Udaipur

Aside from shopping for new clothes, we saw some amazing things in Udaipur.  Famous for being the city James Bond visits in the movie Octopussy, it is a beautiful place perched on the side of Lake Pichola.  We stayed in an old haveli where our room had stained glass windows and there was a restaurant at the top that showed the movie Octopussy…every night. (This must be so delightful for the staff!) We only watched it once…definitely not the best Bond movie but awesome to see the place we were in on the screen. Our haveli was also only a few steps from the water where we could see the sun setting.

 

 

The sun setting over Lake Pichola
The sun setting over Lake Pichola

 

Where we watched the sun setting
Where we watched the sun setting

 

 

Udaipur also had good food!
Udaipur also had good food!

 

One of the many lake view restaurants
One of the many lake view restaurants

 

Our first stop in Udaipur was the beautiful City Palace. We were much more impressed with the City Palace than the City Palace in Jaipur – once we worked out the right way to go through it (we wandered through random corridors and courtyards before a guard finally turned us back to the rather obvious entrance we had sailed past).  After we corrected our error we walked through room after beautiful room, admired the stunning stained glass windows and recreations of the past and spent an engrossing few hours here.

 

Fountains and arches
Fountains and arches

 

Looking into a courtyard
Looking into a courtyard

 

Beautiful stained glass
Beautiful stained glass

 

Exploring the palace
Exploring the palace

 

City Palace
City Palace

 

The next day we took a boat ride on Lake Pichola, stopping at the palace on Jagmandir Island.  The boat trip gave us great views both of the City Palace and of the deluxe Lake Palace Hotel (you can see them both from the island too, pictured above).  We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day to do this in and loved being out on the water.   We also did a side trip to see the local temple, with impressive carvings (and someone who claimed to be going to New Zealand next week and would we like to see his shop…mmm, no thanks).

 

Safety first!
Safety first!

 

The famous hotel
The famous hotel

 

On Jagmandir island
On Jagmandir island

 

Jumping on Jagmandir
Jumping on Jagmandir

 

At the temple
At the temple

 

On our last day we headed to Bagore-Ki-Haveli, a haveli that has been restored as a museum. One of the highlights here was the awesome room of puppets – I wanted all of them!  We also saw the largest turban in the world as well as a display of other turbans.  That night we took our first overnight sleeper bus.  It’s a brand new service between Udaipur and Jaisalmer as there is no direct train. We booked it online and hadn’t known quite what to expect – we turned out to have booked a compartment which was like a double bunk.  We had a top bunk and quickly learned that a sleeper bus is nowhere near as comfortable as a sleeper train – the bus rocks a lot more and it isn’t particularly smooth – but like the overnight train it saves on a night of accommodation and means you don’t waste time in the day travelling.

 

I want the camel
I want the camel

 

Puppets
Puppets

 

Karen at the Haveli
Karen at the Haveli

 

Reubs contemplating which one he would like
Reubs contemplating which one he would like

 

The largest turban in the world
The largest turban in the world

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. hayley says:

    We stayed at a hostel in Salzburg where they played The Sound Of Music every night. I’m pretty sure that would be more annoying! 🙂

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  2. Lynette Olson says:

    Loved seeing some familiar photos of places you took me to Reubs.

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  3. Mum Bunn says:

    Udaipur looks fascinating, really beautiful with its lakeside setting. That courtyard with the blue and white tiles on the floor — yes!!

    As for Octopussy — filmed in India, narrated in Spanish — what’s not to like?

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