For my 11th birthday we stayed in Udaipur. My parents surprised me with five nights at an old palace. When we went into our room there was another surprise… delicious cookies and a pretty view of the lake. That evening we had a fun family celebration and I got a couple of very nice gifts. I got a wooden camel from Everest and a soft blue scarf and a necklace from my mom and dad. After our little party we went and had a big Indian dinner. Later when we went back to our room there was yet another surprise… a birthday cake on my bedside table. It was a great birthday!
The next day we chilled, called some friends from Santa Barbara, and went to an arcade called OMG. We played lots of games, road in bumper cars, and went bowling. It was super fun. When we woke up the next day we went sightseeing. We took a tuk tuk to the City Palace and went on a fabulous boat ride. Another awesome thing we did that day was take an Indian cooking class. We made all sorts of yummy things like Chai tea, Khadia Panner (vegetables and cheese), Malai Kofta (creamy potatoes), Biryani rice, and chapattis (Indian bread). The best part was we got to eat everything when we were finished cooking.
The next morning India was celebrating Diwali , the Festival of Lights, so the town was extra crazy and the shops were full of colorful decorations and ornaments. I found a fun pair of slippers and my dad decided on a Nehru Suit. To end the night mom and I had henna tattoos (a non permanent natural dye) on our hands.
We all enjoyed celebrating what seemed like the Hindu version of Christmas.
Udaipur was a great stop with two parties–my birthday and Diwali!