Ancient Stepwell to City Palace in 2 days
21.02.2013 - 22.02.2013 25 °C
After arriving at Rawla Narlai we had an hour or two to enjoy our lovely room and the charming hotel. We met in the courtyard of the hotel for a glass or two of wine then it was onto bullock carts for our ride to through the streets of Narlai to an 1100 year old disused stepwell typical of the Rajasthani and Punjabi areas of India. The stepwell was covered in candles and after gazing at it we moved to the open dining area where we were entertained by local musicians and dancers into the night. We sat on 2 person couches in an amphitheatre with a blazing bonfire under the northern Hemisphere stars. At the end of the night our Driver Jamsheed and his assistant Dravinda set of rockets and roman candles arranged by Claire our tour leader and David - one of our group. An excellent hot buffet followed with a group from Jodhpur with a 10 year old boy dancing his booty off along with several young female dancers and the all male musicians.
Tired we returned to our hotel for a few hour sleeps in the very comfortable bed in our suprprisingly lovely hotel.
Next morning we woke early to take a stroll through the village of Narlai. Because we were accompanied by a local we were able to photograph and video local people who would not normally give acces to tourists. We wandered through narrow laneways accompanied by ever-present dogs, cattle, and pigs along pitted streets dodging animal droppings and it was great. Eventually it was back to the Hotel and time to leave for Ranakpur and eventually Udaipur. We even met a sheepherders wife with several flocks of sheep and goat who insisted we email her with the photos we had taken of her.