Girls Only to India: Shimla & Rajasthan Royals travel blog


We all had a bit of a lay in this morning before setting off to The City Palace Museum.

Another huge complex of palaces, two of which are now hotels. The Royal Family still live in part of the palace. Security therefore was very high . Again, huge numbers of Indian families on holiday visiting the Palace. We had to squeeze through the warren of tiny rooms, narrow passages and staircases surrounded by 'enthusiastic' Indians. They don't believe in queuing like us!

Amazing architecture as each Maharajah added another palace! Quite a mix of styles and adornments, including very Victorian street lamps in the courtyards. Surprisingly, the mirrored glass tiles used to decorate one area came from Belgium. There were tiles from China in another area. Some small rooms heavily decorated with brightly coloured glass, gold and silver. Nothing done by halves!

There are two palaces built in the lake, one of which is a hotel. Later in the day we take a boat ride on the lake and have a short stop here. Both are in beautiful situations with mountains for a backdrop.

One Maharajah had broken his spine in a riding accident so had a lift put in to accommodate his wheelchair to take him up to his suite of rooms.

Lunch today was agreed to be probably the best meal of the trip, and we have had some good ones! Not the cheapest but superb setting overlooking the lake, perfect service, only hot plates of the trip, fabulous food and the best Lassi! Sadly couldn't manage a Kulfi.

Back to base to bid farewell to our guide Pratap. He has been excellent and joined in with our very British sense of humour. Packing up & catching up with the journal. Wifi has been unavailable for a few days but is free here so have made the most of it!



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