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Nov 9, 2019 - Pushkar and Ajmer, camels and devotions

The Pushkar Camel Fair happens annually according to the full moon at the end of October and beginning of November. The first week is for the real camel trading and local competitions, like Mr. Mustache. Unfortunately, we got here only for the second week, which still has some action among the locals but is also mainly for tourists with camel rides, tourist musical chairs, etc. The atmosphere is more like a county fair with stalls of vendors selling useful goods for cooking, swords, jewelry, food and carnival rides of ferris wheels, haunted...

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Nov 7, 2019 - Amanbagh, Village Life

We met our hotel guide/driver for a morning walk at Bhangarh Fort, a 16th century Mughal site which held 10,000 dwellings in a complex city of stone paved streets. There is a mystery associated with Bhangarg: after only one or two hundred years, the inhabitants all mysteriously left. Today the local people talk about black magic and curses, and they say the abandoned city is haunted. As soon as we arrived at the fort and got out of our car, a big macaque jumped on the roof of our car and bounced aggressivelly. Our driver shooed him away and...

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Nov 6, 2019 - Amanbagh, Rajisthan - No Tigers

We set out early at 7:30 am for a guided walk from the hotel through fields of cumin, tobacco, and mustard and with views of the 17th century Ajabgarh Fort. Another couple from London, Ros and Nick, joined us, and we found much in common. Ros and I fell back a few hundred feet from the men so I could take some photos of the raised huts farmers sleep in to fend off destruction of their crops by wandering cattle or wild boars or other nighttime visitors. A boy appeared on a bicycle and started asking me something and putting out his hand. I...

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Nov 5, 2019 - The Only Way to Fly!

Our original plan for India in 2019 was to go first to Sri Lanka and then to India to the Kumbha Mela at Allahabad, the Asiatic lions in Gujarat, and the rhinos in Assam. However, I managed to break my ankle last November and then there were terrorist bombings at Easter in Sri Lanka. We rescheduled our India trip for November, cut out Sri Lanka entirely, and came to accept that we will most probably not go to the Kumbh in this lifetime. Instead, we are going to the camel fair in Pushkar, the Ganges in Rishikesh, and safari in Assam to see...

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Oct 29, 2019 - Udaipur Morning

With no major explosions and in the valley of the mountains did not wake until 07:45. Wandered down to breakfast and ready to start the next day with renewed vigour. As we wanted to use the hotels massive array of entertainment and sports facilities we targeted our guide and Mr Singh to complete by 13:00 expecting to make it back by 14:00. Now traffic and Timing is always an issue for for India and did not help our case when our guide could not be found at the Palace, due to the poor organisation of entry into the palace and the traffic...

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Oct 29, 2019 - Udaipur at Taj Aravali

Having caught up with the blog, went down to the pool and did some rain bathing. I have not referred much to the weather in the blog mainly because it is hot, dry and dusty during the day. During the evening and early morning it has been a little nippy particularly in Ranthambhore and Udaipur. However today we have a tinkling of rain. Also more worryingly the weather forecast for Kovlamn our next destination in the south of India is only 26 and showers. Anyhow after cloudbathing, we had booked to play the virtual golf, in which hitting real...

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Oct 28, 2019 - Sleepless Night and on the Way to Udiphur

Woke at 05:30 and started blog, this is due to the continuous and constant thump of firework thunderclap fireworks. Early into breakfast and away to Udaipur. Another 6 hours of travel with Mr Singh. He has a surprise for us to visit the largest Buddhist temple in Rajashstan. After 3 hours of travel, having got lost 3 times, we wondered why Mr Singh actually put his foot to metal despite the roads being nothing more than dirt tracks. The reason we found out was Mr Singh through one of his relatives had arranged an early morning visit to a...

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Oct 27, 2019 - Journey down from Palace to Hotel

We opted to walk back from the mountain top palace down the steep and narrow path, through the back streets and market place to meet up with our trusty driver Mr Singh. As we struggled down and carefully weaved our way down ancient path where many thousands of previous inhabitants and foreign guests would have trod, evidenced by their many deposits. We eventually came upon the backstreets of Jodphur and the real life that happens here every day. The children’s shouting out hello and running to catch up to take a look at us and hopefully get...

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Oct 27, 2019 - Diwali Festival of Light morning at Jodphur Palace

Today is Dawali the Festival of Light and it seems to have already began with the setting off of fireworks from 04:15 this morning and the our call for prayer.Following breakfast the custom is to give gifts and sweets to friends and family. Alison had a giant bar of Diary Milk Chocolate and gifted pieces as we made our way to the car. Every gift was gratefully received from the cleaning maids to our guard on reception.e This was particularly touching. The remaining chunks were gifted to Mr Singh. We had our guide today Mahindra Singh. So we...

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Oct 25, 2019 - Jaipur The Pink City

Unfortunately I was still indisposed not wishing to be more than 10 steps from salvation, so the rest of today is narrated by Alison, Colin, and Zoe. Jaipur is known as the Pink City due to the time when Prince Albert Consort to our Queen Victoria visited that the Maharaja of Jaipur decided to paint the all the walls of the entire city Pink as he thought it would be nice to see. The nice guide named Gniesh had two ear rings, they had his jokes as opposed to my jokes. Apparently better than me. So they to headed to off to the Amer Fort in...

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Oct 24, 2019 - The Samoyed Haveli Hotel

This Hertigage Hotel was constructed in the 14th Century but added to over the years and particularly during the 17/18th Centuries when it was used by the Royal Family guests in the town location. It is incredibly ornate and decorated throughout. I took some photos whilst I was recovering.

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Oct 24, 2019 - Another early start in the National Park

They third time lucky and let’s hope that it is. And even earlier start this time with tea served to our tents at 05:20 and porridge served on the way to our Jeep, which just happened to be 15 minutes late, (india time). The early birds catches the worm, so this does not bode well. Today we have been selected zone six on the insistence of the camp manager who had witnessed our state returning last night some eight hours earlier. As we headed into the park we were following a bus load of tourists, but our driver shouted at them to get out of...

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