Oh my goodness, cold for the first time in India! Our overnight bus wasn't too bad, but it was so cold! And when we arrived at around 5:30am in Udaipur it was so cold! Luckily the second hostel we tried,.Hanumangah, had a cheap room free so we could just go and sleep straight away.
We woke up properly around 11ish, sorted out checking in properly and had a tour around town in a tuk-tuk. First we went around the lake, then up into a museum with loads of pictures of a great leader called Pratep. He only lived in the first place because his wet nurse said her son was him when people came to kill him. (see,.I paid attention! :P ). It was a pretty neat place, and the models of Udaipur battles (with random tigers and deer stuck around the forests) were awesome. Then we went further up the hill where there was a statue of him on his horse, the horse being the more famous if the two. He was called Chatek and he jumped on an elephants head, kicked him and injured carried his master to safety. Ninja horse or what?! Then we walked round some ruins, had the security guards come take photos of us (they left their posts to do that...)and played on a swing.
Our next stop were the princess gardens, originally only for women. They were so peaceful and lovely and cooling with all the fountains we were told are powered purely by the pressure of the lake. After that we went to an indian graveyard. It would have been so much fun to play hide and seek in! Or have a picnic. :P then we were dropped back in the main part (despite having been promised a puppet show) so we could figure out the lay of the land. Bad idea! We got insanely lost by just walking downhill, (though we did meet lovely people from York on the journey):and we eventually got a rickshaw just to direct us. We got taken to the bridge right next to our hostel so no worries there! Then we had a very relaxed evening reading and chatting over drinks and a meal with the glorious scenery around us.
The next day was the palace! This was generally pretty cool,.with loads of paintings of Pratap (I think. They all looked like the same guy anyways). Howevery day was hampered when a middle aged man,infront of his wife, decided it was fine to grab my boob after forcing me to join in photos I didn't want to be in. Grr! If that happens again I'm going to slap the guy. After the museum we did a boat rid. Super relaxing (I almost fell asleep) and we were taken to a floating building (as in it was in the middle of the lake) where they did massahes and drinks and had a nice garden.. Just a shame it was so expensive!
Back to the city and a really awesome dinner and my day ended with water being lowered to me in a bag by a rope. :D
Our final day was pretty slow. Poor Alice was feeling ill so couldn't really do much. I tried to find a puppet show, but got a bit lost and turned back after walkimg pretty much by myself down the road I was directed to for around 10 minutes (admittedly there were some donkies!) I did find an awesome shop though! A pharmacy that sells cheap water, shamppo/conditioner, chocolate and water at only 10 rupees! I recommend it if you're ever in Udaipur. Turn right from the bridhe by the little prince restaurant (when you get to the side with the palave) and it's the first pharmacy on the left.
Anyways, the rest if the day was pretty much chilling, waiting for our bus and sortimg things out. And then to the bus stop after dinner and, after the best toilet I've seen in Insia so far (not even a hole, juast a floor) we were getting the bus to Agra and my first wonder of the world! :D bring on the Taj Mahal!