We are in Rajasthan now and it's amazingly beautiful. The landscape contrasts wonderfully with the colourful saris women wear. Just to look out of the window is a whole show in itself, a present to the eyes! Women carrying huge baskets on their heads, children peeping out of windows or simply staring at your with their huge black eyes and men sitting in a quite peculiar position, to put it in a way... We left Delhi and headed off to Mandawa with our driver, friend and guardian, Nand Singh. He is taking very good care of us and showing us around the whole of Rajasthan, his home land (of course, we had to pay for it, but it's so worth it). Mandawa is a little town famous for its 'havelis', run-down palaces with beautiful frescoes on their walls. It was beautiful, but the market and its activity was even more amazing. Two little girls, Kashmira and Roksana, were our guides for the afternoon and we were lucky enough to witness part of a wedding. We had a quiet evening in a very cosy and charming little hotel with an inside patio and havelis.
Today we left Mandawa and went to Bikaner and we are still shocked after our experiences of the day. On the way to Bikaner, we came across all sorts of animals on the road: camels, cows (of course), vultures, deers (in the desert!) and whatnot. We finally got to Bikaner and visited its impressive fort. Then came the main dish of the day (sorry, Spanish expression): we visited the rat temple 30Km. away from Bikaner. We knew it was full of rats and we knew that we would have to walk in barefoot, but it's impossible to imagine the feeling before you are actually there with your naked little feet surrounded by millions of rats running ramdonly in all directions. It was so crazy!!! Our legs were shaking in excitement and we had the biggest adrenaline rush so far, especially Mikel who had one rat running over one of his feet. The legend says there is one white mouse among all those rats and that he who spots it is 'the lucky man'. So it happens that we were lucky again, because we actually saw a blond mouse, which should be the closest one can get to a white mouse in that place. After this, we desperately needed a chai to calm down and realise all that can happen in a day in India. Amazing!
Now, we'll go back to the hotel and have a lovely dinner in the rooftop with live music. What else can you ask for? Tomorrow we'll head off to Jaisalmeer, a town in the dessert not too far from the border with Pakistan (but at a safe distance). We'll spend a night in the desert, so a few days might pass before we write again and we hope to be able to hang some pictures then, because so far it's proved hard to find a place with CD readers... fingers-crossed (the photos are amazing!).
A big kiss to our parents, who've probably been worried these days. And the biggest of smiles to the rest of you. You can't believe how happy we are!
Idoia & Mikel.