Indian Summer: Udaipur (I) – Lakeside story

This is the first of a series of posts from my trip to Western India, last August. The original idea was to explore the relative unknown region of Gujarat but my wife and I had an old score to settle from an earlier trip to Rajasthan, back in 2006. That year, we were unable to visit Udaipur because of a particulary heavy monsoon and we decided that we could start from there this year.

Udaipur was a good surprise and a disappointment all at the same time. The city has an undeniable charm, with its rooftop restaurants, narrow streets and romantic scenery. The palaces and temples  – especially those in and around Lake Pichola – give it that exotic grandeur that one could guess by the countless movies that were filmed there. However, the tourism income has seen better days due to the western world crises and that shows clearly in the urban decay and in the faces of shopkeepers and travel agents.

We didn’t experience any one of those famous lakeside sunsets because the weather was humid and the sky was flat white almost all of the time. However, even without that twilight magic, we could feel that it is Lake Pichola that gives the city its distinctive personality, setting it clearly apart from other cities of Rajasthan.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog

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5 responses

  1. Good stuff, love the shots of the people in the water!

    October 26, 2012 at 23:04

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Trevor. People always make things more interesting…

      October 27, 2012 at 17:55

  2. wow that’s a real cow sitting right there! very nice scenery.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:17

    • António Marques

      Well, Alan, they apear in the most improbable places and it´s advisable to get out of their way!

      October 27, 2012 at 18:37

  3. HAVE YOU EVER READ – PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster??? YOU MIGHT FIND IT VERY INTERESTING!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 00:16

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