INDIA – Day 9 -Jaipur to Mandawa

Wow the time here in India is going so fast.  We start our trip home tomorrow night, so hard to believe this time has gone so quickly.  We left today at 915 for Mandawa  Here are some photos on our drive to Mandawa, the drive took about 5 hours.

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In the middle of what seems nowhere, these markets will pop up
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Chillaxin’ in the shade
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Very straight track
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We saw this a lot, people just hanging on to whatever in order to catch a ride
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So many cows in this country !
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Cute little pony
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Street View
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Not sure what’s going on here
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Countryside
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It was so cool to see camels
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Abandoned

We arrived at our destination about 2 p.m. and we stayed at the Mandawa Desert Resort .  Oh. My. God. this place is incredible.  All the hotels we have stayed at have been terrific and I didn’t think they could get any better but this is by far my favourite hotel.  Absolutely stunning, the whole place.

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Grounds outside the Resort
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Entrance to the resort

Before we went to our rooms though, we were hungry and the restaurant closed at 230, seeing as how it was after 2, we decided to eat first, get room later.  The buffet was okay, I actually have had better buffets but it hit the spot.

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Dining Room

We went to our room and the walk to our room was like walking through a village.  All individual “mud” huts all decorated.  I just loved it, did I mention that?

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The walkway just after entering through the gate
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This is heading to our hut !
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All the keys looked like this and they all jingled
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Another street
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Jane taking a photo of our hut outside her hut !
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The door right behind that cool stone wall is our room
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The door to our room
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While we were here, there were women painting more designs on the buildings

So then we go into our room………….When you entered, there was a small area with a desk and bench to the left of the door.  To the right, you walked down a few circular stairs and there was the bed.  You kept going around the bed and did almost a complete circle to get into the bathroom, which was huge.

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Our bed
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The stairs are to the right
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I love this little bench, which can double as a bed
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Just a wonderful room
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Me taking a picture of Clint who is taking a picture
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The toilet looks lonely and to the left was another huge room with a tub and big walk in shower and sink area

We had some time to unpack and check out the place.  We walked up to the pool and sat there for a bit with some of the others.  Some went into the pool for a quick swim before we headed out again.

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Sitting area at the pool and here some of us are sitting
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View from the pool area, a big thunder-storm came in that night so the sky is starting to darken already

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At 4 p.m. we headed to Mandawa, a city of 25,000 people, to see the Havelis.  These are houses that are painted and are normally of architectural or historical significance.  Amit had a guide take us on a walking tour and we went into two different Havelis.  Beautiful places but getting a little rundown.  I think some of these buildings are now neglected by the absentee owners which is sad.  Below are photos of the two Havelis we went to.

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The Havelis al had a sign stating that they were, indeed, havelis
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Courtyard with a house one side and one on the other, I believe it was two brothers that owned this
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Stairs entering the building from the courtyard
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I love the paintwork done here, on all the buildings
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Beautiful
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This is separating the two houses
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Inside, an open air room
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View from the roof
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I like old things probably cause I am old and I really like this photo I took of this old cupboard
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This was on the lower roof and the stairs go nowhere but I again, I liked the look

 

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Top floor with a walkway spanning the perimeter
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View from the top

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Sunset
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It would be great to live somewhere that you could have open air rooms
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Our group
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What’s down here?
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Roof Top
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View of the main courtyard from the roof
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This is quite a large building and no one lives here now, I think Amit said they use it as a summer home
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another rooftop view

We walked through some more of the city and I loved the look of the streets.  There were not many people around either so it was possible to get some good street shots.

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Beautiful bright pink flowers show up randomly here and there
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I wonder how old this street and buildings are
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This was a pretty walk and the tree was growing through the wall
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Lots of character on this street
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I believe this was the entrance to another Haveli that we did not tour

Then we ended up going to the shops area and our guide took us to his house and up a steep set of stairs to his shop.  He and his family make scarfs, saris, bedspreads etc and he wanted to show and sell us some of his family’s work.

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He had very beautiful items which I enjoyed looking at but when the selling started, I decided to leave.  I followed Clint, Paul and John downstairs and back into the streets to look around and to find somewhere that sold beer.  We wanted to take some back to the hotel.  We did indeed find a spot and we purchased rum and/or beer for later in the evening.

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Just saying hello
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They are just everywhere, so neat to see
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I believe this is the street we went down to go up the stairs to the store
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More stores
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Two of our group trying to get out of the way of the bus and the cows, very narrow streets. They jumped onto a cement thing? and then lost their balance
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Clint took a photo of Nancy taking a video of the event
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All is well and no one was hurt
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As we left that area, I looked back and the cows looked very sorry for all the trouble they caused and probably want us to come back

We got back to the hotel and our whole group met in the common area to play Catch Phrase and drink our drinks.

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Common area
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The game is afoot

After about an hour or so, all the group went into dinner except for Paul, Clint and I.  We were not hungry enough to eat again.  Paul and Clint played some ping-pong and we drank our beer and ate some Masala Potato Chips and waited for the others to come back.  They were only gone about an hour.  More visiting and some of  them played ping pong again.  Then time for bed, long day tomorrow and our last day.

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Clint and Paul had an audience

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We had a wicked thunder and lightning storm in the night and lots of rain.  First rain we have had since we arrived in India.  The weather has been around 30 Celsius give or take and always sunny and warm.

 

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