As we got off at the hotel in Jodhpur, we heaved a sigh of relief looking at the hotel. We were a little apprehensive about family run places post the Bikaner fiasco, but it was a very pleasant surprise. The lobby and the welcome drink and the decor of the place was impressive enough for the husband to say “Good choice of place”. Here again the room was very big with a big bathroom and very clean. There were colourful laterns placed all over the room and the entire hotel.
Next morning, post breakfast, we headed towards the Jodhpur fort which was quite a distance from the hotel. This fort again is very different from the others, built on a hill with really tall stone pillars to hold the palace in place. This fort is much better maintained and not very crowded and has its own eatery too. We took a look at the blue city of Jodhpur, and the son, who got tired with all the walking decided he wanted to eat a “pink cake”. We sat there in peace and ordered some juices and cake for all of us. I guess the only place where we didnt hurry, was here. We also went to another Umaid Bhavan palace which is a 5 star hotel and a very small portion is open to public with the vintage car display and a family run museum of sorts with the same display of swords and guns and shields etc;
Back to the hotel and check out later (I managed to forget my watch there, got called when we were about 15mins in our journey, returned to pick it up and then off we went again 😦 ) We thought we would reach Udaipur well on time since we had started really early by 12:30 pm but we stopped somewhere for lunch and the lunch took about 1.5hrs and by the time we reached Udaipur it was 7pm already dark.
We were told that old city of Udaipur is very complex to navigate and the roads are really narrow. We called the Lake Pichola hotel that we had booked for 2 nights, and even with their guidance we managed to get lost once and then when we finally thought we were close to the place, the narrow roads scared our driver that it would scratch his car and we had to navigate really carefully – the streets are winding with people/cows/cycles/cars-everything had to pass through. We finally heaved a sigh of relief when we entered the hotel.
As usual, the hotel makes the guest feel like royalty – just by the decor and the ornate furniture and the jharokhas and carved doors. But we were so spoilt with the big rooms everywhere, that this was the smallest room that we had stayed in, though the balcony looked out to the Lake Pichola – infact the lake was hitting the walls of the hotel 😀 Lovely view of the night lights of the City and the City palace. The rooftop restaurant was very richly furnished too-with beddings and lovely lampshades on all tables. We had a quick dinner in candle light since it was freezing cold on the rooftop and retired for the night.