The Big old Fort and the Octopussy film set..

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Sep 14, 2010

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Yogis Guest house Jodphur, Panorama Guest House, Udaipur

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, October 26, 2009

Before I go on I forgot to mention in the last blog that when we were in Jailsalmer Adam got asked to be in a Boblywood movie.. so funny, he sadly couldnt do it as we were in the process of checking out our hotel and we missed the timing of it.. bugger.. but would have been something to write home about so to speak... Adam Reeves, Bollywood filmstar.. Nice!

So moving on.. we headed to Jodphur, just for 2 nights before we made our way south to Udaipur, home of the fairytale lake palace and where they filmed 75% of James Bond Octopussy apparently, and dont they let you know it..

We arrived in Jodphur quite late so got our heads down and chillaxed, come morning we woke up at dawn, Iooked out over our balcony to a sea of blue houses in the shadow of the massive Meherangarh fort, its an immense place across a 125m hill, a maze of corridors and courtyards  inside a palace protected by the emense walls. We took an audioguide tour around but sadly it just so happened on this day I got struck with a touch of the old delhi belly so lets just say there were a few moments there when I thought I might not make it to the loo... hmmm nice..

But apart from that it was a great place to wander though, these things are HUGE, our castles are no where near as big as some of the forts we have seen! 

Indians love LOVE taking photos of us, the young men get their phones out for pictures of me with their mates and the families get us both in for a group shot its so funny I think we might start charging 20RS per shot that will cover our food for a day the amount they take of us! In Jodphur there was this young family and the mother brought her two little boys over to us to shake our hands and then we had to have several photos with them, the kids starting crying, I think we might have scared them, to them we must look quite ghost like.. even though we have started to brown one from the sun and two from the dirt..

After Jodphur we got a bus to Udaipur, it was a "deluxe" bus well kind of anyway it took 6 hours and a lot of bone rattling potholes before we arrived in Udaipur,  We stayed across the lake away from the main bazaar. We had great views across the lake where each morning we could watch local women washing clothes in it and kids playing and washing all day, its pretty hot down there and I was almost tempted to jump in but its not exactly clean but its no where near as filthy as most of the rivers and lakes in India.  On our first night there we witnessed the end of one of the many festivals, it was mental, they have tractors pulling these carts with huge ornamental god effigys in them which they take down to the lake, these tractors are followed by hundereds of people dancing and chanting to the massive boom box speakers blaring out some bangra music. There are bangers and fireworks flying all over the place, including into our legs which deafend us for a while! It was amazing to see but we didnt have the camera on us at this point so no photos Im afraid but we will have some of Diwali which starts on Saturday so that will be something for sure.

We spent 3 days in Udaipur we did a tour around the city palace and a boat ride around the lake, we met this lovely NZ  couple, we were only speaking to them for about 1 hour and they gave us their number, address etc so when we get to NZ we can look them up, so lovely they were, Ken and Lou.....

As we sat waiting for the boat to arrive a snake slithered over adams feet, its was mad, it wasnt huge (although he will say otherwise) but pretty scary all the same, just came from nowhere but was more scared of us than us of it I think as it bolted.

We did a bit of shopping in Udaipur for some baggier clothes, its so so hot in India at the moment that our western get up is just no good for the heat so now we look a cross between a westerner and a hippy so maybe we really are yippes!!

After Udaipur we decided to go to a sleepy town called Bundi which Ill write about next time along with our rather wet time in Rathambhore and then onto Agra and Varanasi and then Nepal!

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