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Travel Blogs from Mount Abu
... photos I have uploaded for this are pretty poor as no one has been able to take photos inside for about 20years, these are photos of photos I bought outside the temple. Hopefully they show a little slice of the craftsmanship at this site.
On the way back we found the Maharaja's old retreat, now a luxury hotel, and so popped in for a look. We took up residence on the lawn at the front and played cards in the sun. Naturally, being in such a place, I took up my ...
... it was a 'romantic' getaway for Indian honeymoon couples but in fact it was full of families; school groups; groups of lads on vacation; stray dogs; random cows; etc. And literally no other backpackers! It was horrible. In the 2 days i was there i only saw 5 other westerners!
The worst thing was that i had imagined there would be loads of hiking trails to do in the hills but ...
... will put a child on their lap for another bag etc. So getting into the carriage is tough, but once inside, everybody helps each other. After a few stops we even got seats and the rest of the journey although cramped was quite an experience and the locals even helped us with our bags when we got off.
On arrival at Abu Road train station we needed to get up to the 1220m Mount Abu, which after we had decided to stop ...
... scrub and a number of rare plants. We saw a large troop of langur monkeys but no bears unfortunately but we enjoyed a good walk soaking up the local environment and feel of the place.
The next day we joined another trek into Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, this time with a chap called Charles who was both knowledgeable and passionate about his local area and its wildlife and culture. There were six of us on the trek, a young Australian doctor, ...
... I was perversely delighted to walk in on our affable agent and tell him that unless we had Rs510 remitted immediately, I would be lodging a report with the police. He asked me to return in an hour when he walked me round to the booking agent, his cousin, around the corner. Within seconds, like a child who had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he handed me the Rs510 with downcast eyes and a look of mild terror on his face.
Now I don’t ...
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