Musafir Hu Yaro Na Ghar Hai Na Thikana Bus Chalte Jana Hai
RTW trip 2004-2005
About Me (1)
New zeland (3)
* Aqaba and Wadi Rum
* Amman, Jerash & Ajlun
* The border crossing
* Sharm El Sheikh
* Cairo and surroundings
* Indian Impression
* Reading List
* Australia Impression
* Australia East Coast
* Charity really?
* Western Australia
* Towards the outback
* NZ impression
March 02, 2005
I arrived in New Delhi on Jan 17th. As usual I had not made reservations in any hostel as I had done in so many of my RTW trips I had hoped to make reservation for first night's stay in new country from the airport. I could not find any Indian Tourism office in the airport that could help me with this. Next I got some change and tried to use public phone to call some hostels, soon discovered that in the airport and all three phones were not working, this was in New Delhi international airport, capitol of India, that thinks its not a third world country. Welcome to India, country supposedly on a cutting edge of technology.
So I got a prepaid taxi to place there are several hostels in Central part of the city, the drive from airport was a jolt. Found out that there was some kind of doctor's convention in New Delhi and all hotels were full. I called about 10 places from LP guide and all were full, so I decided to trust the cab driver and he took me to a decent place in Carol Baag. Next day decided to take a day tour of New Delhi visited Kutub Minar, Lotus temple, Indian parliament etc. Decided to get the hell out dirty New Delhi towards Jaipur. Booked a bus ticket to Jaipur and bus turned out to be Jeep with about 8 people and driver. They had told me it would be 2x2 bus. I soon discovered most transportation operators in India do not know word -- honesty.
The next stop was Amber fort about 15Km from the city center, if you are going to visit one place in Jaipur I would absolutely recommend this place. Its a place built high on the hill around 1590s. It has some amazing gates and palaces.
Next day spent a day in Jaipur just walking around the market and mailed home some stuff I had purchased.
Bikaner also has some interesting hawali worth taking a auto ride around them.
Next I booked a dessert safari for 2 days one night, it was interesting experience to sleep in the dessert and sleep under start away from the constant sound of horns. Although the way folks cooked food was terrible. I will certainly not recommend vino tour.
This city was founded in 1156. You can actually stay inside the fort and most places have terraces where you can enjoy food, coffee etc. There are few temples and palaces inside the fort that are interesting. How would you like to have balcony like this?
Next stop on Rajasthan tour was Jodhpur but this was the worst ride ever for me as I had some rice and dal fry day before that required use of life saving Pepto-Bismol. I think nobody should step into India without the magical pink bottle of Pepto. So I arrived in Jodhpur with upset stomach so decided to take it easy for couple of days. When travelling in India never eat Dal Fry...
The main attraction in Jodhpur is Meherangarh, absolutely breathtakingly beautiful place.
The next stop from Jodhpur was Udaipur, but instead of using lovely public transportation in India, I decided to hire a taxi. On the way to Udaipur visited the Ranakpur Temple. It was built by Dham Shah Porval Jain during the reigns of Maharaja Kumbha in 1432. I also stopped by Kumbhalgarh, its a really beautiful fort, from the top you get a nice view of the planes below and you get idea why this fort was never taken.
Finally from Udaipur to Mumbai I took a overnight luxury bus. It was another example of how private operators do not give shit about customer satisfaction. But may be customers get what they deserve. Case in point, at start of the bus I asked the bus driver at 5.30PM are you going to stop somewhere for dinner and when, answer was yes will stop somewhere. He actually stopped for dinner at 11.30PM. I asked bus driver how long is the dinner stop, he said 30 minutes, which turned out to be 90 min stop. I kept asking the driver when are you going to leave after the half hour was up, no answer, and funny thing was other 50+ people on the bus did not give a shit that driver said stop will be 30 min and it turned out to 90 min. I guess most people in India do not give shit about customer service and customers also do not expect it??
Posted by Subodh on March 2, 2005 11:06 PM
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