Sunday, 14 March 2010

On our own now

This morning we have said goodbye to Karam, as he dropped us off at the train station in Delhi. Last night we stayed with his family in his home village, which was pretty amazing. The Rajasthan area that he is from is particularly beautiful, and his family are very warm and welcoming. There was his older brother, his sister in law (who is both his wife's sister and his brother's wife) and his parents. It was nice to spend some time with them and they all did everything they could to make us feel at home. His mother was a charming lady, who, although she spoke no English, was fluent in the universal language of hugs.


The last few days of the tour around the Rajasthan area were truly amazing! We went to the more desert-like areas, like the India's first lived-in fort, Jaislemere. Again we were guided by one of Karam's good friends, who told us a lot about the history of the place. People were friendly, with the ususal mix of hawkers and fake holy men added in for the flavour, so we have really enjoyed ourselves there. The same night we went to Jaislemere, we went of a camel safari: I was quite chuffed to see I could gallop on a camel on my own! OK- so it was more of a trot that a gallop, but I still felt very Lawrence of Arabia-ish.

At the moment we are in Orcha, which we will begin to explore tomorrow.
The pictures are all at the bottom.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing! The photos are lovely, and I'm so glad you guys are having such a good time. Well done for managing the camel ride - it looks fantastic! Still missing you xxxx

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