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Nov 30, 2004 - Jaisalmer la ville Jaune

Jaiselmer: la ville jaune. Ce n est peut etre pas comme ca que les indiens l appellent mais nous on trouve que c est le nom qu il lui faut. Cette ville et son fort est couleur du desert, couleur sable! On est tombe sous le charme avec ses havelis toutes plus belles les une que les autres et les temples Jains. On a profite d etre dans le coin pour faire une petite ballade a chameau... souvenirs souvenirs... mais la on a ete un peu decu: ca ne vaut pas les dunes de Merzouga au Maroc. Rien a voir. Mais laissez nous vous presenter sur la...

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Nov 30, 2004 - Jaipur, Delhi, Kolovom

Hi Gang! Well, we returned from Jaipur home of exotic jewelery and gems via another nerve racking 5 hour car trip. We spent the night in Delhi and caught a plane to southern India to a town called Kolovom. Here we met up with 12 other adventerous intrepid souls and begin our Journey around southern India. The first week we had a sanitized insulated experience in India. We were whisked around with a car and driver from place to place and had our owh tourist guide. We stayed in 3 and 4 star hotel which were a heck of a lot nicer that...

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Nov 29, 2004 - Jaipur

Hi Everyone! We arrived in Jaipur and what a place! The city is known as the pink city and it sure is! We went up the hill to visit the Amber for on wonderfully paimted elephants, it was definately Raj Style! That night we went to an Indian wedding and what fun! We danced and experienced the Indian culture absolutely! Next stop the Taj Mahal!! Namaste

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Nov 29, 2004 - Jaipur

Just a hello!! We arrived here last night (2 1/2 hour trip that took 5). When we arrived at the bus station in Pushkar the we were told that there was no bus going to Jaipur that day. In disbelief I went inside to try and straighten the situation out. There were about eight other people who also had the same ticket as we did. So after getting our money back for the bus ticket and having our mind set on leaving town, we decided to take a taxi to Jaipur. It was quite expensive in Indian standards but still only cost us less than $20. The main...

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Nov 29, 2004 - Rats and Pushkar without the camels

Upon leaving Bikaner, we went directly to the famous Rat Temple which is not far from the city. There is actually a religion in India where people worship rats - to each his own, I say. The temple is walled and after taking off your shoes (usual for any temple), we walked into a courtyard where , in various alcoves and passages, rats run free. They were drinking milk, eating fresh grain and crawling over practically everything in the place. I found to my surprise that I wasn't bothered a bit, and when walking around the dark passages...

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Nov 29, 2004 - Udaipur...the "Venice of the East."

Hello Yall... What the hell am I doing here in an Internet café typing up a journal when I should be out enjoying the fairy-tale city of Udaipur? Because I love every one of you! Nah...more likely trying to make yall green with envy so yall can start lifting that bums of yours and get to see India, too! ;-) Udaipur is truly a magical city and deserving of utmost recognition! I don't know why I have never heard of this place and would have passed it if it were not for the Lonely Planet's recommendations. Just decided at the whim to give it a...

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Nov 29, 2004 - Udaipur

Written by Francis from Eamon's laptop in Richmond overlooking the bleakness of Monday morning London traffic with a blanket wrapped around me. Udaipur. Mine and Pip's last days with the Hockleys. We arrive at Udaipur around 7.30. At the heart of the old city is the lake. The floating palace at the centre of the lake is featured heavily in the Bond movie Octopussy as the villians lair. Building space is limited around the lake, and the government have ruled that no new buildings can be constructed within 200 metres of the lake. As a result,...

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Nov 28, 2004 - Jodphur

Over to Antonia for this entry... Now I think I left you in Jaiselmer where we were about to take the over night train to Jodphur which we did, it left at 11.15pm from Jaiselmer and arrived at 5.30am in Jodphur and might I say it did on the dot! Going back to leaving from Jaisalmer we arrived at the station at about 10.30pm and I walked on to the platform and thought all my christmases had come at once there stood on platform one was, yes you guessed it, The Palace on Wheels....wow what a sight. I looked at Justin and he looked at me and...

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Nov 28, 2004 - Jaipur, la ville rose

Nous voila a Jaipur après avoir fait une halte a Fatehpur Sikri (encore un magnifique palais!... enfin ce qu il en reste mais on imagine ce que ca devait etre ...) Jaipur, la ville rose... quoiqu elle n a plus grand chose de rose cette ville... la vieille ville un peu et encore! On a vu de belles "choses" mais ca nous a beaucoup moins emballe que ce que nous avons vu jusqu a present. On a eu l occasion d assister a un mariage Indou. Nous nous sommes fait invite par le chauffeur de Ricksaw. Ah les voyages comme on les aime! On etait creuve...

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Nov 28, 2004 - Beautiful Jodhpur and the Jain temple

Written by Sarah We arrived in Jodhpur and checked in to a friendly little guesthouse that would sleep us all in a cosy little room. We headed straight out with instructions for Guddu to take us to a 'local restaurant - no white people'. We had experienced by far the best food and good value for money in local restuarants. We all piled in to eat lunch, absolutely ravenous. After a delicious meal we walked back out to the car to find it covered in rubble and dust. Guddu had parked it beside a building which was in the process of being...

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Nov 28, 2004 - Oh the smells of Bikaner!

We left Jaisalmer late in teh morning, allowing ourselves a sleep in and leisurely breakfast. Fromthe roof top terrace wehre we had our toast and egg, the fort was quite pretty in the sun, but there was some mist which I think is usual for this time of year. In our room there was an old sword, curved in Rajput fashion which I quite liked so I asked the front desk whether I could buy it. Happily they said yes and to my surprise I ws the owner of a sword for about $100. I'll put it in the same room as my masai spear - assuming it got...

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Nov 27, 2004 - Pushkar and the Camels

Pushkar yey! I've been waiting for this stretch of the trip (Emma writing) as we drive towards the hotel the scenery looks more and more like a scene from an Arabian moovie (not that I've seen any!) we are entering the desert after five hours of driving and pass some westerners breezing along on bysicles we think it would be funny to throw them a couple of rupees in jest, is that a bit rude? Our hotel is the grandest yet, with a working toilet which unfortunately sprays you with water if you flush while sitting, but a telly and fantastic...

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