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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 - 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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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 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 22, 2004 - Desert Trickery

I arrived in Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert, close to the border with Pakistan, after a cold and dusty overnight train journey. My arranged pick-up wasn't there (over slept he later told me) and I was finally picked up by a jeep 'claiming' to be from the guesthouse that I had called from the station again once I realised they weren't coming (I think the boy in the telephone booth tipped them off). Anyway arrived safe and sound after trying to be taken to another hotel and told a pack of lies about the hotel I was booked into. Rest of the day...

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Craig in India

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 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 - 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 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 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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