After I posted the blog last night, we discovered they were preparing for a Hindu Wedding at our hotel…the guests had started arriving, and the colours were spectacular.
The main festivites, three days of them, were due to start tomorrow.
We were heading off to Udaipur today, which was about 300km South West of Pushkar, about six hours in the car. The landscape changed as we got further South, and became drier and hilly.
We passed through a city which was a major centre for white marble…there were miles and miles of shops full of slabs, we saw trucks carrying uncut blocks, and the air was filled with dust from the quarries.
Udaipur is famous these days for being the main film location for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and looks very different to all of the other cities we have been to so far, richer and opulent.
Sushil found us a nice little restaurant for lunch (well, mid afternoon meal), with a rooftop terrace overlooking one of the three lakes.
Our hotel is a traditional haveli (townhouse) near the largest lake, five stories high, and a rooftop seating area with the most spectacular views…
…which is where I am writing this, whilst listening to the Islamic call to prayer (Muslims constitute around 14% of the population in India, despite partition).
Tomorrow we explore this beautiful city.