Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh
Trip Start Dec 27, 2016
17Trip End Jan 18, 2017
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We walked down the street to the Jagdish Hindu temple built in 1651 and dedicated to Vishnu
In the afternoon we saw some artists creating miniature paintings and shopped at the Bara Bazaar and the Bapu Bazaar, but both were really like large shops and not like the street bazaars we've seen. I found earrings and a necklace that I liked.
It was Bernard's birthday so at dinner we had birthday cake which Baskar had organised during the day, and my table drank his health in Indian champagne which wasn't too bad at all. The night's entertainment was regional music and dancing, including a girl dancing with seven pots balanced on her head.
This morning we left Udaipur and drove to Kumbhalgarh via the Ranakpur Temple, one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. In order to enter we had to remove all leather items including watch straps and belts as well as our shoes. As often, we could take in cameras at a cost which is paid by ASA, but this temple charged extra for tablets for some unexplained reason. In the temple one of the monks did a special chant for us. The place was thick with intricately carved columns. We were told there were 1444 of them! In the middle were two very large (and very loud) bells.
Lunch was another outdoor buffet at the Maharani Baghdad Orchard Retreat.
For the rest of the afternoon we continued along narrow country roads through rugged mountains
About 5pm we arrived at another unique hotel - apparently it was originally one of the Maharanas hunting lodges! Anyway, it is a complex of small thatched stone buildings and pavilions with a central restaurant. Before dinner some of us went for a walk up the narrow road through the hills to a lookout where we got a good view of the Mehrangarh Fort spreading across a hilltop which we'll visit tomorrow.
Dinner was - wait for it - a buffet of curries with Gulab Jamon for dessert! What a surprise! Everyone is going down with my cold now, so we thought tonight we'd see if we could kill the germs with Gin and Tonic. Good excuse eh? The after dinner entertainment was a local band and another dancer with seven pots on her head doing the same tricks as the dancers in Udaipur last night!