Trip Start Aug 20, 2007
24Trip End Feb 19, 2008
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There is never a dull moment travelling by road in India. Pedestrians must give way to cycle rickshaws who in turn give way to auto rickshaws. Auto rickshaws must give way to camel carts who in turn must give way to taxis. Taxis must give way to lorries who are in turn subservient to buses. The holy cow gives way to no-one. Arriving late in Mandawa, we settled into our haveli. (An ancient merchant mansion with courtyards and frescoed walls.) After a long journey through desert scrub and a visit to a Hindu temple where thousands of rats ran freely, we arrived in the the golden city of Jaisalmer. Being my Birthday, we decided to spend a few extra rupees and opted for the luxury of spending the night in Jaisalmer's magical fort, which rises above the city like a sandcastle
From Jaisalmer, we headed to the blue city of Jodhpur. When we arrived, the city went crazy with fireworks exploding throughout the night. How did they know it was Ruth's birthday? Maybe it had something to do with the fact that India had just won the World 20/20 cricket series? From Jodhpur we headed South to the lakeside city of Udaipur. (Ref: James Bond - Octopussy). From our rooftop restaurant we had wonderful views of whitewashed palaces and marbled temples with naked men wandering unashamedly between.
Before arriving at Agra, we decided to visit the Kaeolado National Park. My parents had visited this wetland paradise several years earlier and the wildlife in their photos looked incredible. However, as we cycled around the park, there was very little to see as failed monsoon rainfall over the past two years had dried up the park completely.
The Taj Mahal did not fail to impress. Having found a secluded spot in the grounds of the Taj, we opened our sketchbooks and began to draw this mighty monument of love. (Sketching is such a great way of committing a place to memory). After two weeks and over 3,000km, we returned to Delhi to begin part two of our world adventure - Nepal.