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India - The Last Word

Final Impressions of a wondrous tour

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  • Beautifully executed and designed Tour from Scenic Tours, Claire Yogesh and Ground operators.
  • Smallish group of travellers 23 at beginning of tour and 19 for the last week. A good mix of personalities who cared about the tour and each other.
  • India herself ...vast....cacophony of sound.....the smells of perfumes, sandalwood........cremations by the sacred Ganges......the colours of saris worn by women carrying extraordinary loads on their heads while the men stand around.......the ancient monuments.... the fabled Taj Mahal as beautiful and ethereal as described........The forts at Agra, Delhi, Amber and Jaipur........Merenghah Fort, The City Palace of Jaipur and Udaipur......walking down the main street of Pushkar with cattle competing with street side stalls.......The Oberoi Amarvilas and Vanyavilas, The Taj Lake Palace Palace Hotel, The Imperial Delhi, The Rambagh Palace hotel and the Raas Hotel in Jodhpur.........We rode on Camel, Elephant, Cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, Bullock Wagon, Coach and foot......the Jain Temple at Ranakpur........The Lodi gardens and Qutb Minar in Delhi.....Cultural events both authentic and touristic.......

In short a wonderful not to be missed experience and another to be crossed off our bucket list. Despite the endless stories of rape and religious extremism a largely peaceful and serene mass of over 1 billion striving human beings with a lengthy and continous presence in a land of great contrasts.

Thank you Claire, Yogesh, our driver and Bret Lemish from Scenic Tours who put this whole adventure together.

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Home at last!

A sort of end

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Jain Temple

Jain Temple

After 2 days in Singapore we woke early this morning and were driven to the Changi Airport. After a 3 hour wait we boarded our Singapore Airlines A380 and once again had the extended leg room we had paid for prior to our holiday. Economy class with the screaming children and only slight recline was bearable for the 7 hour flight and we arrived in Melbourne on schedule at 8:45pm local time. In the next few days I will upload lots of photos and try to bring the blog to an appropriate conclusion now I have access to my trusty desktop PC.

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India


City Palace, Udaipur

City Palace, Udaipur


Peacock Court City Palace Udaipur

Peacock Court City Palace Udaipur


Taj Lake Palace Hotel

Taj Lake Palace Hotel


Cultural Night at Udaipur

Cultural Night at Udaipur


Desert Queen

Desert Queen


Desert Queens

Desert Queens


Desert Maharajah

Desert Maharajah

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Narlai to Udaipur

Ancient Stepwell to City Palace in 2 days

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After arriving at Rawla Narlai we had an hour or two to enjoy our lovely room and the charming hotel. We met in the courtyard of the hotel for a glass or two of wine then it was onto bullock carts for our ride to through the streets of Narlai to an 1100 year old disused stepwell typical of the Rajasthani and Punjabi areas of India. The stepwell was covered in candles and after gazing at it we moved to the open dining area where we were entertained by local musicians and dancers into the night. We sat on 2 person couches in an amphitheatre with a blazing bonfire under the northern Hemisphere stars. At the end of the night our Driver Jamsheed and his assistant Dravinda set of rockets and roman candles arranged by Claire our tour leader and David - one of our group. An excellent hot buffet followed with a group from Jodhpur with a 10 year old boy dancing his booty off along with several young female dancers and the all male musicians.

Tired we returned to our hotel for a few hour sleeps in the very comfortable bed in our suprprisingly lovely hotel.

Next morning we woke early to take a stroll through the village of Narlai. Because we were accompanied by a local we were able to photograph and video local people who would not normally give acces to tourists. We wandered through narrow laneways accompanied by ever-present dogs, cattle, and pigs along pitted streets dodging animal droppings and it was great. Eventually it was back to the Hotel and time to leave for Ranakpur and eventually Udaipur. We even met a sheepherders wife with several flocks of sheep and goat who insisted we email her with the photos we had taken of her.

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Udaipur to Singapore

A whirlwind finish

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We landed in Singapore this morning after nearly 24 hours without sleep between Udaipur and here and a medical emergency on the flight from Delhi to Singapore. My laptop problems continue so I will complete the blog with lots of photos when I get home in 2 days. I will just say that India is an experience not to be missed - particularly when the tour is with Scenic Tours Australia and our Tour Director Claire and local guide Yogesh. The accommodation was superb and the company terrific. All brought together by Claire and wonderfully designed by Bret of Scenic.

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Jodhpur to Narlai

Textiles Camels and Heritage Hotels

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We have just arrived in the little village of Narlai and are staying overnight at a Heritage hotel - the Rawla at Narlai - what a surprise! A delightful room with a bed large enough for Bob Carol Ted Alice and all their friends. Tonight we are off to an ancient step well for dinner after a bullock cart ride through the village. Mum has had a rocky few days with most people experiencing a hacking cough and runny nose.

Our last day in Jodhpur yesterday was leisurely. We ventured out of the Raas Hotel intending to go to the Bazaar but were instead waylaid and taken to the Maharani Textile and antique market where friends had spent up big the previos evening. We spent a pleasant and productive hour or 2 having various textile thrown out in front of us. Then returned to the hotel in time for our Camel Safari. We set off on a 2 hour journey over roads which varied from a goat track to roads actually built for 2 vehicles to pass each other. We arrived at the Osian Camel Safari Camp and I rode a camel leaving me with permanent hip Dysplasia and lost dignity when I tried to get on and off the camel. Celina rode on a camel cart which was not comfortable for her. We moved on to an Indian Buffet under the stars accompanied by local musicians and dancers.

This mornig we opted to mis the jeep ride into some local villages as both Claire our tour director and we decided it would not be good for Celina's bruised and battered body. We slept in but were not given a wake up call in time to avoid rushing around in the semi dark getting our bags out. We accompanied the coach to await the others returning from the dusty bone shattering trip and travelled an hour or so more to the Heritage Hotel at Rohet for a buffet lunch. Then another 2 hours and some brilliant driving by our driver to squeeze the coach into the Rawla Narlai.

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