Doris's Dear Diary - Dazed & Confused

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

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Where I stayed
Hotel Palms Jaipur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Amber Fort

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

 We're getting a bit behind with these
blogs – not because they've not been written, but because we've
been having a bit of difficulty over the past few days getting
connected to wi-fi.

OK, Udaipur was my last update. We
were there for 3 nights and it was a real lovely place.  The
temperature was comfortable, probably with the breeze from the lake – and wow what magnificent views from the hotel, which was located alongsidethe lake. 
  We went on a cooking course for a few hours – I stood alongside Ginger, (the masterchef) our individual pans on our individual gas hobs, and the 'world renowned cooking guru' Mr Singh was handing the (exact same) ingredients to us to put in our pans.  Basically, all we were doing was stirring – and yet when we'd finished, Ginger's looked like a delicious curry sauce – mine looked like a pasty stir fry!  How the bloody hell did that happen?  How does she do it?
  Mr Singh did have various magazine cuttings of articles published abroad regarding his little
cooking business which was quite impressive.  The town was busy, but not too frantic, and quite clean – probably due to there not being so many cows around dropping the contents of their stomachs all over the place.  Also it was nice to browse round the shops without being hassled.   Bought a Timex watch for 4.50 – (with big numbers cause I can't see the time
on mine ) – oh the stuff is so cheap, wish I'd got more space in my suitcase!    Finished off the visit to Udaipur with a boat trip around the lake – there had been thunderstorms and torrential rain all day and Fred and Ginger decided to give it a miss – but it wasn't too turbulent and good to get a close up of the palaces on the lake – and also the 7* (star) hotel nearby.

 We left Udaipur at the crack of dawn having tuk tuks to take us to the station. That was a pretty hair-raising ride – felt like we'd had a visit to Alton Towers by the time we arrived at the station. The train ride was about 6 hours to Pushkar and that was another amazing experience – oh the rabble and the chaos!!!!   A cow was on the platform and was being fed by someone on the train – you don't see that very often at the Midland Station do you?  Our next hotel was the best so far – a beautiful riad type of house – which had been the family home until 8 years
back.  Flowers festooned the corridors and the walls were all hand-painted with various Indian scenes – amazing.   The surrounding mountains made for a most beautiful setting and I really made myself at home in my fabulous room.   Pushkar was a nice little town to wander around - set by a very religious lake where the people come and bathe and cleanse their souls.

Friday 14th – Left Pushkar for a 4 hour bus ride to Jaipur – where we are now.  We're in a
modern hotel here for 2 nights. Yesterday afternoon had a visit to the most well preserved cinema in India – built in the 30s, it was fabulous, and we were treated to a 3-hour Bollywood film – a bit like Mamma Mia but with a lot of dead bodies.  We had audience participation throughout the film – cheering and whooping for the main character when he performed some of his superman-style stunts – and especially when he was in a steamy clinch with his leading lady.  We could almost follow the story although it was in Hindi – with a bit of English thrown randomly in – 'Hinglish' apparently it's called.   It was quite bizarre hearing a gabbling of Hindi – then stuck in mid-sentence the words 'bacon sarni'.  What that's all about I do not know!  Had an orientation walk round Jaipur last night for a few hours and got back to the hotel exhausted.    Jaipur is the capital of Rahjastan and like most of the other big cities, its pretty overwhelming and confrontational, also the heat is pretty oppressive – didn't feel great this morning so we're just gonna have a ride around the city to see the sights this afternoon.

 Later ... We did have a auto-rickshaw ride  - went out of the town about 5 miles to see the Amber Fort - amazing.

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