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  • Day39

    The final palace

    December 21, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    OK so now we are actually done with the forts and palaces hahaha. We by chance strolled into this one and thought why not. But we are not as excited any more about these buildings. They are magnificent but we have become desensitised to the true beauty! So we will choose more nature orientated trips and hang outs from now.

    We have made friends with a local cafe owner who made us extremely spicy, but according to him not at all spicy chow mein noodles. Had a good laugh with him. The guest house we are at is very nice, we are exhausted from traveling so taking it easy and decided to spend Christmas here and stay longer until getting a super long train journey back.
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    Nona Welman

    Love you

    12/23/19Reply

    😍 C.

    12/24/19Reply

    Leuk die pluimpjes op die barretten C.

    12/24/19Reply

    I love all the pictures. Peggy

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  • Day46

    Exploring Udaipur City

    February 20, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    I woke up at around 8am with 40km still to go until Udaipur. I had a really good nights sleep! I opened the curtain watching the world go by and then put a film on until the bus conductor loudly started screaming “Udaipur, Udaipur” with a lot of other incomprehensible words. We got off the bus where we got an Ola to take us to our hostel for only 27 rupees thanks to my online discount. The hostel was right in the middle of Udaipur, on the island connected by bridges on Pichola lake.

    We found our hostel, Whereabout Hostel, checked in and then chilled out on their roof terrace which had an awesome view of Pichola lake. We read through some of the Lonely Planet books which were there to get a better sense of what what here in Udaipur as we hadn’t done much research about here. After a little while our room was ready for us to check in, so we dumped our bags and then went to grab some lunch at a place called “Queen Cafe” that we had read about in Lonely Planet book. This place was tiny, and run by these two old people and their daughter Meera who also did a cooking school. As it turned out, Meera also did the cooking for the cafe and soon after ordering she brought us two biriyani. It was a bit odd as she just sat there and watched us eat the food, clearly doing the hard sell on her cooking school. After the food, she even insisted on taking us to her kitchen to show us where we’d cook. We were up for the idea, but it was so expensive so we would consider it long and hard.

    We walked around the old part of the town over the little bridges which connected little islands and lakes and we were quite surprised at how pretty it was here after coming from Mumbai. Even though we’d had some good sleep on the bus, we were still quite tired, so we went to the hostel rooftop and had a little planning session for Udaipur and the next few places we were going. We knew of this view point which overlooked the Palace Island Hotel to watch the sun go down. This was a place which had been a main filming point in James Bond Octopussy and it was really nice and quite grand.

    By this point we were quite hungry, and looked around a few different parts of town but they were all quite expensive. So we went back to near our hostel and got a Thali for 120 rupees. We were sold, and it was all fresh too, so we sat down and almost immediately there was a power-cut. Luckily the guy doing our cooking was creating enough light with the occasion flame up of his pan, so it didn’t delay our food. The power came back on and we were served an enormous thali which was delicious. We went back to the rooftop and tried to watch Slumdog Millionaire on the iPad, but there was no subtitles and half of it was in Hindi...oh well, so we just headed to bed for a good sleep.
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    Robert Marsland

    Stunning!

    2/29/20Reply
    Robert Marsland

    What a view x

    2/29/20Reply
    Robert Marsland

    Udaipur was one of TT’s and Paw Paw’s favourite places ! Xx

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  • Day47

    Udaipur Shiva Festival

    February 21, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We were both awake by 8am and made our way up to the roof terrace to wait for our free breakfast. We were a little early but didn’t mind as we both really liked the view from the terrace. When breakfast came we kept eating more and more, the poor guy who worked at the hostel had to keep bringing more...we had 2 boiled eggs, 4 curry toasties and about half a loaf of bread worth of jam on toast (Jammie dodger jam). Very satisfied and now fuelled for the day we left our hostel and made our way across the bridge, it was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies and a nice warm temperature.

