Sara Vilas Hotel
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... lt;/u></b> Morning was a leisurely affair and we departed in the coach at 9am after a light breakfast. Breakfast ISO far has not been much to write home about, apart from 5-6 variations of hot Indian dishes , curried this and that the western food mainly consists of tea/coffee, varying strange orange juice or mango, toast is always available with jam, and at quite a few an egg chef, so fried egg, omelet etc etc This morning we had a walking tour around ...
... lunch of alio gobi, dal, and spinach dishes with puri bread. Early evening we arrived at the desert resort hotel and sat on the rooftop watching the sun set over the desert. The desert here is scrub land with shrub trees. We all sat on the rooftop and drank beer ! Before the evening meal we sat and watched a puppet show... The evening meal was not the best here, we really have been treated to some great Indian food here in ...
We exited Delhi with Sonu around 7.45 on Saturday morning to beat the traffic and after stocking up on beer and a cheap handset with a local SIM card we were off into the countryside heading west into Rajasthan and the first stop on our tour, Mandawa, a small town famous for its decorative hawelis (merchant houses).
There is an art to driving in India and Sonu clearly has it. It seems ...
... to once again hold his camera.
Mandawa is certainly worth a visit for the havelis which make up the town. This is an 18th century settlement and the magnificent havelis were built in 18th and 19th century by wealthy merchants from proceeds from their silk route trading. We were fortunate to stay in a restored 18th century haveli and it was truly magnificent.
We did a walking tour of the town in the late afternoon and I was fascinated by the ...
... the Merchant families, but lived in only by their caretakers. The owners were now residents of Mumbai and Delhi remarked Jitu only returning once a year to their beautiful houses. Everything was left up to the caretakers, who either looked after the places well or badly. The first was like an old farmhouse. The basic painted Haveli building was just like the French woman's, but left to ruin with animals and children running riot. Others we a little better, but ...