Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Udaipur Market MagicWhen I was leading bicycle trips through Rajasthan, India, I always looked forward to our final fews days in Udaipur each rotation. I loved to wander the market streets in that golden hour just before sunset. The light brings out the richness of the colors in the locally made textiles, woven quilts, wooden statues of Hindu gods and yes- those magical puppets.
If you've been traveling extensively in India, you've most likely fallen in love with the Pichwai paintings. You'll find store after store with these paintings available on silk, wood, marble, paper and Ivory. Walk in and flip through the hundreds and hundreds of options that you'll have to choose from.
Even without a plan, you'll stumble upon great stretches of stores that include Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road. Don't forget to bargain with the shopkeepers and remember to enjoy the process.
When you live out of a suitcase for work, you don't actually have a home or space somewhere else on the planet, to put things. Because of this, I rarely purchased any of the wonderful artwork I'd come across over the years. Udaipur's finds were always the exception to the rule. I eventually came home with three pieces of art that I'll treasure forever.