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Oct 29, 2019 - Udaipur at Taj Aravali

Having caught up with the blog, went down to the pool and did some rain bathing. I have not referred much to the weather in the blog mainly because it is hot, dry and dusty during the day. During the evening and early morning it has been a little nippy particularly in Ranthambhore and Udaipur. However today we have a tinkling of rain. Also more worryingly the weather forecast for Kovlamn our next destination in the south of India is only 26 and showers. Anyhow after cloudbathing, we had booked to play the virtual golf, in which hitting real...

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Oct 29, 2019 - Udaipur Morning

With no major explosions and in the valley of the mountains did not wake until 07:45. Wandered down to breakfast and ready to start the next day with renewed vigour. As we wanted to use the hotels massive array of entertainment and sports facilities we targeted our guide and Mr Singh to complete by 13:00 expecting to make it back by 14:00. Now traffic and Timing is always an issue for for India and did not help our case when our guide could not be found at the Palace, due to the poor organisation of entry into the palace and the traffic...

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Oct 28, 2019 - Sleepless Night and on the Way to Udiphur

Woke at 05:30 and started blog, this is due to the continuous and constant thump of firework thunderclap fireworks. Early into breakfast and away to Udaipur. Another 6 hours of travel with Mr Singh. He has a surprise for us to visit the largest Buddhist temple in Rajashstan. After 3 hours of travel, having got lost 3 times, we wondered why Mr Singh actually put his foot to metal despite the roads being nothing more than dirt tracks. The reason we found out was Mr Singh through one of his relatives had arranged an early morning visit to a...

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Dec 12, 2018 - Udaipur

Another 5 hour drive got us to our next stopover, Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes'. Along the way we visited Ranakpur and its Jain temples, one of the sects main holy places. Though over 500 years old the temples were in near perfect condition and extremely interesting. The drive was an interesting one but did have its moments. On a few occasions we were confronted with oncoming traffic which normally would not have been any concern except these were in our lane and required some changes in direction. Our driver simply made the appropriate...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Delhi to Udaipur

Tuesday 31st October 2017 Delhi to Udaipur Today marks the start of our new trip in Rajasthan. We farewelled our fellow travellers from our bus trip this morning and last evening. We met a representative, Vikas, from our new agency in the hotel reception this morning. He accompanied us to the airport in a taxi through the morning traffic. As we have 2 internal flights with smaller luggage allowances we have ‘decanted’ quite a few belongings into a separate bag and Vikas planned to take it to our final hotel in Delhi for them to store until...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Udaipur, Rajasthan​ - Inde

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/jew1tANXEndAsE2XA Udaipur fût un moment "bonbon" de notre séjour en Inde. Tout y était sublime: blancheur des édifices, tranquillité et la couleur de son soleil. Cette ville est située dans l'État du Rajasthan, entourée par les lacs Pichola, Fateh Sagar et Swaroop Sagar. Un p'tit fait anodin, la ménagerie du raja d'Udaipur est le lieu de naissance de la panthère Bagheera dans le Livre de la Jungle. La ville a aussi servi de décor au Tigre du Bengale de...

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Feb 3, 2016 - A touch of class

They say Udaipur is the "Venice of the East". Sure, I guess it has water and classical architecture, but in my opinion, to call cities "the Venice of blah" or the "Paris of blah" ends up taking away from the city you're ACTUALLY in. Udaipur doesn't have the canals of Venice, and Venice doesn't have cows stealing carrots from street vendors. So while the nickname admittedly sets the scene, this post is all about the classy city of Udaipur! Udaipur is much more laidback than the other Indian cities we've been to so far. The street noise is a...

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Jan 3, 2016 - Mo's camera may be fixed

One cannot multi-task in India. Doing anything out of the ordinary is three times the effort back home. The Internet is extraordinary for helping solve problems, but one must invest huge phyiscal energy to get around if nothing else. Mo's camera is an example. Jim used Google to find an authorized Nikon dealer in town as well as to map its location. Google maps claimed a mere 30 minute walk. Jim figured three days to allow for crossing streets in one piece and getting off course. Our guide hired a tuktuk for us. Camera clutched tightly, we...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Content warning: Toilets and sanitation

We are often asked about these subjects. We will spare you photos of the subjects in question. Those of more sensitive nature may wish to skip this post altogether. We packed two rolls of our own toilet paper, and Mo carries a number of tissue packs with her. We also have hand sanitizer. Toilets are both western sit style and squat style. Western are typical in our hotels. Squat are typical of any public space from trains and stations to parks and markets. Regardless of style, if toilet paper is available, it never goes into the toilet...

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Mar 7, 2015 - Udiapur

Saturday 7th March 2015 We have a leisurely breakfast as we’re not getting picked up until 12.30pm – so it’s a bit of time to get some rays by the pool – we are the only ones! As this hotel sits on a hill in a village, we look down on the goings-on of our village neighbours – and it’s a real slice of life. People cooking, washing, doing every day things in their little houses whilst we look down from on high – and I wonder at the gulf in finances between us and them – Is it obscene that we can spend so much on a night here when it’s...

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Jan 21, 2015 - The Venice of the East - Udaipur

We have a slightly late but uneventful 1 hour flight to, Udaipur, the City of Lakes this morning... Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh, thus the name,”pur” meaning city. It is SW of Delhi so we arrive to warmer temperatures in the day about 24C. Udaipur is in the largest of 29 states, Rajasthan, which means state of kings and queens. This is the only state not ruled by a maharajah but rather a Maharana. Maha meaning ‘big one’, raja – king, rana – warrior. Udai Singh believed he was most important and equal to all, no one...

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Oct 30, 2014 - To Udaipur Oct 30

It turns out the younger brother of the young manager of the palace we are in is a polo player! He played for the schools India team which won the Challenge Cup played at Eton last year!!!! In contrast, after breakfast, we do a walk round the village with one of the villagers who also works for the family. The Maharajah used to control 8 villages. Now many of the staff come from families who have served at the palace for generations, & are proud to have done so. There are many shepherds in the village, wearing the traditional off white...

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