Thursday, February 24, 2011

City Palace, Udaipur

Braving the disorganized mass of people all trying to buy tickets (one criticism of India is that its citizens do not know how to follow queues), we bought tickets to the City Palace and proceeded through the gates leading to the complex of palaces built between the 16th and 20th century by various maharajas. We followed (and were sometimes pushed through) the marked tour through the labyrinth within the palace, past rooms with a dominant color, others with decorative glasswork over the walls and ceiling, some with jail windows, through narrow corridors, and into more spacious courtyards. Displayed on the walls of some rooms were an excellent collection of miniature paintings, for which Udaipur is famous. The Mor Chowk (Peacock Courtyard) was particularly popular, with its brilliantly colored glass mosaics of three dancing peacocks dating back to the 19th century, along with some other excellent figurative and floral mosaic designs.

1 comment:

Bibi said...

Yes,that was one pushy place.... I hate it when people do that. Not only do you have to stand in line, but you have to 'stand up' for your rights! But it was worth the push and shove.