    Today was the Hindu festival of Shivaratri, a festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. We walked through the colourful streets and our first stop of the day was Jagdish temple, a large Hindu temple raised on a tall terrace that you had to climb up to via very steep stairs, plastered with beggars and people trying to sell us tat. Upon entering the temple there was a nice atmosphere, obviously fuelled by today’s festivities. There were people sat around a shrine in the centre of the temple singing and playing instruments, which we watched for a little while before walking round the rest of the old temple. Back onto the streets we then made our way over to the City Palace, however before we got there we were blocked by a large group of Hindu people dancing and singing in the street to incredibly loud music. We watched as they had their party and then went to look at getting tickets for the city palace. It was 300 rupees which we thought was quite a lot, but it was one of the main things to do here so we went for it. Inside the palace was quite busy, with it being the festival today. There were loads of Indians, so we sat and let the majority of them feed through before we started our walk round. The palace was really well kept, and pretty interesting as each reigning Maharaja had added bits onto it over a period of 400 years so each bit was different. We were enjoying it as the palace was nice and cool with amazing views out over Pichola Lake and the rest of Udaipur. However, we quickly became annoyed at pretty much everyone else in the palace as all they seemed to want was a picture of themselves in front of some artefact, without even looking at it or taking it in. We were ushered out the way numerous times for one of these photo shoots which we felt was a bit silly...but Indians love a picture of themselves.

    We spend a good three or four hours at the palace before we left to check out a viewpoint we’d seen on maps.me. It was a pretty easy walk to the bottom of it and not too hot, so we started to climb. There was a cable car you could take up, but you couldn’t get to this viewpoint. On the way up we saw a. Abandoned pink tower which had a little rooftop, so we went off the path and clambered up the hillside to get to it. Up three flights of stairs and to the roof and we were treated to an amazing view of the lakes, palace, and temples of Udaipur. After a bit, we climbed even higher up try hill to get the sunset view.m and found these two pagoda things which seemed to have the best view of the city. We were up here quite early for the sunset, but we got some really nice pictures and just watched the scenery change as the sun went down. It was absolutely gorgeous, and as it got darker the city palace and other buildings started to get lit up.

    After soaking it all up, we made our way down (via the top of the pink tower again) and then began the walk back to the hostel. On the way back, this man on a bike pulled up and showed us a WhatsApp text, it had words like ‘bull’ and ‘guys’ and ‘massage’ in it at a quick glance. We walked on, but I turned to Tom and insisted that was some sort of sexual offering. He wasn’t so sure, but I was certain. Out of curiosity, we slowed down a bit and sure enough the man stopped next to us again. We asked him what he wanted and he plainly responded saying “I want sex, you have sex with my wife”. We were speechless and couldn’t actually believe what he said. He then clarified and said that he and his wife were swingers...we had to politely decline his offer but wished him luck. After this, we were really keen for food, so stopped at a place which looked busy, always a good sign, and we decided we’d get a mixture of dishes after we’d had thali for what felt like weeks. We got vegetable pakora, this guys own veg biriyani and a peanut masala, the latter of which arrived with a flame coming out of it! All the food was amazing and safe to say we gobbled it all up.

    As it was the Shiva Festival today in Udaipur there was a load of people now out on the streets and we got offered this creamy/green drink. This western guy said to me that it wasn’t strong, so we both took a cup. When we drank it we couldn’t even taste any alcohol, so it must have been really weak. It wasn’t the nicest of drinks, so Tom only had a little bit, whilst I had the whole thing as we were in front of the guys who gave it to us and I didn’t want to seem rude. We walked up the street so Tom could dump his in the bin, as two kids followed us desperate for the drink but Tom refused to give it to them. We made it back to the hostel finally and went to the rooftop to chill out for a bit. Up there we met an English girl and a Finnish guy and we were all just chatting about generic travel stuff. It was at this point I started to feel a bit weird in my stomach and I immediately thought the drink had poisoned me. However, I then overheard the Finnish guy say that the drink the locals give out on the street is a ‘special lassi’. In other words it’s a drink laced with marijuana. I hadn’t been poisoned, I’d got accidentally high. Tom has looked over to me and I was in fits of giggles at absolutely nothing at all...at least I was happy high and not depressed. Everything made me laugh, even the name of the state we were in ‘Rajasthan’ and even more so the people called ‘Rajasthani’s’ nearly had me on the floor. This went on for a while, and even Tom started to just laugh, more so at the state I was in. We went downstairs as I had some chocolate biscuits, so we demolished them and then decided we’d go on a midnight hunt for Oreos. We went down to the main door, and it was shut, but couldn’t be locked as you can’t lock people in or out of a hostel. We spent about 5 minutes pushing and pulling, looking for a lever, trying to twist bolts and pulling chains that were on this door but for the life of us we couldn’t figure it out! We had to find and ask the hostel manager how you open the door and he just said ‘slide them’...actually so simple. We got our Oreos smashed them and then duly went to bed. It had been a long and eventful day, but a fun evening.
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    Sally-Anne Marsland

    Love this xxx

    3/10/20Reply
    Sally-Anne Marsland

    Oh George -our favourite person xx

    3/10/20Reply
    Sally-Anne Marsland

    Wow what a view and what a George xx India is stunning x

    3/10/20Reply
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  • Day43

    Helping at an animal shelter

    December 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Christmas and boxing day could not have been better spent than this.
    While there was no real sign of the Christmas spirit Kaya and I spent a day here at the animal shelter in Udaipur. Much more rewarding than the forts..

