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    • Day46

      Romantik pur in Udaipur

      October 16 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Auf nach Rajasthan! Wir fliegen über Mumbai nach Udaipur. Udaipur wird als einer der romantischsten Orte Indiens beschrieben. Auf unserer Dachterrasse mit Blick über den Pichola See stimmen wir zu 100% überein. In den Straßen und Gassen in denen wir zunächst herum irren, stellen sich bei uns jedoch nur bedingt romantische Gefühle ein. Da geht es schon ein bisschen "indischer" zu als die letzten Tage in unserer Yoga-Bubble. Aber gut, wer nun Kühe, Ziegen, Hunde und Esel auf den Straßen, hupende Fortbewegungsmittel aller Art - Rikschas, Motorroller, Autos, LKWs, Undefinierbares in Verbindung mit schreienden Kaufmannsleuten sowie den verschiedensten Duftstoffen, auch á la 'eau de toilette' etc. romantisch findet, kommt hier voll auf seine Kosten. Wir finden es eher 'interessant', haben aber irre Freude beim Entdecken dieser bunten Stadt. Und so laufen wir zu Rajasthans größten Palast, dem City Palace und unternehmen eine Bootsfahrt auf dem Pichola See, der von den Aravalli Bergen umrahmt wird. Wir fahren vorbei an der Jagniwas Insel mit dem luxoriösen Lake Palace Hotel, der als Drehort für James Bonds 'Octopussy' diente. Andy fühlt jetzt auch endlich die Romantik. Und als wir wenige Minuten später die Jagmandir Insel erreichen, sprechen wir in der Tat von Romantik². Zum Sonnenuntergang fahren wir mit der Rikscha zum Monsoon Palace, der eher aussieht wie ein mystisches Schloss in den Bergen. Na gut, scheint doch was dran zu sein, an dieser Romantik in Udaipur. Am Abend gibt es noch ein indisches Kulturprogramm mit Musikern & Tänzern. Nein, die Dharohar Show ist nicht romantisch, dafür aber bunt, energetisch und lebensfroh.Read more

      Verrückt 😛 [Matti]

      10/19/22Reply
       
    • Day48

      Exlploring Udaipur on foot

      February 22, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We woke up at 8am, with the Indians in our room having a conversation at volume 100%, because they can’t do anything quietly. Up on the rooftop for 8:15 to wait for our free hostel breakfast. However, unlike yesterday we were not the only ones on the rooftop today so had to eat a normal amount today. We went for a walk to find some mopeds to rent today, however, we were unsuccessful and apparently all the mopeds were rented today...we tried our hostel and they said the same thing. We quickly moved around our plans for today, booked a moped for tomorrow through the hostel and then set off for Lake Sagar, about 2km away. After walking for about 2 minutes, Tom had placed his foot foot into the largest and wettest cow poo ever... today wasn’t going our way. After a little while we got to the lake, it was nice and much more local than Lake Pichola. We chilled out at a park near the water for a little while and then decided to walk a bit further to a nicer park. On the way we saw a Kayak competition taking place so we sat and cheered for a random team and then continued.

      We arrived at Saheliyon-Ki-Bari and when we realised you had to pay in we walked to a nearby park built onto a roundabout. There was a nice pond in the middle where you could rent out pedalos. We chilled here for a little while looking into Nepal, and whether we would need to get additional insurance or not...it was looking like it could cost us up to £600 each to get insured!! After an hour or two chilling on the grass we made our way back to Udaipur City Palace to check out the outside areas surrounding the place that you had to buy a separate ticket for. We chilled out here on the grass where we eventually got an answer about our travel insurance after talking directly with our insurance company, we didn’t need additional insurance to trek around Nepal!! This actually made us very happy and made me feel like we’d saved so much money! With a spring in our step we made our way back to the hostel rooftop where we watched sunset and then went for a dinner Thali with the Germans that we had met. The food was great again! Back to hostel, chilled out some more and then went to bed.
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      Traveler

      I spy a Nelly heiffferrrt lump!!

      3/10/20Reply
      Traveler

      Like your table!!!

      3/10/20Reply
      Traveler

      Oh Tiger Tom!!

      3/10/20Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful xx

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    • Day11

      11. Tag - On the road again

      September 29, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Heute war wieder ein Reisetag - nach dem Frühstück ging es weiter nach Udaipur. Für die nur 250km sollten wir insgesamt 10h brauchen.

      Unterwegs hat Amrit wieder viel erzählt - über den Hinduismus, verschiedene Rituale wie z.B. Beerdigungen, was um die Geburt eines Kindes herum so passiert und warum Kühe 🐄 😇 heilig sind.

