Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Madhuban Heritage Guesthouse
The cloth factory we were taken to next was just as spectacular, although we couldn't believe in when we arrived at the site, and Singh drove the jeep straight over all the cloths lying drying in the sun!!! Completely bizarre, but it seemed to be common practice as many people and a camel dragging a cart did the same thing. Presumably they go to some industrial washing center to remove tyre marks, camel poo and dust before sale. We saw every stage from washing, and dying to detailed printing and were then taken to a shop where hopefully Singh earned some good commission from Mum and Dad buying more presents.
The Lonely Planet had told us to go to the Amber Fort in the afternoon so that it would be quieter, but it neglected to mention that the elephants rides we wanted to take were only available until 12. We whizzed up in the jeep instead and spent an hour wandering around through the tiny passageways of the fort, trying to find our way to the top
The enormous elephant we found was gorgeous, but none of us were happy about the trainer who had a big pointed stake to control him, and really the whole thing felt like something we shouldn't have been participating in. There were about 15 elephants there and none looked particularly happy. We cut the ride short and got out of there quickly as the trainer wasn't best pleased with our tiny tip and he looked quite menacing astride a 10ft, 2 tonne elephant.
Next stop was the Monkey temple where Dan had a great time feeding them by hand and one even jumped on his back. I didn't like them much, but they were at least free and definitely having a lovely time being fed by tourists all day. There were also specatcular views of the pink city from the top temple.
Back at the hotel we finally took our gin and tonics out into the garden and watched the father and son traditional puppet show which they had been inviting us to each night. It was hilarious and surprisingly raunchy in parts. They also played a nasty trick on me making a snake jump out. Lucky it wasn't Mikey as I think he might have cried.
We ate in the hotel so that Mikey could get to bed early in preparation for his 150 mile cycle to Agra the next day! I had spagetti bolognaise made from goat - surprisingly nice.