India: Udaipur and BIG NEWS!!!

Our final stop on our India trip was up in the north of India, in a place we discovered last year: Udaipur.

One of the most special places on the planet is in Udaipur — Fateh Garh.

Fateh Garh is a hotel on a hilltop that overlooks the lakes and city of Udaipur.  It is a heritage hotel, which means it was an old hill fort transplanted brick-by-brick to its new location.  And it’s one of the most romantic spots in the universe.


We did a lot of swimming in the almost-infinity pool, where we swam with the Buddhas and the swallows for hours on end, overlooking the lakes below and the mountains all around us.


And after we worked up an appetite we needed food.  Luckily, the food at Fateh Garh is some of the best I’ve had anywhere.

Breakfasts were divine.  There is no other word to describe breakfast perfection.  Seriously.

Every morning we got fresh fruit:


And then we could choose either aloo paratha (potato-stuffed flatbread — my choice!!) with yogurt curd:


Or poori (deep-fried breads) with bhaji (green pea & potato curry):



Dinners were also delicious. My favourite was a tandoori veggie plate with paneer tikka (homemade cheese marinated & cooked in the clay oven) and veggie fritters:

On our second morning in Udaipur, the boyfriend and I got up early to watch the sunrise over Udaipur:


You could still see the moon in the sky when the sun was coming up:



And I just thought it was pure perfection.  So I turned to the boyfriend, and said to him:

“Is there anything better than this?”


And he replied with:

“Well… there could be one thing.”

At which point, he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!!!!!!

I of course said yes (gleefully!!), there were happy tears, embraces, and snuggles watching the sunrise.  We took a photo to celebrate the moment:


The zoom was set a little too close . . . but somehow, it’s perfect.

We ran upstairs to celebrate with his mum (remember her pickled onions?), who was traveling with us, and as we opened the door she greeted me with: “Welcome to the family!”

We called home to my family, sent some emails to dear family and friends, updated Facebook (it didn’t happen unless it’s on Facebook, right?), and then spent the rest of the day basking in happiness by the pool.

That evening we had celebratory drinks and bar snacks:



And sat by the Buddhas:

And we even managed to get to the local wine shop:


So we could celebrate with some local Indian sparkling wine, made by Sula (who also makes a great red wine!):


This trip to India was so very special for so many reasons. We are still celebrating (and the wedding’s next summer, so there will be so many more celebrations!) and dreaming of India. Perfection.


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9 Comments on “India: Udaipur and BIG NEWS!!!”

  1. June 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Everything about this is absolutely perfect! Congratulations, couldn’t have happened to a more wonderful girl! xo

  2. June 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    This is most delightful news. What a romantic proposal. Warmest wishes to both of you.

  3. June 10, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I loved reading about your engagement again!!!!

  4. June 10, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Congratulations! What a lovely story. Wishing you two the best!

  5. June 15, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Congratulations Lindsey!! Wow you’ve been busy since i’ve been away, India looks amazing & that hotel is just beautiful, i want to,go!!

  6. August 26, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Congratulations on behalf of the team at Fateh Garh. We are pleased to know about your engagement and would like to wish you all the very best for future….

  7. savita singh
    August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Fateh garh is the most romantic palace hotel in India.

  8. Rahul
    December 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Congrats…just landed up here looking for blogposts about Jalebi and read this heartwarming story!

    Wishing you guys a long and happy marriage and lots of grandchildren.


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