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Here we end our short religious trip.
I'm gonna write some important things below about food, trains I took and money required for conveyance and renting lockers in these places.
- Clean retiring rooms for bathing available for free at the station. Cloak room also available.
- Luggage storage costs 15 INR per bag.
- Food is served only from 10:00 to 15:00 and then from 19:00 to 23:00.
... characters created from recycled junk in Chandigrah - Taking a camel trip to the desert dunes and supper under the stars - Observing the blue city from our renovated room in a real homestay at Jodhpur - Watching a bizarre religious street festival in Udaipur - Studying saucy temple carvings at Kharjaraho - Diving on Suzy's wreck in Goa - Relaxing in the laid back atmosphere at Hampi with its bizarre stone chariot and crazy corricle rides - Snorkelling on the deserted coral reefs ...
... why wouldn't they love him, ha ha.
The flight landed, we were one of the first ones out and we waited for the stroller (which had been gate checked) to arrive. I strapped Zane in and we were on our way. The airport is so efficient, we were through immigration in no time at all. And then the bags were literally waiting for us when we got to the carousel. I settled with the boys near a seating area but they wouldn't have none of that! After being cooped up in such close ...
... at the Post Office as it seemed both got a cut of the takings. I suspect the postage cost was increased so they could take a cut but thee is little we could do. As is often the case, as we are learning, bribery and corruption is everywhere in India and you have to pay to get what you want.
We were leaving for Delhi this evening on the Radjhani Express, apparently one of the best public service train in all of ...
... I have ever seen, moving and jostling for position. Noisy and full of excitement, the look on everyone's faces was of anticipation that they would soon be in the same arena as the great Tandulka. Full of friendly banter It was happily chaotic, but the system worked and we got what we had come for: a five day test match cricket ticket for the princely sum of £6! Incredible.
Wandering through Mumbai, we visited the beautiful train station ...