Kind Fellow of Ambrai Ghat
Here’s a shot of the kind fellow of Ambrai Ghat, Udaipur who let me take photographs from the roof top. See my earlier post of Taj Lake Palace for the actual shot taken. It was early morning and people were washing at the Ghat I was there with my camera taking lots of pictures looking like a tourist when this gentleman approached us. He asked if we would like to take pictures from the top of the Ambrai Ghat. Of course I said yes.
I believe the gentleman was the Caretaker of the Ghat as you can see he’s not fully clothed as he was in the middle of washing when he offered. If you look closely in his right hand he is holding a Neem stick used to clean teeth in India. Wikipedia link to the chewing stick. When asked if we could take a photograph of him he accepted and gave this great pose standing erect with his chest puffed out.
I got some great HDR shots of Taj Lake Palace up on the roof top it’s a great viewpoint and interesting to see the people start their day there. The caretaker told me that there had been several offers to buy the Ambrai Ghat from large hotel groups but it has never been sold as it’s an important place for the people. You get an almost 360 degree view around Lake Pichola from the top.
Udaipur is a very popular tourist destination. Known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces, Udaipur was also voted as the best city in the world in 2009 by the Travel + Leisure magazine. More details on Udaipur from Wikipedia page.
Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. More details on Lake Picholaon Wikipedia.