We did have a good night's sleep, and felt more relaxed, and today proved to be a very enjoyable day. Because of highway construction, the afternoon long drive for lunch and a temple, and then back again was scrapped, and the group was relieved - it made the day seem far more enjoyable to anticipate. We had already decided to return to the hotel after the activities in town and skip the afternoon!
At 9:00, we drove into Udaipur and started at the Maharani's City Palace. He has no real power anymore, but is quite wealthy and owns a lot of the lake area and beyond. In fact, he lives in this palace, but opens a large part of it to the public as a museum. It was an ongoing series of stairs, mostly up, but some down, with low doorways. These low doorways were not because people were short, but for security. Anyone entering had to duck to go through it, providing someone on the inside to chop off the bowed head. The palace was built with many fountains and pools for a sense of coolness, and was filled with what are called miniature paintings. These are not small, but are painted with a very fine brush, supposedly equivalent to one hair. If you look closely, or with a magnifying glass, you can see detail that is almost unbelievable. There were many tourists, and quite crowded. D.P gave is a great tour, and after one and a half hours, we were all exhausted from all those steps and standing looking at things. We stopped for coffee or beer and a restroom that was in a building marked "Personal Bodyguard".
From there, we continued walking in town, stopping at a silver shop that D.P knew was reputable, and then a gallery/studio of miniature paintings for sale, as well as sandalwood carvings. This was followed by a visit to a shop that sold pashima and cashmere and amazingly embroidered things, including bed coverlets. Really nice and expensive quality.
Lunch followed (another delicious chicken sandwich, and then a boat ride on the lake where the James Bond movie "Octopussy" was filmed in the lake island palaces. Back to the hotel for some rest and a delicious dinner on our own This was a great day.