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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur February 19th 2017

The title of this blog arises from something I once heard on a BBC radio programme. The name of the programme escapes me, but it came to mind while waiting for my flight to Mumbai. In that programme, celebrities were secretly given a phrase or saying and had to concoct a long and elaborate story for the rest of panel to guess what it was before the tale was finished. The story in this case went something along the lines of: A man found a tiny bird, the like of which he'd never seen before. It was clearly sick, so he took it home and nursed it back to health. He searched everywhere to find out what sort of bird it was, but it seemed so rare that he couldn't find it mentioned anywhere. So, he ... read more
Lake Pichola at dawn
At the ghats on the shore opposite my hotel
The Lake Palace Hotel

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur February 17th 2017

Not India again? Rajasthan, again? Don't you have anywhere else to go? Well, yes, I do. Like most inveterate travellers, I have a bucket list - but, alas, not enough years to visit every country on it before I kick it (the bucket that is, not the list)! So, while I hope to put a line through at least some places on that list in the future, I'll stick with a familiar one in the meantime. I've mentioned before that, in a past life, I'd been fortunate to visit quite a few places around the globe - and even more fortunate that most of those visits were made at someone else's expense, including several trips to India! I enjoyed all of them. However, there are some that I enjoyed more than others and India happens to ... read more
The spice(s) of life

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur December 2nd 2016

I couldn't pay by card at the hostel. This normally wouldn't be a problem but India's cash crisis made sure it was this time. I was banking on it; Hostelworld had said that this hostel accepted credit cards but I'd been sold down the creek. Having to manage cash like gold dust in India just added another layer of travel stress I could do without. The joys of travelling huh? Well, there are downsides too. It was early start for Andrii - my Ukrainian dorm mate - and I, as we caught our train to Jaipur. Before leaving we indulged ourselves in some pethi - a soft, wet, coconut-like, rose-flavoured dessert famous for being sold at Agra's train station. At 7am I have to say that it was delicious but sickeningly sweet. We now have to ... read more
Bagore-ki-Haveli, Udaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Udaipur By Night

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 24th 2016

TRAVERSES IN ARAVALLI HILLS OF RAJASTHAN,NW INDIA. TEXT&PICS BY RAKESH GIRI GOSWAMI They form an important geographic unit is state of Rajasthan. In fact they divide state into 2 different parts having varied climate, culture, soil types etc. Aravalli hills start from near Delhi and continue is state for 600kms. following a NE-SW trend covering Sirohi, Mt.Abu. The Aravllis continue in Gujarat also but as isolated hills. Aravallis have maximum width in southern part, and tapering in north. They are continuous from Mt.Abu to Ajmer, but from Ajmer they occur as intermittent hills with many offshoots branching towards Sikar-Jhunjhunu in left, Jaipur-Lalsot in right side. The central part of thee ridges is seen towards Alwar and continuous up to Gurugram-Delhi side. Scientists have expressed the opinion that they continue beyond Delhi but are obscured under ... read more
Another beautiful view
Aravalli in clouds
Green aravallis

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 22nd 2016

We have travelled into Rajasthan from Agra to Jaipur and Udaipur. Indian tourism is promoted by the slogan "Incredible India" and it certainly is accurate. Everyday activities are so interesting and often spectacularly colourful. Donkeys carrying loads of bricks, street vendors making a new batch of chick pea sweets, elephant processions, vegetable markets, women in their magnificent saris and stunning architecture from the whitest Taj Mahal marble to deep red sandstone. A heart stopping ride in a Tuk Tuk around crowded laneways certainly adds an adrenalin rush!... read more
Definite photo opportunity
Sari market, Jaipur
Off to town

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 17th 2016

Geo: 24.5823, 73.6882We followed a walking tour around Jaipur (The Pink City) and took in sights such as Hawa Mahal which is a building that a Moghul king built so that his wives could watch the goings on on the streets without anyone looking back at them. As far as we can tell, this is one of the first recorded and most elaborate 'nosey neighbours' in history.We also went to a place called Jantar Mantar. To Phil's dismay, this was NOT the name of the next dinosaur hybrid in "jurassic world 2", but a place filled with 19 massive astronomical instruments built in the 18th century and apparently home to the worlds largest sundial. We left Jaipur on the evening of 11th October, taking a 12 hour overnight train to Jaisalmer. The train journeys have actually ... read more
Jantar Mantar
Huge sundial. Samrat yumtra. And a random poser.
Phil eating thali on train

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 16th 2016

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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur October 8th 2016

RAJSAMAND-ONE DAY OUTING NEAR UDAIPUR by rakesh giri goswami PICTURES BY MANJU LATA GOSWAMI The culture and history of Rajasthan attracts large number of tourists to this part of country. There is general impression in minds of visitors is that former royals lived lavishly,were always fighting and committing atrocities on their people. The truth is exactly reverse, rulers were always concerned about welfare of their people and many monuments are living testimony of their worry for people.They developed many facilities like roads, large water reserviors, shelter places, temples etc. Rajsamand or Rajsamand lake is one such example. It is located 66 kms.north of Udaipur near town of same name which also a district headquarter. Rajsamand was constructed by Maharan Raj Singh in 1660 by putting a m... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 4th 2016

Geo: 24.5823, 73.6882This was completely different from the tropical south; dry, dusty, colourful and historic. Rajasthan involves long car journeys, lots of forts and palaces and temples in the cities and trips to see leopards in the countryside.We started by flying into Delhi to meet our driver for the next 16 days, who proceeded to drive us as safely as he was able through the crazy traffic and crowded roads of Rajasthans towns and villages.We saw the Taj Mahal in the early morning mist, accompanied by crowds of tourists of all nationalities, rich and poor, and Agra Fort to steep us in Mogul history.Then the abandoned city of Fatephur Sikri,which we had to ourselves 40 years ago, now much visited on the way to JAIPUR. Here the massive Amber Fort towers above the city and the ... read more
two ladies the background...
Buddhist monks being tourists at Agra Fort
Agra Fort has beauties of its own

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 3rd 2016

We breakfast in the palace in a large open jharoka overlooking the fort below and the town beyond. The view is wonderful and the food excellent, but the over-attentiveness of the staff is irritating beyond belief. They have obviously been taught they should use the customer’s name and do so to ludicrous excess. ‘Can I pour you some coffee, Mr Thomas? Would you like milk in that, Mr Thomas? Is there anything else I can get you, Mr Thomas?’ Soon followed by ‘How has your day been, Mr Thomas?’ Well, it’s only 8.30am and I have spent the last half hour waiting for my porridge and fending off your solicitous attention.... We decide to forego a visit to Udaipur that we have seen it before. Too hot, too crowded, feeling lazy..... Instead, we go for a ... read more
Woman building well
New Jain temple Delwara
Nagda temple 2

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