Been in Udaipur a few days and have seen the numerous sights, including the palaces. Udaipur is an old city and has been seat of the local royal family or maharajahs for hundreds of years. The main City Palace and its grounds is the largest in Rajasthan and I explored round the palace museum that shows off the traditional rooms and courtyards, it was quite labyrinth with passages winding up and down to the living quarters or entertainment halls.
Perhaps what came to my mind when I thought of Udaipur is the famous Lake Palace though, built in 1754 and used as the summer time palace. More recently made famous as the backdrop to scenes in the James Bond film Octopussy, hence why many restaurants show this film every night. Nowadays the palace is a very exclusive and expensive hotel, so I could not get a closer look at it on its tiny island on the lake.
Another slightly different tourist attraction is the collection of vintage and classic cars that have been owned by the royal family here over the past several decades. With another James Bond link in here as there was a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom that was also used in the film Octopussy. Among other cars were huge classic Cadillacs, Fords and a couple of Mercedez, great to see and many of them still run, one of the older Rolls Royce cars had been entered into a classic car presentation over in California a couple of years ago.
Finally here is 3 happy local guys on a little street stall near the park preparing what I had for lunch after visiting the cars, they were making Aloo Paratha
(potato stuffed fried breads) served with curd and curry, probably one of my favourite Indian breakfast/lunch meals.
Labels: car, India, Lake, Palace, Rajasthan, rolls royce, Udaipur