10 March 2012

Gem of India - Udaipur City Palace

Oh, the Udaipur City (or winter) Palace! This complex of palaces was so spectacular and amazing! I thought Florence had some insanely intricate, colorful and over-the-top ceilings (and it does!), But Florence ceilings and architecture pale in comparison to Udaipur. Every color of the rainbow, colored glass, mirror, gold, etc etc etc are present in the Udaipur palace. As I'm sure you know, India is not shy in paring the oddest colors together- reds, greens, golds, blues, oranges, yellows...all in the same palate. Gotta love it! This palace complex was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, fusing the Rajasthani and Mughal styles (quite well, at that). The Udaipur Palace is a shock to the senses- its a lot of stunning architectural and stylized details to take in. After an hour and a half or so, it seems almost impossible to absorb any more. I absolutely loved Udaipur and its palaces, and if given the choice of staying longer in India, I think I would choose to spend that time in Udaipur.

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