From Jaisalmer, we headed to Udaipur. Udaipur is a city of around 400,000 people that lies adjacent to Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola is a stunning lake filled with small islands where opulent hotels are built on top of them. Udaipur is where the James Bond movie, Octopussy was filmed. It seemed that every tourist restaurant showed the movie nightly and of course just like every other tourist I watched it as well. On a hill overlooking Udaipur is Sajjangarh or the Monsoon Palace. My friends and I took a rickety rickshaw up a winding road to the Monsoon Palace. We were greeted by stray monkeys and other tourists but we got a delightful view of the city and the setting sun. Udaipur was a beautiful and relaxing place to visit.
From Udaipur, I ventured to the town of Pushkar. Pushkar is home to the holy lake of Pushkar which is surrounded by numerous ghats or baths on the lake. Pushkar is a small towned filled with guesthouses, shops and both India and Foreign travellers and it is home to hundreds of temples. I spent my time there replenishing my book library, drinking chai, reading and hanging out with some friends and but mostly just taking it easy.