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Old 8th March 2009, 10:42   #46
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Samurai Madam, Great Rajasthan Pictolog. We virtually visited Rajasthan from Bangalore.
Let me tell you, it was indeed pleasure meeting you at Tirthahalli too.

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Old 8th March 2009, 12:48   #47
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Very nice Pic. Real Eye feasting.
By the way how did you managed to get the pic inside the palace. Like Arms, Gold Plated Carving, Oil Painting etc. Mysore Palace don't even allow camera inside.
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Travelogue Continued...

We came out mesmerized by the beauty inside the temple. I had read about Ranakpur, had seen a few pictures even, but nothing had prepared me for it. Least of all the temple’s exterior. This mismatch I later came to know was in accordance with Jain belief, that real beauty is on the inside and external beauty is of no consequence. We have all heard this statement, but incorporated in architecture? That’s new, at least to me.

We are on our way now, driving through the Aravali ranges

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Langurs, seem well behaved

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This is the first time we stopped for pictures by the roadside. Somehow the landscape on our drives never caught my eye until now. The vegetation had mostly been hardy shrubs, lots of it. Only the dunes were unique and gave the feeling of being in a desert.

The only other desert I’ve been to is the Mojave-Sonoran in Arizona. There we came across mind-blowing red rock formations; these natural wonders have to be seen to be believed. It is the backdrop of most Clint Eastwood movies, so we have all seen it onscreen!

Our driver points out Adivasi dwellings along the hilly route. As we get closer to Udaipur, we see lots of greenery, lot of land under cultivation too. Soon we hit highway construction work; it is a slow dusty drive to Udaipur from there on.

Feb 14th Udaipur

Today, let’s start with the Maharana’s vintage car collection. It’s t-bhp’s birthday after all.

1956 Benz 180D

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1960 Benz

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1966 Benz 200

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Vertical gauges

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1938 Cadillac convertible, this one is cute

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1938 Cadillac

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With purdah for women

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1924 Rolls Royce

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1934 RR Phantom 2, Recognize this?

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1934 RR Jeep

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Old 9th March 2009, 09:23   #49
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Travelogue continues...

What are these levers? Parking brake? It’s not a 4WD is it?

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1931 RR Safari

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Hand operated wiper

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1946 Buick Salon

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1930 Ford A

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1950 Morris Tiger and ’59 Minor

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1961 Austin Camry

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1965 Rambler Classic

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1942 Ford Jeep

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1936 Vauxhall with sunroof

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This is timeless

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Chevy truck

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Solar vehicles

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Made my day with that glorious set of car pics! I'll have a great day today... Thank you, and please keep 'em comin'!!!
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Wow, what a Travelogue madam!
We were planning of doing Rajasthan this weekend, but the heat detered us, looks like Bikaner will be our target this winter.
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Mrs. Samurai, You really know how to keep the petrol-heads at T-BHP happy!
That's one amazing collection of classics for us!
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Old 9th March 2009, 16:12   #53
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Guess this solar vehicles belongs to the royal family who owns the lake palace right?

Saw it on travel and living where the ian wright was taken round the palace in it. The best part was he was sitting beside the princess and driven by the prince around palace which was used by the maharana as his go kart track:-)

Great pictures mrs samurai. Please make us rejoice with more on this trip
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Wife replies...

akroy: Glad you like it. Incidentally we drove past 'Vihangama' yesterday and were thinking about that trip.

Soumya: Simple, they allowed cameras with a fee.

Tanveer: Thanks. Bikaner is probably the most beautiful of all the forts, do go.

pulsar: We were looking for food when we chanced upon this classics collection. It was sheer luck.

maddy: It belongs to a trust headed by the current maharana. You can find some info about the solar vehicles at Mewar Solar Cell - The City within a City Project, Udaipur and Solar Vehicles
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Old 10th March 2009, 09:55   #55
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Shrimati Samurai,
Did you take lunch in this car museum?They offer excellent thali there with warm hospitality.
Hope you visited Kumbhalgadh which is 80 kms far fm Udaipur.If so kindly post jungle safari photographs.
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Travelogue Continues...

