Udaipur after a short plane ride from Delhi, we are once again royally welcomed by a merry band of greeters. The airline people are there inquiring about the flight - "a bit of a hard landing," - a greeter from the hotel welcomes us profusely and a representative from Elegant Journeys (our tour operator) checks that all is in order. They swiftly gather our belongings and whisk us away in a private car.
We are all a bit anxious on this first "in-country" excursion of our 11-day trip to India. Still a bit dazed by the masses of people and the jumble of Delhi, we are not quite certain what to expect.
The Udaipur streets are every bit as chaotic as Delhi, if on a more delicate scale. Traffic still goes in crazy directions, all manner of animals freely roam the streets, entrepreneurs of every description are in every nook and cranny and the people we pass are constantly smiling.
We know "we are not in Kansas anymore" but we are totally unprepared for our "Royal" Udaipur stay.
|The Lake Palace|
"The Oberoi in Udaipur is so crazy beautiful. They gave us an upgrade to a suite that was sooooo beautiful." gushes Kathryn, " You want a pool towel for your private infinity pool? No problem. Poolside there is a basket you open to find, wrapped in a beautiful cloth, your beach towel. You want to order breakfast? No problem. You place your order in a woven scroll and leave it outside your door and it will be whisked away. Wrinkled clothes? No problem. Push the "Butler" button and a charming gentleman appears and takes your clothes to be pressed. Everything is so gracious and gorgeous I do not want to leave!"