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After a good night’s sleep we got up to see our hotel in daylight for the first time. As part of the holiday is to stay in old palaces this was no exception. The Gagner Palace Hotel was built in 1903 by the Maharaja of Bikaner as a hunting resort and visitors included the Prince of Wales in 1905 and Lord Mountbatten when Viceroy. It …
Today we were warned would be one of the longest days with a fairly long drive in the afternoon. We left Mandawa and retraced our footsteps to Nawalgarh, where we were taken of a walking tour of the painted havelis. Haveli means house, but in Rajasthan it refers also to a specific type of house, built around 1890-1910 by wealthy merchants …
... Rat Temple, which had thousands of rats running everywhere. They feed these little rats all day long and lots of water for them as well. They were even running over my feet..... our dog Shadow would have gone crazy. We even managed to see a white rat, which Ikram says will bring us good luck. From there a tuk-tuk ride with another guide to the old section of town, which was a bit of a zoo in the driving department. Very narrow ...
... ornate carvings, its roof is flat; it is plain in comparison to other temples I have visited elsewhere. But no matter: this is a famous and auspicious temple that millions visit each year, and we were going to see it.
After arriving we handed our shoes over to the attendant and were given large foot coverings that I tied tightly over my bare feet in hopes that they would not fall off, then we walked on the painted ...
... to a large plate of milk. Since when rats drink milk at all? Very healthy rats, I say! Although not as squeamish as I had expected, the bit which I hated was when I stepped on tiny hard corn bits on the marble floor - yes, no shoes allowed in the temple. Some rodents were spotted snoozing on the steps under the sun or burrowed themselves into shoes like their nests. What rat race? I saw one dead rat though, looked like it was stepped on.