The Udaipur City Palace lights at night, reflecting in Lake Pichola. The photo was taken by me, but from @paddyvir’s phone which has a far better camera than mine. We were sitting on the small balcony at lake level and enjoying the view, even as the weather has turned much, much warmer than the last time I was here in December. Soon it will be bat season again. So far, it’s lapwings, herons, egrets, bats, pigeons, cormorants, kites, crows, and a few drongos in sight.
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Gangaur Ghat gleams under a crescent moon over Lake Pichola, taken from the best spot for a visit or a meal 😀 I’m a bit biased, I admit. But seriously, this view is ever changing and yet constantly mesmerizing and beautiful.
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The Ahar cenotaphs. I learned the word “cenotaph” when I was 14. It means a “monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere” — a place holder for veneration, if you will.
I don’t think the folks who put together that dictionary ever dreamed of the way they’re done in Rajasthan, over acres and acres of land. The yellow stone Bada Bagh outside Jaisalmer might be the most famous, but near the old Pratap Nagar railway station in Udaipur is a huge tract of Chhatris in white.
Sadly, the grounds are unkempt and some structures are in disrepair (plus the caretaker is more than happy to take a bribe to break the posted rules.) Still, it’s serene and rather imposing in the early morning and I’m glad to have visited.
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