Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Udaipur Sights

After  Jaipur, we travelled by bus to Udaipur. Another great destination in India. We kept a full schedule. We  'bumped' into a  familiar face in Lalit Laxmi Vila where we stayed. Unbelievable! He was happy to chat about old times in KL.On the last day, he organised a special cookery class just  for me!
    Out of the blue, we met up with Dr Abdul Majeed, a batik specialist when we said we wanted to meet a local artist. Our driver took us to him and his family. They are batik  artisans. A big surprise awaited us as he showed a photo of a batik conference he attended in KL. I recognised a few faces there. Such a small world indeed! 

We stayed at the Lalit Laxmi Vila Palace,Udaipur. Great Indian hospitality. A small world again - we  met a familiar face in the F&B manager. He used to work in a popular Indian restaurant in KL! 
Outside the hotel, the view that looks on to Lake Fateh Sagar, a freshwater lake , beautiful and serene with the Aravili Mountais in the background.  In the evening, the bagpipers play and  a lovely decorated horse prances to the music.
Wonderful tour of The City Palace and Museums.
Beside the Rolls Royce Phantom 2. Year of Mfd 1934/ Country of Mfd UK / Body style : Sedanca De Ville.  Standing beside a grand limousine is enough to elicit  a wide smile.
Ford -A/ Model : Standard Phaeton/Year of Mfd 1930/ Country of Mfd USA/ Engine : 4 Cylinders (24.03 HP)/ Transmission : 3+1 ( Manual)/ Gasoline 16 gallons

A superb collection at the Vintage Cars of the House of Mewar - Rolls Royces, 1939 Cadillac open convertibles, 1936 Vauxhall. 1937 Opel etc.  They are housed in the original Palace Garage.  

The Mor Chowk in The City Palace Museum  with its lavish mosaic of peacocks 

On his horse, Chetak, the well known figure Maharana Pratap of Mewar - Battle of Haldighati - 1576. Chetak was a  white, pure  bred Arab Horse and the faithful and loyal mount of  Pratap.

Eat and spice up your life! Bought some green cardamoms to take home.

The market in the old part of Udaipur is so colourful.

Ship of the desert . Also ship on land!  

At the Garden of Maidens ( Sahelion Ki Bari), I  was beseiged by these girls! They badly wanted me to take pictures with them. How they pushed and shoved. But not the celeb, I didn't have a bodyguard. Didn't need one!! They made their day and mine.

Dreaming of a world like this? None other than the grounds of The Oberoi Udaipur. Just a teeny part of it!
We wanted a taste of Oberoi, so we tasted some posh tea and cakes!!! LOL

Mountains of jaggeri, solid blocks of brown sugar. Looks too sinful to eat!

Lovely ride on Lake  Pichola

The artist showing us block  printing, batik style.

Making heads turn??  Should have bought it for a nice party!


  1. Really enjoy looking at the lovely places you visited... India is really an amazing place...

  2. WOW!! I love, love, love visiting India thru' your eyes!! Hope I'll be able to go there someday!!

  3. Nice travelogue with nice narration and photos


  4. Lovely & breathtaking pics at Udaipur. Looks like you guys are having a fab time.

  5. Lovely & breathtaking pics at Udaipur. Looks like you guys are having a fab time.

  6. Beautiful account and lovely pictures

  7. what a richness of colors! and a choice of spices, I would be in heaven:)

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