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Finally, a place where I can totally not worry about anything. I'm staying at Devi Garh in Delwara, about 22 km from Udaipur. I have only one full day left in India. Sunday is spent packing, driving to Udaipur, flying to Delhi, killing a couple of hours, and then catching a flight to Seoul very early in the morning.

Devi Garh is swank. My suite is pretty much all marble. It has a tub large enough to fit me, and I shall be making use of that facility tonight. The food is pretty close to the best food I've ever had. I need to find a good recipe for murg soyta. Tasty. Chicken & corn Indian style. The hotel is built in a palace a couple of centuries old. Current owners got for themselves a bat infested heap, and they turned it into a boutique hotel. My suite is in what I think was originally stables. It has a faint whiff of that, but that goes away with just a tad of incense. The view from the pool of the surrounding countryside and mountains is wonderful.

I took a sightseeing trip into Udaipur today. Sadly, the lakes for which the city is famous are lacking water. THe area has been undergoing drought for about 10 years. Normally, one of the palaces requires a boat to get to. At the moment, you can ride up on horseback or bullock cart. And you can't take a boat right up to the gate anymore.

Tomorrow I'm going to take a short trip to Eklingi to check out some temples there. One of them is supposed to have carvings I shouldn't let my mother see.

I have some other good news. Anyone want to guess what kind of commission store the guide took me to today? Past guides took me by rug stores (thrice), a marble inlay place, a miniature painting school and a jewelry/art store. I'll relieve the tension right now. None! He asked me at the end of the tour if I was interested in seeing any handicraft stores or anything like that, and took me to a cheap restaurant when I stated that I had all the souvenirs I needed and just wanted some lunch. So I got lunch for Rs. 70 ($1.75). Mmmm vegtarian thalis. Sad with a young couple from Frankfurt Germany. They thought Indian food was too spicy (compared to German food? no shit sherlock) while I have been surprised by how unspicy it is compared to the Indian restaurants in Seattle.

Nothing much else to add at this point. Watch for a buttload of entries to show up here sometime in December, which will contain a lot more details about the trip. They'll all be backdated though.

Anyone get their postcards yet?

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the1pony From: the1pony Date: November 26th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it figures you finally get decent lodging and guide once it's almost time to leave. Sheesh.

That's a shame about the drought drying up the lakes.
onlyjanica From: onlyjanica Date: November 26th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That sounds lovely!! I'm glad you're having a good time! :)
kiltlifter65 From: kiltlifter65 Date: November 26th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
fyi, I've really been digging your updates from your travels.
machine_logic From: machine_logic Date: November 26th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto. I haven't been responding to them much, but I LOVE travel stories, ESPECIALLY about places I haven't yet visited.
From: butterflake Date: November 26th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't seen the postcard yet...

I look forward to reading the backdated entries about the trip, too.

Also - glad to hear that you ended the journey at a beautiful place with a tactful tour-guide.
From: themercymachine Date: November 26th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

But my address is changing soon anyways.
wingedelf From: wingedelf Date: November 26th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anyone get their postcards yet?

In today's post, even. Thanks. I'm not surprised that there are Russian stations there, anymore than Univision on US cable systems surprises me- the geographic proximity makes India a pretty tempting place for Russians who can afford to vacation out of the country.

Glad to hear the trip has, for the most part, been an enjoyable one, and ike so many others, will look forward to seeing the continuation of the travelogue.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: November 26th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I got my postcard today...about a hour ago! Thank you darlin'!

I must admit, I'm being entertained by picturing you riding around on the top of an elephant, master of all he surveys. (Didja make it rear back on its hind legs and trumpet? I hear that's the best. ::grins::)

Definitely entertained.

Oh, and HUZZAH FOR WORKING PLUMBING! I envy your big, luxurious bath tub.

I know you are bailing on India on Sunday....when do you have to be back at work? GO CULTURE SHOCK!

Okay, enough capitals for one post. Gotta go do some housework. Have a safe and restful trip back.

m_cobweb From: m_cobweb Date: November 27th, 2004 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
My postcard came today.

Now I want to visit Delwara. :-)
scourgeotheseas From: scourgeotheseas Date: November 27th, 2004 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Got mine today too.

Sorry about the lakes.
hadaverde From: hadaverde Date: November 28th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
My postcard arrived in today's mail -- thanks! It's lovely. :)
From: mama_sloane Date: November 29th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Have enjoyed your posts and will be looking forward to more when you arrive home. Thanks for the "P" card.
oracle2c From: oracle2c Date: November 29th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got my postcard! Thank you :]

Maybe the prayers to the hot water gods/goddess worked for you?

I shall look forward to hearing more about your trip. Pictures????
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