I am definitely not a moustache type of chic and there are many moustachioed men in India. I have nothing against them, my dad has a moustache, just not my thing!
I asked someone about this trend from time immemorial and I still haven’t got a straight answer.
Will let you know when I do find out, but has something to do with being a man, a sign of man-hoodness manliness!
Really a magical palace decorated with coloured glass, peacock mosaics, hidden passages, uneven steps to throw off the enemy, narrow corridors and doors and a golden sun with a moustache!
Rooms for courting filled with mirrors and glass and it just seemed never ending…quite spectacular!
“The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. It was once a custom that the Maharana would weigh under this gate in gold and silver, which was distributed to the populace. It is also now the main ticket office. Balconies, cupolas and towers surmount the palace to give a wonderful view of the lake.
Suraj Gokhada or the balcony of the sun is where the Maharana would grant public audiences mainly to boost the morale of the people in difficult times. The Mor Chawk is the peacock square and gains its name from the vivid blue mosaic in glass of a peacock that decorates its walls.
Moti Mahal or the pearl palace has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over. The Surya Chopar or the sun square depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Mewar dynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with view of the city. Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal or the ladies chamber, which leads to Lakshmi Chowk a beautiful white pavilion.” – Taj Hotels
|Mural of Krishna with one of his many lovers|
The last Maharana was wheel chair bound and so the palace has handicap access.
There was a mural of Krishna near the women’s quarters, which I observed were not as elaborate as the rest of the palace.
Anyway, I was trying to make a point I learnt from Ritesh about Krishna, who had 16,000 girfriends – most of them he had apparently rescued from dicey situations and had to marry because of moral obligations.
|Old post office using pigeons just how Reuters started!|
The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophicaland theological traditions.They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being.
|Jagmandir Island Palace|
Yep I did it, always wanted to and I am happy to report that Udaipur will stay close to me…always…on my nose!
We then hung out in one shop called Shiva Handicrafts with the owner called Babu who makes lovely leather bound journals/albums/wallets that also supports cooperative.
He had apparently been waiting and praying to meet me all day as he saw me in the morning running after the group on our way to the palace.
Nice guy but not sure about his intentions and Anna was more perceptive about this than I was, truthfully speaking…
My appetite was nil and had been like this for quite a number of days and this is a great thing!