01.11.2009 - 06.11.2009
I hated to leave Manali. I made so many friends there, and there's just something so magical about looking out on those mountains. I left at the stroke of midnight, quite ominous, but the reason seemed logical enough. I was heading to Delhi with an Indian guy who swore we would have an easier ride if we rode at night. Wait Indian roads in the mountains at night! It was freezing cold which made it even harder to concentrate, as my teeth chattered and my hands could barely grip the handle bars, but it was a crazy fun ride, with sheer drop offs into ablivion as Tata trucks headlights on full beam blinding me, rumbled along on the wrong side of the road. We got into Delhi about 12 hours later after being lost of nearly 2 hours just in Delhi. My riding buddy who was supposed to come with me all the way to Goa decided it was too hard for him and he bailed out and put his bike on the train south.
After a week in Delhi i finally headed off to go explore Rajasthan. Its an amazing place, unique in India. It seemed like every 20km there was another impressive fort that had to be explored and history to be learned. the sights on the road really make you feel like you are in a very different place.
Not all the things you see are what you want to see. The drivers in India leave a little to be desired.
In Puskar the camel fair was in full swing. I ran into a couple of people Id known in Manali. Lots of others here too that were making their way to Goa.
After I couldnt take any more camel farting I headed north to Bikaneer. Most people miss this fun town. The history here seems somehow more real, maybe because it hasnt changed in hundreds of years. The tiny alleys are just the way traders from the East would have seen them.
Next stop was close out to the Pakistan border in Jaisalmer, this is the furthest reaches of rajasthan and you really get a feeling that you are far out in the desert.
Of course it was necessary to do the obligatory camel safari here. i did a day trip with one night out in the desert sleeping under the stars under a thick camel blanket, which was appreciated in the cold desert night. But wow what a great nights sleep. 3 other guys were in the group and 3 guides that lead the camels, cooked the dinner and after washing the pots and pans made an impromptu band and sung local folk songs in the still night air.