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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur December 28th 2018

Off today to Udaipur. The Udai Bilas has grown on us despite its eccentricities and slightly haphazard way of doing things so it is sad to leave. We head north on NH8 towards Udaipur, just under two hours north. The countryside becomes more hilly and less productive. NH8 is in the course of being turned into a six lane highway; of course this being India, the construction goes on around you as you travel along. With little warning the existing roadway turns into a dusty track, with men with excavators slicing away the hillside in great clouds of dust as rock keeps crashing down (causing Mr Singh to cast anxious sideways glances), or hot tar is being laid and Mr Singh has to avoid driving inadvertently over it. There are numerous overturned lorries who negotiated the ... read more
Stained glass in City Palace Udaipur
Inner courtyard, City Palace Udaipur
Entrance to City Palace Udaipur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur September 6th 2018

The original plan was to see the monsoon palace for sunset as advised by all the locals/hostels/guidebooks but given it closes at 6pm and sunset is at 630ish at the moment that was obviously not going to work. We considered going by scooter but thought that a bicycle might be easier in the traffic. Unfortunately no where seemed to hire out bicycles - our hostel had no idea, the bicycle shop only does tours and other people we asked looked at us like we were crazy. Finally finding somewhere that did them we set off in the mid day heat wondering what on Earth we were thinking. Especially since today is a strike day in Rajasthan so we had no idea whether the palace would even be open when we got there. The cycle to the ... read more
Monsoon palace
Monsoon palace
Monsoon palace

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur September 5th 2018

Today was a trip to the vintage car museum owned by the maharana. This was definitely a visit for Stephen more than me, having said that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The museum is an easy walk at the far end of the palace from the old city. It is down a main road though so not a particularly pleasant walk. Entrance is 300 rupees per person, regardless of nationality. This is quite expensive given how small the museum is but if you have an interest in old cars it’s more than worth it. All the cars and carriages are still in working order and have a team of staff to look after them. One of the men came around and opened all the doors of the garages and told as ... read more
Udaipur view of lake
Bangore Ki Haveli
Bangore Ki Haveli

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur September 4th 2018

One of the reasons we picked the hostel we are staying at is because it got such good reviews, particularly about its amazing breakfast. We were, therefore, particularly disappointed to find it rather poor. Served on the lovely rooftop between 8-10am we arrived around 9ish to discover some cornflakes, toast, toasties and one omelette left. Stephen had the omelette and despite the fact lots of other people were turning up they didn’t make anymore. This is particularly frustrating as there are loads of cheap cafes serving much better looking breakfasts all around us. After eating (and getting cross that the WiFi kept bumping me off stopping me from updating the travel blog) we walked over to the palace. As soon as you get near it every shop front is selling leather, pashminas, tailor made clothes or ... read more
Palace museum
Palace museum
Palace museum

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur September 3rd 2018

Traveling by bus is not much fun. Stephen says he feels like he’s an animal being transported by container and I sympathise with that description. On the lower bunk there’s just enough room to sit up but neither of us have enough space to lie down properly. The movement and constant use of the horn make sleep very difficult. The AC is somewhat over vigorous and the toilet (which is why this bus is more expensive) is only opened on request with strict instructions for ‘urine only’. At least it’s an experience.... We were dropped off by the side of a main road on the outskirts of the city. There were a number of tuk tuks waiting and we got one to our hostel. After showing the driver a map and negotiating a price he soon ... read more
Krishna festival
Krishna festival
Udaipur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur August 10th 2018

After Jaipur, I got up at the crack of dawn again (well before the dawn really, if was still dark out!) And took my very first Uber to the train station. This was alot smaller than Delhi but somehow much harder to navigate. After 20 mins of searching, I finally found my train hidden awayl on a platform far down the tracks from the main station. How bizarre! Thinking it was another 5ish hours journey, I was a little shocked to realise it was actually over 7! But the 7 hours flew by: there was no food or chai on this journey but there were lots of green grassland, hills and people tending to the land by hand. Back-breaking work in this heat I imagine! I arrived in Udaipur in the early afternoon and took a ... read more
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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur July 1st 2018

City Impressions Picturesque Udaipur was the setting of the James Bond film Octopussy, and there is no shortage of places in town to watch it on loop: it definitely highlights the city's variety - the palaces, temples, narrow streets, and of course the lakes. This is definitely a more attractive city than Jaipur, in part because it is much smaller, and since we visited in late June / early July, it wasn't very crowded. We really lucked out with the weather - about 90F every day with no rain, much cooler than it had been the week before. Still, it being the low season, many of the best shops and restaurants were closed, and the ones that stayed open desperately touted their product every time I walked past. Motorbikers also take this opportunity to speed 40mph ... read more
Thali at Natraj
City Palace Grounds
Some Temple

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur February 4th 2018

Woolly says – We had arrived in Udaipur to lovely twinkly lights and a Harry Potter Themed hostel, an excellent start in my book. Waking fully refreshed and having taken in the views from the roof top terrace at our accommodation, before hunting down some breakfast I was ready for anything. Udaipur is also known as the "City of Lakes," and is in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar and was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia clan of Rajput, when he shifted his capital from the city of Chittorgarh to Udaipur, after Chittorgarh was besieged by Akbar. It remained as the capital city until 1818 when it became a British princely state before the Mewar province became a part of Rajasthan when ... read more
Stunning
View across the lake
Got to love stained glass

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur January 24th 2018

17th November Apparently in Delhi at the moment, farmers are basically burning all their crops, its so bad with pollution, its the equivalent of smoking 44 cigarettes a day.. WOW.. That is madness!! Glad we're not there right now!! Checked out, Nathan and Gregor have decided they're coming to Udaipur with us too, so they got the lady at reception to book them onto the same bus. We had ages till the bus, so went out to get a tuk tuk to the mall.. One last time.. hahaha!! I haven't wrote before but on the way to the shopping mall, as passing her again, a women who parades a grown man around the roads, begging at the busy traffic, this man is completely disabled to the point he can't walk properly, he walks on all fours, ... read more
The lakes
Another door.. Another wall
Views from the Hostel

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 31st 2017

An early-ish start to the day with a tour of the Maharana's palace of which our hotel is just a small part. The palace was built by successive rulers of the area over about 400 years. The current family now live in part of it with the rest being a museum and two hotels We got in ahead of the crowds, which included 600 cadets from schools all over India. (Linda, a little reminiscent of the scouts at the castle In England). The palace is well maintained and there are lovely paintings, frescoes, mosaics and mirror work all through it. The paintings include the miniatures with very fine work which are a speciality of this region. Next stop, the Ladies Garden, for the Maharana's wives and daughters is actually about 5 km from the palace. It ... read more
Part of the palace at Udaipur
Looking out on the city
One of the many Maharana's chambers




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