Friday, February 18, 2011

Udaipur: Jagdish Temple

Here is a final view of the Jagdish Temple, taken from a nearby rooftop café on the day I left the city. 
I find this style of temple fascinating.


Next stop: Mumbai.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Udaipur: Wildlife

I caught this baby squirrel hanging on to this piece of wood and looking queasy, suspended as it was several meters above the surface of the lake.


Þessi litli íkorni virtist vera hálf-sjóveikur þar sem hann hékk á þessari spýtu, talsvert mörgum metrum ofan við yfirborð vatnsins.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Udaipur: The lake Palace Hotel

The Lake Palace Hotel , which is situated on an island in Lake Pichola, is without doubt Udaipur's most famous sight and one that a lot of people have seen images of without knowing where it is located. This is entirely due to the James Bond movie Octopussy which was filmed in part at the hotel. Here it is seen from the City Palace:


Lake Palace hótelið er frægasta byggingin í Udaipur, en sennilega vita fæstir sem hafa séð af henni myndir hvar hún er staðsett. Þetta má þakka James Bond-myndinni Octopussy, en titilpersóna þeirrar myndar bjó í byggingunni.

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You can catch the movie in many of the city's restaurants and guest-houses if you haven't seen it.

Myndin er sýnd á mörgum veitingastöðum og gistiheimilum borgarinnar á hverju kvöldi.

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Seen from a different angle, just before sundown. I got the feeling that one could probably wade out to the hotel, the lake was that shallow.


Hótelið rétt fyrir sólsetur. Vatnið var svo grunnt að það hefði líklega verið hægt að vaða út í hótelið.

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From the lake:
Séð af vatninu:






Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Udaipur: On the Lake

One day I booked a sailing trip on the lake. I liked the juxtaposition of the very square and utilitarian lines of the boat (a ferry or a dredger?) and the rounded bulbous domes of the palace on the shore. I was told its a luxury hotel, but I can't find any collaboration of that statement.



Here is a familiar sight: Cormorants sunning themselves and waiting for unwary fish to swim close:




Monday, February 14, 2011

Udaipur: Traditional dance night II: Dance of the pots

This is a famous traditional dance. 
More and more pots are added, until she ends up with about 10 of them on her head.

Like so:


A couple of days later I visited the lovely old folk museum of Udaipur, and saw this:






Sunday, February 13, 2011

Udaipur: Traditional dance night I

I went to a traditional dance exhibition one night with an American woman I had met on the Jaipur day tour and whom I ran into at the café where I had my breakfast almost every morning after discovering they served very good curds for breakfast. I have forgotten the names of almost all the dances, but just look at these colourful costumes! In this dance the dancers had cymbals tied to their hands, arms and feet and played them as they danced.


Einn morguninn rakst ég á bandaríska konu sem ég hafði hitt í Jaipur og við fórum saman á þjóðdansakvöld. Í þessumd ansi (efri mynd) voru málmgjallir bundnar við hendur þeirra, handleggi og fótleggi og þær spiluðu á gjallirnar um leið og þær dönsuðu.

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There was a lot of twirling in this dance:







Saturday, February 12, 2011

Udaipur City Palace: Shrine

I think this is another Ganesha shrine. I enjoy looking at the colourful decorations around these shrines:




Friday, February 11, 2011

Udapiur market: Quilts

Here are some examples of the colourful Rajasthani quilts available in shops all over India:










Thursday, February 10, 2011

Udaipur: More cattle

I find the drooping ears of the brahmin cattle very endearing. 
This cow was taking a rest in the shade down by the lake:



Just look at the hump on this guy:





Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Udaipur shops

The road leading up to the entrance of the City palace museum is lined with tourist shops where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs, to name just a few: quilts, traditional puppets, jewellery, carvings in wood and stone, and the colourful cloth lanterns and journals seen in the photo. The leather journals are gorgeous to look at, made form leather, often embossed and with a semi-precious polished stone (or a large glass bead) in the middle of the cover. Pick one up and it will stain your hands badly if you are sweating.


Vegurinn upp að safninu í höllinni er fullur af minjagripabúðum. Þar getur maður keypt alls konar skrautlega hluti, s.s. bútasaumsteppi og -mottur, skrautlegar leikbrúður, skartgripi, útskurð í tré og stein, og þessa litríku lampaskermi og dagbækur sem gefur að líta á myndinni. Leðurbundnu dagbækurnar eru flottar, oft með munstri og margar með slípuðum steinum eða glerperlum saumuðum framan á, en leðrið er svo illa litað að liturinn klístrast á hendurnar á manni ef maður er sveittur. Mig blóðlangaði í svona bók, en vildi ekki hætta á að eyðileggja allan farangurinn min ef hann skyldi blotna, þannig að ég sleppti því.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Udiapur: Lake Pichola

I loved to go down to the lake and sit there early in the morning and watch the people going about their daily tasks by the banks of the lake, such as washing the laundry. There was usually someone there feeding the pigeons, like this man is doing.


Það var notalegt að sitja niðri við vatnið á morgnana og fylgjast með daglegu lífi fólksins við vatnsbakkann. Það var oftast nær einhver þarna að gefa dúfunum, og fólk þvoði þvotta og hengdi hann til þerris á grindverkið.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Udaipur city Palace: Murals

Here are a couple of murals found in the City Palace. First some servant girls:


And then an elephant. The elephant is a common motif in Indian art, and I brought home some Rajasthani miniature paintings of elephants, as well as some carved elephants I gave as gifts. This one looks very lively:





Saturday, February 05, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

Udaipur City Palace museum: Bizarre exhibit

This appears to be an elephant costume for a battle charger:


Undarlegur fílsbúningur fyrir bardagahest.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Udaipur City Palace: Mosaic

Mosaics abound in the palace. this one decorates a shaded balcony in what I think was the women's quarters of one of the buildings: