More bus rides.. sigh

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Sunday, May 2, 2010

The trip from Jaipur to Bharatpur should be about 4 to 4.5 hours by bus. Unfortunately for us on this day, the journey was longer. The regular buses were not going, and "regular" buses in India aren't very nice buses in the first place. Since there was a protest going on about something or other, a highway had been blocked off because protesters were blocking a big portion off the highway to get their point across. This meant we had to take a worse bus on a detour around them. The detour around them included driving down a single lane back road full of potholes and dust with windows wide open because of the lack of A/C. This also meant that this single lane road was full of other oil tankers and buses and various other cars and bikes going both ways to get around the same highway blockage. So we went down this road at breakneck speeds, with bumps sending people out of their seats constantly. It was pretty much terrible, but hey, I suppose this is what they call real life experience (wink, nudge).

Anyways, eventually we did indeed make it to Bharatpur in one piece, and somehow the bus did as well. Bharatpur is a very small place and there is not much to do there. We settled into our hotel, which was a nice place, and had a good lunch. The only tourist attraction in Bharatpur is a wildlife park that is full of birds. Unfortunately we knew before we got there that there would not be many birds because of the drought and the heat. There were still other animals in the park as well, so I decided to take a cycle rickshaw around the park at dusk anyways, since it was the only thing to do and it sounded peaceful. It was OK, and I did end up seeing antelopes, deer, jackals, buffalo, turtles, monkeys, and quite a number of birds, but the guide said that still it was not many and that in the monsoon season the park is full of various wildlife. It was fine though and I enjoyed the 2 hour experience.

The rest of the night was spent over a nice plate of Khadai Paneer and chapati, and then movies on cable TV.

Catching another local bus early in the morning for Agra.

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