Sunday, February 17, 2008


once we cross from the state of Uttar Pradesh into Rajasthan, things are TOTALLY DIFFERENT! there still be a bit of touts, there still be people coming to see Hope Too. But these people do not do it the Uttar Pradesh way. i see Rajasthan as a better and richer state. the kids do not come to you and ask for money instead they would say hello to u. the grown up have their own business to care about and they 'mind their own business'. they still see us for a second and the smile is much more genuine. suprisingly, hotel and guest houses here are more cheaper and better than in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

we are in Udaipur today.
N 24deg 35.630'
E073deg 41.845'
Udaipur is known as the most romantic city in india. we had yet to explore the town as the journey today from Pushkar is about 280km, taking a hard 6hours. Pushkar is a very small village but known thro out the world for it's camel festival in November. thou people and place are much nicer, today's oncoming vehicle is very aggresive. trucks head on towards your direction, forcing Hope Too's brake smoking and my feet trying hard to reach for the ground. there are some parts of the highway where there is no road shoulder and the opposite truck is overtaking the vehicle infront, coming straight towards us, leaving us with only 1 foot of clearance space.

gotta sleep early tonight. going to the lake with Sam tomorrow to watch the romantic sunrise!

more to come.


brifusg said...

Very glad to know you and Sam are safe and sound. Surely you two will have a very romantic moment with the beautiful sunrise overthere!

Biking Nomad said...

Rajastan! Udai[ur! The romantic desert city!

Do take some pictures of the forts and palaces there! And the regal turbans of the Rajputs and Maharajahs!

You're going to enjoy India a lot more as you head North. But it might still be cold! Do visit Amritsar and the Golden Temple and the Indo-Pakistan border at Wagah.

And yes, I'll be glad to down some cold ones once u're back. Would love to hear your tales. Till then, ride far and wide, my friend!

Pplater said...

Hmmmm.... Count me in on the cold ones. But i'll have to take a cab :(

singaporedream said...

thks brifusg. we did have a beautiful sunset in the lake, where the james bond movie octopussy is shot.
BN: amritsar is my itenery as i watch the show Ghandi, there are many people killed there. indo paki border show oso not to be missed

singaporedream said...

pplater, the riding jacket i bought in singapore comes with a winter inner liner, it works here! back in singapore, when we think of wearing a jacket is only to go for midnight movie. rite?

Pplater said...

Heh... I just noticed all the 10 comments on the privious posts. For all the flak u are taking now, I can imagine how it might affect your morale. I for one will choose to support u for the guts u exhibit in daring to go on a tight budget. For all the complaints u made, and for all that others criticised you when u are not posting what a public space demands, that is, politically correct niceties and positive things, I will applaud u for daring to go, where all your critiques thus far do not dare. While everyone including me expects positive viewpoints, I respect that u have the right to post what u wish to talk about. This is your freedom, and no one shall that away from you, but it might affect your blog viewership of course. U are the second couple to attempt this. The previous one gave up back in 95 or 96 after 1 1/2 otr. Beer on me when u are back. Cheers.

pplater said...

1 1/2 years

Pplater said...

I can't help noticing that for all that your critiques demand of you to be open minded, they themselves are not so liberal in accepting your viewpoints and thinking.

Keep going, bro.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
- T. Roosevelt (Panama, 1906)

singaporedream said...

hi pplater: i would want to have some stout from u. we are saving much by cooking our own meals. we do miss the stout back at spore.

at rajastan, people r totally different. it's the best place to travel in india.

we took ur encouragement seriously and it helped us alot. tks many many.