Loads a Temples
Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
129Trip End Nov 01, 2012
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We rented bikes and spent the first day exploring as many of the temples as we could. This was great fun although there is certainly a maximum on the number of temples a person should visit in one day. We both exceeded this maximum as well as the amount of sun a person should receive in one day.
Thankfully we splashed out on a lovely little guesthouse overlooking rice fields and the river, so it proved to be the perfect place to recover from temple stroke.
From Hampi we decided to make the rather long and daunting journey North to the state of Gujarat.
We started on the evening of the 21st with a 10 hour bus ride to Margao, arriving at 5am and having to wait 6 hours before we could catch our 15 hour train to Vadodarra.
On the train we shared our berth with a very unusual Swiss man called Claudio. He announced his arrival by asking all passengers to turn off their smart phones as they gave him kidney pains. He then moved along the carriage quizzing passengers on the type of mobile phone they own, requesting smart phones to be turned off.
The other unusual thing about Claudio was he was yet to master the art of eating. Normally I don't have a problem with this, but since he was sat on my bed it was torture watching grease come pouring out of his samosa and dribble off his chin on to where I planned to rest my head for the night.
At 2am and after 15 hours our alarm went off, and I awoke to find myself covered in rice puffs (Claudio was in the bunk above) and Claudio waking passengers he suspected of having their mobiles on. He then explained that his kidneys were too painful and he would not be carrying on to Delhi, but would follow us instead and got off at our stop. After some subtle hints followed by some obvious hints he got the picture.
He was an absolute nightmare, although we still did feel a little cruel as we watched him plod off in to Vadodarra with his "South India guide book"
A 2 hour wait in Vadodarra before catching a 2 hour train to Ahmedebad to cap off an almost 40 hour journey.