Day 15 - Tuesday, 19 February 2013 - Jodhpur
19.02.2013 - 19.02.2013
Slept in! Woke up at 7.45am, had a leisurely breakfast and arranged to meet Judy and Graeme at 10.15am to walk down to the bazaar. The walk was hair-raising. Narrow lanes, people everywhere, cattle, tuc tucs, motor bikes, cycles, cattle poo - utter chaos. We nearly got skittled a couple of times and also butted by a bull. Judy and I bought some bangles and scarves. A tout took us into his shop and showed us lovely pashminas for $200 AUD. Nearly bought a black and silver one, but really didn't need it, so I didn't buy it. Caught a tuc tuc back to the hotel and got ready for our visit to our desert camp.
1 1/2 hours and a wrong turn later we arrived at a fabulous camp in the desert. We boarded our camels and others hopped in carts being towed by camels and off we went into the desert for sunset. It was fun. I stayed on my camel the whole time because mounting and dismounting is a bit scarey. Once the sun had set, we rode back to the camp and had dinner in a fort like complex with no ceiling - just open to the stars. Lovely. There was a group singing local folk songs and girls dancing and some of us got up and danced with the girls.
Then the long bus trip back to Jodhpur. The narrow road was a bit hairy at night because people don't have lights on their vehicles and those who do, don't dim them and we were driving through the country with cattle and dogs and people all over the road.
A lot of people on the bus have caught a cold and are all at different stages of the infection. The coughing is almost musical! Early morning start tomorrow as the mineret next door will start up at 5am.
Received an email from our consulate in New Delhi to say there will be a general strike on 20 and 21 February and could affect petrol and banking. It's nice to know that Smart Traveller works.
Sorry no photos this blog. I needed my hands free for serious shopping this morning and camel riding this afternoon!