Hotel Shri Ram Excellency
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... an alley or crossing one. If any of us made the mistake of stopping to look left or right before crossing, we were stuck for ages, unable to cross. Discovering how to walk in India was a bit of a nirvana moment - for me at least.
The market was huge, with intersecting alleys lined by shops and stalls that sold just about everything. Brian got his pappads from a stall that sold all manner of to-be-fried crispy stuff as well as pasta - most in exposed containers, though ...
Our afternoon train from Ajmer to Jodhpur departed on time but was delayed en-route, meaning we arrived an hour late at around 9pm - too late for our pick-up to wait for us! After flagging down a tuk tuk we arrived at our hotel, an impressive haveli that looked like a castle with huge courtyard's inside. This was backpacking "Maharaja style"!
... all. I even had a cold kingfisher beer to wash it down with - my first alcoholic drink since entering India almost 1 month ago.
The second day we revisited the fort and were given headphones for an audio guide. It was really impressive and took a good 2 hours to walk around. It also gave really good views of the city, named the blue city as every building is painted blue. Afterwards we walked to Jaswant Thada which was a ...
... were already covered in colour. Less than a meter out the gate we were pounced on. Indian men coming at us slapping colourful powder on our faces. Within minutes we were covered, not to mention dripping wet with the water that is splashed everywhere. The majority of the people were nice about the procedure, delicately rubbing the dust into our cheeks. There were some however that would come from behind and try to rub it in your eyes. This making ...
... and some gloopy stuff that the locals seemed to love. We purchased 3 types of Indian sweets which was followed by a sugar rush. We thought we were seeing things when we walked out of the shop, saw all the traffic with cars and tuk tuks honking, and a camel calmly strolled passed us. Unsatisfied with this, Tom went back for a spicy samosa hoping this might cause him to see even more camels.