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The blue city....

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We arrived in Jodhpur the night before last, after a long drive from Udiapur where we left at 9am. We visited Kumbalgarh on the way to Jodhpur, which is basically a massive fort in the middle of nowhere perched on a hill 1100 metres above sea level. 9P1030082.jpg Once you climb to the top, you can see the fort wall which stretces 36km into the distance. P1030083.jpg The views were stunning and it was well worth the climb to the top. It was hot, but breezy as well, much like european weather! Needless to say we had our photo taken by an indian family on the way, and various questions about where we were from etc, but mainly staring....P1030088.jpg

From Kumalgargh we took the car (a sardine can on wheels - code named dizzee rascal) another 2 hours to jodhpur through the deserts of Rajasthan. P1030108.jpg We arrived quite late in the evening, so we checked-in, had dinner and went to bed. Yesterday we explored jodhpur some more, and we got a rickshaw all the way up to the Jaswant Thada for 45rs (about 55p), which is the memorial for the Marahajas of Jodhpur. Set on a hill overlooking the city, its really quite serene and leafy. After that we went to Meherangarh (the city fort), which was just massive and really well presented by indian standards! P1030132.jpgP1030145.jpgP1030192.jpg We got an inclusive audioguide as well, so it was educational as well! Half way up we managed to witness a guide putting his turban on! Chris quickly became Steven Spielberg and videoed the event, we'll try and update this at a later date!

We are off to the Umaid Bhawan Palace this afternoon, once it has cooled off a bit. It's the palace where liz hurley got married a few years ago! We need an early night tonight as our next train is at 6am, so we need to be up early in order to get to the station! We are off to Jaisalmer for 1 night, where we hope to embark on a camel safari! Im quite scared of heights, so we shall see how i manage. Chris is an old pro now, so im sure he will dispense tips along the way!

Until next time, lots of love
Chris and Alex xxx

Posted by chrisalex 23:45 Archived in India Tagged backpacking Comments (2)


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hey everyone!

have been in Udaipur for the past 2 days, having a really good time! P1030009.jpg The hotel is really nice and we have a balcony and everything, all for the price of 5 quid a night each! We have great views of the lake as well, which is really pretty both day and night. We went up to the monsoon palace last night via rickshaw allll the way up this windy road to the top so u can get amazing views of the city whilst the sunsets, its really beautiful! P1020914.jpg P1020915.jpg We sat up there a while whilst the sun went down, watching all the monkeys and everything! On the way back down the rickshaw didnt even start his engine, we just rolled all the way back down the hill, which was amusing to say the least!

We went to the City Palace today, which is where the maharaja currently lives. P1020992.jpg We get to look around the old part though, which is all white marble with stunning glass work. Everything was really well kept, really bright beautiful colours as well! On the way back to the hotel we stopped at another museum which housed the worlds biggest turban, which was amusment enough for me! P1030038.jpg We are currently been eaten by mozzies in this internet cafe, so i shall away for now! Ill write agen soon, we are both well.

Chris and Alex

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Our Arrival...

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firstly - sorry for not writing sooner we have been pretty tired since we landed and needed to get a few things sorted out thats all! We landed fine with no delays, and a 2 hour stop over in helsinki (which was about -6). P1020810.jpg Then we got to mumbai at about 4.30am and it was 22 degrees, so a slight change in temperature! The weather is hottest around midday, where it reaches the mid 30s, so I have to apply liberal amounts of the ol' sun tan lotion there! We have been exploring mumbai by ourselves really as varun is quite busy with work, but he has taken a couple of days off to entertain us a while, which is ace. We spent most of the first afternoon pootling around the gateway of india and the taj hotel and just relaxing really. P1020817.jpgP1020820.jpg We went out for a few drinks last night and didnt get back till late (although varun insists that 3am is very early to get from a night out in mumbai). It was quite quiet as it was midweek thats all, but it suited us fine!

Varuns nephew Ruhan is so cute (hes only 2 months old), and hes quite quiet although when hes hungry, he will let us all know about it....P1020833.jpg

Varun is off to delhi tonight as he has business for a couple of days, which doesnt really affect us as our first train is tomorrow at 3.45pm, so we can relax and prepare for the journey ahead. We are leaving a small case of stuff here in mumbai, which we will probably end up sending back home once we return in a months time! I hope you are all keeping well back home. Chris is fine and sends his love, as do i. Ill try and write as regularly as i can.

Chris and Alex xxx

Posted by chrisalex 23:33 Archived in India Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Asia here we come!

Well here we are, we set off tomorrow, can’t believe how quickly its come around to be honest. We have been packing like for the past couple of weeks and quite frankly im bored of packing and repacking, but Chris insists that i will get used to it, and perhaps even enjoy it one day...i wait with baited breath! If all goes to plan, we are getting the flight tomorrow morning from Manchester at 10.30am, via Helsinki (with a 2 hour stop over) and then continue to Mumbai (arrive 4.25am). Thats the master plan. Then apparently we are having breakfast when we arrive before collapsing on the nearest bed!

Asia here we come!

Chris and Alex xxx

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9 Days to go!

Gathering supplies...

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Hi everybody!

Well, as this is the first entry to the blog and we haven’t yet left the country, please do not get too excited. Chris is forcing me to write the blog whilst he deals with the more manly affair of ‘photos and maps’, this is how my life will be for the next few months, chained to a computer, whilst Chris dictates our days activities to me. No in all honesty, this is a great idea, it will make sure that everybody gets updates at the same time, hopefully giving you all a piece of mind and giving you all something to do in your lunch breaks!

It’s now 9 days until we leave for Mumbai on Sunday 1st February, and we have successfully planned, re-planned and planned some more (when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘Chris’, but I was there for moral support and all that jazz). So far we have the first flight booked, a month’s worth of train journeys around India and a couple more flights for later on. Chris is now in the process of booking our first few hotels, some breaking the bank at nearly £5 a room, the cost of inflation eh? Needless to say we are both excited and nervous at the same time, but we will be fine! Everything else seems to be going well, we just have a few more things to buy and then we shall be on our way! I’ll write before we go, if I remember!

Love Chris and Alex

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