Happy Diwali

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Trip End Jul 22, 2014


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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10/11/2012. Arrived very late at night at the hotel and had to wake up the reception. Gave me a room that overlooked the local rubbish dump but promised to move me in the morning. another long day of traveling.

The pain seems to be getting worse and if nothing happens soon I guess Im going to have to see a doctor. Managed to walk around the City Palace which had some interesting displays and it is actually incredible how these forts and palaces were built. Lots of little rooms and courtyards all linked with narrow passages and stairs. It must have been a nightmare trying to find your way around. I guess the royalty had their main quarters and the servants had to negotiate their way through the maze.

Udaipur is situated on the banks of a large lake and what used to be a palace is now called the 'Floating Palace'. very upmarket and has 360 degrees views around the city. It is one of the cleanest cities i have visited and its just a pity that due to the pain I cant really get around.

 12/11/2012.  Walked around town and it must look quite funny with me bending over like a hunchback , clutching my belly every time i get a spasm. Found a quiet spot by the lake and chilled out with my book for most of the afternoon until the sun set. Then all hell broke loose. Its Diwali!! It was like being in a war zone with a constant barrage of explosions and fireworks. I went onto the roof terrace of the hotel and had great view over the city. This is one of the most important festivals in India and the celebrations carried on until about 1 am. An incredible display and the explosion of fireworks was deafening. 

13/11/2012
Finally went to see a chemist who gave packets of pills and painkillers so hopefully the local medicine will work. All medicine here is very cheap and he really was helpful. Decided to rest at the hotel as my train leaves for Jaipur tonight so I can watch day 2 of Diwali and then get some peace on the train.

I met a really interesting couple from Holland. They were in their late sixty's and were cycling through India. I think it is incredibly adventurous and brave as the roads and traffic are a nightmare in India. They travel extensively and always on their bikes. 
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