What a night’s sleep that was. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but there are a lot of dogs in India. I recall seeing some roaming the beach adjacent to a resort in the south, but they’re everywhere up here in the north. Generally you don’t hear anything from them….no barking. Wow, did that come to an end last night! A few times during the night we woke up to barking and howling that went on for a while. They were close, possibly in the alley beside our window, but I could also here them in the distance. I put the pillow over my head; Dass got up to got his ear plugs.
We’ve had a great time and great photography in Pushkar. This is definitely on the list for a photo tour, but it would be good to be here when the Camel Fair is in full swing. It actually starts today. Rajasthani men are known for their moustaches, as you’ve seen in a few of my photos. Well, they have a contest for the longest moustache and they get to be ridiculously long….several feet! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14V-YN2-lf4
They have camel and horse competitions, such as camel races, ferris wheels and other rides that you normally see at fairs, colour, noise….all great fun and I’d love to come back for it. Unless you’ve been here, there’s nothing else like it!
Kamal picked us up at 9:00. We put Pushkar behind us and headed down the highway to Jaipur, our last stop on this tour. We arrived at the Ibis Hotel about 12:30. This is a nice hotel, but it’s your typical hotel room and, as Dass said, “There’s nothing India about it”; however, it has good internet service in the room. After checking in, we went for lunch at a good restaurant, where the tour drivers take their clients. The menu was quite extensive with Indian and continental food, but we stuck with the Indian menu. I had saffron rice with mixed vegetables cooked in onion gravy and garlic nan bread. I think I’ve had nan bread with every meal, except breakfast.
Kamal drove us to the old part of Jaipur, the Pink City. We walked through the market and, again, through the gauntlet of shop keepers asking us to come into their shops to see their stuff. I don’t like ignoring people when they speak to me, but that’s what you have to do in this situation and I’m getting used to it by now. Got some shots of their stuff though.
We walked down a side street to get away from the maddening crowd and got some good shots there.
We got some photos of the Hawa Mahal, which was built in 1799 by Maharaj a Sawai Pratap Singh, but opted out of touring it….to damn hot. Hey, you’ve seen one palace, you’ve seen them all!
Here’s a take-off on a photo in our room that I like.
In fact, we decided not to do anything except go back to the hotel and we stayed in our room for the rest of the day doing some computer work, watched some TV – got the latest on the US election. As Geoff said in an email, “Big day in the banana republic to the south of us. It should be a long time before they can lecture anyone on democracy.” Ain’t that the truth!!
Before we knew it, it was pushing 11:00 PM. Kamal will be here at 9:00 AM. We have one last stop to make at the Amir Fort tomorrow morning, and then we’re off to Delhi. He has another group to pick up at the airport in the late afternoon, so we’ll be there well ahead of our flight departure time at midnight. Two of Dass’ Indian ‘sisters’ are coming to the airport to meet him. One of them is flying in from Mumbai.
As wonderful as this trip has been, it’s going to be great to get home to my honey!!