Published: September 23rd 2017
After a lovely overnight stay at The Claridge. ..well apart from a dodgy tummy. …we left at 9am with our new driver Raj to Mandala 260kms and 6 hours from Delhi. Being a Saturday morning (16th) the traffic was relatively light getting out of Delhi and we were soon on the open road on the way to Mandala. You may ask why 6 hours for 260kms, but we soon found out…the road was atrocious and in parts there was do much dust that we could not see in front of us. Over a long day we got to know Raj quite well and decided that he was a more senior driver to Veeru. We decided we were going to be family over about 3 weeks and a week later that has proved true. We can call him any time (WhatsApp) and he will come and take us where ever we want to go.
Castle Mandawa our first accommodation stop is a restored old castle and is quite magnificent…a lovely pool and good food. We met our Gets guide aND he took us on a walking tour of town and several Havellis. ..merchants houses. A very small town and quite pretty. JG had a bull go for him in the street…glancing blow off the thigh. Bought 375 ml Gin for 250 Rupees or $6.
After a nice breakfast set off for Bikaner in the centre of the Thar Desert. …200kms and around 4 hours. Again roads not good.
Tot: 0.808s; Tpl: 0.118s; cc: 14; qc: 30; dbt: 0.0678s; 1; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 6; ; mem: 1.4mb