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Published: February 26th 2019
Absolutely lovely to wake to the view from our balcony this morning looking out across the lake to the old town across the water. The lake is narrow here at the top and crossable by a foot bridge with another tuktuk bridge beyond.
There is much activity in all directions. People chanting at Lal ghat, bells ringing, drums banging and most of all horns a honking as the scooters, tuktuks and taxis try there hardest to be fastest and loudest.
Breakfast downstairs and then we set off to cross the bridge to the old town.
Gorgeous day. Blue sky and sunny but not roasting hot. Just what we need to go sightseeing.
We explored the part of the old town nearest to the hotel. A few minutes from the hotel via the footbridge to the ‘mainland’ as we are on what is referred to as an island but is really a little peninsula. The lake looks very picturesque but don't look too closely as lots of rubbish gets thrown in and there are places where it accumulates. Suffice it to say I have no intention of setting foot in the water though the locals
do, do wash themselves and their clothes.
Once over the bridge and we were introduced to old Udaipur and all its magic.
The streets are narrow, the buildings a total Indian hotchpotch of ancient ghats, temples, bits of palace here and there and all infilled with structures of every shape and size. Nothing anywhere is perfect and in most cases exceedingly imperfect but as a whole it has such a charm and is so colourful and a feast for the eyes. The streets are absolutely lined with a delight of shops selling just about anything you could think of. Many arts and handicrafts and the prices are amazingly cheap. The shopkeepers in the main are not too pushy though we did collect a few business cards from carpet and cashmere salesmen who hang about outside pretending not to belong there. We had multiple offers of tuktuks which we declined as this was initially anyway, a walking tour. I don’t need to describe this lovely place anymore than that, I have taken enough photographs that you can probably imagine you are there with us.
Enough to say that we are really enjoying this quite magical place even though
it is entirely shabby and in a state of decay but all that is covered over by all the wonderful merchandise on offer. Ok I did buy a few things !
We stopped for a snack for lunch and had French Fries and Veggie Pakoras which were positively heavenly. Then back up the hill (old Udaipur is not at all flat) to visit the main tourist attraction of Udaipur which is the 16th
century Royal Palace and an immense structure which dominates the skyline across the lake from our hotel. We climbed at least a hundred steep steps to get from one area to another and it was an absolutely excellent visit but we did need a tuktuk back to the hotel afterwards are we were pretty shattered at the end of it.
I am delighted to discover that I can still swim after having my new knee last year. Surgeon said I wouldn’t be able to swim my usual breast stroke because of the twisting of the knee which is required but I can still swim albeit my right knee has to flip instead. The hotel pool is small but just right for
a trial swim and a cool down.
Dinner was at a restaurant 50 metres up the road and our meal delicious. We really do enjoy the food here and Rajasthan has some especially good local dishes. Dinner is usually about £20 total for everything which is pretty reasonable as we tend to eat at more upmarket places.
We are so pleased with our choice of hotel. So good to be right in the centre of things and just be able to walk out without needing to get a taxi or a tuktuk,
PS Forgot to mention that I made the acquaintance of Charlie, a wonderful Black Kite, while up on the roof enjoying my swim.
There are usually one or two circling round but Charlie settled on a post and preened himself. Thank you Charlie, it was nice meeting you.
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