We had our breakfast on the rooftop of the hotel, with a beautiful view over Halol. Most of the kitchenstaff were still asleep (on the rooftop). Before we started cycling we took a auto-rickshaw to Champaner only 3 km away. This is a very old city with old stone walls and lots of old buildings.
The route to our next goal, Lunawada, was allright. A broad road with not too much traffic and a lot of fairly new tarmac. The scenery was also nice some hills, some rivers and enough to see so that the km's flew by and around 3 o clock we arrived in Lunawada. We had trouble finding a hotel there and people pointed us further along the road, supposedly there were some highway-motels a further 5km. To our supprise we did find a very basic hotel with nice restaurant, in the middle of nowhere, 9km from Luna.
The next day we left the highway behind and cycled over very small roads, through very small villages. Not much traffic and incredibe surroundings. This is what cycling is all about. We got a lot of attention from all the villagers, i don't think they see many tourists. We had some tea with samosa in Semarwara where a crowd of around 40 people gathered around us, but with a good atmosphere. Some of them spoke English and we had nice converstions. Dungarpur has a big lake with lots of birds and an old palace, it is also hotel so we went there. Very nicely restored with real 1930's rooms, a beatiful gardenterras with swimming pool to enjoy the sunset. Especially the dining room was superb, we had diner under a starlit sky, sitting at a 10m long marble table with a pond in the middle. Check out "udai bilas palace" on the internet
A lot lighter (our wallet) the next day, we went to Udaipur. The first 25 km was again through rural area before we got to the highway. The highway was very quiet with a broad shoulder, so nice cycling. It was gradualy uphill with small mountains around us. Today and the day before we already noticed it was getting more drier and desertlike around us. Udaipur was nice city but ofcourse very touristic. Eating on a rooftop in the evening with a view on the lake palace is very special. We took a day off and visited the palace and other sights.
Our next big city to visit would be Jodhpur. We didn't plan our trip in detail, so in udaipur we planned the next days: first visit the kumbalgarh fort then to Pali, which looks on the map big enough to have at least a couple of hotels and then from Pali to Jodhpur. From Udaipur to Kumbalgarh and in fact all the way to pali It was again very good cycling, small roads and villages, not much traffic and especially cycling in the arrivelli hills is very good.
In kumbalgarh we stayed in one of the many hotels close to the fort In the afternoon we walked to the fort where you can climb all the way up to the roof of the palace where you have an amazing view. For the first 30 km the next day we could still see the fort so you can imagine what kind of view you have from the palace.
Day 7 Halol - Lunawada 98 km
Day 8 Lunawada - Dungarpur 92 km
Day 9 Dungarpur - Udaipur 109 km
Day 10 Day of rest in Udaipur
Day 11 Udaipur- Kumbalgarh 81 km (total 1000km!)
Day 12 Kumbalgarh- Pali 121 km
Day 13 Pali - Jodhpur 79 km