TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
42Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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Where I stayed
Deepak Rest House Jaisalmer
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Having all arrived in one piece we celebrated with a lovely cold kingfisher beer which we took to the top of a sand dune to watch the sun go down. So peaceful. We kept getting lovely smells wafting up from the camp as the camel drivers prepared our meal. One of the camel boys bought us up freshly cooked pakoras to stop us from starving as we waited for our main meal to be cooked. Meanwhile the storm clouds were gathering, and a heavy shower sent us scampering back down the sand dune to take shelter in the stick hut - not 100% waterproof. Our camp beds had been set up outside and the idea was to sleep around the camp fire, as the stick hut was not big enough for all of us to sleep in. Once the shower cleared we went back out side to build a fire. DJ has warned us that if it rains again we might have to consider returning to the hotel. Unfortunately it did rain again so it was a full evacuation. I can understand that some of our party were disappointed - but better safe then sorry. Also, these giant beetles started appearing, apparently a bit of rain brings out all the creepy crawlies plus two rather big feral dogs appeared and to be honest I was glad we were going - the idea of camping out under the stars was becoming less appealing by the minute. We had a 10 minute walk in the dark to the camel car and even that was a little scary, it was literally pitch black, we had only a small beam of light up ahead to guide us.
We arrived back at the hotel at 11pm and I was not feeling well and by the time I reached my room at the Deepak I was firing from both ends. I feel I've succumbed to Delhi Belly. Praise the Lord that this episode did not happen on the way back to the Deepak
Quote of the day from Doris when she mounted her camel. "Do you know, I can't remember the last time I had my legs so wide apart."
7th SEPT JAILSALMER - JODHPUR
We caught the midday bus to Jodhpur, a nine hour bus ride. I'm really not well - I have a temperature and the trots and I pray to God that I don't disgrace myself on the bus. I haven't eaten or barely drunk anything since last night. The bus journey is a bit of a blur as I slept for most of the way. Best purchase for this trip - my squidgy plush travel pillow, a Godsend. Arrive in Jodhpur, it's raining and I go straight to bed. Next day DJ organises a doctor to visit me, he gives me a shot in the bum and copious amounts of tablets to be administered by Florence Nightingale (aka Fred). I'm forced to consume a piece of dry toast & water so that I can take my medication. Man I feel ill. It appears to be food poisoning, which is quite weird as I have had the same as everybody else. Can't really tell you much about Jodhpur as I didn't really see it!
8th SEPT JODHPUR - UDAIPUR
We have booked a private car to take 5 of us to Udaipur. Apparently the scenery is quite stunning and also we can stop the car at any time, should those amongst us who are feeling a little fragile find it necessary
9th Sept Hotel Narayan Niwas. Wow! what a view, This is spectacular. I'm pleased to say I'm back in the land of the living which I am very grateful for, as there's so much to see here, it's hard to know where to start. There are about 3 palaces built on the lake, one of which is the very expensive Palace Hotel. Apparently some of the scenes for the Bond movie Octopussy were shot there. On the rooftop of our hotel there is a nightly showing of Octopussy - the locals are quite proud of their claim to fame