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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Udaipur, Lake Pichola & bat swarms

Impressions of India: 32
Death by power lines - though I still can't quite work out what the furry, fly-covered thing underneath the bat is....
Like all other lakes and reservoirs in Rajasthan when I visited, Lake Pichola was seriously depleted thanks to several years of severe drought.
Watching the sun set over Lake Pichola was stunning, and made all the more memorable by thousands of fruit bats launching themselves out of the trees to swoop and glide over the water, filling the air with squeaking cries and rustling wings.
And there you have it - the end of my first solo Indian adventure with camera. Hopefully there will be many more, for I found it a seductive country filled with vivid colour and beautiful artistry, and home to a graceful, warmly smiling people who, despite the undeniable hardships suffered by many, seem particularly good at taking the time to savour life's joys.

Udaipur's City Palace

Impressions of India: 31
Started in the C16th, Rajasthan's largest palace is the work of a succession of maharajas and sits beside the beautiful Lake Pichola. Lots of delicate, lace-marble carving, bold colours, intricate mosaics and antiques.
The Lake Palace Hotel on Jagniwas Island, where some of James Bond's Octopussy was filmed.
The most effectively repellant 'pol' (elephant gate) I've seen to date, with these beautiful golden spikes at elephant-head-height to deter butting.
Posts still to come: 
Udaipur, Lake Pichola & bat swarms

The Manganiyars in Acton
French chainsaw circus Archaos remembered