Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Our weird hunting lodge room at Bikaner

We had to share our room with Pinky and Perky

Breakfast on the lawn

The hotel reception

Rear gate of the fort with cow watching guard

Autorickshaw in front of some of the fort bastians

Fort gate complete with spikes at elephant head height

Looking up at the palace inside Junagarh fort

Palace entrance

Marble water feature (minus the water)

Private audience gallery (Diwan-i-khas)

DON'T SNIFF

Denis with our guide

An elephant gun (mounted on one, not to shoot one)

Sarah caught in the Throne Room

Entrance to Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok

Rats!

You can't wear shoes...

...eating the salivated-over food is supposed to bring good luck...

...but we didn't.

Sarah dancing after dinner

Disco girl

Whirling dervish

Disco boy


We got the 7 hour train from Jaipur to Bikaner, arriving at 11 p.m. to our hotel which was quite strange. It used to be owned by Bikaner's prime minister. Our room was a hunting lodge style complete with swords, a two foot long leopard statue, wild boar and antelope heads !! Denis got pissed off banging his head on Pinky and Perky. They also smelt.

The next day we went to Junagarh fort built by Raja Rai Singh from 1588 to 1593 - a general in the army of Mughal emperor, Akbar (who built Fatehpur Sikri). There was a good museum in the grounds - our favourite exhibit was a camel strap with the following text attached:

"Love for camel straps, known as gorbandh, acquires legendary significance in Rajasthan. They are part of its mythology. Every Rajasthani's heart stirs on listening to the folk song "mharo gorbandh nakharalo" (my nifty gorbandh)" translated as my nifty camel strap.

We have learnt it and it is a great way to break the ice with the locals.

In the afternoon we went to the Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok 30km south of Bikaner where rats are worshipped. They believe that all storytellers are reincarnated as rats which are later reincarnated as human beings. Apparantly it is lucky to see the white rat but after hours of hunting holy rodents we gave up.

Our great and unusual day was topped off with dinner at a haveli (an ornately decorated house, often belonging to a merchant) where we got up and danced to the local tunes. Next update will be in about a week as we are off to Jaisalmer (by bus 7 hours!!) where we will be chilling for a week including going on a camel trek. For all you animal fans out there the python photo is now on the Bird Sanctuary update.

D not solid, then solid. S solid, then not solid. Traced back to skanky cups by private investigator.



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