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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Udaipur City

Udaipur has other monuments of perhaps greater interest than its palaces--the Mahasati funeral memorials, for example--but we look here at daily life in the old city.

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The entry through the Chandpol or moon gate. The view here is from the bridge across the stream issuing from Pichola Lake.

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Turning 90 degrees to the right: Swaroop Sagar, the channel leading to Fateh Sagar, a 19th century lake. The Lake Palace is in the background, on the right.

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The crowds were in abundance because heavy rains had just brought the lake back to life.

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There was a general air of jubilation, in part because the town's tourist industry depends on a lake with water in it.

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At the Gangaur Ghat, verses from the Ramayana were sung in hopes of procuring more rain.

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Back from the water, the city is full of narrow lanes.

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A view over those lanes from the top of the City Palace.

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The characteristic blue is said to be a recent innovation, replacing the traditional white.

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Although this area has been built-up for centuries, construction continues.

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The question arises: how are bricks and other building materials brought to the site?

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Here, along with ubiquitous cattle, is your answer: donkeys.

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Returning after a delivery.

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Where streets are wide enough, more modern methods can be used.

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Still, there's always a limit to just how modern those methods will be: in this case, concrete is being head-loaded up a rough ramp to the building site.

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Tourists, gathering to watch, were shooed away by an annoyed contractor.

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At a city market: a cartload of bangles for sale.

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Basket weavers.

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Around the City Palace, the economy is very heavily oriented to tourists.

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Outside of town, there's a very different world: half the people of Udaipur District are said to live in villages that can only be reached on foot.

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The countryside is laced with miles and miles of dry-course stone walls.


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