      Zunächst machten wir an einem kleinen Tempel hat und ließen eine Flasche Rum segnen 🥃. Unsere Strecke führte uns durch die tolle Landschaft der Arauli-Berge und darum ging es auch eher langsam voran. Leider hatte unser Bus dann einen kleinen Unfall mit einem übermütigen jungen Wasserbüffel 🐃 - es war aber nicht so schlimm wir zunächst gedacht, dem Tier ging es nach einer Weile wieder gut und der Bus hat auch nicht viel abgekriegt.

      Wegen dem Monsun sind hier in Udaipur viele Straßen in schlechtem Zustand und werden gerade erst wieder geflickt - so dauerte es lange bis wir endlich am Hotel waren, das aber super schön ist. Morgen erkunden wir die Stadt am See dann per TukTuk.
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      Traveler

      Verrätst Du uns dann auch, was ihr mit der gesegneten Flasche Rum gemacht habt? 🤓😉

      9/29/19Reply
      Traveler

      Ihr habt auf jedenfall einen Abenteuerurlaub. Gut, dass nicht mehr passiert ist beim 🐃 treffen.

      10/1/19Reply
       
    • Day12

      12. Tag - Mit TukTuks durch Udaipur

      September 30, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      Heute erkundeten wir Udaipur per TukTuk und konnten so durch all die Gassen fahren, für die unser Bus zu groß ist. Leider war es ziemlich regnerisch - dafür aber auch nicht so warm.

      Zuerst besuchten wir den Stadtpalast und das Museum. Von dem Berg hatte man auch einen tollen Blick über die Stadt und den Pichola See mit dem ehemaligen Sommerpalast in der Mitte. Der ist jetzt ein Luxushotel und war in den 80er Jahren Drehort für den James Bond Film Octopussy.

      Zum Mittagessen verkosteten wir verschiedene indische Snacks und machten uns danach auf eigene Faust auf, die Gassen zu erkunden und einige Souvenirs zu erstehen. Als der Regen heftiger wurde, ging es per TukTuk zurück ins Hotel, wo wir den restlichen Nachmittag ganz entspannt mit Lesen und Kartenspielen verbrachten. Abends wurde dann der gesegnete Rum vernichtet - quasi heiliger Alkohol gilt ja nicht, oder?
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      Traveler

      Ein entspannender Nachmittag ist doch auch mal schön bei so vielen neuen Eindrücken

      10/1/19Reply
       
    • Day10

      אודייפור - שייט באגם פיצ'ולה

      October 7 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      התחלנו את החלק של אודייפור במתחם ארמון המלך (עליו בפוסט הבא) ובמתחם יש כניסה לשייט באגם פיצ'ולה.
      (יש לקנות כרטיסים בנפרד לשייט)

      אגם פיצ'ולה הוא למעשה אגם מלכותי שנוצר במאה ה-15 או ה-16 והוא המרכזי מתוך מספר אגמים אשר הקנו לעיר אודייפור את השם "עיר האגמים".
      עומקו הממוצע של האגם הוא כ-4.5 מטרים.

      אגם פיצ'ולה הינו אגם יפהפה ושקט שבמרכזו ישנם שני "איים": הראשון מבנה שמשמש כמלון יוקרתי ויקר מאד (בסופו של דבר, אתה לן באמצע האגם) והשני הוא מקום יפהפה עם גן בוטני רחב ומקומות רבים לצילומים ול-site view (תכתבו בתגובות מה המילה המקבילה בעברית).
      משך ההפלגה (מילה קצת מרשימה - בסה"כ סירה עם מנוע וחליפות ציפה) ערכה כ-25 דק' עד שמגיעים לאותו אי.
      כנ"ל מהאי בחזרה למתחם
      צילמנו ים בתמונות (היה יותר קשה לסנן את מה שלא צריך להעלות לפוסט זה).

      מקום מומלץ - אהבנו.
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      Traveler

      אולי אתרי צילומים?

      10/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      לא, לא נשמע טוב

      10/8/22Reply

      איזה יפות שני ונועה [.]

      10/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      חחח

      10/8/22Reply
       
    • Day7

      Udaipur

      October 3 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Na treinreis van 15 uur in Udaipur aangekomen. Treinreis was heel bijzonder omdat je tussen de locals is de trein zit.

      Omdat ik blond en wit ben willen veel mensen een foto met me maken. Grappig maar wel beetje apart. Ik vraag me altijd af hoe dat zou zijn als ik een foto met iemand vraag in Nederland alleen maar omdat hij/zij een donkere huidskleur heeft.
      Je wordt in India heel bewust van je eigen huidskleur omdat je daardoor anders wordt behandeld. Ik weet nog niet wat ik daarvan moet vinden.

