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:
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 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.