Sunday, April 27, 2008

Escaping Delhi

Last Friday was a holiday, so five of us decided to get out of Delhi for the long weekend, this is our adventure:We were barely out of Delhi and Leo was snoring (literally) in the back seat of the Innova.
The landscape outside the city isn't that different from what I'm used to seeing in the Western US
Passing through a small town along the road
The hotel for Friday night
The Neemrana Fort-Palace was built in the 1400s
And renovated in the 1990's
The courtyard outside of my room
At sunset
The hotel had dozens of levels
and exploring it was better than hiking
It was the coolest hotel I've ever stayed in, even if it was slightly dirty with barely average food
Saturday, we were off to another city/hotel, but not before stopping to check out the process for moving stone slabs up the hill
Halfway there, when we broke down
An hour later and much sweatier than planned, we arrived at stop two, the Pataudi Palace
The former home of a famous cricketer
Leo FINALLY got to get up and personal with a camel
On the way home, bad luck struck again with a flat tire
Luckily, we broke down in front of a repair shop.

What a fun trip - it was great to get away from Delhi and see a tiny bit more of the country. India really is a fabulous place. In honor of our road trip, one of my favorite road songs, Dierks Bentley's "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do"

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