Pallavi International Hotel
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... be used. At the small cremation ghat, an electric crematorium exists for the poor. It is cheaper for this method of cremation than for the payment for the wood cremations.
We were absorbed by the everydayness of the cremation scene. Animals wondered around the funeral pyres, ate flowers from the stretchered corpses, people flew kites and one boy held his wet pants up to dry from the heat. ...
... stay warm. Or they play cards or Pachese. Shops selling or making all things imaginable spill out onto the street. Fruit stands, machine shops, used tire stores (where are the new tire stores?), clothing shops, stores selling nothing but cooking oils, tailors, restaurants, motorcycle repair shops, food carts. I don't think they have zoning in India.
It's chaotic and noisy and smokey and it often feels dangerous because there are no sidewalks and you walk near or with ...
... difficult to capture it in a photo, so I mostly just watch. Breakfast back at the Haifa Hotel is toast, a banana pancake and chai, for the all up cost of about 200 rupee's ( $4) The rest of the day is free, although Sunil is taking us to the good silk place where it's all authentic at 11am. I might load this bit up because tonight will be early to bed as we have the 4am departure to Nepal, 10-11 hours ...
... and wash themselves in the Ganga. This is where the location of the guest house is a major plus - we were right in the middle of it. Following a boat ride up and down the Ganga during sunrise we popped back to the guest house for breakfast before our full on sightseeing day began. Our tour took us in to the old city,seeing places, people and ceremony's that we may possibly have never seen if we had tried this on our own. It was a great opportunity to really see ...
... politics and religion! (Chandra had been until recently an MP and now served as a member of the Legislative Assembly.) It transpired that their daughter, Priti, not only ran the palace in Jodhpur as a 5-star hotel, but had a luxurious haveli between Jodhpur and Udaipur where we still had an unplanned stay. The very next day, we were contacted by Priti and offered a night's accommodation at Rawla Narai near ...