      Heel groot contrast met het chaotische Mumbai. Er zijn hier veel meer koeien en straathonden maar de sfeer is veel relaxter door het water en de hoge temperatuur.

      Veel leuke en interessante mensen ontmoet ik het hostel. Vroeg opstaan om naar de zonsopgang te kijken en naar een lokaal festival met een indrukwekkend dans geweest.

      Het eten is geweldig hier, heel goedkoop en extreem lekker. Gister voor €1.20 een volledige maaltijd op inclusief drinken. Enige probleem is wel dat je maag in posities gaat waarvan ik niet wist dat ze bestonden. Maar gelukkig nog niet echt ziek geworden in India.
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      Traveler

      Mmm dat zie er lekker uit😉😋

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Mooie natuur daar

      10/4/22Reply
       
    • Day45

      Udaipur tour

      December 27, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      So we really like Udaipur and wanted to do a tour. We walked all around the old part of town and learnt all about the different neighbourhoods. So "back in the day" but also to this day you used to have all the different proffesions in one neighbourhood. So proffesions were passed on through the generations and you would have all the basket weavers in one area, the potters in another, shoe makers, fruit retailers, they all had their own part. Now it's not super strict but you will still predominantly find the same shops in the same areas of the old town.

      We also learnt about local temples and got some more information about Hindu temples. The best part was trying all the local sweet delicacies, jallebis, yum!
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      Traveler

      I'm loving the strong colours in these pics

      1/8/20Reply
      Traveler

      hahaha Jallebis! Fay would be proud.

      1/11/20Reply
       
    • Day153

      New year's eve in Udaipur

      December 31, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      From warm South India and after a 17-hour-night-bus we arrived in cold Rajasthan. I thought it would be the first year of my life that I could skip a winter buuuut nope haha Udaipur received us with Hamburg-like 12°C. At least for Mandy, who came to travel with us a after almost 5 months without seeing each other, there was no need of acclimatization. Together with many locals and travelers we celebrated 2020!

      We were excited to be in one of the richest regions of India, culturally speaking.
      We spent the days roaming around observing those particular people with rough facial expressions, warm smiles and extremely colourful clothes :)

      Eventhough beautiful, the centre is a very crowded and noisy city, so we rented some bikes and cycled around the suburbs of Udaipur. Luckily we found Animal Aid, an animal sanctuary that takes care of sick, injured or handicapped animals. Dogs in this country aren't treated very well, they are constantly involved in accidents, or they suffer abuses from the local communities. Cows are holy and for that fact can't be killed even they are sick and in pain (e.g. ecause of eating tons of plastics). So thanks to projects like this, animals get a second chance. More about this lovely project on: https://animalaidunlimited.org
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      Jona Jona!

      2/23/20Reply

      Neuer Versuch 😅.

      2/23/20Reply

      Wo hängt ihr gerade aus? Wie ist die Lage? Viele Grüße von der „findpenguinsnulpe“ Hanna

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    • Day49

      Scooter day from Udaipur

      February 23, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      I woke up just after 8 and made our way up to the roof terrace for our breakfast. We were the only ones there again, just like our first morning, so naturally we were complete pigs and ate most of the food. Oops! (I was going to miss that jam). After brekkie we got all our stuff together, dumped our bags in the common area and checked out as we were leaving for Pushkar on a night train tonight. We then waited in the reception area for our scooter that we had arranged yesterday, of course it was still late despite the 16 hour notice...

      Eventually, the scooter turned up. It was an awful, grey bike that looked like it was falling apart and had been spray painted really badly to make it look newer than it was. When we started droving it actually felt worse than it looked...the bracket that was screwed onto the front of the bike made it sound like a clattery old van each time we went over a speed bump or hole in the road. The lights didn’t work, which was eventful through a dark tunnel on a motorway and the indicators made the loudest beep ever. The driving experience here was much more chaotic than it was in Goa, firstly two guys wanted to race us numerous times, then bikes would drive beside us wanting conversations with us....eventually we made it to Eklingji temple, a 24km drive from our hostel. It was hidden away in a busy town, which was weird considering we had hardly passed anybody on our way here. We queued up outside for quite some time, with no shoes or socks but eventually we got inside, following the queue all the way round, we were quite confused exactly to what the people were actually praying to. It was a really nice temple and was very detailed, but no pictures were allowed here. We made our way back to our bike, after being rushed to put our shoes back on by two girls...and then made our way to Sahastra Bahu temples, which was an awesome temple, incredibly intricate and well preserved. There were a group of local people chilling outside the temple playing western music, but in true Indian fashion would skip each song after about 20 seconds... we actually enjoyed the Western music for a little while whilst exploring the temple. Whilst in the temple we met a group of Aussies who were in India for their sons wedding in a dry state of India and were telling us of the festivities that followed their wedding.

