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February 17, 2003

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Looking for tigers in Ranthambore is like visiting a zoo without animals; we leave this morning on a moving zoo, the train.
Here we get close and personal to neighborly Indians; jammed in non-reserved class (read: lowest class) like cattle. Forget that, the Hindus treat cattle like kings. We're jammed elbow-to-elbow, cheek-to-cheek; there's always the unusual on the train and it's usually sitting next to you - but maybe in this country you're the unusual one.
Our train ride ends at Jodpur, a city that continues the Rajasthani tradition of nestling under a massive mountain fort.
See Rajasthan for the clothes - colors and cloths straight from an artist's palette.