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Udaipur – City of Murals

IMG_0352Across the street from the Mahendra Prakash Hotel on Lake Palace Road is the Gulab Bagh, a 100 acre garden. There is a mile or more of wall separating it from the street, and many sections of this wall have been painted with murals. The quarter mile length of murals across from the hotel are the most beautiful.

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Udaipur is known as a place to buy miniature paintings. There are many art schools here. A guide told me that is why there are so many murals in Udaipur. It seems logical, but who really knows.

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Udaipur – City of Murals

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A home in Naga Nagri.

City of Murals should be Udaipur’s official nickname. It’s more fitting than Lake City or the Venice of Rajasthan. There are only five main lakes within Udaipur’s city limits, but there are hundreds — maybe thousands — of murals. I haven’t seen such a proliferation of murals in any other Indian city.

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Painting a mural in front of
a new hotel in Naga Nagri.

Murals aren’t just a quaint custom of the past in Udaipur. New ones are going up all the time on homes and commercial buildings. Murals aren’t found only in more prosperous areas. I’ve seen them all over the city, in modest neighborhoods as well as more opulent ones.

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A week later, the finished work of art.

The one thing they have in common is that they are painted in the traditional style, depicting scenes from the Mughal age.

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On the opposite side of the doorway from
the elephant is this beautiful scene.

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At Sunset Point: in need of a touchup.

Once murals are painted, it doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s priority list to keep them maintained. They seem to show the wear and tear of weather and pollution rather quickly.

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On a wall in Lal Ghat.

This one, next to the Mewar Haveli Hotel in the Lal Ghat area, looked newly painted in 2007. Only five years later, the effects of sun, rain and auto exhaust are evident.

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At the City Palace.

The murals at the City Palace were in excellent condition. Maybe they were recently done, or perhaps they’re better cared for because they are part of an important tourist attraction.

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On a wall at Ahar Cenotaphs.

I hope the custom of mural painting never goes out of style in this city. It’s one of the many things about Udaipur that I love.

The Beauty of Udaipur

Most of the photos of Udaipur you’ll see in an online image search will be of the City Palace and the heritage buildings on the lakefront, which are stunningly beautiful. But there’s so much more that is beautiful in Udaipur.

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The bridge to the Hanuman Ghat area.

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Visions such as this.

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Detail over a triple arch gateway leading to the ghats.

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The fabulous things for sale.

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The never ending murals.

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The vibrant streets in the heart of old Udaipur.

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The attractive and interesting people, who are not in short supply.

More Murals

The day after the wedding was full of interesting little events. First, I wanted to take a walk to the other side of the lake over the pedestrian bridge for some photos of the city from the Hanuman ghat area. I still wasn’t all that familiar with all the twisty little streets between the Mewar Haveli Hotel and the ghats. Pushker accompanied me.

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There were more murals to be photographed before we even got to the bridge.

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All of the murals I saw were in the old part of Udaipur. The farther you get from the center, the more Udaipur looks like any other Indian city. But in the center, there is an irresistible charm and ambience which keeps tourists coming and coming back.

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I’d love to come home to a front door and window decorated like this.

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We finally crossed the pedestrian bridge then stopped at a cafe to have a soft drink. Guess what was there?

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At the Little Prince cafe.

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The entrance to the Lake Pichola Hotel.

We needed to return to the city side after a brief exploration of the Hanuman ghat area, so I didn’t have enough time to fully explore and find out whether the neighborhood on this side of the lake had as many murals as the other. Pushker had invited me and a few others for lunch at his house, so we headed back.