The beautiful and chilled setting for Octopussy !!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Iut Atta Hotel

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

We got the overnight train on the 21st of March from Jaipur to Udaipur and arrived in early on the 22nd. The trip was grand except for some local guy trying to grope Hilda from the bunk below her in the middle of the night. His hand came over the bunk and touched her shoulder. She jumped and shouted and he pulled back immediately and then pretended to be sleep when she challenged him - the coward.

I was on the top bunk across from her but slept through the whole episode. She told me the next morning and we embarrassed him in front of everyone else.

Most of the girls I spoke to said that they had had some similarly unpleasant problems on their travels through India however none were serious enough to put them off coming back. It was a real pity because I had been chatting some of the other Indians on the train they were pretty cool and very friendly.

We got off the train and immediately the atmosphere in Udaipur impressed us. It seemed so much more chilled out than Jaipur. We got a rickshaw to the Iut Atta hotel and met Hilda's friends, Charles [Jojo] and Marie and Jeremy [The muscles from Brussels] !!

They were all cool and spoke English for my benefit. The hotel had a balcony which over looked the lake with the Island Palaces made famous in the James Movie 'Octopussy' as the ladies only paradises !!

The view, the atmosphere and the food were all impressive and it was dirt cheap !! Single room 2 euro, lunch 1 euro !!

We spent the next few days checking out the palaces, pedaling on the lake and just hanging out chatting and reading - it was fabulous and I throughly recommend Udaipur - Nuala and I will diffidently be back !!

The show had to go on and I decided to stick with my Belgian buddies and get the overnight bus to Jaisalmer close to the Pakistani border on the 25th.
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