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The Mural City – Udaipur

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Udaipur, India

A book by Christopher Bettig on murals of Udaipur

Udaipur, India” is a 50 page full color book ($30) of photographs from India. Photographed during October, 2008; the book documents the beauty and decay of murals painted throughout the amazing city of Udaipur.

Christopher Bettig is a French artist based in Los Angeles. Check out his other works at his design studio The Mountain Label.


See more mural images taken by Christopher here.

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above 3 images: source: The Mountain Label


In the text books or travel notes one finds Udaipur described as lake city.

It is!  Some say it is city of palaces. It is! But it is also the city of  murals/ street painting/wall painting!!

For us Indians our rich cultural heritage is just everyday life! Nah?!

 bengal*foam, flickr

source: bengal*foam

Dey, udaipur, murals, street painting

source: Dey

pixeloflight, udaipur, murals

source: Pixeloflight

dey, murals, udaipur

source: Dey

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water temples of India

When we stored water that too we did in style. Style is incorrect. Splendour or magnificence is the right word for it.

We stored water in stepwells. Stepwells (bawdi or baoli or vav) are in essence wells in which the water can be reached by descending a set of steps.

Stepwells are most certainly one of India’s most unique, but little-known, contributions to architecture.

Stepwells were most common in western India, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

stepwell,adalaj, gujarat

stepwell- Adalaj, Gujarat

stepwell, gujarat, adalaj


Stepwells were built deep into the earth about 5 to6 storeys in height. These wells were designed to bring people & god and water & life together. These wells meant to entice everyone to leave their abode for a cool drink of water and retreat.These were for dependable, year-round groundwater.


Stepwell-Bundi, Rajasthan


Stepwell carvings

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Rani ki vav, Patan, Gujarat

The vavs or baolis (stepwells) consisted of two parts, a vertical shaft from which water was drawn and the surrounding it were the inclined subterranean passageways, chambers and steps, which provided access to the well. The galleries and chambers surrounding these wells were carved generously, which became cool retreats during summers.

Walls of stepwells were lined with blocks of stone, without mortar, and created stairs leading up to the water.

While appreciating the carvings let us not forget the science and engineering skills behind these. So many pillars and lintels are made to support the five or seven storeys and that too everything under the surface of the earth.

Stepwells have also withstood the earthquakes in the range of 7.6 on the Richter scale – the large flat stones joined superbly are hard to move.

These were rainwater harvesting methods of that period.

(An immensely practical idea, the stepwell lost out with the advent of British Raj, who were extremely unhappy with the quality of hygiene that existed in these wells, they installed pipes and pumps.)

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Stepwell-Imambara and Adalaj

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