And then we were on the final stretch, well MY final stretch as the others had a further week to go, to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Here was our only stay in self-catered accommodation and, funnily enough, was in a property owned by a Ms Rosie Cornwallis. It turned out that she was indeed related to the Cornwallis's of Herefordshire and aunt to a friend of ours.
Rosie's Lakeside Retreat was just that, being the only private, domestic property on Lake Pichola (all the others being hotels) and beautifully decked out with 'a Western Eye' featuring smart wet rooms with power showers that actually worked, boutique touches and UK plug sockets.
As it was my last day - I was flying to Mumbai for my return flight home at 7am the next day - I was allowed to choose the way we spent it, so a gentle mooch around the shops, plus a boat ride around the lake and a whistle stop tour of the outside of the City Palace followed by a happy hour cocktail was the order of the day.
I am minded to note down for posterity's sake, and as a recommendation to anyone reading this planning a trip to Rajasthan in the near future, to look out for GRTs. We found them only on HRH Group of Hotels drinks menus, so it is perhaps their own invention but is hardly so out of the ordinary in its ingredients as to render it impossible to get elsewhere. The G and the T are gin and tonic as normal, but the R turns this from the usual tipple of any old bar in London to a more exotic treat: Rose syrup. It doesn't need alot, but it makes all the difference - delicious!
I had the usual bizarre photo shoot with countless locals, which had been a staple activity of any visit to Rajasthani forts and tourist sites - "Please, one a-foto wid me?" - and headed off for a quick drink with Rosie before my last supper in India and the long trip back to London.