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Anita and Bernie’s Travel Diary

Monday, 12 Nov 2007

Location: mandawa, India

Maphi folks - cold not do a blog in Mandawa as they did not have internet connection. The road to Mandwala was bumpy in the riggettty old bus but the scenes were fantastic. We were glad to leave Delhi behind as it was very dirty and smelly. We did not feel safe there. The poverty was terrible in Delhi with people just lying on the pavement to sleep at night and rolling up their bedding in the morning.
To say the bus was bumpy is an understatement. It took us 8 hours to get to Mandawa and we were exhausted by the time we arrived. En route we saw many wonderful scenes which are typical of India but we also saw great poverty. Cows of course rule the streets but camels are also used to pill carts or plough the field. The people have very little but always manage to smile and wave as we go by. The road was full of potholes which did not make for a smooth journey!!
The hotel is part of the Maharaja's palace that has seen better days although part of it has been made into a lovely hotel (except fot the beds which were rock hard!!) We wandered around the town which had lovely big housed (called havelis) with frescoes painted all over them with Indian scenes but unfortunately they have been deserted by their rich owners and are being left to decay. Inside they are full of courtyards and rooms and, although falling apart, one could visualise their past grandeur.
In the eveneing we had a lovely meal under the stars in the hotel's garden. All very magical!!
All the best
A and B