Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
33Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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Basically, the centre of town is a cheesy holiday spot where people from all over Rajasthan and Gujurat travel for their 2 weeks out of the sun. It's a km or two up so it's cool during the day and cold at night
I stayed in Mount Abu for 3 days, originally planning to trek as soon as I got there. I tested my legs on the first day by climbing up to Toad Rock (it looks like a toad) which was about 100m worth of steps. I had to stop 3 times to get my breath back and then I fell asleep on a rock when I got to the top. Fail. On day 2 I joined a tour to see the sites. I managed a climb up 300 steps but ran away from the tour which was in Hindi and which was of the evil dictator type. Still a fail. By the evening, I managed a climb with the local guide to his special place (his name not mine!) and that all went well so I agreed to go out for a few hours the next morning
Within 5 minutes in a Jeep we could forget the Swan boats and icecream stalls. The hills were beautiful, my legs just about held out and it was an amazing walk. No bears, unfortunately, although there was some poo. There was also some caves which involved crawling through tiny gaps in complete darkness. Again, no bears but we threw a stone in just to be sure. Threw a bloody stone in, what the hell? What if there had been!? Sorry, just an aside there.
That was all bloody well but crawling through holes looking for bears and watching terrible films with Jessica Alba in had in no way prepared me for my next adventure - Mount Abu to Mumbai. One of the busiest weeks of the year due to it being the most auspicious date for a wedding and therefore all of India on the move. Trains chockablock and the only option a 20 hour bus journey. Fun fun fun.