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Udaipur – the friendly city

The romantic city – well actually the friendly city. On our estimates, more than 50% of the people are willing to be friendly without wanting some money. It is very refreshing. So nice that we have spent a fortune in the shops – a lesson that the hawkers may one day learn!




view across the lake at night

We are staying in an unassuming place at a reasonable price, but with a amazing view. Somehow we have chanced upon a hotel whose terrace has a prime position overlooking the lake, the only other hotels being super exclusive 5 stars. Dinner is really good too (apart from the prat of a waiter on the second night who got all cross about a tip. In fact, the whole thing with the waiter proved a problem that soured our stay – but enough of that)

whenever we sit down, we are faced with a barrage of cameras.

our usual procession - no wonder we get stared at.

the waterside for washing and feeding the poor at the temple

Udaipur follows the Indian mould quite well, amazing historical centre, about 500 odd years old, surrounded by 500 years of detritus. On this basis, we headed for the centre, stayed there, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highlights here include the main temple, below which the octopussy rickshaw sketch was filmed; we actually met the guy who was a cyclist extra. We were on the steps that appear  around the 1minute 55 second mark, http://www.tanjabungardt.com/2011/02/james-bond-octopussy-rickshaw-chase.html We then headed to the palace museum before quickly making our way to the boat for a ride around the lake.

some of the shops were really beautifully laid out - we had to buy some!

view over the city from the palace

washing by the river

view of the palace and 5* hotels

Other highlights included the art school of miniature painting, an incredible art of nano pictures. So delicate and sometimes working with brushes only a few hairs think. Inevitably we ended up purchasing a miniature over a cup of Masala Chai – very nice.

We also took a trip out to a nearby mountain to watch the sunset. On top of the mountain the Monsoon Palace sits, slowly decaying, whilst we enjoyed the view of Udaipur, the surrounding mountains and the sunset.

the city of Udaipur nestled in the mountains as viewed from the monsoon palace

the palace by the lake - again from the monsoon palace

On our last day, as we were running out of things to do, we headed for a local garden with some famous fountains, before trying the local museum (which apart from the puppets, it was pretty lame). Siesta and then out to see another sunset across the lake, this time thwarted by the mist.

there are some beautiful ruins in the mountains


working women - still looking stunning in the sarees.

very odd transexual puppet show - this character was OK!

they love putting makeup on the children - it looks a bit odd to us.

Fortunately we are all keeping pretty well, Theo is currently bearing the brunt of most of the issues. First a bee sting as he was playing in the dirt near the fountain, followed shortly by a nasty fall off a swing, causing cuts and grazes to his face and inside his mouth and finally he electrocuted himself in the hotel by playing with the adapter and plug sockets. Given that’s three injuries in one day, we are hoping that is it!

view from our roof terrace at dawn - this is why it is called the Romantic City

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  1. Bambula Indijana xxx and kiwi Pauli
    March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful! safe travels five tourists….Looking forward to seeing you back in EUROPE!
    big hug

    • March 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Hi guys. Thanks for all the really nice comments – it is great to get some news from “home” when we feel so far away. Last couple of weeks now and our adventure is over. We are making the most of it and trying to see as much as we can without being too knackered. Every few days we need a rest day – otherwise it gets too intensive.
      Having a lovely birthday, got up at 5am and rowed up the Ganges in Varanasi as the sun was rising – unbelievably beautiful and very memorable.
      Looking forward to seeing you all, hopefully on a visit to Nice to keep our traveling bug!

      Love to you all,

      Alan, Jo, Kai, Elena & Theo. XXxxx

  2. Marian and Tom Mathias
    March 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    enjoyed meeting you all at kumbalgarh- we had a tortuous journey back to ranekpur not arriving til after 9pm……
    got back to the uk y’day
    enjoy your last few weeks.hope to catch up when you’re home?
    Marian and Tom

    • March 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

      It was really nice to meet you – we even recounted your mad walk to people we met in Jaisalmer! It would be nice to catch up, my email is contactalan@hotmail.com If you drop me a line we can swap addresses and try to meet up.
      Hope the warm UK weather has allowed you to settle in!


  3. Janet Hewitt
    April 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm


    Great to hear from you – it sounds like you’ve had some amazing adventures. Travel back safely and I am so looking forward to catching up with you. Take care


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