Saturday, August 30, 2008

North India - Day 3: Udaipur

I bought train sleeper seat tickets beforehand online and had assigned seats but they weren’t confirmed. When we got to Nizamuddin Station (one of three railway stations in Delhi), we had to first look for our train class and then search for our names on pieces of paper pasted on entrance of each car.

The whole ride took 13 hours but with a little help from Dramamine, we slept through most of it.

Not too big of a deal but baby roaches were crawling all over and one ended in our curd.

Triple deck.

13 Hours later.

The weather was perfect at Udaipur City.

A living proof that skinny people can be strong.

View from Hotel Wonderview rooftop.

Jagdish Temple

We had to pay them Rs10 each for this picture.

City Palace
Each room, courtyard and tower had different themes and colors and each one equally beautiful. City Palace is supposedly the largest palace in Rajasthan. Just when you thought you are down to the last tower, you have 5 more to go.

This room is filled with mirrors. Joe thought it was kinda kinky.

Lake Palace
A long time ago, a Maharaja decided to build a palace on Jagniwas island.

The palace has since been turned into a luxury hotel and non-guests can only go for lunch or dinner, which we couldn't afford so we took a boat to Jagmandir Island (another palace on the same lake) to have overpriced masala chai instead.

Jagmandir Palace

Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace)
We hired an auto-rickshaw to take us to the top of a distant mountain to watch sunset from the Monsoon Palace.

Shopping: Lal Ghat. I had linen pants made to fit for a whopping Rs250 (US$6). The tailor/shop owner was even going to deliver it to our hotel.

Food: Taj Restaurant and Whistling Teal - again, not a big deal (or at least Mervyn thought it wasn’t a big deal). Only had I finished the last slice of mughal pizza, he then said he found a dead baby roach on stuck on his slice. Yummy.

Hotel: Hotel Wonderview. Right outside our room was a balcony that has a view of the City Palace.

If I had to re-plan this trip all over, I would spend more time here. I have decided that Udaipur is my favorite city amongst the other 4 because the climate is comfortable, the city is colorful, not too smelly or too crowded and the people here are warm and friendly, a total contrast from Delhi.

More Udaipur pictures

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Udaipur, my favorite city! Roaches and humans co-exist in India and FYI, I ended up only giving the 3 wise men 20Rs (Sorry no change). Wonder if they were wise enough to split it 3 ways.