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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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Oct 29, 2014 - To Jalore Oct 29

Up very early as this will be our longest driving day - to Jalore! Retrace our steps to begin with then turn towards Jalore. Rural life here seems harder because of the arid conditions. Mostly see herds of goats, sheep or camels with their herders. They live either in traditional thatched mud huts or have begun to build small flat roofed houses. We stop for lunch at The Manwar Desert Resort. The main attraction is the man at the door with a magnificent two-tone moustache, black & white. He is happy to be photographed once he has preened in...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Udaipur

Today we meet at 8.00am and go for breakfast together at a bakery – there are French and German bakeries everywhere. Then we meet our local guide for a tour of the city palace. Although it is less crowded than yesterday, it is still packed with people from Ghujarat. It is again a large magnificent palace with different sections added in different centuries. The original palace looks the same imposing 3 or 4 storeys high but it is in fact built around a hill so that the top floor is actually the ground floor. We hear about the history with...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Udaipur

Udaipur It actually rained last night for about 5 minutes. We have had beautiful weather all along and had rain twice now - at night both times. In the lobby at 8am to go out for breakfast at a genuine cafe/coffee shop. They even had green tea! Eke had yoghourt with muesli and fresh fruit - delicious! Brian had a cheese omelet, Irish coffee and a coffee Americano. After breakfast we were introduced to our local guide who took us up the Palace Road to the castle/palace. The present king still lives in part of the palace. It is already busy...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Bijaipur to Udaipur

Bijaipur to Udaipur Woken up by the call to prayer at 5:30am, Eke gets up at 6am and does some writing. Brian gets up a bit later because he wants to take advantage of the wifi in the lobby that starts at 7am. We eat breakfast separately and meet up again at 8:20am in the lobby where the news is that Sebastian is sick. Naveen makes several calls to try and reach a doctor. There is no doctor in the village; there is a small hospital in Bassi where the docotor is working today. Bassi is only a 15 minute drive away. Naveen, Sue (Engl.) and Jo...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Udaipur

Today starts with a bit more drama than expected: Sebastian has developed a fever overnight and is very distressed. There are no doctors nearby so there is no option but to get him into the jeep and to a small hospital 20 minutes away where the doctor is working today. The support team kicks into action and loads him in. At the hospital the doctor wants to give him an injection – his first question is ‘how much will it cost?’ but he needn’t have worried because all up it costs $5 for injection, painkillers, antibiotics and fever meds – and...

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