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We had a leisurely 9:15am departure this morning, but later realized that an earlier departure might have been wise. Apparently, Jaipur is frequently foggy this time of year, which can lead to long delays at the airport, so our guide recommended that we drive, instead of fly, to Udaipur. Driving would also allow us to see the famous Brahma temple in the town of Pushkar, which is a very popular spot for ...
... it justice and it is worth at least half an hour of your time to sip your beer and wonder at the beauty of creation.
The City Palace is very old and is in three parts: to the north is the hotel, the middle is still occupied by the Maharani and his family, while the south is a large and fascinating museum full of art and artefacts depicting the history of what is claimed to be the oldest royal family in the world dating back to the ...
... also very expensive and needed some light behind them to show them at their best.
We then went into the local streets looking at other shops and dropped into a "almost" western coffee shop (German based!) to use their free WiFi. The we took a auto-rickshaw back to the hotel.
In the evening we returned the city for a final dinner on the roof top of a restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace.
... diners we sat on sofas to eat a delicious thali. Below our eye line a lone singer with a strong melodious voice and a simple string instrument sang, we assumed, Hindi folk songs. Like the desert night it was deeply moving and a very different aspect of India.
Jean has turned native and is eating Indian food three times a day. Tony too has had a fruit epiphany and following a purchase of tiny but scrumptious bananas is eating two or three a day, a fruit that ...
... going to catch up in Varanasi.
*******I am currently on the plane to Varanasi, it's a bit scary, I haven't been on a prop plane of this size before! *******
Back to Monday. Having got lost Sunday, for today I had arranged a rickshaw to take me around. I met Ali at 9 and off we went. The rickshaw belongs to Ali's dad but he is poorly so Ali is helping out. Ali is an art student being taught by one of his villages colleges (not a rural village, but a bit like ...