The next stop on our whistlestop tour of Rajasthan was a 300km drive to Mount Abu, the last part of which was a road that wound it's way up to the 1720m peak (avoiding monkeys along the way!) with great views down into the valley.
As we were only stopping one night here on the way to Udaipur we wasted no time in walking the length and beadth of the small town and it's hill top lake. Bizarrely, for such a small place up in the clouds, the town is dominated by a huge polo ground (guess they are all pretty big?!). It didn't look like it had seen any polo for a while but there was plenty of pretty lively cricket being played.
The main tourist draw here is, unsurprisingly, a complex of temples! This time of the Jain variety and famed for being made up almost entirely of hand-carved marble. Whilst there we thought it rude not to pay a visit and even after all the temples we've been to already it was hard not to be impressed. Unfortunately, photography was strictly forbidden so you will have to take our word for it, but if you consider that the two main temples cost over $10million to build between 1050 and 1250 you get some idea of how vast and intricate they are!
Despite being so much further south, the height made for another cold night - a sleeping bag liner, sheet, three blankets, towels and fleeces were all piled on top of the two layers of clothes and hats!
We also uncovered another problem with our driver here (even overlooking his liking for a tipple of army rum "to keep warm"!). He had clearly not been asked to come here before and didn't know his way around. The problems came from his complete lack of sense of direction (including uphill and downhill! Not hard when you have a mountain as a point of reference! Though maybe that's got something to do with the rum . . . ?!!) Even Graham could have done better and was correcting him! He does however, have some new positives. On realising that we were not interested in visiting any of the usual tour group style rip off restaurants, handicraft or rug shops he takes us to cheap off licences to smuggle beer into hotels! Not all bad!!