There are certain cultural differences that have to be observed. The observance of these is appreciated- but not enforced.
Important things to remember
Do not wander around half naked- modesty is observed by Indian women, and showing miles of naked skin will naturally draw unwanted attention.It shows disrespect.
Mini-shorts and midriff are NOT ON!
Do not display affection (kissing, cuddling) in public. Hand-holding is permissable.
When passing food to a Hindu, do not use the left hand. The left hand is for other things.
Another HUGE difference in culture is this: Indians love asking personal questions. The first questions you will be asked are: your country? you have children? your work? how old?your job?......and so on.
In western society, we would not dream of asking these personal questions, and upon first encountering this, its rather annoying. BUT I have realized over the years that it is just NATURAL CURIOSITY>. Indians are by nature curious and friendly, and are truly interested in"how the other half live." So don't be offended- answer if you want to, or smile and keep walking.
the fateh prakash palace is a marvel in itself. but the traditional ethos is well maintained with well attired guards at gates.even the people serving you at the hotel and conference venue are attired in traditional royal attire.
it consists of a turban with decorations signifying the importance you have in royal service.
a traditional full length dress which is tied with strings or buttons gold plated usually at the back front or sides.a waist band known as "cummerband"tight fitting trousers known as pyjama.
earstuds rings complete the picture.
mojadis or traditional leather crafted handmade shoes make the footwear.
the well decorated person above was our tea provider between breaks at the durbar hall venue.he was well versed with the art of tea making and the different type of teas and in waht way people like to have them.
he was using beautiful silverware to serve the beautiful teas.
Along with the huts and houses, Shilpgram also has a lot of local art and craft on display to buy as well as traditional dancing, music and a puppet show. All of this is going on whilst you're walking around so keep an eye out or an ear open!
If you cross over the Daiji footbridge from Gangaur Ghat, you'll find a few miniature painting shops. I went into one and found these guys sitting on the floor with large boards in front of them. They work on 5 or 6 paitings at once. This art, which is believed to have originated during the 16th century, received great patronage from the Mughal rulers especially Akbar. The themes usually involve the lifestyles in the Mughal courts. The colours used in these paintings are derived from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells and precious metals like gold and silver. The process of mixing the colours to get the right shade and effect is often time consuming and requires great skill. The brushes are of minute dimension, prepared specially according to the required painting. These paintings are usually done on paper or palm leaf.
Udaipur is a very romantic city, and we seemed to frequently see Hindu wedding activities in the streets and at temples. Here is a temple wedding ceremony from a distance. Note the vehicle with the megaphone loud speakers for music, parked and prepared for the procession through the street.
On many occasions we saw uniformed school children on the street, heading to or from school. The literacy rate in India is remarkably high, at nearly 70%, given the tremendous problems of poverty there. Interestingly, there are more university graduates in India than there are people in the United States, a fact that should spell warning for complacent American college students. These graduates receive a far small salary, but are actually quite well trained, especially in some technical fields. In Udaipur, we saw a school.
Actually, it's the young girls who do the laundry using water from the irrigation ditch. On the one hand, it appears that these families toil hard for a subsistance living, on the other hand, when visiting their homes, they seem to have plenty of time to share.
In the Aravalli Range, family farmers continue life pretty much as they have for centuries. There is an irrigation system, from which farmers draft water for their crops. Typically, an ingenious linkage of ceramic vessels fill and then empty water from the canal to furrow. The system is powered by animal labor and a system of wooden gears and rock counter balances.
An Indian told me the two most important moments in te life of an Indian are the marriage and the funeral. We were lucky to be in rajasthan during a marriage season which depends on the gods and the constellation of the stars. For an detailed description take a look at my Jaipur page, where we have been invited to participate at the celebration.
But wherever we went during our time, there were celebrations going on. Also here in Udaipur and like shown on this pic, in the countryside of Kumbalgarh.
Udaipur is probably best visited from September to Mark. In summer temperatures can average around 38C with minimums at around 28C. Winters are around 8 – 28C which are not too bad. The rainy season is around July to mid September and humidity can go up to around 90%.
The festival of Holi is the Indian festival of Spring and is celebrated in March. Prayers, rituals, dances and songs welcome in the new season. The current head of the House of Mewar, Shri Arvind Singh Mewar holds a ceremony of Holika Dahan (the lighting of the pious fire) at Manek Chowk in the City Palace. Visitors and guests who are invited, observe the ceremonies and then follow on with drinks and dinner at the Zenana Mahal.
The Mewar Festival is held in Udaipur at the beginning of spring along with the festival of Gangaur. Images of Isar and Gangau are dressed by the women and then carried in a ceremonial procession through various areas of the city. Once at Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola, there is plenty of singing and gaiety and the images are then transferred to special boats. The women folk gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city.
Udaipur has been the setting for the Indian segments of the James Bond film Octopussy which were film at the Lake Palace and in the city. ‘James Bond’ actually stayed at the Shiv Niwas Hotel in the film. The Lake Palace was the setting for the home of the temptress villain Octopussy.
Scenes from The Jewel in the Crown (British t.v. series) was also filmed in Udaipur.
These are best described by someone informative as there are a lot to the pictures which is not easily seen or understood unless they are explained. While you think that the various people in the paintings are all individual, they are not. The pictures actually depict various time frames and tell a story. Most depict various festivals and pageantry. Udaipur is famous for its miniature paintings.
I met Raj while we were wandering around the old city
and after 2 hrs of selecting from his paintings we finally closed a good deal with help in negotiation from my Indian friends.
Raj is saying, that he is from a old family of artists, his brother is also a painter and exhibits in Europe.
Marvelous fine subjects - animals, traditional or floral.