    So there are many many street animals in India but not many shelters. While Kaya and I both believe the human needs crisis needs to be solved more urgently it doesn't take away from the great initiative. They take wounded street animals in and cure them, then they release them back into the wild. In some cases (blindness or loss of backlegs) they do adopt them and keep them there as they wouldn't survive back in the wild.

    They also adopt donkeys that have been used cruelly for labour, so we saw many ghastly sights of twisted legs and horrible wounds which is really sad. Donkeys are used here to carry big bags of rocks, way heavier than they are able of coping with and they will tie their front leg to their back leg to decrease speed, with grim results. Luckily they got to stay in this nice enclosure with the cows.

    The cows usually come from the milk industry as when they no longer can produce milk the industry tosses them onto the street, the cows are often too weak to survive on their own after this. The shelter also has many male baby cows that either get killed or tossed for the reason that they can't produce milk. Again, quite sad and this is one we can't even deny happens in the west! Also their are a lot of "wild" cows in India that live on the street. With all the pollution and littering here the poor things end up consuming so much plastic and as a result of this their stomach fills with it, creating a barrier that won't let any actual food and nutrients pass through. They got weirdly bloated and will die soon if nothing is done, again the shelter will try to perform a surgery but to be fair they will just go back on the street again and the same will happen.

    All in all another eye opening experience that was very rewarding. We spent two days there helping out and gave some donations.
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    Nona Welman

    So sad :(

    1/11/20Reply
     
  • Day43

    Udaipur, India

    May 5, 2015 in India ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Udaipur is fantastisch! Het is een stad aan een meer, ze noemen het de Venetie van India. Elke avond gaan we naar het dakteras van ons hotel om daar de prachtige zonsondergang te zien en als de zon onder is, komen er duizenden vleermuizen langs vliegen. Een prachtig gezicht dus. Naast dat het mooi is, zijn er ook nog een heleboel leuke dingen te doen.

    We hebben een dansshow gezien, waar de dames en heren traditionele dansen uitvoerden op traditionele muziek. Waaronder een dame met haar blote voeten en 6 potten op haar hoofd over glas loopt. We rijden paard in de omgeving rondom de stad, op 2 prachtige indiase paarden. We dachten dat dit een goede oefening zou zijn voor Vir omdat hij in Mongolie langer op een paard moet zitten.. En dit bleek volledig aan onze verwachtingen te voldoen. Vir z'n paard schrok toen er een kameel langs liep al stijgerend wilde hij wegrennen, maar onze gids kon hem gelukkig optijd te pakken krijgen, voordat het paard er helemaal vandoor ging met Virgil op z'n rug. Ook krijgen we kookles, we leren 10 indiase gerechten en mogen het daarna allemaal zelf opeten. Het was echt een feest. We gaan ook nog een dagje zwemmen in het zwembad van een van de luxe hotels. Na Udiapur hebben wij nog 2 bestemmingen en dan is het toch echt tijd om weg te gaan uit India. Virgil die kan de head wobble al bijna net zo goed als de Indiers en het wordt steeds heter omdat de zomer er aan komt. De vraag is alleen... waar naar toe. Aangezien Nepal geen optie meer is.
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    Inez Spruit

    Inez: heerlijk vind ik zelf de Indiase gerechten. Ik kook al jaren met jeera powder (cumin) en curcuma. Ik geloof dat deze mevrouw net wat curcuma in de pan doet. lekker hoor.

    5/5/15Reply
    Virgil and Sabrina

    Hahaha jaaa klopt!! Ja het was echt heel leuk. We gaan thuis zeker meer Indiase gerechten maken!

