Room service breakfast then a walk into town via the hill where all the old British buildings are, including the museum like Connaught Hotel.Went past a nice old church and the top secret HQ of Intelligence. Found the State Bank but left because they were obviously scamming on the exchange rates, then to an Internet cafe to check Aidan’s HSC results. Walked down to the lake side and got yummy vegetarian pizzas from US Pizza. They even have special Jain pizzas! Ate our pizzas in a sunny little park, then walked up to Toad Rock, which only looks like a toad from one part of the lake, on the opposite side.
Walked down the hill and continued around the lake, nice views as long as you don’t look too closely at the water. Sat for a while at the prominent Mother India statue, watching the villagers on holiday. Looked around the shops for a while and bought a really cute picture made from wire at Chacha’s Museum, a nice old emporium with very reasonable prices. Had a very delicious dinner at the Hollywood Bollywood restaurant in the Hotel Samrat, perhaps the best food so far.
Next morning headed off with our driver for our grand tour of Mount Abu. Freezing cold at 9.30am. We piled into our little Tata taxi to visit the drab giant lingam temple, then off to Ganesh Point for great views. Then went to the Om Shanti Bhavan, which had nothing to do with the movie, but was in fact the great hall of the creepy Brahma Kumari movement. Had a lecture from a brainwashed guide before getting out as quickly as possible. Next was the Adhar Devi temple, up lots of stairs. You visit the goddess through a gap in the rock, but note that she cannot tolerate anything digital. The highlight came next in the Jain Dilwara temple complex. All beautifully carved, pity you can’t take pictures thereas its difficult to describe them. The first was the most impressive. Lunch at the Abudra restaurant, had a nice Rajasthani thali here, very spicy and served with batte, tooth breaking bread rolls (perhaps where the word butty comes from?). Off to another temple which apparently has a yoni that can take you to the otherworld (as they do) then up to Guru Shikar temple at the highest point in Rajasthan, where you can see for miles and ring the famous bell.
Finally to Sunset Point to of course watch the sunset – every goes there, including camels, horses and monkeys and about 5000 people! The sunset was spectacular but after it set we became the attraction and had our photos taken about 200 times! Another yummy dinner at Hollywood Bollywood then got a lift home with Mr Kashyap in his brand new car.