Delhi and Rajasthan
Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
120Trip End Dec 13, 2006
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Once in Delhi we slept then met up with our friends, Martin and Annie (who we travelled with in Indonesia and Malaysia earlier in the year) for a quick tour of the mad city of New Delhi. Lots of cows (and their poo), motorised tricycles, hippies, Indian people trying to sell you things - mayhem!! We escaped to the New Tibetan Colony for the afternoon (much quieter but the polluted river wasn't very picturesque).
We left Delhi last Wednesday night and took the overnight sleeper bus to Pushkar
After 2 nights in Pushkar we headed to Jodphur - the blue city with a really well preserved 'golden' fort. The local bus we took was hot and sweaty but cheap and good to see local Indian people on. In the old town of Jodphur (within the walls) many of the house are painted blue (Blue for Brahmins and for keeping away insects) which adds a lovely character to the city especially when you view it from a rooftop with the fort in the background
Jaisalmer is the gold city right on the edge of the Thar desert. It's fort dominates the desrt like surroundings but the fort is not as well preserved as the one in Jodphur, maybe this is because there are lots of guesthouses and restaurants inside the fort?? We checked into the Desert Boys guesthouse and bagged a fantastic old style room with sari curtains, and brightly coloured cushions on the bed (very nice). The next day Annie, Martin, Francois, Marie, Paul and I headed off into the desert for some Camel action. We took a jeep for 2 hours then rode on Camel back through the desert - some parts had beautiful sanddunes with no vegetation just a few gazelles running through. Most of the desert had some plants, lots of goats and a few villages here and there which we visited. We were lucky enough to see a wedding ceremony but because everyone wanted their picture taken we were sometimes a bit hassled. The 6 of us camped out under the stars and the moon, enjoying a few beers and a good vegetable curry with chapatis, poppadoms and pulao rice. We had some fun on our 'Camel Safari' but we'll be glad to escape the heat of Rajasthan and head up to the mountains in the north and visit Dharamsala and a few other towns.