Another 5 hour drive got us to our next stopover, Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes'.
Along the way we visited Ranakpur and its Jain temples, one of the sects main holy places. Though over 500 years old the temples were in near perfect condition and extremely interesting.
The drive was an interesting one but did have its moments. On a few occasions we were confronted with oncoming traffic which normally would not have been any concern except these were in our lane and required some changes in direction.
Our driver simply made the appropriate deviations as they all do in India.
Hills and a much greener landscape added to the drive especially through a national park which had monkeys everywhere. A short stop at one point had the little furry ones climbing all over our vehicle and staring at us through the windows which were quickly closed. As was the case in Gibraltar they too had their eyes on Gilli.
Our Udaipur hotel was in an old palace on the edge of Lake Pichola and provided great water views especially from the rooftop restaurant. The hotel's internal courtyard design was brilliant and must have been spectacular during its time as a palace.
A boat ride to an island out in the lake was extremely peaceful and very welcome. The Sahelion ki bari Garden was another quiet location which was built in the mid 1700's for the ladies of the day.
The Jagdish Temple from 1651 and the City Palace were amazing. The workmanship in the all marble Temple was extraordinary while the Palace with all its cupolas, balconies and towers was huge.
Huge also was the man-made Lake Pochola measuring 5000m x 3500m with a depth of 9m and built in 1362.
Shopping somehow received some attention during our stay in Udaipur right up to our time of departure. Simply unbelievable.
Another 'bone shaking' tuk-tuk ride before our drive to the airport was memorable as was our baggage checkin. We were 'somehow' over weight. :-( :-(