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We left Udaipur for Jaipur a couple of nights ago on another overnight train. As Udaipur has only narrowgage tracks, and Jaipur only broadgage, half way through the journey they lifted the carriage off the wheels of one track and dropped it onto another. Although this is much easier than changing trains, it did rather take us by surprise!

We've not enjoyed Jaipur very much, despite hearing lots of positive comments before we came. We've been stalked by a crazy rickshaw driver who waits for us outside the hotel, and even came to our door and woke us up yesterday. Even when we manage to escape him, the town's even fuller than Mumbai with over forcefull sellers who find it hard to take no for an answer.

Yesterday we were chatting to one of the locals, saying how we've found Jaipur full of people wanting to sell by employing unpleasant methods. He spent about an hour telling us how this wasn't the case and how open and friendly the locals are. We were almost convinced until by the end of the conversation he was trying to sell me a container full of jems that he said I could have taken to England and sold at a large profit. Had I have bought them, they would almost certainly have been worthless.

So today, in about an hour, we're heading for Pushkar, a nice small little town (14k pop) about 4 hours by bus from here. Hopefully we'll find that nicer!

Posted by roblist 21:30 Archived in India

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