05.11.2012 - 05.11.2012
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We had a blissful lie in today, meeting in the hotel lobby at 6am to embark on a very bumpy bus ride to Udaipur (also known as Venice of the East or the Lake City)! Suddenly we left the arid deserts and entered mountain forests full of monkeys! Another very comfortable bus journey, despite the bumps. We've decided that the toilets in China have made us immune to bad toilets here, none of which are as bad as some that we experienced last month!
We arrived at lunchtime and succumbed to some home comforts at the pizza place across the road. Thankfully we weren't the only sellouts in the tour group, as another 6 people joined us there. After a very quick freshen up we headed out for an orientation walk aroud the city, followed by a sunset boat ride on the lake and some window shopping. We have decided that we love it here - by far the most beautiful city we've been to in India so far! We managed to restrain ourselves yet again from buying all the pretty paintings and textiles but our will power is quickly fading!
Onwards to a dance and music show including puppets, which was by turns beautiful and hilarious! Then to dinner, at a rooftop restaurant with a view of the lit up hill palace! We were both feeling a tad blue, knowing that it was bonfire night at home and we wouldn't be seeing any fireworks. After explaining what Guy Fawkes night was to the rest of our group (we're the only Brits) and facing the reality that it is a bit of a strange and slightly sick tradition, our guide made a call and got us some rockets and sparklers. We made a Guy out of a napkin and set him on fire, set off several great rockets and all lit a few sparklers. What a great end to our evening!!
The rest of the night will be spent sleeping I think - we are in desperate need of it!!