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Feb 27, 2013 - Mount Abu

Tuesday, February 25 We headed south from Udaipur toward Mt Abu. We were on a freeway for quite a while as we approached the mountains. Eventually we left the freeway to begin our climb into the mountains. We stopped for lunch at a small restaurant and had great food for low price—only about $5 for both of us. It was a restaurant that was geared more to locals and less for foreign tourists. Mt Abu is a popular tourist destination for Indians as it is cooler in the mountains, and there is a lake in the middle of the dry land. There are lots...

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Oct 6, 2009 - In addition

Just to add to maries delightful post from yesterday, is that the temples we visited were the Dilwara temples dedicated to previous rulers. there are five on the site and the earliest and by far the most intricately designed was started in 1031 and took 14 years to completion and cost 180 million rs.they are amazing. just to add re horse ride, marie didnt tell me that she had paid for extra faster ride and that when my horse took off, I lost my stirrups and was clingling on for my life to the saddle with my thighs and hands. I knew If a...

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Oct 5, 2009 - Last day in Mount Abu

Hi All, an update on our earlier email. Sarah and myself spent this afternoon travelling around the beautiful Temples of Mount Abu. The first was at the top of the largest mountain ever, we started off at the bottom looking sprightly, and by the time we had dragged ourselves to the top of what felt like four million steps we looked like we had showered we were that sweaty. Through the panting and deep breaths we took our journey through the temple. We visited another temple which was five temples in one, you will have to forgive me for...

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Oct 4, 2009 - Incredibly stuck in India

Only Sarah and myself can come to India and get stuck!!! Every train for the next three weeks appears to be booked up and we can only get what is called a Tata, which is an emergency ticket, but this is not available in Mount Abu. So we have surrendered to taking a bus to Jodhpur in the morning at 8am, this will be a hot and sweaty seven hour journey, approximately 200 miles. This will be an experience to say the least, but if it allows us to get a train so that we can see more of India it will be worth it. That aside, last night we were...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Safe and well in Mt Abu

Well, approx 400 miles and 12 hour train ride later we are here in remarkable Rajasthan. It couldnt be more different than Mumbai. Firstly the train ride, frankly ten times better than Virgin and damn sight cheaper as well !! We were second class and once you pulled the curtain to your bed to hide you from the stares of fellow passengers it was ok. Both of us slept on our bags, wondering what would greet us in the morning. Firstly the issues of our bags, they are far too big and heavy and frankly we are contemplating what we can dump first....

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Aug 19, 2008 - Mount Abu

We are in Mount Abu. A small and cold town way up in the mountains. Apparently this place is popular for Indian tourists, but not international travelers. I guess the Indian people come here to cool off. It is MUCH colder than any of our other stops. Lauren even managed to catch a cold so she is now carrying a package of Kleen-ex around. Yesterday we took a small and cramped bus from Udaipur to Mount Abu. The road was very curvy, I guess we were climbing the mountain. The ride was around 6 hours long. When we got here, everyone went on a...

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Feb 1, 2007 - It's good to be healthy again!

Hello, Well I recovered quite quickly and was back on my feet by Sunday morning. I spent Sunday looking around Udaipur, visiting the City Palace and some of the temples. Interesting place but the best part was definately the traditional Rajistani dance performance I attended in the evening. It was held in the courtyard of an old haveli that has been turned into a museum. The music and the dancing were wonderful. The last dance had something to do with gathering water in the desert. The woman started out with one large clay pot on her head,...

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Eileen's Grand Tour

Oct 11, 2006 - Mount Abu

This morning I left Udaipur for Mount Abu. It was a 6 hour bus ride through some gorgeous mountains. There is a small lake here where you can rent out paddle boats. This is kind of a resort where Indians come on their holidays. It's pretty enough here but the drive up is more stunning and striking. I just walked around a bit this afternoon, I'm feeling exhausted, no energy type of thing. I called Ireland to find out my new nephew (Sean Martin Bourke) had arrived 16 days early on Sunday October 8th at 9:40am weighing 7lbs. Mother and baby...

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My World Odyssey

Mar 16, 2006 - Happy Holi from Mt. Abu

At this stage of the game, it's extremely rare to find myself surprised to the point of shock by anything I encounter. This is especially true of India where the bizarre is commonplace and the insanely surreal merely part of life's backdrop. Thus surprise must sometimes come from within and so it was that I found myself on Mt. Abu just in time for the annual Holi Festival. This ages old festival marks the end of winter and signifies the coming of spring. The night before, bonfires are alighted and offerings made, and the following day,...

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Mar 10, 2005 - Mt Abu, Rajastan: High Altitude Pedaloes

We are currently residing in a town at 3600ft called Mt Abu - at the top of some mountains (obviously). My monkey count sky-rocketed on our journey up the mountain path as we saw hundreds of very curious black-faced monkeys - mostly just lounging in trees or on walls, digesting their leaves. This is really just a stop over before we get to Udaipur, and it took us 40 hours (mostly on a very comfortable train) to get here. Main problem was I got food poisoning the day we left, which made for an eventful journey! Just recovering now, and will...

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Nov 22, 2004 - Visiting Mt. Abu on our way to Rajasthan

Our driver was over 3 hours late this morning - both Sarita and I hope that this does not bode poorly for the rest of our Rajasthan trip. We said goodbye to Jay, Jetna and Kaka; they were firm with the driver - named Ketan - in giving instructions in Gujerati about payments, itinerary, etc. Off we went, the Gujerati countryside is quite flat and green with plenty of farms growing banana, tobacco and grains and gradually the land became somewhat drier as we progressed northward passing more and more cotton farms and tile manufacturers. North...

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