Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Tailor and the Forts of Rajasthan

Hmmm - I think I arrived at the posh hotel in Delhi, had a shower and went into the shops while wandering around the property.....
I may have a shopping problem and admitting the problem is the first step to recovery.....  Only it seems to be getting worse!
  • I have already purchased and sent items home x2!
  • Every rest day, I think, OK no spending today
  • We were on our way to the City Palace in Udaipur, wandering the streets, just minding our own business, when we passed a tailor...  I still need a pair of long pants, so in I go with Dennis. Yes, they can make it today and we can pick it up this evening.  
  • Well I have a wedding in August to go to - now I have an outfit for the wedding!  
  • Dennis got a lovely silk shirt made that fits him perfectly!
  • Oh and a pair of long pants, which was the original intention.
We've visited a number of forts, palaces, and stayed in some really cool forts/palaces converted into hotels.

 Fort at Kishangarh (1649), between Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Hotel Fort Kherjarla (1611), Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The giant gates have huge 8"ish spikes about 10 feet off the ground to prevent the neighbours elephants ramming down the doors and overtaking the fort.  

Dhamli Fort - a heritage hotel in the tiny village of Pali in Rajasthan.  The owner is a nephew of the Raj and his business partner is Margaret, from Toronto.  This place was off the beaten path and so beautiful.  They cater to adventure travellers.

 Inder made us a dinner of wild boer - delicious!

Neighbourhood kids who took my bike for a spin

Kumbhalgarh Safari Resort, Rajasthan sort of like safari tents, but with solid walls.

Hotel Udai Bilas Palace (mid-1800's), Dungarpur, Rajasthan - The ultimate residence/hotel of the Prince (who is currently a member of the Parliament).  He has created a museum of family and area artefacts, a car museum, an American style pub, and an infinity pool!!  He came to welcome us in the pub.  There is also the original fort off this property, that was built in the 12th century, but un inhabited and not maintained.  Unfortunately, I missed the tour to the original palace...

 The private temple on the private island

 The car museum, which leads to the Pub at the end of the garage

 The dining room - yes, that is a pool as the centre piece (not for swimming though)

 The reception/wi-fi zone

Central courtyard
Rajasthan had some beautiful properties that welcomed us with open arms.  The staff were always friendly and helpful.  The most impressive was Dungarpur, but the most unusual was the Dhamli Fort which seemed to be the middle of nowhere.

From Rajasthan, we entered the state of Madhya Pradesh and are now in government owned hotels. The countryside has greened up considerably and the crops have changed to wheat, corn and cotton. There are tractors, but we are still seeing harvesting by hand.

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