2012: I was on my first ever trip to Udaipur – one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan on the tourist circuit. I found it to be charming, friendly and thrumming with a very joyful vibe. Its pretty famous for the Lake Pichola and the Lake palace hotel managed by the Taj group of Hotels.
We set out to explore the city palace of Udaipur which is one of the most popular tourist spots to go to. The royal family takes huge care to preserve their heritage and the parts thrown open to public are full of charm, craftsmanship and precious artefacts. There is a well documented audio guide and its administration office is one of the most helpful and friendly. Part of the palace is the present day King’s residence and is off-limits for the public.
I was amazed at the maintenance of the gardens, pathways, lighting and the cleanliness that one could see in every aspect of the palace. The stonework of the columns and arcades were clean of any accumulation of centuries old dust.
I fell in love with this gold worked ceiling and walls of one of the antechamber in the palace which were sadly cordoned off to protect from greasy hands and any other destruction a curious tourist hand might endow.
And then we walked onto this section where the postal antiquities were kept and I couldn’t stop laughing. There was a veritable number of bird cages of all shapes and sizes hanging from the ceiling of a charming room over a wooden cabinet which read ” cage for carrier pigeons”. Oh this suddenly made so much sense.
Pigeons have a great inbuilt homing device in their DNA because of which they were traditionally favoured to carry secret messages over long distances. They were bred and kept like royalty by the King and commoner alike. I could certainly see the lavish treatment the royal ones got if their accommodation is any indication to go by 😉
Can you imagine the romance of having a letter from your beloved delivered to you by a pigeon which must have flown thousands of leagues to reach you? Doesnt this thought send a pleasant shiver down your spine? This is the best thing that I saw here and just had to write about.
‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’
What do you think of this system of postal services?
Would you like to have a letter delivered to you via such a postman?
- Udaipur is one of the most popular destination in Rajasthan and one of the most colourful cities for tourist to enjoy.
- Gangaur is one of the most popular festival of Udaipur and is a treat to visit.
Z is the ultimate post!!
For the uninitiated, AtoZ challenge is a blogging challenge wherein one has to write on every alphabet from A to Z and post on all days of April, except Sundays. Usually its better to devise a theme as it makes it easy to write the posts. Plus readers have a reason to stay hooked too.
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and co-hosted by
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Jeremy Hawkins of Hollywood Nuts
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My journey so far in the #AtoZChallenge