I started the day on my hotel’s rooftop watching the sunrise over a breakfast of coffee and mango lassi, before some aimless chai filled wanderings stole the best part of two hours. I spent the ‘heat of the day’ basking in sunbeams by the swimming pool I had discovered yesterday. It was lovely and all very peaceful (with the exception of a small bit of tortoise induced hilarity!).
When the sun started to fall I took my chances and braved the roads on a motorbike for the final circuit of Udaipur’s lakes. Along the way, much to my delight, I was held up by a couple of elephants. They make thrilling road blocks, infinitely more exciting than tram works back home!
In the evening I found a beautiful restaurant, decked out in tiny fairy lighs, over-looking the lake. On arriving I was greeted by soft atmospheric music playing in the back ground & candles twinkling away on the tables. Unfortunately as soon as I’d ordered these were replaced by disco lights and thumping American dance music from the 90s. Thankfully a German hippie clocked my panic and amended the situation with an ipod full of Dylan and Sigur Ros. In minutes he had become my new friend and we spent an enjoyable evening over chai and shisha.