Basant Vihar Palace Hotel
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... why we don't get that many. However, we arrived nearly an hour early for the big event, we had a lovely breakfast. Porridge, omelette, coffee, toast and jam for 175 rupees each, bargain. We travelled to the meeting point for the camels by jeep and duly met our rides for the morning. Two hugh camels, Anne jumped on to hers like a real professional, however, I was not as confident but got there with a ...
... us off there as the streets were really narrow so he took us as far as he could then organised for a tuk tuk to take us the rest of the way. He also got the driver to wait when we got there to make sure the hotel was okay. For the first time in our trip we didn't end up staying there, they didn't have a room ready despite it being 3pm & were undergoing renovations so no restaurant & it didn't look like there was anything around. A quick phone call ...
... an impromptu game of street cricket. It is in trying to reconcile these vignettes of deep contrast in your mind that you realize this is the stuff that life is made of: hardship and happiness, darkness and light - all in glorious juxtaposition. It reminds me of one of my favourite novels by Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance: It is a fine balance between hope and despair. I have been here only 4 days, yet I am noticing already that it is just that: a very fine balance, ...
... went with them and ended up getting a free tour round the old streets and markets. We were allowed in to the havelis, some of which had intricate hand carved fronts made from various woods, the grandest and most expensive buildings, Antonio pointed out, had walnut, a major show of wealth. The architecture all round the city was pretty impressive, even for Rajasthan. At no point did this place seem like a city though, it was too spread out, the streets too quiet and ...
... slaughter we were.
But back to the first train from Amritsar to Jullander City - the train pulled up with grubby carriages and as usual, there followed the normal ‘conflab’ and negotiation on seats that we’d reserved. My own seat was faulty and meant that the reclining element fell back on to the passenger behind and meant that I had to either lie flat on my back or practice sitting ...