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Your Camel Awaits, Sir...

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After four days sightseeing amongst the hippies in historical Hampi, we’ve returned to Goa for a final dip in the Arabian Sea before zipping off to Mumbai, (Bombay). However, before we take you on a tour of one of the world’s most populated and poverty ridden cities, we thought we’d give you a peek at our unusual Hampi home...
Here’s the pool…
This is the Vijayshree Resort - a 17 acre Rajasthani theme park on the fertile Deccan Plateau near Hampi. However, Hampi is one of the greatest cultural treasures of this country, (despite the shocking neglect and abuse of its numerous historical monuments), so the idea of creating a piece of Rajasthani desert here, complete with forty-five traditionally styled luxury cottages, appears somewhat bizarre. What is even more bizarre are the two giant front-end loaders parked outside the reception lobby…
But the peculiarities of this 5 star resort don’t end at the reception desk. Whoever heard of a vegetarian, non-smoking, alcohol-free holiday resort? Welcome to India – where religion, caste and ethnicity dominate all aspects of life. This resort is owned by a Rajasthani industrialist who believes that everyone should be Hindu just like him, (and every visitor should buy one of his enormous earthmovers), so we had to conform. (although we didn’t buy an earthmover). But we were we well looked after - this guy would run out with a parasol whenever he saw us walking by…
And when a small light bulb blew in our cottage seven men arrived to fix it. One took out the broken bulb, inspected it and, after several minutes huddling with his "team", removed the entire light fixture and replaced it with a brand new one – now that’s what we call service?
But what about this for showbiz? Whenever we needed transport to and from the dining room all we had to do was call reception and within minutes a camel cart would be waiting at our front door…

Posted by Hawkson 20:36 Archived in India

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Your blog is simply fantastic, Jim and Sheila.Thanks for the brilliant photos and prose and of course the Haiku. You keep on giving your fan club these treasures and I thank you.
Continue with your adventures and keep writing about them.
Love, Trudy

by Trudy

It looks so beautiful. The vegetarian, alcohol and smoke-free environment sounds like you are being well looked after.

by Janet

I don't know, Jim. Think about it. One of those earth movers would save a lot of back strain when you tackle the landscaping chores awaiting your return to Gabriola.

by R and B

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