Days 260, 261… Udaipur
Day 260… So today we do a village morning walk after brekky then we head towards Udaipur (approx. 5 hours) with a pit stop at most beautiful temple in india… this thing was sculpted beauty… like a sprawling Indian Angkor Wat, but in spectacular shape and still a current working temple of Hindu worshippers and monks. Before we get inside we dine for lunch in the monks own mess hall. Simlle, yet tasty Indian fare. On the way back out and on the road again, I swear I spotted a kid running along with a hoop and stick like he just fell out of 1915.
As we hit Udaipur, it undoubtedly lives up to its reputation as India’s most romantic city. Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together appealingly and it’s a centre for artists, dancers and musicians. The shopping is also superb, with miniature paintings being the speciality.
On arrival we take a walk around town and explore Udaipur’s twisting alleys filled with silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and afore mentioned miniature paintings. Because of our cool pit stop, it’s late so we decide to immediately jump aboard a lake boat ride to enjoy a half hour ride on the famous Lake Pichola and see marvels like Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Island as well as a great sunset! After that we head back to watch an amazing cultural performance that included 2 guys in traditional Indian medieval performer garb reenact a mythic battle scene, then saree-clad women emerge to do cool twirling dances, astounding 30+ bell playing (& the things are scattered all over thier body… using string attached to some like little acoustic nun chucks). Some more gorgeous dance, then finally 1 older lady (apparently she began the whole show as a business) who did some minor dance and serious pot-on-head balancing… starting with 1 huge… then 2… then 4… then 6 effort finally dancing with 10 pots on her head! The stunned looks from the audience were priceless.