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Romance in Udaipur

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First, a map of where I am:

I can now safely say that I am back to relative normal health. I spent five days in Pushkar, probably a bit too long, but I had a nice room with a balcony and a view of the city, so it was easy to stay there and recover. Pushkar is quite relaxed, which has been tough to find so far.

I arrived in Udaipur last night, and after walking around for a few hours today, I can easily say it's my favourite Indian city so far. Lonely Planet calls it 'the most romantic city in Rajasthan', and I wouldn't disagree. It has very narrow, maze-like streets, so it's easy to get lost, but there are shops everywhere to keep you busy. There's a big lake and rooftop restaurants aplenty, with great views of everything. It seems to be a lot cleaner here than other places I've been, maybe I'm just getting used to it and I don't notice it as much, but it just seems spiffed up a bit. I kind of wish I had spent less time in Pushkar and more time here, but it's no big deal. It's too bad though, just when I'm starting to get into India and enjoy it, I realize I have to leave in six days.

Here are a few pics. Again, I haven't taken nearly as many as I would have liked because I feel self-conscious with my big camera, but I've got a few:

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This was the Republic Day celebrations in Pushkar. India officially became a republic on January 26, 1950, and it's one of the few national holidays, so they go all out. The celebrations went all weekend, late into the night. This was the view from my room.

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A cow relieving an itch on a footbridge in Udaipur. Cows, like stray dogs, are everwhere.

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An elephant roaming the streets.

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The view from the rooftop restaurant at my hotel in Udaipur.

Well, only 11 days total left now. The end is very, very near. I'll try and squeeze in another blog from India, and possibly one more before I leave Bangkok. See you all soon!

Posted by sam.m. 29.01.2008 15:26 Archived in India

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Hey Sam!

Damn! Are those photographs for real? Stunning!

Udaipur seems lovely! Hey, just look at it as a little sampler and then later you (we!) can go back and spend some more time, revisit your favourites and explore further. Sometimes, I don't know how you did it, backpacking for so long. It's so different than having the comforts that I have when I traveled. Bravo! It's not easy, on your own and all...

You'd better tell whoever's picking you up at the airport to bring you a coat! Lol!

29.01.2008 by parisa

Hey Sam! Glad to hear you're feeling better. It's terrible feeling that way and being away from home. What a beautiful view you have! Sam, that camera you have takes incredible pictures. We can't get over the animals that just roam the streets. Crazy! Well, it's been snowing all night long (writing this Tues. morn) and it's still coming down. They're saying we're probably going to get more in the weeks to come. Are you prepared for that??!! Can't believe it's only 11 more days! Can't wait to see you and talk about your life-changing adventure! Talk to you soon. Love Janie, Gerry, Brock and Bekki.

29.01.2008 by Janie J

Hi Sam, what a time you've had. Your picutes are great can't wait to see them all. Another loss by the Canucks last night. The fans are calling for a blockbuster, they might not make the playoffs. The snow has been nuts this week not good for my golf game. Be safe see you a a couple of weeks!

30.01.2008 by Kent007

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