Doris's Dear Diary - Dazed & Confused

Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Amber Fort

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

We're getting a bit behind with these
blogs – not because they've not been written, but because we've
been having a bit of difficulty over the past few days getting
connected to wi-fi.

OK, Udaipur was my last update. We
were there for 3 nights and it was a real lovely place. The
temperature was comfortable, probably with the breeze from the lake –
and wow what magnificent views from the hotel, which was located alongside
the lake. We went on a cooking course for a few hours – I stood
alongside Ginger, (the masterchef) our individual pans on our individual gas hobs, and the 'world renowned cooking
guru' Mr Singh was handing the (exact same) ingredients to us to put in our pans.
Basically, all we were doing was stirring – and yet when we'd
finished, Ginger's looked like a delicious curry sauce – mine
looked like a pasty stir fry!  How the bloody hell did that happen? How does she do it?  Mr Singh did have
various magazine cuttings of articles published abroad regarding his little
cooking business which was quite impressive.
The town was busy, but not too frantic,
and quite clean – probably due to there not being so many cows around
dropping the contents of their stomachs all over the place.  Also it was nice
to browse round the shops without being hassled.   Bought a
Timex watch for 4.50 – (with big numbers cause I cant see the time
on mine ) – oh the stuff is so cheap, wish I'd got more space in my
suitcase!    Finished off the visit to Udaipur with a boat trip around
the lake – there had been thunderstorms and torrential rain all day
and Fred and Ginger decided to give it a miss – but it wasn't too
turbulent and good to get a close up of the palaces on the lake – and also the 7*
hotel nearby.
We left Udaipur at the crack of dawn
having tuk tuks to take us to the station. That was a pretty
hair-raising ride – felt like we'd had a visit to Alton Towers by
the time we arrived at the station. The train ride was about 6 hours
to Pushkar and that was another amazing experience – oh the rabble
and the chaos!!!!  A cow was on the platform and was being fed by
someone on the train – you don't see that very often at the Midland
Station do you?  Our next hotel was the best so far – a beautiful
riad type of house – which had been the family home until 8 years
back.  Flowers festooned the corridors and the walls were all
hand-painted with various Indian scenes – amazing.   The surrounding
mountains made for a most beautiful setting and I really made myself
at home in my fabulous room. Pushkar was a nice little town to
wander around - set by a very religious lake where the people come
and bathe and cleanse their souls.

Friday 14th – left Pushkar
for a 4 hour bus ride to Jaipur – where we are now.  We're in a
modern hotel here for 2 nights. Yesterday afternoon had a visit to
the most well preserved cinema in India – built in the 30s, it was
fabulous, and we were treated to a 3-hour Bollywood film – a bit
like Mamma Mia but with a lot of dead bodies.  We had audience
participation throughout the film – cheering and whooping for the
main character when he performed some of his superman-style stunts –
and especially when he was in a steamy clinch with his leading lady.
We could almost follow the story although it was in Hindi – with a
bit of English thrown randomly in – 'Hinglish' apparently it's
called. It was quite bizarre hearing a gabbling of Hindi – then
stuck in mid-sentence the words 'bacon sarni'.  What that's all about
I do not know!  Had an orientation walk round Jaipur last night for
a few hours and got back to the hotel exhausted.  Jaipur is the capital of Rahjastan
and like most of the other big cities, its pretty overwhelming and
confrontational, also the heat is pretty oppressive – didn't feel
great this morning so we're just gonna have a ride around the
city to see the sights this afternoon. .
Later ... We did have a auto-rickshaw ride  - went out of the town about 5 miles to see the Amber Fort - amazing.

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