lakes and palaces
31.01.2015 - 16.02.2016 75 °F
This, the last day of my India adventure, has been pretty laid back by Rosemary (Journeys for Women) standards. We actually had the whole morning to ourselves and did not have to board a bus until 1:00. So Janet (roomie) and I slept in until 7:00 and managed to get down to breakfast by 9:30 or so. Then we walked around this beautiful hotel. This is the nicest one we’ve stayed in on this trip. The hotel is situated on 43 artfully landscaped acres on Lake Pichola. Pathways, fountains, bougainvillea, and a lake. . .what’s not to love?
Udiapur is the center of the artistic community in northern India. Think of it as India’s answer to Carmel. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see a lot of it, we really only visited the one major tourist attraction, which is the massive City Palace Museum. This is a complex of palaces built over 400 years by several kings. I understand that some of it is still a royal residence, some is a hotel, and some is a museum. The best part of the museum was going from room to room, exhibit to exhibit, through very narrow halls and up and down steep marble stairs as if you were actually sneaking about in hidden passageways in a medieval palace. . . .which is exactly what we were doing. We were each given audio guides so we were independently sneaking around, and the thought occurred to me more than once that it would be very easy to get lost and not be found until April. Now that I have reached the end of this trip, I can safely say that I have seen enough India palaces and forts to last a lifetime. . . .or until another travel opportunity arises.
After the palace, we took a boat ride on Lake Pichola which provided a wonderful view of the City Palace Museum, et al, and also the Lake Palace Hotel which is basically an island unto itself in the middle of the lake. We got out and wandered around for a bit and took pictures and then re-boarded for the ride back to the dock. That was kind of fun but the sun was on its way down and it was beginning to get too cool.
Our last dinner in India was at a lakeside restaurant, dining al fresco, overlooking the view of the lights of various hotels on the lake. Quite pretty. Thankfully, they had plenty of outdoor heaters and I had plenty of wine, so the cool evening was not uncomfortable.
Tomorrow is a long, arduous, travel day. We fly from here to Delhi, change planes and then from Delhi to Dubai. We land in Dubai at about midnight and it will feel like an hour later, so we’ll be tired. Rosemary and I are staying in Dubai and will spend the next full day nosing around some of the stuff that we missed on the last trip through (like the gold market, for instance). I don’t know what or when I’ll be blogging next. After all, tomorrow will be all about airports (boring). Perhaps my short Dubai visit will prove interesting.