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Wayside glimpses and reminiscenses!

January 10, 2020

As urban spaces expand – many historical, architectural and natural sites of significance fall by the wayside. Increasingly neglected, into disrepair and struggling to survive. Charming Udaipur seems headed in this direction, too.

The Debari Gate once gave access to Udaipur when approaching from Chittorgarh or the Dabok airport. Heavier highway traffic and larger vehicles necessitated re-routing.
Set by the wayside and into serious disrepair, this piece of architecture goes back to 1559. The gate and the wall were built by Maharana Udaisingh. The founder of Udaipur.
Mughal forces under emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Aurangzeb had to attempt cracking through this – in their bid to conquer chivalrous Mewar!
Amongst the several notable generals of Mewar, one the most illustrious was Gora Singh. Gora’s deeds against Aurangzeb’s forces are a part of local folklore.

To catch the sights and sounds of what used to be a regular and plentiful Udaipur treat – you must take a road less travelled!
The distant end of Lake Pichola still affords something which gets rarer by the day. Now a luxury!
A bird haven…
Wanna bait?
A panaromic view of both – City Palace and the iconic Lake Palace.
On a glorious day, blue skies lend a magical hue to the lake! The surrounding Aravali range is unfortunately all barren. Mindless tourism messes much of this fairy tale town. This is the cynosure of all eyes. Embrace it before it’s too late…

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