Welcome to our Travel Journal -- Round The World 2004-2005 travel blog

We stayed in this place -- part of the Palace in Udaipur.

This was our view -- the lake is low because of a...

We saw many shepherds with goats and sheep -- right out of...

This is the Jain temple in Ranakpur --- beautiful ornate carvings in...

Favourite images carved on the roof at the entrance. Sex education took...

This man loved his camel -- these animals look very elegant.

Gypsies use these donkeys, as do many others, as their primary mode...

Oxen at a well. What was of historical interest in Japan is...

Music at breakfast, using sticks and bowls, for a few rupees.

The lighting at night was spectacular, creating a very romantic setting.


There is a respect for animals here, which goes beyond what we saw in Thailand.

There is no central heating, yet it can get quite cold in Northern India. In one place we stayed, we were very cold at night. We needed warm clothes. In the dining areas, which are open air, small wood burning mobile firepits are used - and they are quite effective, and socially appealing. Throughout the land, after sundown, people are seen huddled around the fire at all sorts of places, on the street and next to houses.

Many, many people do not have running water - but there are wells with pumps located along the roadside. During the day, the women can be seen taking their laundry to and from the pumps, people bath in the water at the pump, and the women can be seen transporting water back to their villages.

All means of transportation are used for people and for goods - Camels, donkeys, horses, elephants, bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, pull carts and wagons with two cycle engines are all accepted forms of transport - and they go wherever they choose. The Camels do not cost much to buy or to maintain, and they are very commonly used - I had never recognized what elegant animals they are, and I now understand why their owners love them as they do.

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