The most romantic spot in India (tagged by Colonel James Tod) surprisingly maintaining its precious emblem. The romanticism has shifted, and probably expanded.
Beside glimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wild Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, curvy, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Take a step back from the hustle, however, and Udaipur still has its magic, not just in its marvellous palaces and monuments, but in its matchless setting, the tranquillity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle of its ancient bazaars, its lively arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its better hotels, its endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback.
Like its predecessor Jaipur (was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh), Udaipur also was founded by Maharana Udai Singh (II) during 15th century. Like most other Rajasthani cities Udaipur also witnessed a series of intrusion and attacks that has left permanent signature in various forms.
The unique combination of a heritage city with a number of natural and human-made lakes along with distinct agrestal line of Aravalli hills makes Udaipur an inimitable place to visit. Add to these, the century old architecture, crafts practices and an array of food selections – you have your next discovery destination.
Our programs at Udaipur are all about discovering the grisly history of massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. Accommodation includes fortified mansions to camping under the stars. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan – a brew of old heritage with modern luxuries.
Forts and Façades that go on as far as the highs of the hills that carry them, deep-orange hues of sun setting over bright brown sand dunes, slippery specks of sand slipping through silently, starry charcoal skies in the middle of the desert, multi-colored turbaned men playing flute and traditional ravan hatha, making the little dolls dance to the tune of soulful music, women in even more colorful robes, long skirts and jewelleries walking gracefully with a pot of water leaving behind the sonorous sounds of their anklets, temples painted with colorful acts of various Lords and palaces where plenitude can’t be measured.
But, that's just a few glimpses of what Rajasthan has to award us, and what we are going to witness and photograph. Our photography tour of Rajasthan will leave you longing for more, and the pictures you bring back will make sure that the memories will never recede....
We will take you to the nooks and crannies of rural India with individual travellers or travel groups, giving them a first-hand look at how India’s traditional crafts are practiced. Travellers are given the unique opportunity of interacting with artisans, watching them in the process and uncovering stories seldom found in books and travel magazines.
You will be introduced to the famous miniature painting artist, terracotta artists and puppeteer at Udaipur, including hands on workshops and demonstration of the whole process of making these craft items.
The miniature paintings of Udaipur manage to display the raw but opulent culture of Rajasthan with ease. The paintings are made using a rigorous process which involves manufacture of the pigments and colours from scratch. Very often, these paintings reflect real life events and are portrayals of such events. Hence, they act as a method of archiving our past and reconstructing it. These paintings were popular in Mewar, Udaipur.
Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets—inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, which are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer.
Terracotta is a clay-like earthenware ceramic that can be either glazed or unglazed. Terracotta pottery is a craft wherein artists uses their artistic talents to create pots, dishes, mugs, vases, and other types of artwork. Most potters create functional pieces that are meant to be put to everyday use....