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  • Day44

    Udaipur

    January 17, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Udaipur is a sprawling city set in a beautiful landscape. A series of ridges surround lovely lakes. It is considered to be the most romantic city in all of India. It's the site of numerous films, one of which was the Roger Moore as James Bond film Octopussy. It is also notorious as one of the places on the planet that middle-aged women go to experience another culture and let their hair down. We enjoyed our time here. Lovely sunsets and good food.

    Here's a link to a panoramic photo of the city. https://photos.app.goo.gl/BmyYQNENM7K6shw57

    We were able to take care of some business while we were here. Laundry, ATM, and a haircut. Nancy chatted with the proprietor while his son gave me a post haircut head massage.

    Later, as we were on one of our walks, we were commenting on how Sri Lanka and India are so similar in that it is hard to strike up a natural conversation that doesn't end in a pitch to visit a shop, or go to a cousin's restaurant, or see an art gallery, or get one's photo taken with a camel, or pay to have a prayer said by a priest, or be asked if we need a ride by a Tuk Tuk driver. In many places we've been in Rajasthan the barrage is almost constant. It has become another one of the things that we gird up for when leaving our hotel room; like seeing a person with a crippling malady begging, or copious amounts of trash, or incessant honking, or being cut off by pretty much anyone and everyone. Just as we'd reached the conclusion of our discussion, we walked by an older woman drying pappadam in the walkway of her home. She smiled and called out to us. Next thing we knew it we were being asked in for tea and biscuits. Her whole family joined us and we spent the better part of an hour talking politics, recipes, California, and family connections. It was great. India, if nothing else is a place of contradictions which shakes my convictions each time I come close to any sort of understanding.

    Here's a video from a wedding procession in the street below our hotel room this evening. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zb1gp6ext89FBzQw7

    Tomorrow we fly to Varanasi and some other new way of almost understanding...
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    Elizabeth Russell

    Beautiful ~

    1/23/19Reply
     
  • Day10

    Lake City - Udaipur

    November 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The pollution has finally caught on and I have fully swollen glands. But I'm not going to let that stop us enjoying. We got up first thing ready for our long journey to Udaipur which actually did take a very long time. I fell asleep for most of the journey and woke up about 3pm...wups!

    We tried to go to a famous temple along the way but unfortunately it was closed till the evening. Then we visited the Palace Gardens which was a very welcomed break from not stopping for 4 hours. Then we just went straight to our hostel in Udaipur. Wow wow wow! Two friends from Udaipur worked, lived and travelled to various countries around the world and during their travels they came up with the idea of creating a hostel. They have a hostel in Goa which is in its 2nd year and then due to its success they decided to have one in Udaipur. They decided as its their home town they would buy a castle. And that they did! The hostel is in the grounds of the old Fort and has possibly one of the best views of the city. It's really beautiful. The ground of the hostel is humongous and there are just 4 of them working on it so I think it will take years! It's truly a beautiful sight though it would be amazing to come back when it's done. For now we are honoured to see it from the beginning.

    We went for a late lunch at Millets Mewar and had Bhindi Masala and Sev chhana daal and chapattis, which was really different from other dishes we've been having. We then Skyped with Will's parents before heading out again for more food. Seriously we haven't eaten all day and even though we don't feel hungry we are definitely both loosing weight so it's not good! We found a man on the street selling Pani Puri and then found a masala chai stall. So we sat, people watched and chatted with the locals. They recommended a cheap but fantastic thali restaurant so we couldn't not go. We were definitely full now!!

    We walked around the town at night for a bit before heading back to the hostel as it was beginning to get quite cold.

    The night was really cold. It dropped down to 13 degrees Celsius from 28, so it was quite a difference. I think I might have to wear all my clothes tomorrow night including a coat!
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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

    2/29/20Reply
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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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  • Day198

    Udaipur, Rajasthan

    March 14, 2019 in India

    Unfortunately, Udaipur won’t likely rest in our memories for its ornate palaces, scenic lake vistas or even as the shooting location for 007’s Octopussy....India finally caught up with us and delivered our first team gastro-bug. It wiped out the family for a couple of days and all I can say is that it was a good thing that our washroom’s sink was close to the toilet.

