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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 28, 2004 - Jaipur, la ville rose

Nous voila a Jaipur apr├Ęs 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 - 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 - 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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