Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
55Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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So we arrived in udaipur at around 5 in the morning, never a good time to try to get a room. Becca had written down an address of a recommended hotel wrong that lead us to aimlessly drive around in a taxi for around an hour. but once we found it we were pleased as it had a TV with BBC news world and movies (i enjoyed silence of the lambs one day whilst Becca wasn't feeling well)
On our first day we visited the temple that wasn't a patch on Jodphur fort and a zoo where we saw a bear. The evening marked the beginning of the Holi festival. It celebrates the beginning of summer and is enacted with basically a massive paint fight. So on the evening there were a lot of fireworks and bonfires (which in one of my videos you can see that a firework hits a electricity pole and cuts out all power in the town), but the next day was when the celebrations really began.
We awoke the next day, and despite warnings from our hotel owner left our hotel with paint, water guns and wearing cheap clothes we had bought the day before in preparation. Within 10 seconds people approached us and covered our faces in paint - green blue red yellow and blue. At this point it seems appropriate to highlight the typical Indian mans fascination in western white women. This lead the day to be a bit of a struggle for Becca as she had to stop a minority of men feeling her chest, and me to push those that succeeded away. Fortunately we found way to the main square where we met a couple from manchester - Ben and Jess, and Anuup, a short New Yorker.
The main square was populated with police men with large wooden sticks
The evening was spent with our new friends watching james bond - Octopussy in a bar, which is filmed in Udaipur, and enjoying some special lassis (india's version of milkshakes).
our next day was filled with a boat ride, watching a traditional rajasthani dance show, and the arrival of our friends jodie and emily.
it was great to see them and we enjoyed getting a henna (even me), and getting a cookery class - so we are now indian cuisine experts.
our time with them was short as we left that night with a bus ride to Bundi. for me udaipur was one of the most beautiful places we have been with the lake and we were glad to have enjoyed a traditional indian festival amongst the locals.