A rickshaw drive round the Gem lake, Mount Abu and through the bazaars which are the cleanest and neatest we have seen in India. Mount Abu is very hilly and rocky and we got some splendid views going round the Lake. Afterwards we drove to the famous Dilwara Temples by rickshaw – 3 men to each. One can hardly describe these temples after seeing so much carving in marble and stone during our tour. There are two Jain Temples of white marble and there are two more temples but they... Read More
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 Sajan Niwas gardens and visit the Museum, Zoo and Jail. The governor of the jail was a fine type of man who spoke English well and seemed to be of a kind disposition. He had 599 prisoners, including 129 life prisoners. There were 30 women in the Jail, among them being several life prisoners. The life prisoners were distinguished by wearing red clothing and red caps. One political prisoner’s rations cost ten times as much as those of the other prisoners. They were all fettered from the... 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