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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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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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Nov 6, 2004 - Over the Hills and Far Away

Without even a hint of irony, my body in a uniform protest against too much TV, too much information, too much dejection, began to breakdown. After a night of "extreme eating" at Bombay's Chowpatty Beach--the sandy metropolitin promenade that inspired the single best Indian restaurant in California, L.A.'s Bombay Cafe--my digestive system took a direct blow. I would spend the next seven days with a toilet seat fastened to my ass. Simulanteously, I was being beaten by the Ides of October, which in my youth routinely sent me to the ER in the...

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ROVING ENOPHILE

Nov 4, 2004 - Udaipur

Udaipur: notre derniere etape dans le tour du Rajasthan. C'est dans cette ville qu'a ete tourne le James Bond Octopussy: toutes les guesthouses le diffusent et il faut reconnaitre que c'est super sympa a voir dans ce cadre, on reconnait le palais, l'ile, le lac... C'est marrant! Le petit hic c'est que le lac est aujourd'hui a sec car la mousson n'a pas ete excellente cette annee... La ville est assez agreable et tres riche comparee aux autres villes du Rajasthan. On se repose dans une super chambre de maharjah avant de repartir pour Delhi.

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Nov 2, 2004 - Pushkar

Apres Jodhpur nous arrivons a Pushkar: une ville sainte ou normalement on ne trouve pas de viande ni d'alcool ou de drogue. Je dis normalement car c'est un veritable repere de babacools notamment d'israeliens qui viennent y feter la fin de leur service militaire de 3 ans et du coup, il y a quelques abus (mais moins que l'on ne craignait)... Avant que l'on arrive, 5 israeliens avaient fait la une des journaux indiens en dansant nus comme des vers alors qu'il y avait une fete avec des personnalites importantes dans la ville. Les indiens etant...

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Nov 2, 2004 - In the Himalayas

24 Oct Islamabad Not supposed to be here today, we set off for the Swat Valley in the mountains and then to part of the Karakorum Highway over 2800m pass. But just as we were about to go into the mountains there was huge queue of lorries which we of course drove past. A policeman then told us (at least we think this is what he meant) that there was a rock slide and we would have to go different way which we tried to do but after 5 hours driving we arrived on the main road from Peshawar to Islamabad about an hour from where we had started in...

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Bridge to Bridge

Oct 31, 2004 - Time Out in Udaipur

Waking early on Friday morning, I went to the rooftop to take some pre-dawn photos of the Taj. It was warm and peaceful, and only the Muslim 'call to prayer' rang out in the silence. The only problem for taking photos was the amount of light eminating from lampposts and houses in the foreground and as the Taj is not lit in any way (the moon is supposed to illuminate the white marble through the haze and bright city lights!) a long exposure would not work too well. Allah must have been smiling upon me however, as there was one of Agra's...

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Oct 30, 2004 - Jodhpur

Apres le magnifique fort de Jaisalmer, nous partons pour Jodhpur surnommee la ville bleue: couleur des brahmanes et aussi couleur qui repousse les moustiques, toujours utile!! La ville est surmontee d'un magnifique palais en parfait etat dont la visite se fait avec un audio guide en francais si vous le desirez!!

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Oct 29, 2004 - Jaisalmer

Apres Bikaner, nous voila parti pour Jaisalmer: un fort en plein milieu du desert a 50km du Pakistan. Pour cela nous passons 8h dans un bus assis sur une planche de bois en guise de siege: dur dur pour les fesses... Le fort est absolument magnifique: plante au milieu du desert avec ses petites ruelles qui nous ont un peu fait penser a certains petits villages du sud de la france. Petite etape paisible avant de filer pour Jodhpur.

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