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We decided to take a departure from the usual local buses and have a driver from the drive from Udapur to Jodhpur, so we could see the old 15th century fort of Kumbalagargh and the famed Jaia Temples of Ranakpurwhich were kinda sorta on the way. We had a really nice driver who we chatted to us about the caste system, Brahimin and Rajput families and their traditions (as an outcast to his family, our driver was a Brahimins and his wife, through a non approved ...
... else leather, full pat down by security guards before we were allowed in. We thought we were 'templed out' so we decided not to pay the Rs100 (about $2) camera charge as we had in all other monuments in India, but it was so spectacular, and we were the only tourists in there. So we regretted it big time. The ornate marble carving on 1,444 columns, all different and with significance, set around beautifully carved domed ceilings were nothing like we had seen ...
... the small villages we passed. We had periodic success with handing out candy to village children, but most of them ran away, in fear that we were kidnappers! Though disappointing, I don't blame them for running and screaming, away from Eric's out stretched hand. Their mother probably warned them not to take candy from strange looking white guys in a Tata. As it turns out, children are not the only ones running away from Eric these days. Cows and monkeys ...
... 20. Instead we set off earlier than expected to our next destination, Ranakpur, to see a famous Jain temple.
Now this temple was magnificent. We have seen many temples already but this was a beautifully carved, white marble palace!
Unfortunately not everyone gets to see the temple. There is a large sign at the entrance advising that "Ladies on their menses" must not enter, in order to preserve the sanctity of the temple. In other Jain temples, it ...
... Graeme was sick a few times. We did eat the same samosas outside the Jain temple yesterday but we had different dinners so who knows where this was coming from.
He insisted on leaving the hotel and pushing on to Udaipur in the morning which is only a couple of hours away.
The road , however, was a narrow winding road through the mountains and we had to stop a couple of times for Graeme to throw up. At one of those places the monkeys ran up to watch! I just ...