Tour group stopped at a um "camp" for the night. The tent I stayed in...(with toilet, sink, shower, bed, lights and hot water bottle)...wouldn't fit in my backpack so I left it behind. We played dress-up and then hopped on camels for a ride through mustard fields.
Our guide Anurag looks on during cooking demonstration...Tell me this: why are so many cooks at Indian guest houses from Nepal??
Chand Boari step well in Abhaneri. This well is amazing and was historically used as a water source for the arid desert area. Rajasthani kings demonstrated their power and wealth by the size and intricacy of their step wells. This is one of India's biggest and deepest - (like 13 stories high). Just found more photos of it and more info at this link here if you want.
We visited an elementary school in Ramsinghpura near Sawai Madhopur near the Rathambore tiger park . The school is supported with money from the cost of our tour. All OAT trips support local schools through the Grand Circle Foundation. Here the kids sat on the roof of their school building and sang morning chants and songs.
After the school visit, we split up and went to have tea in a home in the village. Here one of the sons dances in the house. I was suddenly very popular as my very limited Hindi proved to be useful in communicating.
This musician played in the courtyard and would say hello and how are you to me in Hindi several times a day.
Here is our group preparing to leave our hotel for the Rathambore Tiger Park, in which we never saw a tiger. Our group leader Anurag speaks at the front of the jeep. In the background, a television series was being filmed on the hotel grounds.
Here's an attempt at writing a note to myself on my hand in Hindi. Dak ghar or post office it says to remind me to get stamps. This proved to be fun as the next day small kids at the school we visited were reading the text on my hand and asking me why I had "post office" written on the back of my hand. (And men of North India often have the Om symbol tattooed on the back of their hands.)
One of the perks of traveling with Mom and Dad is getting to do activities like this one...which I would probably never have done or paid for on my own.
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