Back to the German bakery for breakfast. An order of sausage for our doggie friend. She seems to sleep on the street next to our hotel and is always easy to find. Clearly two sausages and bread soaked in the fat was not quite enough and she escorted us back to our room where she waited only a minute before taking off. We had no plans so once again we took off on foot this time to explore more of udaipur across the other side of the river. It is Diwali today, business as usual. We were handed treats of some kind but we had no idea what they were. After offering them to some street children who turned them down, they went into our pocket for later use. We initially ended up in a residential area. The locals paid us no attention, just an occasional hello and we ended ip at the lake where we met a huge goat. After a couple of photos he was rewarded with some left over trail mix which he gobbled up. A small boy came down the street pushing a wheel along with a stick, he seemed very happy and entertained and we wondered how the kids back home would feel if they were given this for Christmas.
We continued our walking, meeting no other tourists, passing the small shops until in the distance we spotted an elephant. We were very excited as the elephant lumbered down the road decorated with bells and paint. His mahout stopped and allowed us to take pictures, for which we had to pay. The elephant took the money in his trunk and passed it to the mahout who was sitting on his back. We asked if we could feed the elephant and with permission granted gave him the two sweets we had been given earlier. This made our day and we were glad to see the elephant appeared to be well taken care of, but still a bit sad to see him having to negotiate all the traffic and smog.
We eventually turned around to explore another section of the river and were soon stopped by Yusef riding his pink moped. After much hand shaking he issued an invite to visit his art shop and have chai. We were about to turn back before he stopped us but he told us there was a bazar further up that we should visit to see the real India. We carried on and soon found ourselves in chaos. We had been on busy street but this was crazy. Total gridlock as bikes, tuk tuk, mopeds and pedestrians try to get by each other and the noise was unbelievable. A large lady bustled through Vicki and in behind me a shoved me forward. It took several minutes to get through and by the time we found our bearings we had walked a couple of hours and needed a break from the noise....and people. We headed back to the tranquility of the Whistling Teal and sprawled on their large seats. We lazed and watched birds and chipmunks while snacking on masala peanuts. Bliss. After a couple of hours we braced ourselves for the walk back to the hotel and a well earned sleep.
We had booked dinner at the Palace on the lake front and arrived at 730 pm tone shown to the "best table in the house". We sat for a few hours working our way through Aloo Gobi........potato and cauliflower, tikka, nan, rice, whisky and beer.....delicious. We were entertained all this time by fireworks being set off in every direction, quite stunning. Wended up chatting to a couple of Aussie girls after dinner and entertained ourselves with our travel stories so far.
We stole the tin foil off the nan bread basket and made up a large package of chicken and rice for our favorite dog and headed back to the hotel. When she sees us her face lights up now and her tails wags. She seems to know vickis voice and every time Vicki talks to her her tail wags. She starts to eat our offering and is soon joined by an even skinnier dog and she willingly shares. Our hearts warmed we return to our hotel room and google how to bring back a dog from India !!! I contemplate sending an email home to ask how they would feel about another four legged companion, but I know in my heart it is not practical.
The following morning it is chilly and we pack up our stuff and head to the German bakery......I know, we are getting boring, but they make sausages !!! So we pedestal rounds of sausages and soak up the fat with bread and go to find our dog to offer her a farewell meL. She is fast asleep in her usual spot and we let her have breakfast in bed which she seems to relish. We sneak off to our room while she eats.
Anyone want a dog ?????
Today we are heading to Krishna Ranch which is in Bedi just a few km from udaipur and tomorrow we start our horse safari for ten days.