First post from India
03.05.2010 - 14.05.2010 35 °C
here it is! The long-awaited first post from India.
Arrival at Delhi went according to plan, the airport pick-up service was not there and the taxi driver tried directly tried to send us to a 'perfectly genuine' travel agency to plan our trip through Rajasthan. We preferred checking in at the hotel first after a night with not so much sleep on the plane.
A 'friend' of the hotel (who later turned out to be the biggest jerk we've seen so far and we've seen quite a few) would show us another travel agency and yet again we didn't really feel like being treated by official tour guides. After a day in Delhi with a tuk tuk driver who got fined by the police, promised us monkeys (after all, he told us, it was monkey Tuesday, guess that must be the only day they don't come out) and refused to bring us to the official tourist office that was mentioned in the Lonely Planet, we ended up in the agency of Rocky. He promised us the world, we ended up with a taxi and driver for 14 days. Sheru, the driver, is quite a cool guy, although he’s got some strange stories involving goats, black magic, gay men, Japanese girls and Norway.
Road trip started with Mandawa, known for its Havelis (or Favelis, as Tomas called them, maybe his mind’s in Brazil), then Bikaner (fort and rat temple in Deshnok), Jaisalmer (the golden city), Jodhpur (the blue city), Ranakpur (mesmerizing temple and monkies) and now in Pushkar.
Highlights of the trip so far:
• The camel ride from Jaisalmer, sleeping in a sandstorm and then without shower on to our next hotel
• The chaos, heat and dust in Delhi (and basically in all other places we visited) were quite impressive
• The start of the trip where Sheru shows up with a cool box and asks us how many beers we want him to buy for the trip
• What cricket can do to a country where it’s too hot to play a real sport like football
• Temple (Ranakpur) with 1444 different and unique pillars
• How it feels to be rich and famous (many people (mostly pretty good looking guys between 14 and 20, Tomas?) want to take a picture with us in it and shake our hands. Some of them don’t even want money.
• Lack of hygiene (not sure whether that’s a highlight, think my stomach disagrees)
• Pushy priest in Pushkar (where we are now) who ‘hunt in packs’ and don’t let go until you give a ‘donation’
• The ability of men and animals to live happily alongside each other. Not sure who’s happier, the animals or the people.
Will be back shortly! Until then, enjoy your time wherever you are, we’re doing the same!
Bram & Tomas