Jodhpur, India

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hi guys!

In India at the moment & it's absolutely mental! I've never been anywhere with 1/4 the amount of stuff happening all at once!

We arrived in Dehli about 5days ago at 1am, totally knackered after being in airports & on planes for about 40hrs. Our first glimpse of Delhi was mainly of giant trucks all covered in tinsel & mirrors with horns like ice-cream van tunes driving along about 3 to each lane of traffic!

After a nice rest in our hotel (not a posh hotel but the staff collect your washing and room service is about 50p) we went out the next day for a walk round old Delhi. It's really poor in places here, the lucky people have little paddling pools full of water-proof watches for sale but mostly nobody has anything.

We went in India's largest mosque and a sikh temple where we ate free dahl (lentil soup) which they give to anyone. You leave your shoes at a counter like a religious bowling alley or something.

After dinner we took an overnight train (complete with unidentifiable packed lunches) to Jaisalmer which is an amazing place. The fold-down train beds were surprisingly comfortable & we were pretty fresh when we arrived. We stayed at the Deepak Resthouse which occaisionally had electricity inside the town's fort wall. Jaisalmer is very friendly with loads of narrow streets and holy cows that are huge & won't move out of the way, forcing you to squeeze past. We bought a wall hanging and some clothes, my shirt was about 80p made especially!! Also in Jaisalmer, we visited a Jain temple (which is a bit like buddhism) which had amazing architecture & made me feel like I was Indiana Jones or something! (Indiana Jones and the Crowd of Dutch Tourists!)

We are now in Jodhpur where the riding trousers come from and it's really unbelievable. Imagine going to the local tip for a stroll and getting some people to chase you on mopeds. Throw in the occasional deformed dog and some shops and thats what it's like. It really doesn't feel as bad as it looks though, everywhere we've been you get stared at constantly but only out of curiosity. Nearly everyone will smile at you and shake your hand or ask where you're from etc. And they absolutely love giving out business cards! I think it makes them feel realy important! Everyone's dead friendly and you don't feel uneasy about asking for help and then getting done over.
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bex0
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To Ben,
I hope you are still enjoying India, it sounds awesome, I am very jealous.
I am reading your entries now rather than Kirsty's, beacuse they are unintelligible. You should teach her to type.
Take care,
Bex

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