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Oct 29, 2017 - Pushkar to Mandawa

Sunday 29th October 2017 Pushkar to Mandawa After breakfast today, we joined one other couple and went back on the bus to the camel fair. It was quiet in the arena as nothing had yet started unlike yesterday when there was a great deal of action. We strolled around and looked at horses and camels for nearly an hour then back on the bus to the hotel, had lunch in our room then checked out of the hotel, waited downstairs and left Pushkar at around 1:00pm for the long drive to Mandawa, arriving at the hotel there at about 7:30pm. Dinner was...

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Feb 9, 2016 - Bus to Mandawa

2/9 With some assistance from the kind Dr. the night before, it was determined that we would have to catch the 8:30 a.m. state bus. Knowing this we had settled our bill the night before so we were able to pick up a rickshaw in front of the hotel at 8, skipping breakfast. 4 km. away at the bus station we got tickets for Jhunjhunu, the main transport town in the Shekhawati region, although I had been led to believe that we were going to Mandawa. I believed this because Mari had been so insistent that we get the info from Pete about the place...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Mandawa, India

October 22, 2012 I think I have finally got Sanjay to stop calling me Sir. I told him he is my brother and we are equals. So now its either brother or Kevin. Much much better! On the way we stopped at a small village called Mandawa. Most of its residents, in the 18th century, were wealthy business men. These guys built huge haveli’s (mansions) that they had the insides painted with fantastic art work. Some are still being lived in, some are being restored and some are abandoned. The original stuff is quite exquisite. It must have been...

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Jan 6, 2012 - Jan 6 Bikaner to Mandawa

Day 10 Bikaner - Mandawa We have a late start today since we only have 170km to the next hotel. By 8:30 most people had made it down to breakfast and there we found that eight of our group were suffering from some form of food poisoning. We were unsure whether to blame the lunch from the previous day or the buffet dinner that most of the sickies had last night. Rosie was so ill that she and Graeme elected to stay at the hotel and catch up with us in Jaipur tomorrow. The rest of them chose single seats on the bus and tried to sleep as much...

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Apr 5, 2010 - JAIPUR/MANDAWA (km 203 5 ore circa)

6° giorno * JAIPUR/MANDAWA (km 203 5 ore circa) * 5 Aprile lunedì ... Mattina presto... partenza per Mandawa...Prima passiamo a vedere un tempio dedicato a Ganesha...curioso vedere i fedeli che entrano suonando una campana...o pulendo uno scalino alla volta...c’è confusione...composta...sembrano formichine...che entrano ed escono continuamente...lasciando la loro preghiera del giorno. Usciti dalla città il paesaggio si comincia a fare sempre più desertico... caldo ... sabbia e di tanto in tanto terreni coltivati che si scorgono per il color...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Leh to Rajasthan Province

Listened to the Muezzin again at 4:00am in Leh yesterday, then up at 5:00 to get our flight back to Delhi. Brenda, me, Tom W. & Helen W. were on the first flight out. Battled our way through Security, check-in, etc. then it was "no hand luggage" or "some" - depending on who you talk to. Good flight, but one hour late. The rest of the group came three hours later. Did a little look-around and bought three bags - two small and one larger - for 350 Rupees ($9 Cdn). Will use my small one for carry-on going home. Shopped at local for food and...

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Mar 29, 2009 - Mandawa: Our Tour Begins

[Pictures from both Mandawa AND our next stop, Bikaner are in this entry.] Kathy Fast facts about India from our 2007 guide book: Population: 1.027 billion GDP Growth Rate: 8.5 % Unemployment Rate: 8.6 % Inflation: 5.2 % Population Growth Rate: 1.4% Families Living in One-Room Homes: 41% India’s Percentage of World Population: 16.7% Literacy Rate: 36.7% women; 75.3% men Proportion of Females to Males: 933 to 1000 Life Expectancy: 65.6 years women; 63.9 years for men Income stats from the Travel Office Owner: Approx. monthly salary of middle...

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Oct 6, 2008 - Hinduism & Havelis

After our first hot and hectic day in Delhi, we left our B&B to meet up with the tour group we'd be traveling with for the next two weeks. Both the group (of 15 people total) and the leader, Meghna, were a big relief, and it was a nice change to set off with the services of a native Indian as our guide. Our first stop out of Delhi (and after a 7 hour bus ride) was Manawa, a rather small town in the state of Rajasthan in a region known as the Shekawati. The Shekawati was once a stopping point on the silk route from China to Afghanistan, and...

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Apr 18, 2006 - To the desert of Rajasthan

Rajan arrived at our hostel promptly at 8:30 and we were on our way on a two week adventure. He got us out of Dehli, no problems, and into the countryside where we were able to take deep breathes again. We continued to see the drastic differences in the Indian society, and now, we were part of it. It did feel in a way, like we were traveling among the elite in India because there were only three of us in an air-conditioned car while the cars next to us were jammed packed with people busting out of the seems. Many times, we would see jeeps...

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Mar 29, 2006 - Kristine's Kitchen

So, we are nearing the end of our Rajasthan tour. It was pretty cool. We're finishing off in the Shekawati Region, which is located between Bikaner and Delhi. This is where many of the kings had their summer homes, called Havelis. There are many of these extravagantly painted grand homes all over the area, however, they have been severely neglected and are in desperate need of repair. This coupled with the fact that many people have pilfered the antiquities and put them up for sale means the places are pretty run down. There are also a lot...

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Feb 25, 2006 - India - Mandawa

On The Road After a mere hour we'd finally made it out of Delhi. We had a 4-5 hour journey ahead of us in the baking sun and I was disappointed to learn that the air conditioning in the car was 'broken' and that it wasn't included in the price I'd paid anyway (carelessly I'd forgotten to check this). I would have to pay $200 to have it for the 2 weeks. With the window down the heat wasn't actually too bad so I decided not to bother. Travelling in India is a noisy experience. Many of the lorries have 'horn please' printed on their rear and...

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Jan 27, 2006 - Shekhawati

This area sandwiched between Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner is famous for its amazing painted havelis. This area is becoming so popular that it has been dubbed as "open art gallery of Rajasthan". The plethora of painted Havelis in rich artistic tradition makes it commendable and fascinating. Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to early 20th century. The Shekhawati landscape is dotted with so many havelis that tracking them is something like a treasure hunt. Various forms of fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these...

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