I went sightseeing with Neil and Andrey today. Udaipur is a really beautiful
city. A very romantic place with palaces, views, and lakes where
Jaisalmer has sand!
We saw the Indo-Aryan Jagdish Temple (great carvings), the Saheliyon
ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) where it is reputed that
the maids used to cavort and get up to all sorts of mischief, but
there didn't seem to be any of that in evidence when I went. We
also visited Nehru Park which is in the middle of Fateh Sagar lake
(with its boat shaped 'cafe'), it's a nice enough place, but just
very overgrown, and a bit tatty round the edges - a bit like most
of India really. I don't suppose that the analogy is often drawn,
but you could liken the place to Bagpuss quite easily. They're definitely
both past their prime, but you can easily see, both how splendid
they used to be and how great they could be again, if only someone
were willing to invest a bit of TLC / cash and effort. Despite this,
both things are also eminently lovable, just as they are.