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Nov 5, 2017 - Bikaner

Sunday 5th November 2017 Bikaner and Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple) Today we had breakfast and were met by our guide at the hotel at 9:00am. We drove 32 kms to the Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple) at Deshnok. The visit to this temple was the reason for this trip. Lynn has always wanted to visit there since she saw it on an episode of The Amazing Race. We took our shoes off (as you always have to) and entered the temple with many others who come to worship and also to see the rats that inhabit this temple. They are holy and there are thousands...

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Nov 4, 2017 - Jaisalmer to Bikaner

Saturday 4th November 2017 Jaisalmer to Bikaner Up on the roof again for breakfast for another beautiful view of Jaisalmer Fort on a lovely morning. Lynn saved her toast for the mother dog we had seen from the roof, she has 10 very lively puppies. The dog was happy to receive the toast and quickly ate it. The hotel manager told her that they feed the dog and give the puppies milk, but we wondered what would become of them – so many dogs on the streets of India. The manager of the hotel gave us a present of 2 very beautiful cushion covers...

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Nov 3, 2017 - Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

Thursday 2nd November 2017 Udaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur Up very early this morning (5:30am) for a 6:15am pick up at the hotel. When we went downstairs the staff were asleep on the floor and on the lounge in reception and there was no sign of our promised tuk tuk, so Lynn went to find one for our trip down to where our driver would be waiting at 6:30am. Meanwhile David hailed one down, so when Lynn came back with another one, we had to give one some money to not take us. Although our guide had given the hotel instructions about the tuk...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Delhi to Udaipur

Tuesday 31st October 2017 Delhi to Udaipur Today marks the start of our new trip in Rajasthan. We farewelled our fellow travellers from our bus trip this morning and last evening. We met a representative, Vikas, from our new agency in the hotel reception this morning. He accompanied us to the airport in a taxi through the morning traffic. As we have 2 internal flights with smaller luggage allowances we have ‘decanted’ quite a few belongings into a separate bag and Vikas planned to take it to our final hotel in Delhi for them to store until...

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Oct 29, 2017 - Pushkar to Mandawa

Sunday 29th October 2017 Pushkar to Mandawa After breakfast today, we joined one other couple and went back on the bus to the camel fair. It was quiet in the arena as nothing had yet started unlike yesterday when there was a great deal of action. We strolled around and looked at horses and camels for nearly an hour then back on the bus to the hotel, had lunch in our room then checked out of the hotel, waited downstairs and left Pushkar at around 1:00pm for the long drive to Mandawa, arriving at the hotel there at about 7:30pm. Dinner was...

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Oct 28, 2017 - Jodhpur to Pushkar

Friday 27th October 2017 Jodhpur to Pushkar Up early today and left the hotel at around 8:30am to drive to Pushkar. Arrived at about 1:00pm. The city was bustling because the Pushkar Camel Fair was just starting tomorrow. Lunch in the hotel, and in this town there is no meat, eggs or alcohol, so it was a total vegetarian meal. At 4:00pm we went with the group for a walk from the hotel into the town about a kilometre away. We visited the Pushkar Lake where Hindus come to pray and bathe at one of the 54 ghats and have ceremonies, then we...

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Oct 26, 2017 - Jaipur to Jodhpur

Wednesday 25th October 2017 Jaipur to Jodhpur Up early today for the long drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur through the dry and dusty countryside. No sightseeing en route today but lots of countryside and the occasional village to view. Left at 7:00am and arrived at the hotel in Jodhpur at 2:00pm, checked in and free time for the rest of the day. Lovely grassy gardens and a slightly cloudy swimming pool at this hotel that used to be a mansion used for polo players. Spent the afternoon relaxing in the room and dinner in the hotel at night. Today...

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Oct 24, 2017 - Bharatpur to Jaipur

Monday 23rd October 2017 Bharatpur to Jaipur Today we left our hotel in Bharatpur just after 9am and drove about two hours to Abhaneri where we visited the Chand Baori step well, supposedly the deepest step well in the world. It was constructed in the 9th Century and is about 100 feet deep and has a total of 3,500 steps over 13 levels. This place was totally amazing and could still be used as a well after it fills in the monsoon season. There was nearby a Hindu Temple (Harshat Mata) from which, over the centuries, the nearby villagers took...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Agra to Bharatpur

Sunday 22nd October 2017 Agra to Bharatpur Today we had breakfast in the hotel and left around 9:30am to visit Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) where the Mughal Shah had his capital for 10 years, then due to lack of sufficient water, the capital moved back to Agra. It was quite frantic when we arrived with hawkers and other local people out in droves as it was a holiday Sunday. The city itself is a World Heritage site and is absolutely beautiful with many carved stone walls in a rusty red colour and set at the top of the hill overlooking...

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May 6, 2017 - pushkar to Agra

So I obviously haven't written in a while!! I had this one saved in my phone from pushkar to Agra from a couple days ago.. Aylish and I went to the top of the mountain by gondola to check out the stiva temple at the top. The gondola ride was 2 dollars and in turn the way up was taken up by a good view and nervous laughs. The view was awesome of Pushkar. The city is the last one before the real start of the Thar desert.  It's known for the world's biggest camel fair. Sometime in October I think. After that we came back down to go for a late...

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May 4, 2017 - Pushkar

We took the city bus to oushkar because we didn't want to wait till the direct bus was full. The bus terminal was nuts. It was about 50 huge buses all blowing their horn at the same time. Everyone was calm until their bus came then it was a mad dash to get a seat otherwise you were standing. We thought we were smart by getting a window seat for air but it was more like a heater blowing full blast on you for for a couple hours haha. I had some serious swass by the end. We were pouring water on our heads by the end of it and getting laughed...

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May 2, 2017 - jaipur

Today I woke up with my first mad dash to the bathroom. Mom, you jinxed me by asking about that haha. That's all I have to say about that lol. We woke up and agreed we had to get our next couple of days planned out.  We went to the train station with the intention of booking a couple first class tickets but they're mostly booked up so we are gonna take buses for most of them. Everything is a puzzle here and everything take like 5 times as long to accomplish. It's good because it really tests your patience and mental stability lol. We don't...

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