Mandy and Jon's Journey 2005 travel blog

A full moon rises over Udaipur



Amazing colors on the banks of the lake

The monsoon was heavy this year, which can mean many different things to the people of India depending on where they live. In Mumbai it meant some horrific flooding and mudslides, in drought-stricken areas it meant some relief, and in Udaipur, it meant the lake was full, the town more beautiful, and the tourists abundant. We were fortunate enough to experience the quaint little town at its most beautiful time, and because of this, we found it difficult to leave.

"A few days" turned into a total of five, and they were well spent enjoying masala chais in rooftop restaurants, exploring the Palace museum, and wandering the narrow and (somewhat)clean streets. For a few days of recuperation from chaos and camels in Pushkar, and the general madness of India, Udaipur proved to be a perfect spot.

We found yummy food here, cleaner budget rooms, and gorgeous sunsets and moonrises over the lake. It was an India like we hadn't seen yet before. The smells, cow droppings, rubbish, filthy gutters, and other "things that make you go 'yuck'" were somehow tempered by such extraordinary beauty.

As luck would have it, we bumped into Liam and Sandrine, an Irish/French couple we had shared dinner with a week earlier in Jaipur. We were able to connect once again, and as we were all headed in the same direction, made plans to travel with one another onto Jodhpur and beyond.

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