Day 17 - Thursday, 21 February 2013 - Narlai / Udaipur
21.02.2013 - 21.02.2013
Rushed breakfast and hardly had anything to eat because they were so slow. The problem with these posh hotels in remote villages is that they employ villagers to work in them and they are a bit slow. Went for a walk through the village with Claire and a few others. It was really good. The children went crazy when we took their photos and then showed them the results on our digital cameras. They just LOVED seeing their photos on my tablet because the screen is so big as compared to a digital camera and they quickly learnt how to flick from one screen to the next.
The children of Narlai.
The streets and people of Narlai.
This lady was the wife of a sheep farmer and was very happy to pose for us. No English, no education and no electricity, but she knew enough about technology to ask our guide if we could email her photo to her and asked her to bring it with her the next time she brings a tour group through the village. Life in the 21st century!
Another fabulous lunch stop.
Travelled to Ranakpur and visited a beautiful Jain temple. Because Jain's don't kill anything, we had to take off our shoes before we entered the temple and everything leather, ie belts, wallets and watch bands. They are total vegetarians and only eat in the daylight for fear of accidently eating an insect. The temple was white marble and rather plain on the outside but beautifully carved on the inside.
Continued on to Udaipur, about a 2 1/2 hr dirve. Everyone on the bus is coughing and spluttering. It sounds like a very sick bus.
The Lake Palace in Udaipur is stunning. We caught a little boat over to the hotel and were showered with rose petals on arrival and a dot was put on our forehead. Our room is not the hugest we have had but is still very spacious and very tastefully decorated. Some scenes from the James Bond film Óctopussy', starring Roger Moore were filmed in this hotel, the Party Island and the Moonsoon Palace and street scenes from down town Udaipur.
In the evening, Phil, Yogi and I went to a sound and light show at the City Palace and the others went to a cultural performance at an old Haveli. Our function was very enjoyable. We had great seats, in the centre of the front row and learnt all about the history of Udaipur, right from the beginning. When we got back to the hotel, we had dinner in the restaurant with Ash and Judy and Len and Celina. Our tour is drawing to a close. Only a couple of days to go and we are all getting very sad.