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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
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

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 30th 2017

We were up early for a 6am start on our walk up the 753 steps to the top of Elephant Rock, unfortunately someone forgot to tell our guide. One of the waiters was co-opted and off we went, with him in this lovely white uniform and 9m of turban. Thanks to the quick pace he set, we got to the top in time to watch the sunrise. Rajasthan is surprisingly green and has quite a few lakes, albeit many are man made. The view was stunning and the light was beautiful. There is a large elephant statue on the top of the hill and a small temple. While the guide was showing me the temple, the local holy man came chanting up the hill which was rather magical - or mystical. We had a cup of ... read more
Sunrise, Elephant Rock
Descending Elephant Rock
Lake Palace and the City Palace, Udaipur.

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 26th 2017

During the night an intermittent soundtrack of unwelcome noise has us both tossing and turning. The interior of the hotel is a boom box, we were sure that there must have been, impossibly, a couple of hundred people all talking at the same time as they went up and down the stairs past our room. This proved only the start of our noisy night. Next we had, every other hour or so, howling dogs, one would start then another until the full canine choir had it’s howl going on. It seemed to me that they had entered our room one at a time to perform solely for our benefit. The dogs proved to be the support act for the wailing babies who always took over as the dogs finished. We wouldn’t have cared to much if ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 25th 2017

The train gently rocks us all the way to Udaipur sending the pair of us to sleep, the only disturbance in the night was the very occasional scream of the little boy sleeping opposite us. He would wake with a start and let out a loud high pitched wail, being disorientated and not knowing where he was. Shenton says every time the boy did this, he awoke with a frightening start, thinking the world was coming to an end. Also we both had strange dreams during the night, the journey was a journey of exact opposites, bliss and disturbance, this we realise seems to be a recurring theme for the two of us here in India.We arrive safe and sound at Udaipur, on time at just after 7am. We picked the hotel in Udaipur for its ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 1st 2017

What a beautiful town and on the face of it it appears quite tidy. Our hotel is the Fatah Pradesh Palace where the kings who used to hunt at The Aodhi (our last stop at Kumbalgarh), lived. Our room was lovely with the most beautiful view of the lake and across to the Lake Palace. This town is often called The Venice of The East and from our boat ride the next evening we could certainly see why. The set up where we stayed was quite strange.. we needed to take a golf buggy to breakfast to the pool and to the front gate to get into the old town. Also had to carry a pass as " the previous royal family" was in residence. Had a tour of the city palace the next day at ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur May 19th 2017

One of the main reasons for visiting India, was to visit our good friend Viney. He comes to the hotel and insists we stay in his home. In a few days time he has arranged for us to fly an hour to Udaipur which is a much smaller city with a population of 450,000 and known as the Venice of the East. Our taxi winds through the narrow streets by century old bazaars so we can stop and visit a textile shop. Stacks of rugs made from antique fabrics and woven wire line the shelves. The floors are littered with baskets of overflowing trims. Through Viney we have been settled in the Trident Hotel that is fit for a king; marble floors, expansive manicured land with peacocks, and incredible staff, one who even brought me a ... read more
Viney & Cathy at home in Guruon
Down by the pool
My good friend Harkesh

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 14th 2017

Geo: 24.5823, 73.6882We had another rough entry into India...remember our lost luggage back in December? It was a marathon trip from Phuket to Udaipur - 45 hours of travel. Why? We bought discount tickets resulting in a trip spanning 19 hours with 4 different flights. Then we were delayed on the 3rd flight so missed a connection and had to wait 24 hours until the same flight the next day. After a night in a scuzzy New Delhi hotel, we were exhausted once we finally arrived in Udaipur. My Post Concussion Syndrome symptoms were flared up with my head buzzing like a radioactive ball. The only thing that fixes it is rest and I shouldn't have read but intermittent reading was my emotional cure. There is nothing better than escaping into a good book (The Nightingale ... read more
Even the elephant was in on it
Lots of love going around
Time to wash down

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