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Jul 22, 2019 - Jaipur - the City of Pink

Our B & B, not surprisingly, included breakfast. It was amazing...such a variety of foods and they just kept piling it on our plates. An eclectic mix of Rajasthani fare and Continental. Once we waddled away from the breakfast table we were ready to start our sightseeing day in Jaipur. The great benefit of having a car and driver is that when you want to go to a particular site you just tell the driver and go. No haggling over the cost, no worries about getting a ride back (or paying to have them wait) and best of all, A/C comfort to the...

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Jul 21, 2019 - Jaipur

On the road again. We are off to Jaipur! Oops, not so fast...our driver suggests that we stop in to "visit" a local cooperative where they sell high quality fabrics. In need of a new tablecloth or two to replace the ones we purchased 23 years ago in India, we fall for the bait. One tablecloth becomes two, and two becomes three, and pretty soon we need a duvet cover, and then...well, you get the picture. In fairness, the textiles were lovely and very reasonably priced. After several well spent hours we belatedly head off for Jaipur. Unlike...

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Jul 20, 2019 - Our car trip odyssey begins

Today was a travel day. Eleri was feeling a lot better but still felt weak and wasn't really eating. It was a good day to have very little on our plate but to sit and watch the Thar Desert pass by our windows. First thing in the morning we connected with our driver (Sawai) for our five day car and driver trek around the Golden Triangle. Our chariot for our trip was an A/C Toyota Innova (never heard of it before but they are all over India). The A/C in the Innova was very efficient and we were particularly glad to enjoy it in view of the...

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Jul 19, 2019 - Return to civilization

After a fitful and restless sleep (for me at least) we were awake early. It was an almost surreal experience to be lying on a camp cot in the middle of the desert (right next to the beginning of very large sand dunes). Eleri had had a very rough night but gamely ate a banana for breakfast along with a cup of chai. As part of the great circle of life motif that seems to be a part of the desert culture, shortly after partaking she returned her early morning libation and fruit breakfast to the soil of the desert (no doubt to nurture some poor...

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Jul 18, 2019 - Thar Desert (the "desert of death")

We were up early and walked down to Trotter's for our 6:30 a.m. departure. A Jeep was to take us to the camels. Along with our driver we ended up with me in the front seat of an open (i.e. no doors) Jeep and Marlys, Eleri and Theo piled in the back. No one else is apparently stupid enough to book a camel safari for a trek in the desert of death in 45 degree heat! (small disclaimer here: when we booked the trip back in Toronto we had NO idea that the monsoon was going to be a month late and that the heat in the Thar Desert would be in the...

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Jul 17, 2019 - We arrive at the Thar Desert

If I had more time to work on this trip journal I would tell you all the petty details of how irritating it is to get on a train to start an overnight trip and discover that some idiots who have (presumably) just gotten off the train, have removed the fresh hand towels from the overnight packaged sheets (it was a very hot day), have (obviously) used all four of our fresh pillow cases, and have generally ransacked our overnight bedding allotment. Instead I am just going to say that after we made up our berths for sleeping we settled into our...

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Jul 16, 2019 - Last day in Varanasi

Theo was sick during the night. Threw up three times. Not a great start to the day. It appears that the first real illness of the trip is upon us. We had gotten up early in order to see the sunrise on the ghats while floating down the Ganges River. Very romantic and one of those "must do" activities when you are in Varanasi. We checked Theo's overall health and it appeared stable, with no fever. He said he just wanted to sleep, so rather than force him to endure the unendurable we left him to sleep in our room while the three of us headed...

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Dec 12, 2018 - Udaipur

Another 5 hour drive got us to our next stopover, Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes'. Along the way we visited Ranakpur and its Jain temples, one of the sects main holy places. Though over 500 years old the temples were in near perfect condition and extremely interesting. The drive was an interesting one but did have its moments. On a few occasions we were confronted with oncoming traffic which normally would not have been any concern except these were in our lane and required some changes in direction. Our driver simply made the appropriate...

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Dec 10, 2018 - Jodhpur

Jodphur, the Blue City on the edge of the Thar Desert and the second largest city in Rajasthan ,was our next stopover and was impressive with its 10km long encircling protective wall and other fortifications. When it came to fortresses Jodhpur's Mehrangarth Fort was excessive. The Pearl, the Flower and the Mirror Palaces were all located within its walls and all were impressive. That amazing complex was built in 1459AD and houses a fascinating display of elephant seats called 'howdahs' and an armoury full of all sorts of weaponry. We made...

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Dec 7, 2018 - Jaipur

Next stop was Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan. Its red sandstone buildings definitely gave credence to it being known as the 'pink city'. The mixture of Hindu and Mughal architecture fitted well together in the 1592 Amber Fort built from sandstone and marble. The extremely impressive 5 storey, 953 window Hawa Mahal Palace got our attention. Ladies from the royal household were able to watch everyday life through the intricately carved honeycombed windows known as 'jharokhas”. The architectural astronomical instrument collection of Jantar...

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Nov 25, 2018 - The Pink City

Day 11: Jaipur The Pink City I know what you’re thinking. But no. Jaipur is not known as the Pink City because a boatload of gay men and 2 lesbians visited there. The real story is that it’s due to the pinkish color of the stone used in construction of all buildings. That plus the fact that the Maharaja in 1876 decided to paint the whole town pink to welcome Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales on their first tour there. Since then it’s become the law; no matter how many queens come over. The city’s “must see” sight is Amber Fort....

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Jul 14, 2018 - My Trip to Jaisalmer from Ahmedabad

I always wanted to tour Rajasthan, and see the Thar Desert. I started my trip from Ahmedabad and toured the desert city of Jaisalmer, which is the best place to go if you want to see the Thar Desert in all its beauty. I had booked a Jaisalmer Tour Package from Chetram Voyages. In this blog, I will describe my trip to Jaisalmer. Reaching Jaisalmer I boarded the Bandra Terminus Jaisalmer Express (22931), which halts at Ahmedabad. It departed at 10.30 pm and reached Jaisalmer at 12.50 pm the next day. Where I stayed In Jaisalmer, I stayed at...

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