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Sep 17, 2004 - Delhi and moving on!

Hi everyone, Well we are here safe and even sound! Our flying hotel plane was full of distractions and we were in Delhi before we knew it. Em and I had a brief scare on arrival when it appeared that my stuff sack - holding my rucksack (brilliant suggestion to buy one thanks Debbie) appeared to have been tampered with. 'Our padlock has been changed!!' But how can this be, we thought- it was a combination lock. How are we ever going to open it now? They must have snapped my one off and put on a new one, wait - our own combinations works....

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Sep 13, 2004 - Have we got the belly for delhi?

Arrived in Delhi in the thick of the night to the area known as Paharganj (the notorious red light area). The view was slightly dampened by the lack of street lighting, although this was probably a good thing. In the morning the full assualt on the senses began - walking through the main bazaar with the cows for company, dodging auto-rickshaws, bicycles, food carts, the occasional leper and indian artful dodger. At the time of writing delhi belly has not kicked in yet but this might be in the post after steph drank a bottle of beer and then...

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Sep 10, 2004 - Flight to Udaipur

We were going to fly to Jodhpur but there weren't any flights, so we are now in Udaipur. I think this was a good choice. Udaipur is much smaller and quieter; more laid back. Also, rather cool. At about 30C it feels kind of chilly. We may need time to adjust when we return to the Canadian version of winter... We finally got some photos online. Check out some of the previous entries for new ones. We will probably stay in Udaipur for about a week. If you want to see what this small city looks like, you should rent "007 Octopussy" which was...

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Sep 4, 2004 - Delhi to Jaipur

Our hotel in Delhi was cheap, very cheap, and barely worth what we paid. Anyways, we were quite happy to awake at 5:20 and head for the train station. We took the nice trainfor 4.5h to Jaipur. Jaipur seems much drier than anywhere we have been before, though still hot. This is hardly surprising, I guess, since we are nearing the desert but definitely welcome. We chose a much nicer and more expensive hotel here but so far it looks like this one is worth what we are paying. Marble floors, big bed, spacious room, two balconies, AC,TV, and,...

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Apr 30, 2004 - Pushkar - Jaipur

Not much more to say really about Pushkar, except that whilst we were having lunch at the moon dance restaurant, there was a loud sound all of a sudden, and then terrential rain with Hail stones the size of Marbles, coming down everywhere making an atrocious noise on the corrugated iron roofing. Apparnetly this is the first time this has happened in Rajhastan since the 80's, and caused a lot of flooding problems. After lunch we made our way to the bus stand, and as usual even though they say get there 30 minutes early , the bus left late...

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Apr 29, 2004 - Pushkar

After a nine hour bus journey we arrived in Pushkar, as per usual we were really tired after a long bus journey, it just seems to take all your energy away. Based on a recommendation from some Dutch girls we had met in Jaisalmer we headed to Hotel Chand Palace. It was the cheaper place yet at 80rs and with a swimming pool. We arrived with high hopes of relaxing, to be bitterly disappointed. The place was cheap, and so it should have been, it was the worst place we have stayed in so far, and we wouldn't go near the pool in fear of what we...

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Apr 25, 2004 - Jodhpur

Arrived in Jodhpur at 5:15 in the morning on the overnight train from Jaisalmer, this is the first time Dawn and I were still a sleep on arrival and did not want to get off, it would have been lovely for the journey to have lasted another 2 hours or so. Anyway at having to get up so early, we thought we better get on with it, as we only intended to saty in Jodhpur for the day. We checked our stuff into leftluggae for 10rs each, and then headed off for town, Rik Shaws pulled over next to us about every 10m's to see if we needed a lift,...

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Apr 25, 2004 - Udaipur

The bus journey was pretty hard work, 8 hours in the heat was a killer, we got to the bus station and after some pissnig about with a Rik Shaw driver who didn't want to take us to the Hotel we wanted (no commission for him). We decided to treat ourselves and book into a mid-range hotel, even thought the prices had gone up nearly double what the planet said, it was late and we were knackered. It was really nice to check into somewhere really clean, and with hot water and a bath (Dawnn was happy).

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Apr 22, 2004 - Jaisalmer

When we got on the train we thought blimey this is dirty, and had to wipe everything down, it was only in the morning when we woke, and found ourselves covered in sand and dust that we realised there was a lot of sand coming in through the windows as a storm had been blowing all night and the past day. We arrived in jaisalmer after a 22 hour train journey, that was only meant to be 19, there was a lot of delays we think mainly due to to some troop movements in the area. On the train a kid came up to us and told us about his familys hotel,...

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Feb 11, 2004 - Bikaner

Nothing great to see in Bikaner. Stayed in a reasonably nice hotel, but was a little bit out of town. Interesting to hear from the hotel owner that he had been stuffed by Lonely Planet - they had advertised that rooms which he used to charge Rs1,200 for were only Rs120 and apparently he had to charge the LP rate. Not sure if this was true, but shows the way that LP dictates travel in India. Travelled to Deshnok to see the "world famous rat temple". May appeal to some, but not me. Just another temple, this time with loads of rats about. They...

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Feb 3, 2004 - Jaisalmer - Desert Festival

Jaisalmer would have to go down as another of the highlights of Rajasthan. This was slightly different to other Rajasthani towns as the fort did not sit on top of a hill in the middle of a town. The town was originally within the fort itself, and there were still shops, temples, hotels and restaurants within the walls of the fort, although the town was now much bigger and surrounded the old fort. I had timed my visit to Jaisalmer to coincide with the desert festival. I had read that this was to include various desert related events (turban...

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Jan 30, 2004 - Jodhpur

This was one of the better places that I stayed in Rajasthan. Very good hotel and very well presented palace. As usual the palace dominated the place, sat on top of a hill looking out over the town. The majharaja was obviously a bit of an innovative guy, and had set up an audio tour around the fort, filled with interesting information. Much more pleasant that having to pay too much to hire a guide who would then rush you round the place and just try to empty his head of all of the facts that he was carrying around. Interestingly in...

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