The Udaipur to Ajmer sleeper bus experience made the frozen morgue experience feel real. An interesting turn of events including a cargo bus and some daring improvisations brought an adventure to a happy end.
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.
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.
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.
City of Udaipur viewed from palace
Half-Way Views From Inside Udaipur City Palace
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
The royal sun
That sense of esthetics…
And there is always that element of worship and adoration
Some enjoy a little time off…
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: