Sara Vilas Hotel
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Well i am back as a solo traveller till tonight when Shauna arrives for our Essence of Rajasthan 15 day tour. Doesnt start till the 13th so we have a few free days. My first taste of Delhi is from the airport to the hotel. The traffic is utter chaos, very heavy fog, and lots of people everywhere.
The hotel is only average, and …
And sometimes you don't get what you pay for...
Vanessa was disappointed with the New Year's breakfast offerings - the prospect of soggy cornflakes and white toast. Most breakfasts have included an interesting range of indian dishes for us to sample such as poli (a flat rice dish) uttapam - a rice pancake with vegetable and chilli, a variety of parathas or roti, chickpea or potato patties, perhaps an aloo dish, ...
... and a single
woman) arrived with our tour guide Indira.
Once aboard the coach we set off, making our way out of
Jaipur and headed towards Mandawa about 150 kms to the north. Today was to be
spent mainly driving so it may be worth recounting some of what we saw. Rule
number one about driving is ‘drive on the left’ if you can ! Rule number two is
‘use your horn as much as possible’ and, ...
Today before leaving Jaipur we visited the City Palace Museum. The museum had some nice artifacts. Along our drive to Mandawa we stopped to have a lovely lunch at a local woman's home. The food was delicious especially the gulab jamun. Our hotel in Mandawa ...
... three marked lanes but whenever the traffic slowed down, there would quickly be four or five lanes with each driver jockeying to get an inch ahead of his neighbour, all the time with a finger on the horn. Sometimes the traffic included hand carts or even cows.
An exciting part of our drive was when, on a divided highway with the traffic at a standstill, the driver simply crossed the median and drove towards the oncoming traffic! A few miles further on, thankfully ...