Day 16 - Wednesday, 20 February 2013 - Jodhpur / Narlai
20.02.2013 - 20.02.2013
Left Jodhpur this morning at 8am in jeeps and visited the tribal hamlets of Bishnoi and Prajapats.
Bought two little pots from this guy for $4 AUD. Would have liked more but it was a bit difficult to fit them in the suitcase.
We enjoyed interacting with this family. They couldn't speak English but that didn't seem to matter.
The Prajapats are weavers who weave dhurries, small rugs of cotton or camel hair. We bought a rug for our family room. Should look lovely. It will arrive in the middle of March. We had a few 'small world' incidents while we were in the India. After we agreed to buy the rug, the guy showed us how it would be packaged up to post by showing us one ready for postage. It was being sent to someone in our home town who we knew! Small world.
Travelled in the jeep for three hours and saw a lot of the country side as we bumped along. Everyone waves along the way, especially the children. Claire and Yogi were in our jeep. It was fun. My cold is worse today and everyone is coughing and spluttering on the bus. We are all infecting each other. Called into a magnificent oasis for lunch - in the middle of nowhere. Just lovely.
Then back to the bus for a couple of hours and arrived at Narlai, a village in the middle of nowhere, with a stunning hotel. (Surprise, surprise - this is becoming a habit, but a very nice one!) The hotel was a 17th century fortress which has been carefully restored and beautifully so. It reminded me of our hotel in Kushadasi, in Turkey which was an old castle turned into a hotel.
We had a suite of rooms, with a huge separate lounge room and an enormous bedroom and bathroom and large balcony on the top floor, overlooking the town and a view of the mountain .
Prior to dinner we all met downstaris at 7pm and were given a complimentary wine in the courtyard. Then the guys were given another turban and the ladies a flimsey shawl. Then we were loaded into bullock carts with cushions, two by two and travelled slowly under the stars to a 1100 year old step well, which was lit by candle light. It was so lovely. Then continued to semi circular seating around a bon fire, where we had dinner under the stars. A local band and dancers entertained us. A few of us got up and danced as well and Jamshed and Davindra let off fireworks. It was a very magical evening. Nursed a baby girl who belonged to one of the dancers. Then back to the hotel by jeep.
Sleeping in this bed was like being wrapped in cotton wool. Just lovely. What a simply superb, magical evening!