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... and less as they are thought to contribute to the oppression against the castes, some older folks still wear them though. We also learnt that only 2 men in a family can have facial hair – the granddad, or oldest chap can have a full beard, and then the dad, or eldest son can have a moustache, but no other males can. Which explains why we see so many males 30-45 with moustaches – we figured it was just a fashion thing, but I guess not!
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So how do you think the royals get treated? They probably live in palaces, have private boats, butlers, maybe get rose petals showered on them as they walk,luxury cars picking them up with chauffeur wearing white gloves, people waiting on them day and night catering to every wimp and fancy,dine with real china and silver and just pampered all day long. Well we got all that and more at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. This experience definitely made up for the fiasco we ...
... of ours, with comfy floor cushions scattered about and spectacular views, it made for a great place to simply sit and relax. That morning we attended a cooking class hosted by Meenu and her husband at their family home. Here we learnt how to make chai tea (a daily staple of ours since we have been in India!), pakora (a scrumptious fried Indian snack), the basic wet masala spice mix which forms the base of most curries, a dry masala mix and various Indian breads. Meenu ...
... reply. "Ah London", one local replied..."my brother lives in Putney, is that near you?" !!! The locals are very polite here, well spoken and many enjoyed showing off photos of themselves with Dame Judi Dench or Bill Nighy whilst they were filming here.
In fact, this is the cleanest part of India we have been ...
... getting a better view of the palace then we ever did whilst in the surroundings.
We had one more day in Udaipur before we headed elsewhere. Unfortunately all the trains to Mumbai were sold out and I didn't fancy an overpriced private bus for 16 hours. Instead we opted to get a 5 hour bus to Ahmedabad, spend the afternoon there then prebooked a sleeper train to leave from there at 5.30am the next morning. I figured it would be nice to see at least one town in ...