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Day 16 - Udaipur

sunny 29 °C

The next morning we have had a little bit of a late start (which I will call relaxing) after another coffee breakfast - we one again head down to the lake for a mid morning walk around. From here we plan to make our way to City Palace the former residence of the Maharaja which has been turned into a museum. After getting our breaking from the lake walk we make our way to City Palace.

The City palace is bigger that it looks from the lake and its grandeur makes you stand there gawking with mouth wide open (which I am pretty sure what I looked like for 5 minutes.

Walking up the entrance to the ground is an effort with the spike wooden and brass gates protecting the only entrance. The grounds are beautifully maintained with immaculate gardens and carved statues and water fountains l
Inning the courtyard with views of the palaces entrance. We stop at the restaurant to get a drink and find they serve cocktails and spirits enough to put any bar to shame. I have two martini's whilst overlooking the ground and it is nice to sit and take in the view.

Heading into the palace the design and use of materials really make this a stand out site of Udaipur. The carving out of marble and stone are so intricate I must have taken years to build.

I must admit I feel like a giant in here as I have to duck, squeeze or walk sideways through practically ever door way, hallway or room divider. Best hope no one was over 5'5 when it was in use. What is weird though is the ceiling are so high - the doorways do not make sense to me.

We spend around 4 hours waking up and downs the stairs and through never ending hallways through the palace it keeps us busy and always captivated. After leaving the palace we head back down to walk through the town on the other side of the lake. It has less tourist accommodation and more residential and makets.

After taking the bridge and remembering pushy cooking school Meenu! We opt to take a different direction away from her shop but low and behold out of a population of 1billion we bump into Meenu in the market *sigh*.

After agreeing to do her cooking class tomorrow morning she finally lets us leave and in the end we didn't have anything planned so how bad can things get.

After walking around for another hour or so back to the hotel for dinner. Tonight we order half a tandoori chicken and a mutton biryani. The mutton is so tasty and tender it falls of the bone and the tandoori chicken is cooked to perfection and you can taste all the elements as the flavour develops over each bite.

With a full stomach we spend the evening sitting admiring the spectacular view of the lit up city and lake.

Posted by lee_1986 09:23 Archived in India Tagged temple india palace indian lake city cooking udaipur rajistan

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