One of the 3 trains (above) on the 24 hour journey from from Puna to Udaipur. (We did have bunk beds on one of the trains.) When we arrived it was cooler and more mellow than the big cities that we came from.
Udaipur has a taste of Europe and maybe even Greece.
Daniella - January
Now in the state of Rajastan, part of northern India….
Udaipur is the India I had dreamed of for so long….. the most
beautiful, romantic, “out of Aladdin” place I have ever
seen. We are staying in the Old City with small windy streets lined
with lots of local people and children always looking…and greeting
you with a Namaste….. a feeling of enchantment……it
feels smaller here more intimate….something so precious the energy
of this place the way of life of the people….
But regardless of all this Udaipur has been one of our favorites....tapping into the mysticism of India...the enchantment....the magic.
We really love all the romantic roof top cafe's. Every night an epic feast of the best food in India we've had yet!
Can't imagine it getting any better than this.
There are any number of ways to try to get money from the western travelers, inviting you to take their photo and than asking for money in return was his plan. I have never seen anyone so desperate to have their photo taken than this guy.
a day of exploring the city palace
While walking through the palace walls, feeling a bit of familiar energy as if I've been here before. At the same time feeling the energy and curiosity of what went on inside these walls so many years before.....
These palace security guys were honored to have their photo taken,
This town is famous for its miniature paintings.
Laundry and bathing at the rivers edge is the way of life.
The strong and beautiful Rajastani women
Have you ever seen the disney movie Aladdin?
This place is a zoo. Cows, goats, donkeys, dogs, pigs and elephants in the streets.
Traditional Rajastani dance performance:
and of course the children:
Contemplative sunset dinner....
When night falls....ahh the magic begins.....
Getting dressed up in Rajastani clothing by the local shop vendors......
Getting my measurements taken for my second sari....
A motorcycle journey up to the Monsoon palace...
~ contemplation ~
You can see the Monsoon palace on the top of the mountain:
Monkey see...monkey do whatever the heck he wants.....It's nice to
see monkeys running free
in the moment.....
Next to Pushcar...