      Back on our moped we made our way to a pin Tom had found on maps.me for a “mountain viewpoint”, having no clue what it actually looked like we thought we’d check it out anyway. On the journey we drove through the middle of nowhere, passing by really rural villages. It felt very Middle Eastern, with dry landscape and very square buildings, almost what I imagined Afghanistan to look like. When we got to the viewpoint we enjoyed the hazy view of the mountainous landscape and watched an older guy herding his goats and generally enjoyed the peace and quiet - as you don’t come across that in India too often. After enjoying the view we drove to Lake Badi, after a bumpy journey we got to a parking area where we left our bike for 20 rupee to go and check out a nice viewpoint overlooking the reservoir. On the walk back to our bike we of course had to have our picture taken with a few Indian guys and then we were going to make our way to The Monsoon palace which could be seen from our hostels roof terrace.

      However, on the drive the sound of the engine changed and increased in volume by about 100%, we stopped to check out what had happened...the exhaust had fallen off. We attempted to carry on but it was scraping on the floor, so instead of causing further damage to an already broken bike we thought we’d better come up with a solution. We ripped the string out from the seat cover and used this to hold up the exhaust so it wouldn’t scrape along the ground as we drove. It was however, still the loudest bike the whole of India but at least we could move however with not much power anymore. We thought we’d go straight back to the hostel and talk to the hostel to sort out getting some money back for this bike, as it really was rubbish. On the way back to Udaipur we couldn’t pick up much speed and the moped was absolutely screeching...to make things even worse there were lots of diversions around Udaipur meaning we had to meander through the backstreets, through the chaotic traffic to get back to our hostel. We got back to the hostel and we were both a little pissed off. We spoke firstly with the front of house at the hostel who called the man who’s bike it was... after about half hour he turned up. He was an absolute crook this guy, accusing us of breaking his bike... after a little while we managed to get the message across to both him and the guys at the hostel that it was nothing to do with us but instead how this guy had looked after his bike over the years and how it was unacceptable and to our surprise we managed to get a full refund...result! It did help that I had the key to the bike held ransom.

      After that drama we went to get Thali from “the food corner” our favourite local place in Udaipur. As we were sat down I suddenly announced that I needed an emergency toilet trip...up I got and ran out of the restaurant leaving Tom to order our Thali’s and an extra curry and rice to share. I had to go all the way to the rooftop of the hostel as we’d checked out already and returned after perhaps 5 minutes, with some shitty (literally) news, I had the shits. Finally, it had got to one of us. Thankfully, it didn’t affect my appetite though and the mountain of food arrived and we both devoured it, and it was delicious, we were going to miss this place! We said our goodbyes to the owner of the restaurant and went back to the hostel to chill out until in the common room, where Tom FaceTimed home and I just began to feel awful getting closer and closer to a foetal position on the floor. At about 9:45pm we left the hostel and got a TukTuk to the train station. We had been fighting to get it for 80 rupees but finally settled on 100...the journey was awful, he actually crashed into a moped (and sped off) and then almost skidded into a car so when we arrived at the train station and he expected 100 rupees. Is I felt like shit I explained pretty brutally that this was the worst tutkuk journey of my life and I only have him 80 rupees as he didn’t deserve the full fare...safe to say he was fuming!

      We found our platform and there was a train waiting there, we asked an official if this was our train to Ajmer, she said yes, good job we checked with two guys on the train as it was actually going to Jaipur... ours was the next train coming through. We waited on the platform and once again I got the sudden need to go to the toilet...oh no, in the train station!! But surprisingly the toilet was relatively clean and western I informed Tom upon my return, demanding the hand sanitiser still.

      At around 11pm the train pulled into the station, we got on our carriage in complete darkness and found our beds. Tom was 35, bottom and I was 36 top. We got straight into our bunks, tried to get comfy and get some sleep before arriving in Ajmer.
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    • Day14

      Udaipur

      October 16, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Known as the white city (just as Jaipur is the Pink City), this is the Rajpoot capital of the part of India that was not part of the Raj. First is the City Palace (see another post) taken from the lake. There are two hotels in the building now. The secpnd looks over the city from the top floor of the palace. Third is the big Hindu temple in the city. Fourth is another Rajasthani dancer, this time with about a dozen stack bowls on her head. Fifth looks over the lake, and last is the former summer palace now an ultra luxury hotel with room rates from 1,000-4,000 US dollars per nightRead more

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