Breakfast in the Taj Lake Palace is a perfect conclusion to our stay. We are given a table in an alcove that on 3 sides is surrounded by water, and the food and service are as always outstanding. As I’m still recovering from Delhi syndrome, I have just a little toast and banana, but at least the view is good 🙂
We get ferried back to the pier where our driver is waiting, and I decide to lean my seat back and rest for most of the trip with headphones and an audio book to block out the world. The last thing I need is to have to go to the bathroom before we reach our destination, and bad roads are promised…
The road starts out well, but the last couple of hours it really is in a terrible state. Very narrow, very busy, very very bumpy, and with many lorries competing for the space, it is a veritable smorgasbord of horns and beeping, most of which I thankfully avoid by being inside my book.
The hotel in Shapura is a wonderful relief; outside it is in a nature area with forest and lake, and inside it has a very high ceiling to complement the huge room that we stay in. Relief at last, and the dizziness from the morning has also largely gone – I believe I may be fully recovered tomorrow!
We rest for a while by the beautiful outdoor pool, and Iain tries desperately to have a swim. After many attempts, he finally manages to get into the water, but only for a second, and is then deep frozen – it’s just too cold for swimming.
The hotel is known for the bird life, and we take a walk around the bird trail in the late afternoon and are not disappointed. We see a lot of different birds both close by and far away, and the highlight is definitely a Kingfisher that sits on a branch not too far away, on top of a lake where local fishermen work a few hundred meters away. Amazing.
After enjoying a wonderful relaxing dinner, we call it a night and mentally prepare for one of the last places we will be seeing on this tour: the Tiger resort of Ranthambore. We leave tomorrow morning.