Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
59Trip End Jun 19, 2006
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After a little humming and hah-ing (and a little bit of financial shuffling) I decided to book myself a car and driver for 23 days through Rajasthan. Faster, more comfortable, and definitely more convenient than public transport, it was a little on the pricey side, but I had a feeling it would be worth the cost.
So on the 17th, my driver Anwar (or Bablu) and I hit the road and headed for a little town called Mandawa, the first pit-stop of my Rajasthani Roadtrip.
Rajasthan is the beaten path, when it comes on Indian touristicle trails. If you've got 3 weeks holiday, and want to come in India, Rajasthan is what you see. The Golden Triangle between Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra is the most heavily travelled part of this route, but I intend to see a lot more than just that. Rajasthan is mostly a desert region, speckled with massive mythic fortresses, truculent camels, military bases, and endless miles of arid beautiful desert. Home to proud desert tribes, it is one of the least populated states in India, but one where you can still find maharajahs living in their palaces and fairytale castles such as the Lake Palace in Udaipur.
Mandawa is a quiet little town, dotted with some beautiful havelis (traditional houses) adorned with wonderful frescoes. After the hectic pace of Delhi, it was great to find somewhere low-key to rest up for a couple of days.
Next stop is going to be Bikaner, and from there we hit the desert proper. Can't wait!