Udairpur to Jodhpur

Trip Start May 04, 2009
Trip End Jul 30, 2009

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Having shopped around the local tour guide offices, I decided to hire a car and driver to take me from Udaipur to my next stop - Jodhpur. For 30 pounds, it sounded a bit steep, but the driver explained that he would be stopping at points of interest along the way, and that Jodhpur is in fact quite a long way from Udaipur. Given my previous experiences with pubilc transport, I didn't need much convincing, and so I arranged to be picked up the next morning at 10.00 "sharp"
The driver was a young guy called Shandir who, as somehow every Indian person I've spoken with so far has, had an impossibly positive outlook on life. As an autorickshaw swerved to miss a cow lying in the road, missing our car by inches and punching his horn frantically, he laughed heartily and said with brimming pride - "this is Indian driving - horn and no sight"
As we left the city of Udaipur, I watched the beautiful landscape of Rajasthan unfold. We passed through numerous farming villages, where the residents made their money by planting and harvesting grain. Needless to say these people were living in absolutely dire conditions, but nevertheless as we drove past with our windows open, seldom would I not hear a "Namaste" or see a grinning face and friendly wave.
We came to our first stop at around midday - Kumbhalgarh fort. This stunning 15th century fortress is home to 52 temples and the "Palace of Cloud". The driver opted to stay in the car while I made my way around, and between climbing to the very top of the Palace of Cloud and visiting just a handful of the temples scattered around, I realised I had spent over 2 hours exploring the fort and hastily made my way back to the car. Being almost 2000m above sea level, the views from Kumbhalgarh fort were absolutely amazing - being on top of this huge fortress built hundreds of years ago, viewing the surrounding mountains was a truly memorable experience.
We continued towards Jodhpur, and shortly after we stopped for some lunch and tea, we visited the largest Jain temple in India - Adinath. I couldn't help but laugh as the temple came into view - I was comlpetely gobsmacked. Inside was a beautiful maze of pillars, all intricately carved with different patterns and stories. I spent an hour simply walking around and gawping at the mesmerising detail and artwork, before taking a few photos and returning to the car.
The driver seemed happy with my reaction to Adinath Temple and, as always brimming with pride, claimed that it was "The most beautiful temple in the world"
We arrived in Jodhpur and I knew at once that it was completely different to Udaipur. Bustling markets, beggars lying in the streets, cow manure freckled onto every square inch of pavement; this certainly was the India I had pictured when starting my travels!
I've yet to explore Jodhpur as unfortunately I've been unwell (my finger remains pointed at the rather dubious "Special egg curry") but as soon as I sort myself out I will hit the sights and let you know what I find. I'm already looking forward to exploring the Meranghar fort, which looms over the city and can be seen from my humble hotel room.
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momski on

WOW! Eto!
Siwrne anhygoel, Owain - mae dy yrrwr yn swnio'n gret! Falch dy fod dal i ymddiddori yn y cestyll, temlau etc - rwyt yn andros o lwcus!(a dewr, wrth gwrs!)Tydi'r adeiladau yn 'gobsmacking'?!!!! A'r bobl yn gyfeillgar hefyd - braf!Gobeithio dy fod yn dod at dy hun erbyn hyn ac yn yfed digon o ddwr (wedi berwi!!!!!)
Swsus fil a chym ofal ciw - nai ebostio eto xxxxxxx

momski on

Mae'r lluniau yn fantastic! Fel deudodd Mer, cym mwy efo ti ynddynt! Dwi'n gwybod dy fod yn casau gwneud ond nei di ddim difaru nes mlaen! xx

naintaid on

Lluniau gwych eto Owain,mae yn amlwg yn ol y lluniau dy fod yn uchel iawn.Mae y temples yn anhygoel,y carfio yn wych a meddwl pryd y gwnaed nhw.
Gobeithio dy fod wedi dod tros yr anhwyldod yn y stumog,roeddit yn siwr o gael rhywbeth fel yna,rhwng y bwyd ar tywydd a phob dim arall. Da deall dy fod yn trafaelio mewn style,safio ar dy sgidia.
Dal i fwynhau dy hun a fel mae dy fam yn dweud beth am lun? Hwyl fawr,Cofion a chariad, Gwen a Ken XXX

mikey57 on

Eh up Sweaty !
Hear you are sweating like a French legionnaire who is missing his garlic and snails! Don't worry though, matey boy, I was sweating like a pig meself when I was out in the Gulf fighting the arabs for the oil on behalf of those plonkers Blair & Bush - but..........being the natural survivor type (having done the course).....I managed to deal with the sweat - so stop being a big whingeing french girlie and deal with it - you need clean underwear and lots and lots of the good old smellies!........look me cocker it's quite normal to get drenched with the old smelly sweat within minutes - so you really don't have to worry!

Take care.............loads of love and kisses from the old salt............Mikey

cadiwallah on

Neis clywed 'her master's voice' heddiw ar y cyfrifiadur!Rhy boeth i fi fan hyn - o leia' 18 gradd!!heheheh

cadiwallah on

Mae Mam yn deud COFIA gwisgo dy het (fel fi) a chadw'r haul odd ar dy ben a gwar!

mamabruno on

Mae'n swnio fel bod pethau ar i fyny - er gwaetha dy salwch!(Dim mwy o egg curry - ych a fi, am syniad!) Ti wedi darganfod yr India roeddet yn gobeithio ei weld ac i glywed yn mwynhau. Mae'r lluniau diwethaf yn wych a'r carfio ar y temlau i weld yn fendigedig. Mae'r bobl yn swnio'n llawer cleniach nag oeddan nhw yn y dinasoedd mawr hefyd. Newydd ddod adref o 'Steddfod yr Urdd yng Nghaerdydd. Aethon ni i lawr am dro i weld Iwan yn cyflwyno bandiau yn y babell roc. Roedd hi'n boeth iawn yno, ond dim byd tebyg i fel mae hi yna i ti! Dwn i ddim sut wyt ti'n diodde'r ffasiwn wres wir!! Welson i Sion Tegwared a'i gariad ac roedd o'n cofio atat yn arw. Beth am luniau ohonot ti tro nesa - PLIS!! Edrych ymlaen i glywed gennyt yn fuan. Nia XXXX

mamabruno on

Nice trip
it was great chatting with you on skype yesterday. I've really enjoyed the photos on the blog and I'm saving them all in a special file. Don't forget to include youself on some of them. Lovely weather in Wales at the mo. Barbecue is in order. Back to school tomorrow, so don't be sorry to be enjoying the hols of a life time. Gros bisous and looking forward to hear from you again.

traceycorps on

Hia Owain..nes i rili joio darllen hwn..pan tydi taxi drivers y wlad yma ddim fel hynny?! lluniau brill.Gobeithio fod dy fol yn well x

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