Udaipur - Pushkar (30/9/2007)
30.09.2007 - 30.09.2007 35 °C
It soon became clear that Udaipur would become a highlight of my trip to India. The city is built around 2 picturesque lakes, one of which contains the Lake Palace, a glittering white construction that rises directly from the water. The town has a different feel to Jodhpur, with whitewashed buildings leaning over narrow, paved alleyways teeming with Vespas, rickshaws and humanity. From any good vantage point in the old part of town you can view the Palace on the lake, the sunlight glittering on the water. I've travelled throughout Europe and the town is (slightly) reminiscent of the medieval towns of Spain, but with a lake, and bazaars. Imagine an amalgam of Toledo, Geneva and Jodhpur - thats' Udaipur!
In short, it's a photographer's dream, and as you can imagine I put the engineers at Canon through their paces! The two shots below show the Lake Palace - the first from the City Palace and the second from the Mewar Haveli, a restaurant we happened to stumble across:
We arrived at the City Palace at around 11:00 and were greeted by a young man eager to be our guide for the day. He proved to be very knowledgeable about the history of the palace and after the tour concluded offered to take us on a tour of the local artisans in the area. Having regretted not paying the original camera fee, I declined the offer and returned to the palace snapping crazily, making up for lost time. Dean and I arranged to meet in an hour.
One hour later and I'm standing at the Palace entrance, and no sign of Dean. Eventually he shows up on the rear seat of a moped being driven by our guide: "Hey Scotto, I've bought some works of art!".
As it turns out, in the 60 minutes I've left him alone, he's bought $750 worth of paintings by local artists. But this was just the start. In the next 3 hours I would follow him on a shopping frenzy through the streets of Udaipur, taking in products as diverse as camel-bone carvings, silver earrings, musk perfume, silk bedspreads and Indian style shirts. It appears that Udaipur has awakened Dean's inner shopping demon. The shot below records the earring leg of the journey:
Dinner was at a restaurant overlooking a magnificent night view of the lake. The remainder of the evening was a mad rush to the station to catch the 12:30-0600 "red-eye" to Ajmer - the get off point for Pushkar.