Udaipur Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
September 22nd, 2008 – by: jlchatham
So, what's new? I've spent the last 5 days in Udaipur, unable to tear myself away from this conglomeration of clean rooms, nice views, relatively tame streets (although a cow did ram its horn into my side yesterday!), and restaurant food that doesn't send me straight to the toilet.
Udaipur is a city in Southern Rajasthan that is famous for its lakes and palaces. It gained international prominence when the James Bond film "Octopussy" was shot here a few years back. It's comprised of an old city with an enormous palace perched on a hill, overlooking a series of three inter-connected lakes that house a "floating palace" and another palatial island. Mountains ring the city and watching the sunset from one of the many rooftop restaurants is quite an enjoyable experience.
While here I've explored the city palace, taken a boat ride to the island (but not the "floating palace" as it's a massive white hotel built in the lake that we're unable to enter unless we shell out a grand or so for a room), and relaxed quite a bit. Two days ago I shared a taxi with a German couple and we took a 3 hour drive to a huge fort that seemed to be dropped into the middle of nowhere.
I didn't count them, but apparently this temple has over 1,400 columns, each one different from the rest. This was way more amazing than it sounds. This whole temple was a sculpted masterpiece and we spent quite a bit of time just roaming around looking at all the detailed work that had been done over the years. Carvings here, carvings there, on the cieling, on the doorframes, the walls, the columns, everywhere. And they were still working to fill in the blank spots. Impressive.
So, I've liked Udaipur quite a bit. I have but a few more days left in India, so in the morning I'm going to head to Jodhpur, the famous "blue city".
I'm quite excited about Dubai and while I'm sure my bank account will take its biggest hit there, I'm hoping to be able to take part in a number of things I haven't done before. These include: indoor skiing, dune-buggy safaris, and maybe, just maybe, skydiving. If you've ever watched the Discovery Channel you may have seen the engineering marvels that are the Palms and the World. The only way to see these things is, of course, from up above. Now, whether I could actually enjoy looking at them after falling out of an airplane is another matter, but I may give it a go. Why not? Yeah, faulty parachutes would be at the top of that list....
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