Ian & Claire's Adventure
On our last day in Udaipur we finally organised a day trip to Ranakpur, a raved about jain temple complex 90km from Udaipur. We hired a taxi and it took 2hrs but it was worth it. We arrived and were told that Ian had to cover his bottom legs so he had to wear a silly pair of blue trousers (much to my enjoyment). The main temple is a huge beautifully kept temple with 400 columns most of which are intricately carved, there are loads of god statues behind little windows, huge carved elephant statues and the roofs are amazing too. There were some holy men about and loads of tourists but it still maintained a peaceful ambience. We spent about 2 hrs wandering around and then walked around the grounds to see another temple, it was a really nice day out. We set off from Udaipur after a sad fairwell to our newfound friends chris and emma, and after a nightmare 1hr 45 min wait for food followed by storming out after trying the vile stuff given to us, lovely emma went and got us cheese sarnies and lovely chris got us some chocolate bolls from the german bakery. The bus turned up after hours of waiting, and we climbed into our battery chicken pens and spent the next 6 hrs being bounced around and of course no sleep. We arrived in Jodphur at 5am and had to wait for 3hrs at the train station watching rats eat rubbish and telling little shoeshine boys to go away when they were persistantly begging. When the train finally arrived we were releived to find our 'ordinary sleeper' section was fairly empty and climbed onto the top bunks and tried to go to sleep on the rock hard beds...no pillows and blankets on this class. after 10 minutes we realised the idiots insisted on having the windows opened and we were all covered in a thick pile of dust, we tried to breath through our serongs to stop our lungs being too damaged...we failed it was a horrible 6 hrs.