A change in travel plans

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Friday, November 14, 2008

Well, yesterday we has a small change in our travel plans, for the first time! My parents always say, "A change in travel plans is dancing lessons from God." This time it was the Jaiselmer gods at the military airport. After a nice morning at our tents, we visited the school and met the principal and some of the kids. The girl we met was not there, but some of the boys were, so we gave the school enough pencils for everyone (150 of them) and said hello. They were very nice. I found out that in India, most kids go to school six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, because they have lots of holidays. I am not sure I would like that.

After lunch and a tour of the tented camps underground water system, which was built by the Marahwal (king) about 300 years ago in the middle of the desert (and full of bats!), we were supposed to fly to Udaipur. When we got to the airport, we waited a while and then found out the flight was cancelled due to a dust storm somewhere. So we had to get a car and drive to Jodhpur, which took about six hours. It was not a bad drive - I got to sit in the far back and we saw an Egyptian vulture (big and white), lots of military guys and camps, lots of cows, and a fox. We stayed at the place where we celebrated Lu's birthday lunch, and we got to see some guys doing the stick fight dancing, which was very cool. We also watched a guy wrap his turban. Before it was wrapped, it was about three feet wide and about 20 feet long - it was amazing that he could make it all fit on his head so quickly. Indrajit also told us the story of Chetak, a famous Indian horse.


A maharaja had a favorite horse that he used to ride in battles. He loved the horse and it was named, Chetuk. Finally, in one battle, the horse was shot many times, but saved the maharaja's life. The maharaja took Chetuk into the forest and let him die because he could not be saved. Then the maharaja gave up fighting forever and wandered the world with nothing.

We all collapsed after a late dinner - we will drive to Udaipur tomorrow to see the Lake Palace.
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