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The Lake Palace - at dusk.
After a delayed flight, we arrived 3 hours late in Udaipur, but scored quite a nice room in a schmicker than usual place, Hotel Poonam Haveli (Rs400). Udaipur is a pretty, pretty city with a central lake and Lake Palace which looks quite beautiful at all times during the day (as you'll see by my photos). A quiet night was spent on the rooftop restaurant eating dinner and watching Octopussy (which they, and every other place in Udaipur, play on a nightly basis because the James Bond film was shot here).

For something different, we had breakfast at a French cafe down the road then looked at an art store and bought several pieces of exquisitely painted art at very reasonable prices. The streets around Lal Ghat, the central tourist area, are clean and the general atmosphere in Udaipur is relaxed.
The other view of the river.
Lunch at Hotel Maya, another rooftop restaurant with views of the city and the Hindu temple across the road. A tried the "special lassi"; it looked like snot.

We explored the city palace, which is a sprawling complex of rooms, courtyards, balconies, parapets, narrow corridors, stairwells and very low ceilings; full of Rajput art and artefacts. Well worth the Rs50 entry fee. An afternoon beer on another rooftop bar listening to Bob Marley, then dinner at Hotel Maya again. We stopped in briefly at the temple; they were celebrating something and giving out free food to the poor and sick. As with most Hindu temples, there were some intricate and detailed sculptures built into the building structure itself.

Breakfast the next day was at "Cool Restaurant" owned by a very friendly guy called Jackee.
The Hindu temple.
We had hoped to catch a boat over to the Lake Palace to have lunch, but alas - it was all booked out until January 16th! So we wandered back to our hotel and ate a long lunch, reading our books (I was reading "Spud", a comical account of boys' boarding school in South Africa, and A was reading "Shantaram", that epic and awesome book about one man's experience in India). We walked around town in the late afternoon and found another, classy rooftop restaurant with cosy daybeds and couches and nice decorations. Back at Cool Restaurant for dinner, we were the only patrons, so had a freshly cooked meal (hot and sour soup without the pectin!). Then Jackee showed us some card tricks and a magic trick; we drank sweet rum with coke and wrote in his guestbook.

We had an early afternoon flight to Jaipur, so spent the morning walking through some main streets which was not the relaxing, pleasant morning I'd envisioned due to the cars, crowds and pollution. So we found ourselves back at Hotel Maya for their special lassis, which tasted quite nice for all the sugar and lemon they put in them, and one last Udaipur meal of chicken tikka, raita and naan - the perfect meal. Of course, our flight had been delayed but I was relaxed enough not to worry too much...
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The Lake Palace - at dusk.
The Lake Palace - at dusk.
The other view of the river.
The other view of the river.
The Hindu temple.
The Hindu temple.
Sculptures in the Hindu temple.
Sculptures in the Hindu temple.
Atop a rooftop restaurant.
Atop a rooftop restaurant.
A sea of rooftops.
A sea of rooftops.
The Lake Palace - daytime.
The Lake Palace - daytime.
View of the lake from the other si…
View of the lake from the other s…
The Lake Palace - at night.
The Lake Palace - at night.
Udaipur
photo by: s_vivek62