Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Where I stayed
Narayan Niwas Castle Mahansar
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
exploring the city

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

 10th Sept
 Just like to say thanks for your comments and well wishes. Had a quiet day today.  Fred & I roamed the alleyways and shops of Udaipur at a very leisurely pace, I'm still in recovery mode but feeling heaps better. Udaipur is very clean.  Why?  Because the cows have been kept out of the main streets.  Apparently Udaipur is one of the most visited cities in India, so the government has taken steps to try and keep it clean.   We haven't seen anyone begging or lying down in the streets, and it's the most affluent city we have visited so far. This evening we went to a traditional Indian dance show, which I thoroughly enjoyed, particularly the elderly woman who danced whilst balancing a dozen pots on her head of decreasing size (the pots - not her head!)  Doris was more taken in by the puppets, which comes as no surprise, as she does have a tendency towards the unusual.  Our local guide in Jaisalmer told us that his Grandma had to fetch and carry water for the best part of her life, and that she has a permanent ridge on the top of her head to show for it! 

  11th Sept  
 The clouds are gathering, could be in for a bit of a monsoon downpour today.  I observed from our bedroom window this morning several people bathing in the lake.  I have just spent 4 days sick as a dog and here's this man swilling his mouth out and having a drink whilst the woman next to him is doing her washing - not to mention what has been washed down the streets eg: doggie do's - forgot to mention that, whilst there's an absence of cow plops, there is an abundance of dog shit.  Who said life was perfect?

   Some of us went for a cooking lesson today with Mr Shavita Singh - very funny man.  All through our lesson a storm raged outside, strangely enough, there was no power failures.  When we have a storm back home, there only needs to be one crack of thunder and we are without power for hours.  At the end of the cooking lesson we were invited to sit down to lunch and enjoy what we had just cooked - delicious.  We left Mr Singh's kitchen fully confident that we could re-produce these dishes at home.   As we made our way back down the narrow stone staircase to the street, Fred un-fortunately lost his footing on the stone steps that had become treacherously slippery due to the heavy rain.  As a result he made a very undignified headfirst entrance into the street.  I'm pleased to say nothing was broken - I checked the camera and it appeared OK!  Oh &. Fred doesn't have anything broken either, but I suspect something will hurt in a day or two.  On second thoughts, I'm not sure if he's suffered a little brain damage as he did something most un-Fredlike, he had a peacock painted on his thumb nail and bought a copy of the Kamasutra - quite a strange combination! 
 We were suppose to go on a boat trip this evening, but it's far from ideal conditions.  I'm just starting to feel well again so the last thing I need is a dose of sea sickness, so we gave it a miss. Tomorrow we will be leaving the hotel at 5.30am to catch the train to Pushkar.  We have really enjoyed Udaipur, it's a lovely city.

 Would recommend Gateway restaurant - lovely food, well priced     
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Shaz on

Karasutra and peacock's, your trip is really starting to get interesting.......

Shaz on

Dam you auto correct........ Karma Sutra!

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