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Oct 29, 2014 - To Jalore Oct 29

Up very early as this will be our longest driving day - to Jalore! Retrace our steps to begin with then turn towards Jalore. Rural life here seems harder because of the arid conditions. Mostly see herds of goats, sheep or camels with their herders. They live either in traditional thatched mud huts or have begun to build small flat roofed houses. We stop for lunch at The Manwar Desert Resort. The main attraction is the man at the door with a magnificent two-tone moustache, black & white. He is happy to be photographed once he has preened in...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Udaipur

Udaipur It actually rained last night for about 5 minutes. We have had beautiful weather all along and had rain twice now - at night both times. In the lobby at 8am to go out for breakfast at a genuine cafe/coffee shop. They even had green tea! Eke had yoghourt with muesli and fresh fruit - delicious! Brian had a cheese omelet, Irish coffee and a coffee Americano. After breakfast we were introduced to our local guide who took us up the Palace Road to the castle/palace. The present king still lives in part of the palace. It is already busy...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Udaipur

Today we meet at 8.00am and go for breakfast together at a bakery – there are French and German bakeries everywhere. Then we meet our local guide for a tour of the city palace. Although it is less crowded than yesterday, it is still packed with people from Ghujarat. It is again a large magnificent palace with different sections added in different centuries. The original palace looks the same imposing 3 or 4 storeys high but it is in fact built around a hill so that the top floor is actually the ground floor. We hear about the history with...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Bijaipur to Udaipur

Bijaipur to Udaipur Woken up by the call to prayer at 5:30am, Eke gets up at 6am and does some writing. Brian gets up a bit later because he wants to take advantage of the wifi in the lobby that starts at 7am. We eat breakfast separately and meet up again at 8:20am in the lobby where the news is that Sebastian is sick. Naveen makes several calls to try and reach a doctor. There is no doctor in the village; there is a small hospital in Bassi where the docotor is working today. Bassi is only a 15 minute drive away. Naveen, Sue (Engl.) and Jo...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Udaipur

Today starts with a bit more drama than expected: Sebastian has developed a fever overnight and is very distressed. There are no doctors nearby so there is no option but to get him into the jeep and to a small hospital 20 minutes away where the doctor is working today. The support team kicks into action and loads him in. At the hospital the doctor wants to give him an injection – his first question is ‘how much will it cost?’ but he needn’t have worried because all up it costs $5 for injection, painkillers, antibiotics and fever meds – and...

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Sep 11, 2013 - 10 September - Udaipur

On Tuesday we arrived in Udaipur, said to be the most romantic town in India. Admittedly, it was given that name 150 years ago and it is a bit threadbare now, but it is still a very pretty place. It is set amongst the hills on the edge of Lake Pichola, and was founded in 1568. There are many beautiful buildings, one of which is the Lake Palace which covers the whole of the 15,000 sq metre Jagniwas Island. It is now a very up market hotel and is the building featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy. We sat in the roof top restaurant at our...

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Feb 27, 2013 - Udaipur

Finally have internet again, so I can catch up. Friday, February 22, 2013 We headed out this morning for a 250k drive to Udaipur. The first part of the drive was over very flat land on fair roads. There was quite a bit of farming and we passed through several small towns. The practice here is that when you buy land, you put up a stone wall and gate right away, even if you don’t build or develop it, and we saw lots of that. Sometimes the gates were quite impressive, like there were big plans eventually. One village was having an event of...

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Jan 18, 2013 - Trip to Rajasthan Jan 16th to Jan 19th

If anybody thinks that a 5:30am flight from Mumbai Domestic Airport with approximately the whole population of Trois Pistoles in attendance is fun they should pray to St. Patrick for guidance. FTR Bill Meder is right, flying economy is not all it is cracked up to be!!! How can so many people be traveling at 4am. In any case good service, trip fine, arrived at destination by 7am. Breakfast at hotel and off for the day with the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth. In fact this was very informative and a commendable initiative by ICICI Bank...

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Aug 29, 2012 - Udaipur and My Hospital Experience!

We were going by bus to Udaipur but due to the monsoon and waterlogged roads, it was decided a public train for 6.5 hours was the best route! Looking back it was sooo funny at the time really wasn’t. The train ran on Indian time 30 minutes late so my back was already killing me from my backpack then we get into a carriage and realised it was the wrong one so casually we get out and stroll to the next carriage seems simple until without warning the train pulled away with half of us on the train and half off there was only one thing for it...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Udaipur

Udaipur is an oasis in the desert, it is also known as the City of Lakes. It is often called the "Venice of the East" and "The city of Romance" . The James Bond movie Octopussy was shot here and lots of the hotels show it every night. The Royal House of Udaipur has had one family ruling since 600 AD to the present, making it the longest ruling dynasty whose descendants still retain their position. We visited the City Palace which is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide...

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Mar 23, 2012 - Udaipur and Ranakpur

Wednesday March 21` Asim saw us off on the midnight train from Ranthambore, ensuring that we got on the train quickly as the train stops only for two minutes – not a long time to locate the right coach and get luggage on board. Our expectations weren’t high for our first class sleeper cabin, but it was fine enough ...if you avoid using the blankets. I loved the rocking of the train and Blair slept soundly, with Clark a little more tired than us on arrival at 7:30 a.m. in Udaipur. Went directly to our hotel, Jagat Niwas and delighted in its...

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India 2012

Mar 5, 2012 - Udaipur

We had come up with a plan for how to visit the different cities of Rajasthan, each a separate attraction in their own right. Udaipur is the southernmost city and thus was our starting point. We arrived early in the morning from our overnight train, and decided to leave late the following night, on another overnight train. This would give us two full days in Udaipur, and still allow us to reach Jaipur in time for the festival of Holi, where a couchsurfer had agreed to host us. Udaipur is a gorgeous city on a lake with a few temples and a...

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