Entering Udaipur In Rajasthan

on Monday, 15 March 2010

We arrive at Udaipur station dead on 8am like we were told we would. We get off the train and have already found what seems like a good hostel on our ipod app, Hostel Hero. We get a tuk tuk driver to take us there and Tom pops in to check the room and price while I wait in the tuk tuk with the bags just in case there are no rooms or it is disgusting. Tom comes down smiling and says we will stay, so we bail out of tuk tuk. The room is 3 or 4 times the size of the others we have stayed in. There is a TV, it is clean and for the first time the mattress is actually soft and not solid. Not to mention there is free wifi and a roof top restaurant. It is 10 times better than the rooms we have stayed in before and how much more are we paying for these luxuries?Nothing, it’s only 192R(£2.80) a night for the two of us! We get in the room and have a well needed shower and have a couple of hours nap. We get up and decide we can’t waste the whole day, so we make the trip to the Vintage and Classic Car Collection. There was about 20 vintage cars, including several Rolls Royce's including one that featured in the James Bond film Octopussy, unfortunately the front grill was being polished.

A collection that must be worth quite a few bob. We were guided round and given a little information on the cars and took some photos. When we had finished we had a walk around the streets and got totally lost in the back street markets, walking around with people constantly staring. We end up walking most of the way back to the hostel but as we don’t know where we are we get a tuk tuk back to the hotel, which is just 5 minutes round the corner. As we go upstairs in the hotel, I find a monkey sitting on the wall with a potato, I look in the kitchen and there is another monkey and the place has been trashed with potato's and tomatoes everywhere.

Tom goes down stairs to tell somebody, but we don’t think they know what we are talking about, as the only english speaking person, the manager never seems to be around. I don’t know how they make any money when there is nobody around to serve anyone. We chill out back at the hotel and get an early night to recover from the travelling we have been doing.


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