Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Deepak Rest House Jaisalmer
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, September 10, 2012

  The camel car picked us up at 3pm, it has been a bit touch and go as to whether we would go on the safari or not, as there appears to be rain clouds on the horizon . It's an hours car ride to the camels then a 1 1/2hr camel ride to the edge of the desert where we will camp for the night.  Our camels were tied together in pairs and led by a camel boy.  Unfortunately Fred's camel & Maddie's camel must have been having private issues prior to the ride, because Maddie's camel would slide up behind Fred's camel and bite him on the bum, then for 10 seconds Fred became a rodeo star.  For someone who'd never been on a camel and only ridden on a horse once in their life, Fred did remarkably well.  When we arrived at base camp, Fred's camel dropped like a stone, and before Fred had time to get off, it proceeded to try and roll on it's back.  It could have been quite dangerous, but not the near-death experience that Fred tried to make out it was.  I myself was taken by surprise at the speed my camel hit the deck, my dismount was more akin to an Olga Corbett manoeuvre, in fact I don't think too many of us made a clean dismount.  I think the camels are smarter than they look and plan this in advance.  Apparently the reason Maddie's camel kept biting Fred's camel on the bum, was because Fred's camel kept relieving himself of wind (farting) right in Maddie's camels face. Very rude!
 Having all arrived in one piece we celebrated with a lovely cold kingfisher beer which we took to the top of a sand dune to watch the sun go down.  So peaceful!   We kept getting lovely smells wafting up from the camp as the camel drivers prepared our meal.  One of the camel boys bought us up freshly cooked pakoras to stop us from starving as we waited for our main meal to be cooked.  Meanwhile the storm clouds were gathering, and a heavy shower sent us scampering back down the sand dune to take shelter in the stick hut - not 100% waterproof. Our camp beds had been set up outside and the idea was to sleep around the camp fire, as the stick hut was not big enough for all of us to sleep in.  Once the shower cleared we went back out side to build a fire.  DJ warned us that if it rains again we might have to consider returning to the hotel.  Unfortunately it did rain again so it was a full evacuation. I can understand that some of our party were disappointed - but better safe then sorry.  Also, these giant beetles started appearing, apparently a bit of rain brings out all the creepy crawlies plus two rather big feral dogs were circling the camp so to be honest I was glad we were going -  the idea of camping out under the stars was becoming less appealing by the minute.  We had a 10 minute walk in the dark to the camel car and even that was a little scary, it was literally pitch black, we had only a small beam of light up ahead to guide us.

 We arrived back at the hotel at 11pm and I was not feeling well and by the time I reached my room at the Deepak I was firing from both ends. I feel I've succumbed to Delhi Belly.  Praise the Lord that this episode did not happen on the way back to the Deepak!  - I'm almost certain I would have been thrown out the car. 
Quote of the day from Doris when she mounted her camel.  "Do you know, I can't remember the last time I had my legs so wide apart."    

  We caught the midday bus to Jodhpur, a nine hour bus ride.  I was really not well - I had a temperature and the trots and I prayed to God that I didn't disgrace myself on the bus.  I hadn't eaten or barely drunk anything since last night. The bus journey is a bit of a blur as I slept for most of the way.  Best purchase for this trip - my squidgy plush travel pillow, a Godsend. 

  It was raining when we arrived in Jodhpur, I went straight to bed.  The next day DJ organised a doctor to visit me, he gave me a shot in the bum and copious amounts of tablets to be administered by Florence Nightingale (aka Fred).  I was forced to consume a piece of dry toast & water so that I could take my medication.  Man I felt ill.  It appears to be food poisoning, which is quite weird as I have had the same as everybody else.  Can't really tell you much about Jodhpur as I didn't really see it!

  We booked a private car to take 5 of us to Udaipur.  Apparently the scenery is quite stunning and also we were able to stop the car at any time, should those amongst us who are feeling a little fragile find it necessary.  I'm feeling a little better, but not much.  Along the way, Doris became unwell, she's been falling asleep all over the place.  We stopped to look at a temple, next thing I look round and there's Doris laid down on the pavement fast asleep.  The scenery didn't disappoint,  it was quite stunning - what I saw of it.  We arrived in Udaipur at 4.30pm and I went straight to bed, I feel a bit better, but still quite dizzy.

 9th Sept Hotel Narayan Niwas.
  Wow! what a view,  quite spectacular.  I'm pleased to say I'm back in the land of the living, which I am very grateful for, as there's so much to see here, it's hard to know where to start.  There are about 3 palaces built on the lake, one of which is the very expensive Palace Hotel.  Apparently some of the scenes for the Bond movie Octopussy were shot there.  On the rooftop of our hotel there is a nightly showing of Octopussy - the locals are quite proud of their claim to fame     
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Sharon Crossley on

Well I guess you warned us that "what's a trip to India with poop stories", and there seems to be a few already. Must confess I didn't think about the cow poop.

Sounds like you're having fun in the midst of adversity (heat, cows, camels and a lack of beer!) Can't wait to hear more of your stories.

Stay safe, Fred, Ginger and Doris......
Love Shaz

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