November 17th, 2007 – by: skippyed
On the boat on Lake Pichola
Today was the last day in Udaipur before boarding the overnight train in the evening to Delhi. It was a free day so I decided to take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Three of us went; the ticket office was only 5 minutes from our hotel. The ticket cost included entry into the palace complex so if I wanted to go back into the palace again I could! I don’t think so! I wondered up to the jetty by myself and met the others there. On the way to the pier, I passed a couple of monkeys playing in a tree. I didn’t know why I didn’t get my camera out to take a photo, probably because I was worried I would miss the boat! The boat ride was very relaxing and it took us to Jag Mandir, the smaller of the Lake Palaces.
There wasn’t much at Jag Mandir of real interest but there were nice gardens and what looked like an expensive restaurant. After having a quick look around, I went back to the jetty and jumped onto the next tour boat which took me back to the jetty at the City Palace Complex. My next mission was to get back into the town centre and shop for silver. I can’t count the number of times I got lost trying to find my way through the City Palace complex, what a maze! I must have asked 10 Indians the way! I did the last of my shopping which I really enjoyed because it was hassle free, unlike Jaipur, before heading back to the hotel for lunch. I then relaxed in the gardens by the pool with the rest of the group where a resident tortoise preceded to amuse us. In the later afternoon we headed to the station and said goodbye to Udaipur. It was sad leaving Udaipur, it was such a lovely city, along with Jaisalmer, it was my favourite.
Lake Palace as seen from the boat cruise
The sleeper train to Delhi was not the most comfortable. Unlike our sleeper train to Bikaner that had enclosed cabins with 4 bunks, this train was open carriages with 50 or so bunks and no privacy, not even a curtain. If you were lucky enough to get a bed in one of the double bunks like me, then you could at least sit up without banging your head on the bunk above. The triple bunks had no room for sitting up, only if you were on the top bunk. The worst thing was the ongoing snoring and f*rting all night!!! Even with ear plugs I could still hear it!
City Palace as seen from Lake Pichola