    5/7/15Reply
    Inez Spruit

    leuke foto zeg

    5/7/15Reply
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  • Day4

    City palace, Maiden Garden

    October 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Included in our itinerary is the palace and palace museum. Our guide Abhi is knowledgeable and informative. The palace constructed started in 1644 and all the Maharani have contributed to it over the years. At the end of the tour there is an opportunity to buy all sorts of things like carpets and clothes. Carpet salesmen are very skilled at getting my internal dialogue into an internal ferocious argument. We have no intentions of buying a carpet, and as he rolls out more and bigger carpets, each more laboriously constructed than the last, I wrestle with being rude and walking out, or continuing my feigned interest in his wares. The longer it goes on the louder my inside voice becomes. I’m finally screaming at myself, get out! Get out! Together we say thanks but no thanks and edge our way around the carpets which are an investment in our future that come with free delivery. We are out the door.

    Before leaving Udaipur, we stop at the Maiden garden. It’s nice. It was designed by the king for the queen, princesses and their ladies in waiting. There are fountains, swimming pool snd grassy areas to play.

    We part from our guide Abhi, and are left in the care of our seasoned and skilled driver Hari Singh.
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  • Day76

    Traumtag!

    October 3, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Unseren ersten "freien" Tag bei dieser Gruppentour haben wir mit einer Yogastunde gestartet. Nach dem Frühstück mit Seeblick ging es dann zu einem Tempel, dem wunderschönen City Palace und mit der Seilbahn rauf auf den Berg, die Aussicht genießen. Die Sonnenuntergangsbootstour war dann die Krönung für diesen tollen Tag und ich glaube, damit war dieser Tag klein Lukies Geburtstag mehr als würdig 😊

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE! Du warst natürlich die Kirsche auf dem Topping 🍒♥️
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    Anja Kiendl

    Sehr schön , sagt auch Luke 😋

    10/4/17Reply
    Erika Schweers

    Super so ein Traumtag... und besonders wenn man wieder Oma wird.

    10/4/17Reply
     
  • Day75

    Venedig des Ostens - Udaipur

    October 2, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Soooo eine schöne Stadt! 5 Seen, die vor 500 Jahren vom damaligen König für seine Konkubinen angelegt wurden, verwandeln diese hübsche Stadt in das Venedig Indiens. Glücklicherweise haben Amy und ich eines der zwei Zimmer mit Lakeview erwischt 😊 und das beste war die Yogaklasse bei einem indischen Yogi!!! Soooo happy 😁

    Did you know: Das indische Geburtstagskind küsst an seinem Ehrentag traditionell die Füße seiner Eltern. Das soll ihm Glück bringen.
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    Anja Kiendl

    😂🙊Dann weiß ich ja , was du bei deinem nächsten Geburtstag machen darfst 👣

    10/3/17Reply
    Eva Kolorz

    Lern schön, dann kannst du mir jeden Morgen ne Yogastunde geben wenn ich da bin 😃

    10/3/17Reply
    Heerwart Schweers

    Hallo Tante Kirsten Schön das du so viel Glück hast. Weiterhin viel Spaß.

    10/3/17Reply
    Relja T

    Das sieht aus wie ein gemaltes Bild, das an einer Wand hängt. Malerische Eindrücke!

    10/4/17Reply
     
  • Day4

    Our senses are awakened!

    October 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It has been while since either Dianne or I have been to an Indian Market, but the Bada market in Udaipur immediately brought back all the memories of ones visited in the past. The sounds, the colours, the smells, the confusion! All are present here. It is crowded and thankfully not too hot as it is still morning. We both like the market because we are walking and it consists mostly of vegetables and flowers. We ended up with a spice merchant, paying as I always do in these situations, too much for spices. Oh well.Read more

  • Day3

    Udaipur Welcome

    October 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    What an odyssey. We left Mumbai 5 hours late and arrived in Udaipur at 815pm. Our hearts were pounding as one of our pieces of luggage was 3 rd last to appear on the carousel. Whew we got everything and were met by smiling person named Jai! He came bearing welcome gifts. A nice hat for me and a pashmina for DIanne.
    It is India as we remember it, cows in the street, narrow roads, horns honking friendly folks. Out hotel is inside the walled part of the city overlooking Lake Pichhola. To get to it we transfer from our car to a golf cart type vehicle that can navigate the very narrow streets.
    Arriving at the hotel we were greeted by hotel staff with a welcome drink and a marigold garland, Perfect Travels representatives also bearing gifts.
    Our room overlooks the lake and the view is stunning.
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    Al Wickerson

    Thanks for the warm birthday present! Looks like you made and didn’t even need to heed my advice. Good job!

    10/25/19Reply
     

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