Road trip around Gujarat

The lady of the manor at leisure

The lady of the manor at leisure

Sunesh, Sanjeev and Anya have just come back from two weeks travelling around Gujarat visiting some of the historic, beautiful and unusual sights it has to offer. The highlight was going on a camel safari in the Rajasthani desert outside Jaisalmer. Apart from that, they also climbed up 3 mountains to look at temples at the top, spent a few days on the beach and stayed in a couple of old palaces. I’m not sure how many thousands of kilometres we travelled, but sometimes we drove for 10 hours a day and Gujarat doesn’t even look like a big state compared to other states in India! Over the next few days I will post up a few pictures to give you a flavour of what we saw. Connection speeds are terrible at the moment and there are frequent power cuts …

We have enjoyed the faded charm of old palaces

We have enjoyed the faded charm of old palaces

Lounging about on the veranda

Lounging about on the veranda

A bed each? - such extravagance!

A bed each? - such extravagance!

We also visited the ‘eco’ fair – all hand powered of course!

We saw Jain temples at the very tops of mountains. Sanjeev would like me to point out that he was dragged out of bed at 5am to do this.

A temple too far...

A temple too far...

Cracking open the Pringles at the top to celebrate another conquest

Cracking open the Pringles at the top to celebrate another conquest

It was always worth the climb although we struggled despite lots of snacks and bottles of water. Most people were visiting as pilgrims rather than tourists and they were fasting, weren’t allowed to drink and most walked barefoot. Some had walked from their home towns and we even saw one man rolling down the road towads the mountain!

Stairway to heaven

Stairway to heaven

In case you were wondering how all this marble and stone gets to the top of a mountain – it’s still done by the same method used over a thousand years ago…

The definition of suffering. These guys could only manage a few steps at a time and it's hours to the yop in 35 degree heat. I didn't have the heart to ask how much they get paid but this must takes years off your life.

The definition of suffering. These guys could only manage a few steps at a time and it's hours to the top

Definition of aneasy life - probably for the dolly carriers as well.

Definition of an easy life - probably for the dolly carriers as well.

And then there was the desert…

and then there was the desert...

a sea of dunes...

...the camels...

...the camels...

Sanjeev of Arabia returns

Sanjeev of Arabia returns

such glamour...

such glamour...

such romance...

such romance...

such High School Musical!

such High School Musical!

5 Comments

  1. Aran Chowdhury Said,

    December 26, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday Sunny.
    It looks like your’e having a great time and i hope you are. I’ll see you soon, from Aran.

  2. louie Said,

    December 27, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    hi

    great pictures and stories.

    and Thanks for the postcard.

    we’ve just come back from wales where it was cold BUT sunny!

    Where we had christmas by the sea, but no camels!

    C U soon

    louie

  3. Aran Chowdhury Said,

    December 29, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    To Sunny, I recorded all of your motds but my mum deleted about three or four. Sorry.
    To Sanjeev, where is my star wars game? Naughty boy. Tut tut tut.
    To Anya, Ria really misses you and can’t wait to break all of your polly pockets.

  4. Ash Chowdhury Said,

    December 31, 2008 @ 7:04 am

    Happy New Year Guys!

    Loved the travelogue(travelodge?) and the photos ( Iain, you have an eye for a photo-whatever that means?).Hi, Hi Bharti, that glamour photo of you with the sunnies may mean we’ll be losing you to Sharukh Kahn*.

    Glad to see you are all healthy with no signs of Rabies, Malaria and Dengue-fever (No,I don’t know what that is either!? ).Talking of ailments, Christmas has come and gone with the ‘flu’ knocking us for six.( Did you get ribbed Iain, for Englands poor display in the test matches? )

    Anyway, enjoy the rest of your stay and looking forward to your stories on your safe return.

    * Bollywood leading male heart throb.

    Regards

    Ash* and Nirja

    ps.2009 will be a good year! ( Hey Sanjeev, the Wolverine movie comes out in July !! )

    pps.We shouldn’t have eaten those Christmas decorations.We ended up with Tinselitis!

  5. Peter & Jagu Gibson Said,

    January 16, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    Hi from Vadodara…. Jagu and I were just looking at your fantastic photos. Loved the cotton factory tour. I have just returned from the oil rig offshore from Israel. Just in time for the kite festival minus wind!! While I was offshore I had the pleasure of listening to the Silver Street podcasts which I added to my subscription of BBC documentaries etc for listening during the long hours we have with nothing to do on the oil rig.

    It was lovely to meet you guys at Jambughoda. Hope the kids werent too traumatised by the scrapes and cold reservoir water! We are off there this weekend….wishing you all a great year.

    Peter, Jagu and Zack