Jaipur Pride (Home Stay)
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... north to Bikaner, by deluxe bus. Yes, yes I know - this is a budget backpackers tour of India, but don't slip into a panic at the word deluxe. In India deluxe buses are ones with seats, and sometimes berths, plus wheels, including one for steering. Beyond that I'm no sure what constitutes the award of the term deluxe. Still, at £3.30 single fare for the seven hour journey to Bikaner we can't really complain.........now we're on the edge of the desert so I'm off to look for camels. ...
... down and got a close up view.
As with the Agra Fort, this too was a palace. But instead of for the Moghuls, this palace was for the Maharajahs, which ruled Rajasthan, one of the India provinces. This Fort, was at the top of a very large hill and was surrounded by mountains, which was very different from the areas we had previously seen. While the other Forts had been opulent, this one took it to a new level. The color, ...
... so we knew it was good, we all shared some street food of spicy mash potato deep fried in a rich gravy..mmmmmm!!
We then went to the 'alcohol shop' which is basically somewhere where cars and mopeds pull up and the indian man gives him alcohol through his window, we got a few beers each ready for tonight :) £1 a bottle...but its called very strong kingfisher!! I opted for flavoured bicardi breezers very 90's!!
We then were going ...
... do is to scatter it into the river alongside the Taj Mahal, because those ashes will eventually flow downstream to join the Ganga River. The rising sun colours the Taj in a flush of pink which is said to represent the almost opening lotus blossom. After brekkie we headed off to Jaipur.At breakfast a number of people in the hotel had whey faces and stomach cramps. This reinforced the sound advice I was given by my doctor, who is ...
... The ride up took a good 15 minutes as the scale of everything
Our elephant`s name was Gopi which means not much really but
she was 35 years old and a good ride!(There is no extra charge for smutty
jokes) Our driver, or mahout, told us that there are 100 elephants on duty
every day. They certainly make an impressive taxi rank although walking up the
ramp is hazardous for pedestrians. They have to dodge elephants and climb over