Man Eating Bears and Indian Tourists
Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
58Trip End Dec 27, 2005
We just hung out at our little hotel and walked around town soaking in the cool air. We got warned against going on any hikes in the hills due to the bears that have attacked tourists. I thought we made it up the windy road here with a scary bus driver, what were a few bears. If they are anything like indian cows, they will settle for eating cardboard and plastic and won't have room for the occassional tourist
One afternoon we got the bright idea to go on a tour offered by the government tourist office. I figured we were saving a whole 18 ruppees (45 cents) per ticket if we went on te government tour rather than the private tours. It was an old bus, problem was the tour was all in Hindi and though I have been here a couple weeks, my hindi just isn't up to understanding squat. We met lots of nice folks who were kind enough to give us the occasional translation. It was a long six hours, but we saw a lot of beautiful temples and some great lookout points where you could look out across the plains below (one guy claimed you could see Pakistan on a clear day, but I think he was on something). The crowing moment was where we shared a "peaceful" sunset with about 300 Indian Families at Mt. Abu's "sunset point". I just couldn't understand how those dozens of kids couldn't sit still after their 6 hour tours in order to enjoy a quiet and reflective sun down. V and I were star attractions and had to pose in a number of family pictures (yes, V got to hold the babies). We wonder what the heck people want to do with these pictures. Didn't get much of a chance to see the sun, but someone told me it was a glorious finish.
It was a relaxing couple of days. V and I had been knocked down by colds that were nagging us the last week so it was good to have some down time in cool weather. We needed our energy as we were heading north and closer to the desert in the morning. People tell us the temp gets up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).