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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 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 - Jaipur the Pink City and home of the Samoyed Haveli Hotel the upper class Marigold Hotel

Having travelled another 200kms through what now is repetitive countryside viewing. The land is quite flat and fur tile and every place across this massive continent seems to be occupied and farmed by humans. Ever 5 Kim’s you will enter a village centre, where children will be bathing by the water pump whilst the mother’s graft cleaning the children, the dishes and clothing. Their will be traders selling fruit, vegetables, meat plus any car parts etc. There will be a metal works, drinks shops, food being prepared on open fires. The men just...

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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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Oct 23, 2019 - Afternoon/Evening Safari in Ranthambhore

I am writing this from the hotel in Jaipur, as I have been up most of the night with Delhi Belly and I dare not move far from room, anyhow there is so much to catch up on.....so back to Ranthambhore afternoon drive. This afternoon we had been chosen section10, which was even further away then section four this morning and a lot more dustier, bumpy roads. We hung on for dear life as the travelled over an hour to the parks entrance. Signs were good as we entered the park as a Tiger had been spotted this morning. We found some tracks from...

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Oct 23, 2019 - Our first day on safari in search of Sher Khan

Our first night under the tent was disturbed as what we hope and believe was a chipmunk, spent time scratching and eating his way across our roof. I was up before our butler delivered English breakfast tea at 05:45. Following greeting kitted out in our very trendy Woolen smocks, we were served porridge with added brandy and honey to provide sustenance and warmth for our journey ahead. The sun was just arising at 06:15 as we headed excitedly out. The park is divided into 14 sectors and each sector is assigned with a maximum of 10 vehicles a...

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Oct 22, 2019 - 6 hours of hell travelling to Ranthambhore National Park

After booking out of our hotel, this was the drive I was most dreading and the reason why I kicked off when we were first allocated this vehicle. I took the first shift of 3 hours from Agra to Ranthromhborn. To be fair this part of the journey was on reasonable lightly trafficked roads, But Mr Singh would not put his foot to metal and go above 80km/hr or 60mph. This meant that the 350km we had to covered would be hours. Now Mr Singh had provided us with a mix of punjabi greatest hits from the 13 to 14th Centuries, which made the time fly...

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Jul 22, 2019 - Jaipur - the City of Pink

Our B & B, not surprisingly, included breakfast. It was amazing...such a variety of foods and they just kept piling it on our plates. An eclectic mix of Rajasthani fare and Continental. Once we waddled away from the breakfast table we were ready to start our sightseeing day in Jaipur. The great benefit of having a car and driver is that when you want to go to a particular site you just tell the driver and go. No haggling over the cost, no worries about getting a ride back (or paying to have them wait) and best of all, A/C comfort to the...

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Jul 21, 2019 - Jaipur

On the road again. We are off to Jaipur! Oops, not so fast...our driver suggests that we stop in to "visit" a local cooperative where they sell high quality fabrics. In need of a new tablecloth or two to replace the ones we purchased 23 years ago in India, we fall for the bait. One tablecloth becomes two, and two becomes three, and pretty soon we need a duvet cover, and then...well, you get the picture. In fairness, the textiles were lovely and very reasonably priced. After several well spent hours we belatedly head off for Jaipur. Unlike...

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Jul 20, 2019 - Our car trip odyssey begins

Today was a travel day. Eleri was feeling a lot better but still felt weak and wasn't really eating. It was a good day to have very little on our plate but to sit and watch the Thar Desert pass by our windows. First thing in the morning we connected with our driver (Sawai) for our five day car and driver trek around the Golden Triangle. Our chariot for our trip was an A/C Toyota Innova (never heard of it before but they are all over India). The A/C in the Innova was very efficient and we were particularly glad to enjoy it in view of the...

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Jul 19, 2019 - Return to civilization

After a fitful and restless sleep (for me at least) we were awake early. It was an almost surreal experience to be lying on a camp cot in the middle of the desert (right next to the beginning of very large sand dunes). Eleri had had a very rough night but gamely ate a banana for breakfast along with a cup of chai. As part of the great circle of life motif that seems to be a part of the desert culture, shortly after partaking she returned her early morning libation and fruit breakfast to the soil of the desert (no doubt to nurture some poor...

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