Day 8: Jaipur to Udaipur
We sneaked in a little bit of pool time in Jaipur before making our way to the airport. Our flight was a tiny little propeller plane — we boarded from the back of the plane and there wasn’t any luggage stowage underneath, so the luggage was just piled in after all the passengers boarded. Despite being a short flight (35 minutes), they served a full lunch meal (which we respectfully declined 😉 ). Our hotel was a 45 minute drive from the airport and we arrived just in time for sunset — the hotel we stayed in was in the middle of a lake, so you have to take a small little boat to get to it. Once we arrived we were greeted with a drink, a red dot on our forehead for good luck and rose petals showering down on us from the roof — quite the welcome! We quickly changed and unpacked our bags then headed to the hotel bar for drinks and the nightly traditional dance performance. One of the dancers danced with seven glasses stacked on top of her head. Eventually we had dinner at the hotel — they had a tasting menu that was one of the best meals we had on the trip. We had three appetizers, soup, eight tastes of different meats and side dishes and seven different types of bread. One of the favorites of the meal was the laal maans — lamb in a red/yogurt curry that is popular in Rajasthan. Needless to say, we were stuffed.
Day 9: Udaipur
Similar to our previous hotels, breakfast was included in our room rate and was insanely good. Brett had lentil “doughnuts” and I had uttapam – a dosa-like pancake from south India. After breakfast we relaxed by the pool for a bit — our chairs pool chairs faced the lake and the royal palace so it was quite the view. We had a driver for the afternoon that took us to a second, smaller lake, to the Saheliyon-ki-Bari gardens and to a shop I had read about that sells crafts made by women in the surrounding area. We did a quick walk around Temple Street – a street filled with little shops close to City Palace. Udaipur is known for leather-bound notebooks, which ranged in size from two inch squares to full size, and were sold everywhere. We got back to our hotel just in time to join the nightly “heritage walk” around the property and then a quick boat ride to the neighboring island, which the prince used to use exclusively for parties. We had dinner across the lake and ate outside with a great view of the palace and of our hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur
I forced us to get out of bed early to join the 6:30am complimentary sunrise yoga class on the roof of the hotel. We went back into city center to a small cafe for breakfast, then spent the rest of the morning shopping some more and then touring the City Palace museum. There is an amazing temple in the middle of town, Jagdish Temple, which has been in continuous operation since 1651! There were hundreds and hundreds of elephants carved into the stone walls, really beautiful detail! We spent our last night in Udaipur relaxing at the hotel — it was so nice to end our trip on a relaxing note that truly felt like vacation!
Day 11: Udaipur –> Delhi –> Abu Dhabi –> NYC
Yes, quite the journey home 🙂 But an amazing, unforgettable trip. India, we love you and can’t wait to visit again soon!