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Nov 3, 2013 - Ranthambhore to Bundi

Ranthambhore to Bundi Happy Diwali - Diwali Mubarak! People have been preparing for the Diwali festival for weeks already with painting their houses, cleaning up and decorating with lights. If they can afford it, they will also buy new clothes. Hotels and houses have light displays, stalls sell lots of tinsels and today is the highlight of "the Festival of Lights". People give each other gifts in the evening, have some prayers and light firecrackers - and do they ever know how to do fireworks - all night long! The Diwali Festival is...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Bundi

Diwali Mubarak! Happy Diwali! The Festival of Lights. We start after breakfast with another 4 hour drive to Bundi on roads of the standard we had previously come to expect. There is a better road to Bundi but it is 2 hours longer. Our driver is very good and drives slowly over the bumps, uses his horn sparingly and slows down or swerves appropriately for mongoose, squirrels and piglets as well as the usual cows, buffalo and dogs. We have lovely Indian music playing in the background. It is Sunday as well as Diwali so the streets are full of...

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Dec 2, 2012 - A Sunday in Bundi

My day began with breakfast on the rooftop of my hotel, the Dev Niwas. An omlete, toast, juice and coffee were the right combination to get me going. As I gazed towards the palace, the morning was bright, the sky, without a cloud was a rich deep blue, almost like a painting. The cool refreshing breeze blew though the valley and kids were flying kites from nearby terraces while monkeys meandered, hopping from roof to roof. The pace felt slow and leisurely. I drank my coffee and took it all in. It doesn't get much better than this. I had a...

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Dec 1, 2012 - The Best of Bundi

I'm in room #1 at the Dev Niwas, a small hotel part way up the hill on the road leading to the Bundi Palace. Originally a haveli, constructed in 1684, it has been reborn as a heritage hotel. A passageway leads from the grit of a city street into a courtyard with dramatic effect. The white marble and attractive furnishings surrounding a fountain give an immediate feeling of peace and tranquility. The annual festival called Bundi Ustav begins today with the opening ceremony at 8:30am. I was a few minutes behind schedule, so I hurried up the...

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Nov 30, 2012 - The Road to Bundi

This morning, I checked out of the Hotel Kanhaia Haveli. I stayed in Pushkar five nights, the longest I have stayed in any one place in India. Pushkar is most pleasant. It's just the right size and the Camel Fair is the perfect time to visit. Now, off to Bundi. I caught the bus to Ajmer without delay and my luck continued when I was able to purchase a ticket for the 9:45am bus to Bundi. This is a day bus with seats only. After some maneuvering, the bus man assigned me to seat 2. It is the best seat in the bus because it is in the front row...

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Jan 29, 2011 - Lake paradise

Up at 6am, leave at 6.45 - jeeps take us to the station to pick up a local train from Bundi train station. Athough the train is nearly an hour late we have a bonus of securing seats on the local commuter train. Sales men and boys try to sell us biscuits, chai tea and other delights. At the station it’s a mad dash to disembark 13 of us along with our luggage in the 2 minutes the train is allowed to stop. Lined up ready to exit in backpacks we looked more like paratroopers ready to jump than tourists. We pile into jeeps and are soon passing...

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Where's Jolly?

Jan 28, 2011 - Bundi

We take a 3.5 hour journey by jeep to the town of Bundi. We stopped on the way at a shack with toilet bushes, and a women making tea with amazingly dirty hands over an open fire, but dressed in beautiful clothes, India is full of contradictions! Bundi is said to be a small town. However it seemed pretty big to us, but then this is India! We had a great walk through dusty Bundi town looking at all the amazing things that take place on a simple street: people having teeth removed, hair being cut, stalls selling everything that one can...

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Nov 25, 2010 - Bundi

Bundi; our favourite place in India so far - arrived just in time for the festival, the people were so so amazing! The Fort was so beautiful and the monekys provided constant entertainment from early morning when they'd steal bananas from our breakfast table! ha ha

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Feb 10, 2010 - People think I am lost!

It seems folks have not been getting my posts. No idea why not. there have not been many as the internet is not widely available in India - unless you are carrying your own laptop, and I am not! This has been one amazing trip and we have seen some fantastic places. The journeys between cities have been long and very bumpy, but our driver Roop Singh has done us proud. We have arrived in Rohet, just south of Jodhpur, after a drive of some 11 hours. We had a break in Pushkar for a couple of hours to admire the lake (dried up sadly), have some...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Bundi

A short (6 hour) and pleasant train ride took us to Bundi, a small town (88,000). We arrived late at night to this narrow-laned town. When we woke in the morning it was foggy, but the sky was covered in thousands of kites. Apparently, we had lucked out by being here for the annual kite festival. There were many colorful, crumbling homes, and all of them - it seemed - had a rooftop deck where kids and adults were enthusiastically flying kites. Quite a sight! Other than the kite festival, we visited the Bundi Palace (from the early 15th...

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Sep 29, 2008 - Bundi

29th: Arrived in Bundi at about 6am. A guy approached us at the bus stand from one of the local guesthouses and wanted us to go a have a look – so off we went, giving no promises though – just looking! Had a scan and weren’t impressed. Had a look around a couple including one where the guy went in and quickly (tried to be discrete) brushed rat droppings off the sheets onto the floor – no way hoosay!!! Eventually found 2 rooms in a family home where we were happy – clean, cheap and a shower!!! Had a few hours nap and then it was time to...

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Dec 17, 2007 - Bundi

I said my goodbye's to the guys in Pushkar and it is onward to Bundi which lies in a narrow gorge and famous for its stepwell resevoirs known as baoris. I made my first stop on arrival the tourist office who suggested that I stay with a local family, which seemed like a good idea. The family of five is headed up by Kukki, a greengrocer and an amateur archeologist who is VERY proud of the fact that he discovered some 12 thousand year old rock paintings some 15k's outside of the city, which are now one of the tourist spots around Bundi. His...

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