside. 

Here you can see some of the deails of the beauty unfolding between the walls of that auspicious palace, and this is just a tiny selection.

The royal life

Intricate royal art

     Maharana Fateh Singh shooting a bear, 1916,

   The king's entourage

The royal sun

      The Royal sun, Rajasthan 

Family picture with royal Sun, Udaipur City Palace

That sense of esthetics…

Detail of peacock, Udaipur City Palace Rajjasthan

     Lace-like decorated partitions. Udaipur City Palace.Rajasthan     Elepahnt fight. Udaipur city palace

Elepahnt fight. Udaipur city palace, Rajasthan

And there is always that element of worship and adoration

     Shiva with trident. City Palace. Udaipur Posing by the warrior. City Palace, Rajasthan 

Some enjoy a little time off…

The guard and the cellphone at city palace

In addition to all that, there is a fabulous art history museum inside the palace, where I took a million pictures as well. Don’t miss!

Following all these adventures I went to get my share of waves and water on the illustrious Lake Pichola Boat Ride.  but not before tasting my first Masala Dosa…

And here are links to the other posts on this serial:

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