Moved on from Delhi yesterday after having been persuaded (very eloquently) to do the Rajasthan Golden Trangle. So we set off from the hustle and bustle of the city and headed towards Mandawar. Which is famouse for its painted Havelis (houses split into business and family and literally covered with wonderful paintings).
Th trip took about 6 hours by car but we have a nice drived so nothing lost there. When we arrived we were very happy to find working showers so after 5 days of 'roughing' it we finally managed to get a decent wash and now people are coming up to us in the streets again. Although maybe thats not such a good thing and maybe next time we will leave the washing for a few more days, may even put the touts off!
We were taken on a 'tour' of the town to see 'erotic' images painted on the sides of houses and paintings of distninctly sad looking 'English' people on the insides. We were then 'persuaded' to go for a drink in a textile shop where some serious haggling started, at which point all the lights went off and a sandstorm blew into town. So with Paul on one side of me and the guide on the other I managed to make it back to the beautiful hotel, however I think my nail marks are still visible in both their hands as I was grabbing on for dear life. But we survived to tell the tale and it absolutely pissed it down all night - monsoon style. Needless to say it was nice and cool today for the next leg of the journey.
We hit the road to Bikaner and visited the '8th wonder of the world?' (thats their words not ours) which is the rat temple. After about 2 minutes of scabby rats running over and under your feet we had had enough and got out of there - but its one more thing to tick off in the lonely planet guide. We then visited the world renowned Camel Research & Breeding Facility, no we had never heard of it either. Apparently camels can be distinguished from other animals by the fact that they have long necks and long legs, no mention of the hump, although by this stage we were actually starting to get the hump. And by the time we got to Bikaner the famous fort was closed so we walked around the town until our ears started bleeding from the car horns and then we came back to the hotel where it is nice and quiet.
Tomorrow we will be revisiting the fort and then heading off to Jaisalmer where we will probably see some more camels - well at least we know what they are now and at what temperatute the semen is stored for IVF :-)
Signing off for now. Pop back in a day or two when we will have more adventures and exciting animal facts