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Old 14th July 2012, 11:53   #196
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Day 06
28th December 2011
Bishnoi - Jodhpur

I was inspired by one picture from Rudra Da's pictologue http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...0000-feet.html (Images from above 10000 feet.)

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Ajay had posted this picture, making me wonder how only the lady in blue scarf was in sharp focus?

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Don't ask me about how it was done. It just happened.

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Day 06
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Bishnoi - Jodhpur

Sprited one striking a pose
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Smart kiddies trying a hand

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Moon had already come out
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We walked towards the exit
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He was tired

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Setting sun cast a magical shadow on the fort
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Checking out the canon
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Day 06
28th December 2011
Bishnoi - Jodhpur

Welcome party for the guests
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Civic Ply wood
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The ticket counter closed
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We all walked to the exit
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It was already dark
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Steps
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Some last clicks captured this
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Day 06
28th December 2011
Bishnoi - Jodhpur

While waiting for our bus clicked these pictures of Umaid Bhawan palace

Umaid Bhawan
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Tonight we were supposed to do a night out to Mt.Abu. But on the last moment we had changed plans and booked a room at Jodhpur.

We were booked at Hotel Guru International. Rooms were too small and extra mattresses cannot be fitted in any angle anywhere. The guys at the reception were very little concerned about our predicament. Even after multiple requests they never cared. This was one of the hotels which should be avoided in booking extra beds from the online booking portals. Told them to make arrangements by the time we finished dinner and we went out.

Had some nice dinner from a hotel near the Jodhpur Railway station. We also brought some chappals from one of the many shops that dotted the street.
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We reached the hotel back by 23:30 and still there were no arrangements done. We lost our cool and asked them to measure up to their commitments. Finally by midnight we got the extra mattresses pushed in wherever possible and we tried to fit into the rooms. It was just annoying. We just wanted a economic place to sleep and since it was last moment most of the other places were booked out. We booked this place 1 week before our stay, as we decided against a night drive to Mt. Abu. from the original plan.

This hotel is best avoided. It also does not have parking space. But it is bang in the middle of action. So shopping and eating out is easy.

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Day 07
29th December 2011
Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbalgarh

Since the rooms were nothing much to boast about we all just got ready and jumped out early morning. We decided to drive towards Umaid Bhawan palace before saying bye bye to Jodhpur. As for me since a return was already calculated for the Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan was just another quick destination.


We stopped en route for breakfast. It was all masala stuff, I was put off
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I went around a few shops only to see sweets around.
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For the first time in this trip I really got a craving for that pipping hot tea that I am so used to in the morning. I walked around, nowhere to find. Alarmed I walked in despair, and finally a small teashop with a few clients came in sight. That would have been the best tea I would have had in this entire trip






We slowly started our journey to the Palace. Near the palace a lot of houses were being built, probably this would be those costly Palace view projects
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Finally we reached the Palace

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Day 07
29th December 2011
Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbalgarh

Umaid Bhawan palace is now a Taj Group Hotel
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Few vintage Cars
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She was happy
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A few flowers
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Lost in thoughts
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We drove on towards Ranakpur

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Day 07
29th December 2011
Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbalgarh

We passed through Dhola
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Beautiful people of Dhola
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We were nearing Ranakpur
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For a change tree lined road

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We reached Ranakpur Jain temple

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Searching for food, but lunch was over

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She was amused at my camera
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Rules!
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I was kind of in an off mood today. Decided to be outside the temple lurking around while the others go and check it out. I wanted to talk to myself, I wanted to recoup, I needed the space!




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Some details of Ranakpur
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Day 07
29th December 2011
Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbalgarh

We drove towards Kumbalgarh

We were so hungry that we stopped at the first restaurant we found
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Place looked lovely
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He started playing Symbals
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Kiddies were happy that food is coming finally
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Kiddies engaged themselves in some games
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Almost an hour after the order, we were kind of getting irvy now. Time was the shortest luxury that we had in this trip.

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The wait was getting longer, the dog too seems worried

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We some how tried to while away the time
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Tried Chatting
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Tried Majic Shows

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Tried Portraits
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Tried photographing our models!
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Also the local beauties
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The wait was by now 2 hours - we striked
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This was absolute nonsense, they could not even repeat our order and made what they wanted to. End of the day a costly mistake, not in terms of money - but in terms of time. By the time we finished our arguments and left the place it was 17:30 hours. Kumbalgarh seems to be a distant dream now.


What a terrible waste of time. Lessons learned!!

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Day 07
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Our driver drove fast so that we could at least reach Kumbalgarh to see the light and sound show.

We reached the fort by 18:45hours.
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We rushed in via Hanuman Pol after getting the tickets for the show.
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Very Very True
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It is a protected monument
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History
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You can read more here Kumbhalgarh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The mention of Club Mahindra in the board left a smile in my face, Club Mahindra Kumbalgarh is just round the corner. So A return to Kumbalgarh is also in plans now

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Some pictures from the fort
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Just before entering the Light and Sound Show, we found this fellow
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Some pictures from the Light and Sound Show
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A glimpse of the show



This lady was quietly meditating
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A few pictures of the lit up Fort
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The Sprited one is very happy to have been here on time

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By 20:30 hours we left the fort
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We reached Udaipur by 22:30hours. We were booked in Hotel Raj Palace. We were given our rooms immediately. We freshened up fast and ordered some food for dinner. Finally got at least a proper meal that day. Kids were very tired and we found it extremely difficult to make them eat. Somehow managed all that and finally hit the bed by midnight.
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Hello Laluks,

How did you find the Marble Stone carvings inside Ranakpur Temple? When you see the temple from outside, one cannot imagine that there would be such marvelous designs inside.

Also in the picture above, the lady is performing Pooja that most Jains do it everyday. They generally form auspicious symbols with rice, offer some sweet & perform the Pooja.

Also you missed the simple but tasty food at Ranakpur Temple. At Rs. 50 or 60 person for unlimited thali, food cannot be better than that.

Thanks,

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