Textiles Camels and Heritage Hotels
19.02.2013 - 20.02.2013
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.