So off we headed on the epic car journey from Delhi to Udiapur, stopping overnight in Jaipur where we would return to later.
We finally arrived, 26 hours later, just in time for sunset over the lake City of Udiapur.
Throwing our stuff into our gorgeous room at the Hibiscus guest house which is a stones throw from the beautiful lake views of the city palace and magnificent lake palace, we headed out to take some snaps of the setting sun.
It truly is an incredible place. Bustling, compact, crazy. We only wished we could stay longer.
As the sun shed its last glowing golden light over the serene city place we could relax for the first time!!!
Udiapur is full of the most amazing art work covering every wall, while sacred cows meander the streets and ancient motorbikes lean against every building.
Here I am with the lake palace in the distance and some nosy locals checking us out!!
Even though the journey to get here was hair raising, full of honking horns, thick fog and horrific roadworks, it was worth every minute.
We have the most AMAZING peanut curry on the roof of our lovely accommodation, lazing in cushion filled paradise – absolutely stunning, we had the most amazing stay.
The second day started off with a whistle stop tour of the gorgeous Jain temple in the town centre.
These colourful ladies are making floral garlands for worshippers to drape over the many Gods. If, as I discover, you accidently wear the garland first, then you can’t use it as an offering . .
I get some spiritual advice from this impressive looking gentleman who dispenses advice and words of wisdom – albeit in language I do not speak 🙂
This is followed by a browse around the City Place museum full of stunning stained glass and detailed wall art.
The museum is housed within the iconic, 450 year old palace, the former abode of the rulers of Mewar.
Then it’s back in the car and on route to Jodphur, the blue city.