WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace
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On our last day we visited Sukh Mahal which is a stunning yellow house on the edge of Jait Sagar Lake where Rudyard Kipling spent some time writing the Jungle Book. This happened to be the first film I ever saw in the cinema!
We also visited some other local temples (our favourite being the colourful ...
... 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 ...
... were doing and showed us the camera tickets we needed to buy. When we paid, it caused some kind of confusion and they had to sit down immediately on the sidewalk and talk about it. Sara and I left to continue exploring through the monuments.
The next stop today, the Sukh Mahal or Lake Palace, was kind of disappointing. It was built on a dam at the end of the Jait Sagar Lake and from a distance looks like an Indian version of the French chateau ...
... to my anti-malarials this morning and ended up adding to the rest of the scenery along the highstreet on my way there. Funily enough i didn't attract a second glance. Fortunately a soon as the pill was back out of my system i was fine again (if not 100% malaria safe). After breakfast we headed up to the Palace and Hillfort complex. Just outside we were talked into hiring some monkey sticks by ...