(Of course we couldn't help but interact
with the local wildlife a little)
Misnomer 101 - the Monsoon
Palace surrounded by cactii...
Lake Pichola itself is man-made, so is
always shallow. It dries up completely during droughts. The monsoon in
2006 was very good, but the past two years have seen minimal rain. The
lake is beginning to dry up, and we could see how silted it had become
from erosion as we stood on the hilltop. We enjoyed the rest and hikes
during our stay, but our time was winding down and we had to return for
final sightseeing in Udaipur.
Piers took us on a delightful hike
the morning we had to leave. A father and two sons from Ahmedabad
also joined us. We went up to a hill and looked over Lake Pichola
Despite the bright morning sunlight, we
had a beautiful hike in the foothills below the Monsoon Palace.