Sometimes the things you see and experience along the road can be as interesting as those in the towns and cities. Little slices of life you witness, sometimes in a flash as you drive by, sometimes there is time to stop and take it in.
We spotted these Rajasthani cameleers, their camels heavily laden with hay.
On the way to Jodhpur we stopped at a Jain temple, at Ranakpur built entirely of marble, with amazing intricate carvings everywhere you looked. Built in the 15th century, it has a series of domes, all carved in beautiful patterns, several sculptures of elephants and some amazing relief carvings.
In an area which was very hilly we came across a water wheel being driven by a bull. The bull walks around the wheel, which turns the buckets which bring the water up from the well to water the fields. The man looking after this, kindly let the Wise One sit behind the bull.
As we passed through a wooded area, Prakash threw the last of our guavas out of the window, saying “look, look!”; within seconds there were heaps of monkeys, (black faced macaques) clamouring onto the car to see if we had more food. You would not have even known there were any monkeys there, until the food arrived. Note to self: not a great spot to have a picnic.
Later we drove through a national park which had deer and also a lake with many water birds, including flamingos, Painted Storks, Black Winged Stilts and some ducks, not sure what kind.
The last stop of the day was at a temple dedicated to motorcycles, I kid you not. The story goes that on this very spot there had been three fatal motorcycle accidents in one night, and so a temple was made to keep motorcyclists safe. There were many people there praying and making offerings. Given our previous association with motorcycles, we thought it made sense to stop and have a look.