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ImageIt’s raining monkeys and elephants in Udaipur – a new storm every half an hour or so. I’ve got a lot of great pictures, many of them taken after dark, so I might as well post some more. I brought the tripod with me so I put it to good use in the gaps between very heavy showers. Wherever I go these days people seem to tell me it’s raining more and later in the season than usual. It’s the same in Rajasthan, although I don’t have the meteorological evidence to back it up. But the water was right up to the edge of the lake here, lapping over the pavements and promenades.

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City Palace, Udaipur

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Taj Lake Hotel, Udaipur. Posh, expensive and accessible only to guests. Of which I was not one.

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On the nine-day Navratri festival, the Daandia-Raas stick dance takes place in the town street – one row of men, one of women, the men’s row moving along and around in circles to a repeated refrain. Surely Morris dancing must have its roots here?

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Getting stuck in to the stick dance.

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From a doorway, waiting for the rain to stop.

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