We finally made it up to Rajasthan after 12hrs on the train, 4 hrs back in the crazy place that is Mumbai and 16 hrs on a bus!
The journey itself was quite eventful. On the train we shared a section with an Indian family. They were as rude and impatient as the people I had seen on the plane from Dubai and didn't endear us to the Indian people. They ate curry etc on the train using their hands which was a noisy and messy affair.
When we got to Mumbai we were both starving especially as I hadn't eaten anything in the last 24hrs and it had been days since anything had stayed in my stomach (there's a nice thought for you!) We went to the only place we could find open at 8am and were delighted to see all the cockroaches running around after we'd ordered. Needless to say we didn't eat much of the food.
For the trip to Udaipur we booked a luxury air conditioned sleeper bus. I have to say even after two weeks in India my estimation of luxury was way above the dirty little box we had and the air conditioning was a total lie. Despite this and the extreme bumpiness we had a lot of fun on the bus. We were able to shut ourselves away in our little bit, the rest of the bus was Indian men who stared lots and didn't speak English, and watch India. We saw lots of amazing things including the slums, farmers working fields, the heavy handed police hitting a truck driver and a Rickshaw stuffed full of about 12 little school boys.
The view from the hotel when we arrived at 6am made it all worth while. We have a brilliant view of the lake and the City Palace. And we are paying just 63p each a night for a private room.
We've been very busy since we got here seeing all the sights (which I wont list because you can see the photos) and buying lots of things! We spent most of yesterday shopping and bought rings, bangles, shoes, shawls and clothes all for just 12 pounds. Another fantastic thing here is the food, I'm in curry heaven. The curries here taste delicious a million times better than Goa and it is all so cheap.
The people here are much nicer far less hassling than in Goa. I think the only downside here is I'm noticing the beggars more. The old and disabled people are hard enough to see but all the tiny children are really starting to grind me down. It's sad to see babies and small children and know life isn't going to get any easier for them.
Actually there is another downside to Udaipur it's absolutely freezing at night here! In the day it's about 25 degrees and at night it drops to about 10 degrees but it seems to feel a lot colder. Although thanks to a bit of whisky we were able to stay out last night playing dominos with other backpackers and watching the stars.
Udaipur is amazing and exactly what I came to India to see, I can't wait to see the rest of Rajasthan.
Hope to hear from you all soon,
P.S We are having a go at putting movies on the website. As far as I can tell you need to select a place to down load it to and then view it from there. Please can you let me know if this works ok, or takes too long to down load.