Earlier in the day our taxi was replaced by the tour company. We only had city palace on our agenda today, so off we go. Udaipur is a city of weddings, celebrity weddings at that. The Palace being the most sought after venue.

Our guide was rattling off names of all the celebrities that married here, the elaborate arrangements available etc, etc and then he suggests to my uncle that he should consider this place for his daughter’s wedding. He’s looking at me, Oh! I am married, with two kids to boot. We didn’t hear a peep about weddings from him for a long while.

For those of you interested, here’s the venue

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“The Mewar dynasty is the second oldest surviving dynasty in the world” says our guide. Who is the first? He says Denmark. I had Japanese in mind. I’m still not sure about the oldest surviving title. But, Mewar dynasty is the longest serving dynasty in the world. They ruled for 1200 years, right from the eighth century until independence.

Udaipur palace

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Royal insignia

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Mural showing Rana Prathap Singh on his horse Chetak

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Mosaic art

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Rana Prathap with Chetak. Mughal elephants used to be armed with swords and trained to cut off horses’ necks. A trunk was fitted on the horses to confuse the elephants into thinking that it is a baby elephant. I have my doubts here, elephants have other senses too. The elephants used to be drunk said the guide. Mughals used to let loose drunk elephants to go on a rampage against the enemy.

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Rana Prathap’s chain link armour

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This tub used to be filled with silver coins during poojas; the coins were later distributed among Brahmins.

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...then he suggests to my uncle that he should consider this place for his daughter’s wedding. He’s looking at me, Oh! I am married, with two kids to boot. We didn’t hear a peep about weddings from him for a long while.
that was funny.
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Rana Prathap with Chetak. Mughal elephants used to be armed with swords and trained to cut off horses’ necks. A trunk was fitted on the horses to confuse the elephants into thinking that it is a baby elephant. I have my doubts here, elephants have other senses too. The elephants used to be drunk said the guide. Mughals used to let loose drunk elephants to go on a rampage against the enemy.
Trained drunk elephants carrying swords, cutting off horses' necks in battle? And horses with trunks confusing elephants who're drunks? Been to Udaipur, but this legend I didn't hear earlier...
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That dynasty bit is a bit suspect, seeing as how there are atleast 2 separate families and a lot of the rulers are adopted. BTW, the title of Maharana doesn't officially exist anymore, India being a democratic republic and all, so Arvind Singh has adopted it as a legal name.

Mrs Shetty, the 'baby elephant' story is a new one. But the drunk elephant tale is well known, and probably has some truth to it.

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Travelogue Continues...

This pleasant courtyard is about 40 feet above ground level (you can actually see the trees peeping out in the first picture of post #56 to get the height reference). This Palace was built around a hill.

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Udaipur city

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A room made entirely of colored glass

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Decorated rooms

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Gallery

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Lake Palace

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Coloured glass room

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Ivory doors

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Mosaic art

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Puja room?

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Handicapped Prince’s quarters

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Travelogue Continues...

Sun symbol worshipped by the Royal family

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King’s Dining room

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Passage towards Queen’s quarters

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Queen’s hall

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That ends our palace tour. We shopped around a bit, and had lunch next to the Vintage car museum those photos are already posted. Evening we visit ‘Sahelion ki bari’ a garden with fountains.

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This is our last day for sightseeing, tomorrow we are flying back home. Now, how could we leave Rajasthan without seeing a puppet show

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And some folk dances

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We saw a wedding procession on our way back; apparently there were many weddings that night. We could hear qwwalis and fire crackers pretty late into the night. Next day, we had a leisurely breakfast and left for the airport. A wedding retinue had followed us, all the way to Mumbai. They were in high spirits, laughing and moving all around the flight. Somehow the air hostess didn’t seem to catch the excitement. Anyway we reached Mumbai, another flight and we were home around 10PM.

And that is the end of our Rajasthan tour. My uncle and aunt are very happy about the experience. They have been telling everyone about it since. I of course have to do this again someday with my family!

Thanks for reading my travel log, hope you enjoyed it.

That’s all Folks!
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