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May 26, 2010 - On to Jaipur

An early trip to the Amber Fort. Yet again a massive site. 15kms of wall for a start. All manner of rooms, some belonging to the ruler, some to his 12 wives – all with secret passages to his quarters. Some decorated with inlaid precious stones, some with mirrored patterns. A complicated collection of passages and stairs – very easy to lose your way. David has an encounter with a snake charmer – had the cheek to charge him for handling the cobra. Our guide and driver hid behind our bus – terrified of snakes and in awe of David. On our return...

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May 24, 2010 - Village life

David the only one who braves the early hours to scale the hill to the fort. Our silent friend goes as his guide. Quite steep and deemed not good for me. Takes him 1 ½ hours and is back in time for breakfast. Midmorning we take a tour of the village. We get a lesson on caste, discrimination and religion. As much as the government tries to eliminate the caste system they have had little success. Certain areas of the village, and water pumps, are for people of different casts and heaven help anyone who tries to get water from a pump belonging...

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May 23, 2010 - Tordi Garh

Bags out by 5.45. We are at the local bus station and on our air-conditioned bus by 6.30. You will notice that air conditioners have become all consuming lately. 48 degrees during the day, not much lower than 35 degrees at night. We are drinking so many litres of water and none of it seems to touch the sides. We buy a cold bottle and within 15 minutes it is like drinking hot water from kettle. Even though we know fizzy drinks don’t quench the thirst we generally give in and have one just to feel the fizz. When we are in restaurants the...

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