A change in travel plans
Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
191Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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After lunch and a tour of the tented camps underground water system, which was built by the Marahwal (king) about 300 years ago in the middle of the desert (and full of bats!), we were supposed to fly to Udaipur. When we got to the airport, we waited a while and then found out the flight was cancelled due to a dust storm somewhere. So we had to get a car and drive to Jodhpur, which took about six hours. It was not a bad drive - I got to sit in the far back and we saw an Egyptian vulture (big and white), lots of military guys and camps, lots of cows, and a fox. We stayed at the place where we celebrated Lu's birthday lunch, and we got to see some guys doing the stick fight dancing, which was very cool. We also watched a guy wrap his turban. Before it was wrapped, it was about three feet wide and about 20 feet long - it was amazing that he could make it all fit on his head so quickly. Indrajit also told us the story of Chetak, a famous Indian horse.
A maharaja had a favorite horse that he used to ride in battles. He loved the horse and it was named, Chetuk. Finally, in one battle, the horse was shot many times, but saved the maharaja's life. The maharaja took Chetuk into the forest and let him die because he could not be saved. Then the maharaja gave up fighting forever and wandered the world with nothing.
We all collapsed after a late dinner - we will drive to Udaipur tomorrow to see the Lake Palace.