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Nov 27, 2004 - Udaipur

The first class train ride from Jaipur to Udaipur was not as luxurious as expected! It turned out that sheets and blankets were only provided (it was a sleeper train) for passengers in the second class air-conditioned cars and so we had to do without! Trains to Udaiapur run on a narrower gauge than the rest of India for some strange reason, which made for a rocky night's train ride! On the plus side though we had a compartment with a door to keep any snorers at bay - something we hadn't seen since doing the trans-mongolian trips and no mice...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Nov 27, 2004 - Camel Fair

Hello all We are here in Pushkar for one more day. Then off to Jaipur and Agra after that. The fair was crazy busy. Everywhere you turned there was a street full of people shoulder to shoulder. I have been sick with Delhi Belly, not so much fun for me. Today it is a lot quieter and I'm feeling better so we can do more investigating. While walking in the streets today Trev and I stopped and talked for a while when something pushed me from behind. I turned, ready to confront someone and there was a cow standing there. People laughed around...

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Nov 26, 2004 - Ranthambore (Tiger Safari)

Hi Everyone! Well after a long drive we finally arrived at Ranthambore Nature Preserve. We set out for our first game drive early the next morning and to our delight saw our first Tiger! What an awesome sight, we never believed them to be so beautiful! The rest of our stay we just enjoyed the great Hotel and relaxed by the pool. Our next stop is Jaipur. Namaste

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Nov 26, 2004 - Jaisalmer

After a very long train trip where we only had seats rather than beds, we arrived in Jaisalmer on a hot and sunny afternoon. Jaisalmer is at the westernmost edge of Rajasthan and pretty close to the Pakistan border. It is in a desert and rises above the desert on a rocky outcrop so is quite dramatic. We stayed in the fort in a really characterful old haveli (or house) with a balcony facing out from the fort. We visited the palace in the fort on our first full day there and after I had spent a day in bed with 'Delhi belly' we went camel...

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Nov 25, 2004 - Sand castle fort of Jaisalmer

We checked out our hotel early this morning. Sarita had been steaming about the condition of our room last night (no water for showers in the morning) so demanded and got a 20% discount-she's a tough one when she wants to be! We got our things in the truck and had a quick stop by the train station to change ticket reservations before driving off towards Jaisalmer. It was a surprisingly quick trip - aoubt 5 hourst and the roads were in great condition. The fort of Jaisalmer is quite like a sand castle rising from the Thar Desert. Complete...

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Nov 25, 2004 - Udaipur

Hi Everyone! Finally we arrived in Udaipur- City of Lakes. We went straight to our Hotel on the Lake and what a fantastic expiernce that was. The following morning we toured the city palce and went shopping for some miniature paintings. Inge found a great Indian suit to wear. Udaipur is a lovely city with lots to do and see. Our next stop is our Tiger Safari! Namaste.

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Nov 25, 2004 - Jaipur

Written by Francis. Jaipur. The capital of Rajastan. We arrive at sunset, tired and dusty. Guddu has recommended a family guesthouse about 3km from the centre. The owner comes out to meet us - a tall, distinguished older gentleman wearing what looks like a beret. He shows us our prospective rooms. They are massive...and cheap (about 200 rupees per room per night - about 1.50 each.) Both rooms have the tallest ceilings I've ever seen. Though it's late, we ask Guddu to drop us into town for some dinner. After our most Western, most expensive,...

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Nov 24, 2004 - Jaipur

Our first experience of buses in India was the 3.5 hr bus journey from Pushkar to Jaipur. The first challenge was to make sure that our luggage made it into the boot, and not onto the roof. For this privilege we had to pay an additional 10 rupees per piece of buggage. Although ours did make it into the boot, some other poor passenger who had already paid his 10 rupees and got on the bus didn't see his case being taken out of the boot and flung onto the roof to make way for ours!! Then came the seating arrangements: all hell broke loose...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Nov 24, 2004 - Jaipur

I've been in Jaipur for a few days now and am leaving for Delhi on an express train this evening. Should arrive around 2200. I've found Jaipur a little disappointing as it's a large metropolis and not so much of the 'Pink City' as it's touted to be, although yesterday I did have a look around the 'old pink bits' (no sniggering lads!) and the famous "Palace of the Winds', where the women in the hareem could look out at processions and be air cooled due to the design of the windows. I also went to the nearby fort of Amber, and very impressive...

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Craig in India

Nov 23, 2004 - Udaipur - India

After much deliberation, and a little pleading from some new indian friends, I decided to extend my visit to Udaipur by one day by cancelling my 16 hour bus ticket and instead splurge on an airline ticket to Bombay. So, for $135, I was able to get an extra day in my favorite city (so far) in Rajasthan while avoiding the pain and suffering of a long bus ride on the infamous roads of India. Of all of the Rajasthan cities I visited my favorites were Jaipur and Udaipur because of the wonderful, genuine, people I met. Udaipur was just large...

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Nov 23, 2004 - Ranakpur (Jain Temple)

Hi Everyone, Ranakpur is probably the best example of Jain temples in the world. The detail and condition was spectacular. We had a personal tour from the head priest who gave us a private blessing. Very moving. The detail and complexity was awesome. Next strop Udaipur. Namaste

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Nov 23, 2004 - The beautiful fort of Jodphur

We arrived in Jodphur in good time and met Jane at the hotel. We spent the evening catching up on each other's travels since Africa and planning our onward travels to Himachal Pradesh. The next morning we took a rickshaw up to the fort's gates. They fort is well managed and we were given an audio tour which was great for seeing everything at our own pace and learning about the history and details of the fort and a maharajah's life. We were in no rush and wandered through the fort, gazing up at the huge walls, intricate laticework and...

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