Photos from inside the Royal City Palace, Udaipur. The Palace is still home to the King of Udaipur, Arvind Singh Mewar, who lives in one wing of the Palace complex, while the rest has become a museum. The entire building had an air of decaying elegance. Click on the images for a larger view.
More photos from around Udaipur city. Click on the images for some stories behind the pictures.
Probably one of my favorite days during my Rajasthan trip was my visit to Kumbhalgarh Hill Fort. Famed for its wall, which second only in length the to Great Wall of China. Sitting on top of the Fort, high in the Aravalli mountain range, the air was so pure and the view so magnificent, that all I could do was sit in quiet reverie. Click on the images for a larger view.
Magnificent Jain temple at Ranakpur. Made entirely of marble and supported by 1,444 carved columns. The Jains are an ascetic sect whose members sometimes slowly starve themselves to death to reach divine emancipation. Because their tirthankaras (saints) have all reached moksha (spiritual liberation), there was a tangible emptiness in the place, a “divine absence.” So different from the Hindu temples that I visited, which were full of divine presence, but just as meditative nonetheless. Click on the images for a larger view.