Journey through India – Days 23 and 25 Road Trips
Made an early start from Jaipur ready for a long day. After a couple of hours of hectic, crazy driving with so many trucks, we stopped in at a dhaba (roadhouse) for coffee, parathas and chapatis.
On our way again. The road went from a 6-lane highway to a 4-lane highway then eventually down to just 2 lanes. The road seemed a bit chaotic at times with breakdowns and people trying to get their animals across the highways.
There were trucks carrying huge blocks of marble and many stonemason shops along both sides of the road.
The countryside became more barren as we got closer to Jodphur. V pointed out some antelope for photos and I spotted some nhilgai. How amazing would it be to walk up those steps to the temple.
Of course there is always something to see – more overloaded trucks carrying goods, ladies carrying grass and sticks and roadside stalls.
One of my favourite photos taken from the car.
After a couple of days in Jodhpur, we were on the road again. The countryside now reminded us of Australia with its huge gum trees. The road then became narrower but hardly any trucks, thank goodness.
We saw quite a few Rabaris along the road. This indigenous tribal caste of nomadic cattle and camel herders live throughout Rajasthan. The women wear traditional dress including beautiful skirts, shining veils and lots of jewellery.
We stopped off for chai and chips at a small village getting photos of the locals at a Hindu temple. The banana chips seemed to be our “go to” food on the road. They tasted so good.
This lovely couple asked if we could take their photo.
Off to Rankpur to visit the famous Jain temple (see separate post). A maze of carved marble columns – so beautifully done and just incredible place.
Back on the road again, we stopped for Don to ride on a bullock-powered water wheel (there were many in the area). Don paid the man 100 rupees. As this was the first water-wheel after the Jain temple, this guy would make heaps of money.
We arrived in Udaipur at 3pm and checked to our hotel. V took us to view the Lake Palace and the City Palace at night. Very few carparks, but V managed to literally squeeze underneath a no-parking sign with just inches to spare each side. Always lots of fun with that guy around.
He then took our luggage and set off for Delhi as he was to meet us at the train station in a couple of days.
What’s a road trip in India without seeing a few monkeys along the way.