WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace
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... monkeys and parakeets playing in the courtyard outside my window (not with each other obviously!). As I wandered around the streets , with friendly locals greeting me at every corner (without any sales objectives!), the smile was back on my face. When I then found another roof terrace, which even served a cool beer (as a holy town, Pushkar had been dry as well as completely vegetarian), and had decent wifi, my grin must have looked pretty insane... And ...
... room is paneled and has wild animal heads all around it. The peacocks and other animals outside the gate is a nice touch. The current Maharajah lives in the other part of the building. The hotel grounds are set up for a wedding tonight. That should be a treat to watch. On to Udaipur tomorrow for a couple of days and then a flight to Mumbai for the end of the tour. This country is fascinating and all about contrasts particularly between ...
... a courtyard. But it does have a nice view of the city and is probably more impressive in December – when the sun isn’t baking your face off.
Our last stop is the much vaunted and highly acclaimed Queen’s Stepwell, or Rani Ji Ki Bawari (Baori). I was really hoping this would be one of the square stepwells with all the zigzagging steps going down. But it isn’t. It’s a VERY deep, very long staircase into a bat cave. The ...
... to be honest. Despite the quite large number of tourists in the town itself we were suprised to find hardly any tourists here at all, particularly in the the hill fort at the top where we probably saw only 1 other group of people for the hour or so we were there. The views that you get at the top alone should be reason enough to draw people up there as you get a great view over the whole city. It ...
... was pride of their position etc. There are some very good paintings still in fairly good condition and one room is kept locked and only opened for viewing under careful watch because the paintings are in very bad shape and UNESCO has asked that no photos be allowed – flash or no flash. Our guide was very informative and we heard lots of stories about the Hindu gods. There is one high level of the palace with a lovely garden and views ...