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2014 Feb by Franklin Murillo
I arrived into Udaipur by bus from Ahmadabad Gujarat. I had eight hours to spend here so I went to the Palace for a visit. Afterwards I ate at the restaurant Ozen where they continuously play the movie Octopussy with James Bond which was filmed here. I took the overnight train to my next destination Jaipur. Spending two nights at the Krishna Palace, a beautiful old home which needs restoration. My next destination was Agra in Uttar Pradesh. |
2009 Sep by Astrid S.
So I am in Jaisalmer at last. |
The wake up call in the Delhi hotel came half an hour late, too. Thank God I have my own alarm in my mobile.
Flew Kingfisher Air to Jodhpur and then got the bus to Jaisalmer, 5 hours through the desert. I was the only foreigner on the bus, surrounded by Rajasthani women in colourful sarees, golden nose rings and necklaces who looked almost like gypsies, their husbands, and a lot of kids, babies, and also a few bigger ones.
I looked out the open window of the bus, and realised that the only way to cope with the sun is to wrap my saree silk scarf around my hair and my face like an Arab. It works, much better than sunscreen alone.
It also makes me feel safer and keeps the men at a distance, now I walk the streets this way all the time, loose jeans, silk blouse and most of my face and hair hidden by a veil.
Unfortunately, Queen Harish had to leave to visit some sick relative just before I came, so we missed each other and I am here all alone. But we talked on the phone and maybe he will send over one of his musicians to see me.
Tomorrow they will take me into the desert and for a 7km camel ride, and to "sleep under the stars".
The interesting part is the feeling of being all alone in th middle of nowhere, (though still not sure what I am doing here) and when I feel into myself, my mind is very quiet, in sort of a suspended state, just being in the moment, and I feel no fear, just silence inside.
I have also noticed that I have become stronger and more dignified during this journey. When someone tries to tease me and put me down a little bit, I just proudly tell them off.
My new Tartar friend in Kapadokya told me, I am like an Indian woman, very strong, and he likes that.
Today, I went into the Desert Boy restaurant for lunch. When the man there started on explaining the existence of gigolos in Jaisalmer, I simply said:"You know what I do?", and I wrapped my scarf around my hair, and he changed the subject immediately. Ha! It works! So simple, actually. You just have to learn their nonverbal language.
Anyway, my hotel is gorgeous, all in sand coloured marble and located o a hill across from Sunset Point which has temple-like pavillons on it where you can sit and watch the sunset. I can lso sit on the roof and watch the Fort.
Also, inside the Fort, I followed Lonely Planet's suggestion for activities, and got an ayurvedic massage, by an Indian woman in a saree who rubbed oil all over my body and did sort of a lymph drainage thing.
Had tea and fruit at the Saffron restaurant again, and a band came and played who looked and sounded a lot like the Maharaja band from the Latcho Drom movie. The best part was the flamboyant maybe 11 year old boy who played the spoons for percussion and made very sexy expressive arm and hand movements with them. The most charming child musician he was, an all male band of boys, youngsters and men. Mon, September 14, 2009 - 10:07 AM -
2006 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
Rajasthan is the largest state of India. It is even larger than Finland. There are living more than 55 million people, it is ten times more than here in Finland. Rajasthan has a long border with Pakistan also. We arrived to Jaipur from south after travelling around India by train. Because we had only few hours journey to Delhi we did not take hotel in Jaipur, but proceeded to Delhi on same day. Jaipur is locating in the middle of state and there are living 5.5 million people, it is more than in Finland, for example. |
1996 Nov by Michael Novins
November 1996 -- I visited Rajasthan in November 1996, first visiting Udaipur, the most appealing city that I visited in India. In Udaipur, I stayed at the Lake Palace Hotel, set on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola (a central location in the James Bond film Octopussy). From Udaipur, I visited the Jain Temple in Ranakpur, and then traveled to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. In addition to visiting Jaipur's forts and palaces (including Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the Winds"), I visited the 18th-century Jantar Mantar observatory, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in August 2010. |
1989 Feb by Jorge Sanchez
In Rajasthan I used to travel on the roofs of the trains crossing the desert, being too hot inside the carriages.
The walled town of Jaisalmer was my favorite place in that Indian state. It was like a fairy tale. I spent two days there admiring its Indian temples, the Jain Havelis, the Maharaja Palace and, in general, breathing the exotic atmosphere of such an original city in the middle of the Thar Desert.
When I resolved to leave the city I headed to the railway station where I saw a man in a bogie ready to depart. I, by curiosity, asked him:
- Where are you travelling to in that bogie?
And his answer was:
- I am heading to Hamira. Do you want to come with me?
I know that he gave me that invitation expecting that I would refuse it. But I accepted at one!
The man, somewhat embarrassed but having given me his word had to accept me and we immediately set off to Hamira.
The journey took us about half an hour. It was very funny travelling in that primitive bogie. It was very basic and small, and we sat on one’s heels. But in spite of the conditions I enjoyed the journey very much. The sensation of travelling almost at the level of the ground was like “eating” the desert.
Looking backwards, Jaisalmer was disappearing from my visual horizon.
In Hamira I opted for a more orthodox way of travel and climbed to the roof of the first available train eastwards, to continue my journey exploring the Rajasthan.............................................
THE HOLY RATS: Karni Devel temple and the holy rats!|
This exotic temple is covered by a metallic net to avoid the predator birds of the desert to attack its holy inhabitants: thousands of rats! These rats are especially ugly, with 30 centimetres grey tail and long moustaches. But they are harmless and will not bite you because eat a lot and are all fat. The Brahman caste monks take care of them and feed them with cheese and milk of camel all the time, plus honey and jelly before going to sleep in their holes. They even play the harmonium to please them. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims go to Karni Devel temple to worship them. They believe that in the rats reside the soul of a family of Rajputs, and will be sacred until they will reincarnate in humans. When leaving, the monks asked me money to buy milk and honey to the rats.I refused, removed the playful baby rats introduced into my shoes and left to lovely walled city of Jaisalmer, the incredible marble temples of Mount Abu, and the most eccentric habits of the Jain.