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Beautiful India: Udaipur and Deogarh, Rajasthan
Udaipur and Deogarh in Rajasthan, India: Deogarh Mahal hotel and Shiv Niwas Palace
Udaipur is a stunningly beautiful city with a huge majestic city palace: The Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel is a beautiful old building which is actually part of the city palace, with a glorious view over the lake across to another palace from the huge terraces and balconies.
Deogarh is another wonderful place to stay: A small town with another stunning Maharaja's Palace hotel which makes a perfect place to stay on the way to Udaipur from Jaipur. Both of these palaces are worth visiting in their own right, but are also surrounded by other amazing sights.
Map of Rajasthan: Deogarh and Udaipur
Deogarh Mahal hotel, Deogarh
On a journey from Jaipur to Udaipur by road, a good stopping off point is Deogarh, which is a small town with just one hotel, and well worth visiting. The road journey is fairly scary with terrible road conditions, lorries travelling on the wrong side of the road and lots of cows with very little road sense. Seat belts in the car would have been reassuring.
The Deogarh Mahal hotel is one of the many converted palaces in Rajasthan at the top of the hill. It was built in the 1670 and an extremely pleasant hotel that is interesting in its own right. Lunch was served outside on a roof-terrace or the courtyard, drinks on another terrace and dinner on yet another roof terrace all with wonderful views. Dinner was very good Indian thali, about 12 dishes served in little metal bowls.
Deogarh Mahal Hotel
Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur is another stunningly beautiful city with its huge majestic city palace. We stayed at the Shiv Niwas Palace, a beautiful old building which is actually part of the city palace. We had a glorious view over the lake across to another palace from our huge terrace and balcony, and each evening as the sun went down and the air cooled we were treated to a hysterical display in the trees opposite. Mother monkeys brought their offspring for training in this relatively safe location allowing them fifteen minutes of swinging and general naughtiness before heading home. The Shiv Niwas Palace hotel has a pool in one of the courtyards with tables at which lunch, dinner and drinks can be served, which is very pleasant although not as good as the view we had from our room's multiple terraces. We suspect that we were upgraded to a better suite of rooms, because the official room price was about $500 a night and we certainly didn't pay that much.
Shiv Niwas Palace
Udaipur is a wonderful place just to wander around on foot or by tuc-tuc. There is a museum in the palace and a classic car collection near-by, "The Royal Cars", including some Mercedes, Rolls Royces two jeep/safari Rolls Royce hybrids and various other American and British cars from 1920's to about 1960's. There is also another substandard Zoo. Nothing too exciting, but an enjoyable relaxing place to visit.