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Nov 22, 2004 - Pushkar Festival

Hy Everyone! We just experienced the magical town of Pushkar. Set in a valley surrounded by Mountains this litle town just pulsates with color, sound, camels and life! Our first day was to check in at the Royal Tent Camp and boy was that a blast! We loved camping out in style! In the afternoon we went for a Camelcart ride and drove through thousands of Camels!. The people dress in the most amazing colors and the men have over 200 types of turbans that they wear depending on their mood. Later in the day our Guide took us to the Holy lake at...

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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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Nov 20, 2004 - Pushkar - Camel Festival

We arrived in Ajmer after an 18 hour train ride, which was in stark contrast after the Shinkansen in Japan. We could have probably done the same journey in 3 hours on the bullet train. When we arrived in Ajmer, we were besiged by taxi drivers offering to take us the 17km to Pushkar. We managed to negotiate the rate down to 200 rupees (85 rupees to the pound), and choose a taxi driver from the 10 in fornt of us. He promptly ended up in a fight with a guy twice the size of him. Whilst they were preoccupied the remaining 8 taxi drivers were...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Nov 18, 2004 - Jasailmer

Note: Jodhpur - Jasailmeer 295km 7 hrs The city of Jaisalmer located in the Thar Desert made in yellow sandstone The Jaisalmer Fort is like a sentinel perched 80 meter high on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. the streets of narrow lanes are doted with some beautiful havelis (mansions), three beautiful sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol Suraj pol and hava Pol. Manak Chowk and Havelis : A main...

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Nov 16, 2004 - Jaisalmer - India

Rigt now I'm in Jaisalmer, India, which is as close to the Pakistan border as I ever want to get. Desert surrounds us for miles and miles, but the town itself is like a giant sandcastle. Twenty five percent of Jaisalmer is within the fort/castle walls and my guest house is right in the middle of it! The town is beautiful with winding streets, gorgeous carved temples, shops, bazaars and views of the desert from the fort walls. It's like living in a story book. I've explored the town from top to bottom and plan to leave tomorrow on a 12 hour...

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The Journey

Nov 16, 2004 - Zombie in Jodphur

I arrived in Jodphur, Rajastan yesterday evening after a long and hard train journey up from Goa. I didn't get a sleeper bed in the end so had to suffer the whole 34 hour journey sitting on a wooden seat surrounded by the noisy, staring Indians smoking their beedies, spitting and generally pissing me off. I ended up taking 40mg of Valium to help me through the trip and am still feeling a little 'drowsy' now, the day after. I did not eat for the entire train journey as I had plugged my arse with 'Lomotil' (another drug that you can no longer...

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Craig in India

Nov 13, 2004 - Jodhpur, the blue city

Note: Pushkar - Jodhpur 215 km 5h The city of Jodhpur was founded by Raja Jodha Singh in 1489 when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Legend holds that a hermit whose space was obliterated by the construction of the fort cursed the city with paucity of water. So, to counter this, the king ordered that a man be buried within its walls! Eight successive gates guard the fort. Near one gate are the vermilion-dipped handprints of 14 ranis who immolated themselves on their husbands' pyres. Uniformed men with magnificent orange turbans are...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Jaipur & Pushkar, India

The bewitching and touristy little town of Pushkar prepares for the world famous "Camel Fair", as it celebrates Diwali - the happiest and noisiest festival on the Hindu calendar. They call Diwali the Hindu version of Christmas but right now it sounds more like Independence Day with all of the loud fireworks echoing off of the nearby hills. It's nighttime here and oil lamps have been lit around all sides of the small lake in the center of town. All of the rooftops and side streets are lined with small lights or oil lamps. And Indian sweets...

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The Journey

Nov 12, 2004 - Udipur

9th Nov Tiger reserve near Jaipur Nearly in Jaipur when we decided to turn turn and visit a Tiger reserve nearby. We hired a jeep, driver and guide with another couple and off we went. Didn't see any Tiger or Leopards but lots of deer, antelopes, boar and even a Kingfisher! 10th Nov Tiger Fort Jaipur Karen found this amazing room in the Tiger Fort 150M above Jaipur old city. They only have the one room used by a Moguls apparently. The shower didn't work but buckets of hot water were provided! We watched the sunset from thew fort, not too...

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Bridge to Bridge

Nov 11, 2004 - BlueCity blues

From a lofty perch at the foot of Jodphur's elevated 15th century fortress, I had a commanding view of the city below. From above, the drama that is Street Life in India seems managable. Sitting there, I was close enough to the blue hued roof-tops to hear children screaming, playing. Close enough to hear a call to Allah from a spiraling white minaret. Close enough to watch in detail, the people moving en masse into and out of the town square. Close enough to feel connected to the place. And yet the distance provided some respite from the...

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ROVING ENOPHILE

Nov 9, 2004 - How do you celebrate your 14th birthday in India? Comment Christoffer celebre son 14 anniversaire? *NEW *

This is a recap of Christoffer's day as he celebrated his 14th birthday. It was certainly out of the ordinary with two ceremonies, one at the Monkey temple just by our hotel, god for the bachelors. We then, went for breakfast and had very sweet pancakes which took about an hour to cook. They looked like a chapatti or some kind of crepe... No comment - Okay , I guess The best part was certainly a haircut with massage. He loved it. It lasted about 30 minutes while we were all watching, some of us feeling totally envious! Then, we could not...

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Nov 7, 2004 - Jaipur

Agra jaipur: 236km 6hrs Jaipur was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (chokdis). The city is surrounded by a wall having seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city. But Jai Singh's planned city has withstood all the pressures and the changes. Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its...

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