    Burrowing out from a pile of laundry and electrolyte-replacing Gatorade bottles, Dale and I managed to visit a couple of places today. AnimalAid is a rescue centre for local animals that are sick or injured. In the last 6 years over 100,000 animals have received medicine, therapy and love from 90 staff and countless volunteers at the centre. Rehabilitated animals are released back to where they were found, or, if unfit to survive alone, they are allowed to convalesce at the centre for the rest of their days. Visitors can take a tour of the facility or arrange volunteer hours where they can learn to take care of the patients.

    On our way home our tuk-tuk driver brought us to the foot of a large hill. Still too weak to climb, we took a government jeep to the top where sits the once grand Sajjan Garh Palace overlooking the peaceful lakes and busy city of Udaipur. The structure is affectionately known as the Monsoon Palace as its location was supposedly chosen as an ideal point to watch the monsoon clouds rolling in.
    - Geoff
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    Shiloh Knox

    pretty

    4/14/19Reply
     
  • Day19

    Udaipur

    January 11, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Coming to Udaipur was a sight we won't forget. With all the natural beauty that surrounds this city it was a nice break from all the noise and crowds of a typical Indian city.

    The highlight of our visit to Udaipur was our stay at Fatheghar, a hotel situated up in the hills overlooking Lake Pichola. The sunrise we saw from on top the hills was also worth the early wake up call and the sunset was pretty too!

    Aside from the beauty, Udaipur is known for the lavish City Palace of King Udai Singh built in 1559 which was nice to see especially the peacock mosaics that surrounded the courtyard!

    Udaipur was our last stop on this side trip around Rajasthan. It was nice to see another State aside from Gujarat where we'll be spending a week with family as all States in India have their own history and culture!

    And as a side note, we couldn't help but resist to stop on the side of the highway to pick up fresh vegetables as we drove back to Ahmedabad.
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  • 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
     
  • 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

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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
     
  • Day10

    Bootsfahrt auf dem Lake Pichola

    April 17, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 41 °C

    Bei inzwischen gut 40 Grad stand gleich noch unser letzter Programmpunkt an. Unser Guide verabschiedete sich nach dem Park und wir fuhren zum Bootsanleger für die Rundfahrt auf dem Pichola-See.

    Wir bestiegen allein ein kleines Boot mit ca. 4 Plätzen und einem Fahrer, dann durften wir erstmal eine überdimensionale Rettungsweste anziehen, was bei diesen Temperaturen 'schön warm war'.

    Zuerst schipperten wir stadteinwärts vorbei am Palast, links vorbei ging es an der Insel Jag Niwas. Diese beherbergte den ehemaligen Palast von Jag Niwas das heute zu einem Luxushotel umgebaut wurde und nur für Hotelgäste zugänglich ist.

    Das warme Wetter nutzten viele indische Kinder zum Baden am Rande des Sees.

    Wir umkreisten noch eine zweite Insel mit einem ehemaligen Palast von Jag Mandir. Hier versteckte kurze Zeit auch die Familie der Maharanas den jungen Mogulprinzen Khurram, der dann zum Herrscher Jahangir und damit auch zum Erbauer des Taj Mahal wurde.

    Nach ca. 40 minütiger Bootsfahrt brachte uns unser Fahrer zum Mittagessen.
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    Elvira und Bernd Hofmann

    Das wäre auch was für mich gewesen, aber noch eine Schwimmweste bei 40 Grad das ist heavy!

    4/19/17Reply
    Hausers auf Reisen

    Bei der Bootsfahrt war es gar nicht so heiß, aber unter der Schwimmweste war es doch kuschelig.

    4/19/17Reply
     

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