Udaipur is known as India’s Venice. Many lakes make up the city featuring a city palace in the centre which is very beautiful and impressive! We arrived after a 15 hour sleeper in the lowest class so we were pretty sleep deprived, especially as we are fairly tall by Indian standards which means that you’re trying to sleep in a kid size bed! After arriving at the guest house and eating breakfast and drinking our weights in chai on the roof top looking out on the view we soon felt awake! We headed into town to visit the palace and walk around the small streets which were beautiful. We then learned Hotel Marigold 2 was filmed here and we could see why!
The beautiful view of the lake and mountains from any roof top in the town was breathtaking and not one we could ever get bored of. Also to Tom’s delight the monkeys had returned! However this time they were a little more aggressive as one chased us down the street as we tried to watch it!
At night the town was flooded with parades and dancing as it was Hindu New Year. Fireworks were strapped to the wall around the lake. Large crowds formed around them to watch the fireworks in the distance only to be scared off by the fireworks going off right in front of us, many in the wrong direction and a few that just set on fire! We were not the only ones surprised by the fireworks unannounced explosions.
We visited a Jain Temple and Kumbhulgargh Fort which were both beautiful! We learnt a lot about Jainism which we were not even aware of before coming to India. A religion whereby you have no attachments to anything or material goods including having to walk everywhere by foot. In doing so the hope is to reach a state of Nivarna. The temple at Ranakpur was beautiful, but slightly contradictory to the lack of attachments associated with Jainism. The Fort at Kumbhulgarh is also the second longest wall (behind the Great Wall of China) associated with a Fort and can be seen from space (or so we were told). The buildings were impressive and the views even more spectacular. Udaipur was the latest destination that was added to the places we were sad to leave!