Arrived at Abu Road station and transferred to a motor car for a drive 18 miles up the mountain side rising to an elevation of 4,500 feet. The road was wider and better than in Ceylon and up to Darjeeling and, although there was a tremendous drop on one side we did not get the thrills previously encountered. The scenery was beautiful. The Rajputana Hotel, although good, did not just meet our requirements. The sanitary and bathing arrangements were primitive and a big log fire in our bedrooms made our... Read More
A drive through the city to the Jagdish Temple, old and new palaces, the Royal Stables and Coach House, and the Gangore Ghat. Here were women cleaning their brass containers and then filling them water. They filtered the water by simply pouring it through a dirty rag into the vessel. They used a dirty rag as a pad for their heads and then carried two large brass containers on top – one above the other and each filled with water. To see the women lift a large brass vase filled... Read More
A drive to the Slave Girls’ garden – fine fountain effects round the Pool and gardens used on festivals. Udaipur is India as it was hundreds of years ago. The main street is narrow and the buildings are ramshackle. Very dusty and natives, cows and dogs crowd the streets make it difficult for us to force a passage. So far totally different from Jaipur.
A drive to the Ram Newas gardens and Albert Hall, another marble palace used as a museum, and then to the Zoo. All are in the gardens which are well kept. Then through the streets and vegetable market back to the hotel. The vegetable market made a nice picture with the crowds of natives all in brightly coloured garments. Took 6:50pm train to Udaipur and rested in a four wheeled sleeping car. The rattling and jolting was terrible but we managed to get some sleep before we arrived at 11am... Read More
By motor and elephant to the deserted city of Amber, 6 miles north of the new city – a fortress containing a wonderful palace and Hindu temple and surrounded by a wall climbing up the hills with look-out towers at intervals. Some of the rooms are still magnificent with marble carvings and mica decoratins although deserted over 200 years ago. It is said that the Ruler, Emperor Sawai Jai Singh II, visited Constantinople and saw a city on the level with long broad streets running parallel with each other. On... Read More
Arrived Jaipur in time for breakfast. Drove round the town along wide streets and good roads. All the buildings are coloured a light pink shade – the law enforces it. Passed the Palace of the Winds to the curio shops where we saw brass engraving and enameling and also carpet making. All hand-work – very slow but wonderful results. We have to buy samples of native art at almost every town we call. After lunch we drove by motor to the foot of the Gulta Pass and then made the... Read More