Tuesday, 1 December 2009

City of lakes and flowers

It's been nearly a week since I posted, but I've been working here in India and it has been hard to get out and take pictures! I am in Udaipur in Rajasthan, near the village hospital we are building (see Raven Foundation), and it is simply stunning at this time of year.

I am not going to write at length on this post, but instead leave you with some pictures - this is the city of lakes and palaces, used in the shooting of the well-known James Bond film "Octopussy"; it is a magical place; the weather is perfect; the lakes have water after the monsoon; and everywhere you look, there are flowers.

Most notable is the bougainvillea ... which is everywhere ... and in every colour - ranging from white to the deepest red, but then there are many other flowers like those below, and I have no idea what they are! I'm sure some of you will know. This is definitely the time to visit, when the climate is kind and the city is in bloom.

I have been visiting the gardens too, when time permits, and if you're interested, you can check out the following links for posts written during my last visit in July. I will be posting again in the next few days, so do check in and in the meantime, you may be interested in the Gardens of Udaipur.

Fishing boats on the lake at sunset in Udaipur

16 comments:

  1. Galloping Gardener,
    Glad to find someone who loves taking photos. Loved your photos. :-)
    You can visit me here->
    www.nischal.co.nr

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  2. Wonderful pictures Charlotte...the first is truly stunning as well. Always wonderful hearing your updates and how things are coming along with the RF. You are truly a wonderful spirit in all you do. Cheers!
    Kiki~

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  3. I have been looking forward to seeing your India post. Well worth the wait! Beautiful! Good luck with your great work and thanks so for sharing these stunning images. Carol

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  4. Hi Charlotte, you are such a gadabout! India is most beautiful, as seen from the blogs posted from there, and your photos have added to the dreamy scenes. I love the shot of the fishing boats!

    Frances

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  5. Hello Charlotte,

    What a beautiful area! The flowers are so pretty.

    The orange/red flower comes from Caesalpinia pulcherrima, which grows well in tropical and semi-tropical climates. I have 5 in my garden.

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  6. You always have such nice pictures to share. That island is unbelievable. Nice shots.

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  7. Love the photos Lottie. Have been absent a bit myself. Nice to take a break every so often.

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  8. It looks sublime. I love the pic of the fishing boats. Enjoy yourself! :)

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  9. This all looks like something out of an exotic dream. Beautiful! I hope you are experiencing it as an exotic dream and having a great time while you are there. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful photo's. Thank you for sharing them :o)

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  11. Wow, that city in a lake is really impressive. More impressive is your project, best wishes with the building!

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  12. Stunning pictures, the palace leaves me without words. Your first picture is so very beautiful, with the pink flowers and reflection in the water. Glorious.

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  13. So gorgeous. Good luck with your work in India. I applaud you.

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  14. So exotic and simply stunning! I would love to visit some place like that.

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  15. Hi

    How are you! Its so good that the construction work of hospital has started! My Best wishes are with you all! I really appreciate your work and would like to Thank your team for your such great work

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  16. I remember my beautiful time in Udaipur many years ago...and the 'Octopussy' palace...such a landmark! Your photographs are wonderful...keep them coming!
    lynn

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