Saturday, August 8, 2009

7th and 8th August - Jodhpur

Today we traveled to Jodhpur by local bus. It was certainly an experience. Now, i'm going to tell you something that is very important. If ever you travel by local bus in India remember one thing. It doesn't matter how hot it is... it really doesn't..... always close the window.... There is a good reason for that... and it has to with back draft....

I'll explain why with this story... we boarded the bus in Jaisalmer and could not believe how many people boarded the bus... it was like we were trying to break the world record... people were standing.. there were four people to two seats it was crazy and hot... we started the journey. About 30 mins into the trip, there was a little bit of commotion up front with some of the tour group. I asked what had happened and was told that someone had been sick on one of the girls from the tour group. I thought it was just someone standing next to her. After another 30mins of this 5 hour journey... I felt a splash of liquid on my cheek... "What was that?" I asked to Andrew who was sitting next to me... "err... you don't want to know..." came the reply. I put two and two together and came up with.... 'sick'...

Yep, we quickly shut the windows after that. People were being sick upstairs on the upper level of the bus and it was flying in through our windows.... It was possibly one of the most unpleasant experiences I've had on my trip so far.... I'm just so thankful I had face wipes....

Strangely enough, we were glad to get off the bus at Jodhpur. We got to our hotel and wow what a place. The roof terrace has an amazing view. You could see the clock tower and the palace from there. Also, they had a traditional dance and music playing. It was so peaceful.

From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


Saturday, we went to the famous Mehranga Fort and took a look around. The audio tour is very good and the view across to the blue houses is stunning. They paint the houses blue to keep them cool, reflect the heat and to keep bugs away. It was so hot.... 40 degrees.... I spent the afternoon relaxing in an internet cafe catching up on stuff..... phew....

From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


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From Jodhpur and Udaipur


That night we went to a place called 'On The Rocks' for dinner. It's kind of like a bar complex with a dance floor and an outside restaurant. We had a great time. The food was excellent and we all had a go on the dance floor afterwards. I've now discovered that Bhangra dancing is a lot to do with waving the arms around in a methodical manner... amazing what talents you learn after a couple of beers and a rum and coke...

From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur


From Jodhpur and Udaipur

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