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Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha April 28th 2014

Hi everyone, I'm a day late updating my blog as I have been on Orchha today. We travelled from Agra by train and mini bus. We left the hotel at 7.10am and went to the station where we said goodbye tour driver and his helper and boarded the 8am ish train. I have to say that my first experience of Indian trains is ver favourable! We all had seats with plenty of leg room. The seats were arranged in a 3 and 2 combination with a much wider isle than UK trains and we had reclining seats. and finally we were served breakfast with tea/coffee, hot meal similar to aeroplane food, I had the omelette which included a few peas and some fries, two,pieces of bread and butter, a bottle of water and a drink made ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha March 22nd 2014

Orchha March 16th 2014 “Rivers are roads that walk and carry where you want to go” Blaise Pascal “..To be on your own With no direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone” Bob Dylan The river Betwa flows lazily through Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, dropping polished stones on its banks. While taking a sunrise bath, I chance upon and pick up a small stone, place it back, pick it up again, feel it feeling me, how it fits so snug and right somehow in my hand, its cool and smooth surface against my skin; and decide that here is the perfect travel companion for making my morning chai. Beb had given me this simple idea while travelling together in Gujarat weeks earlier, but we had not found quite the right rock. It's so ... read more
Spice Rock
Travel Kitchen

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha February 27th 2013

I currently write from a one-computer little installation in the lazy town of Orchha. It has proven to be the ideal place for me to relax and gear up for the months alone that now loom ahead! Though it hasn't got the hassle and noise of other tourist centres, Orchha is blessed with a heavy spattering of 16th century Mughal temples, forts, palaces and other ruins which I've been having fun exploring alone. It conjours happy memories of years gone by when I would scamper and clamber over old dusty staircases and bat-infested caves in far-away countries! I stay one more day here before moving on to Khajuraho and one of the best tourist destinations in all of India. But first, an update on the 25th - Aneirin's last day - when we visited the undisputed ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha September 25th 2012

My day at Orchha involved a lot of sweating, walking around and waiting. More on that later. First, let's finish Gwalior off. After my blog update yesterday I headed to a nice vegetarian restaurant that was in my guide book and spotted some fellow travelers. They were having a pizza... They should have had the paneer chole bathura. The best ever. The TV was also on for entertainment. I was probably the only one watching though. First there was a teenage soap opera that involved a lot of slow-motion, close-ups and faces ("Give me confusion! Give me anger! Give me love! Give me curiosity!"). It was in Hindi but the storyline was basically boy 1 likes girl, girl secretly likes boy 1, boy 2 likes girl, boy 2 now hates boy 1, quirky supporting character makes ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha April 1st 2012

ORCHHA, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA. Sunday 1 April, 2012. We were collected by Mr Barun at the crack of dawn and taken to Agra Station for our second train ride to Jhansi. We had again reduced our luggage to a couple of backpacks and Mr Barun was going to take our large cases on to Delhi. The journey took 2 hours 40 minutes and we were met again by a local agent and introduced to our guide. We then drove through the countryside out of Uttar Pradesh (where Jhansi is located) into Madhya Pradesh. The journey took about 3 hours. Today was the last day of a major Hindu festival, and as we approached Orchha we were caught in a huge stationary throng of people, two wheelers, three wheelers, bikes, carts and everything else under the sun. ... read more
 M and D with Tuskless Elephants
Orchha Complex
The remains of the tiled facade

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Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha February 7th 2012

Namaste!! We went to Amritsar the morning after the wedding, REALLY tired but reeling with good spirits after how much fun we had had the night before. I hadn't really kept warm enough the night of the wedding (have I mentioned it's cold in Delhi? It is cold in Delhi) and so was feeling a little feverish as we arrived at the train station, where, almost unbelievably (but not really because things like this happen constantly in India), we were met by the exact same cycle-rickshaw driver who had met me 2 years ago when I went to Amritsar the first time. He was a really nice older man who spoke excellent English and knew that Vancouver had an Indian member of Parliament (even I didn't know that) and talked us into using him the following ... read more
City Walk
Gushing Love
Delhi Girls' School!

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha November 16th 2011

In India under the left supported alliance which has allowed the Congress Party to stay in power, a number of radical bills have passed through the Parliament in recent years. These include The Right to Work Bill; The Right to Information Bill; and most recently The Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (or The Right to Education Bill as it is known) which came into force on April 1, 2010. This historic law gives the people of India the right to an education on the same legal footing as (for example) the right to life as provided by Article 21A of the Indian Constitution. Under this Act, every child in the age group of 6-14 years is to be provided 8 years of elementary education in an age appropriate classroom in the vicinity ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha June 1st 2011

Just a quick update as I will be out of contact for the next couple of days. The rains came yesterday and it was epic. I stood there for 20am minutes just soaking it up - I love the rain in normal circumstances, in India it's like heaven. I'm not sure we could have managed for long in 50 degree heat. Of course after that the humidity was unbelievable... We did a village visit this morning, the kids were really cute - yes I said cute... the girl that hates children. Anyway, got tonnes of photos, even tried my hand at crafting clay pots (im really isn't a talent for me). The village was divided into two - the tribal settlement and... the other. Our local guide is a huge supporter of the village school and ... read more
Sunrise over the Taj
Taj Mosque
Auto Rickshaw!

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha May 31st 2011

Namaste! Updating this travel blog is proving to be difficult so I am resorting to 'desperate' measures... Right now I am in an air-conditioned tent. We can't go outside for more than half an hour because it is simply too hot - and only 10 am in the morning! There is sooo much to tell and here I am tapping it all into my phone because whilst I can access wifi at reception, there is no computer for me to log onto. On Saturday afternoon I met my tour group in Delhi. We are a small group of six girls plus our tour guide. Two kiwis - myself and Briar, a Norwegian - the beautiful Livelin who we call Tink; a Brit - Michelle, who I can (and have) chattered away to for hours; and two ... read more
A view from the Sikh Temple balcony
The BEST Samosas from the street

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha January 19th 2011

We arrived to the picturesque town of Orccha to see a completely different side to India that I have experienced so far. Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is still as it was centuries ago. There is a high abundance of palaces and temples in the "Bundlekhand" region as it used to be the centre for the Bundelas (Rajput) Clan. We spent our time here visiting the Palace and the many temples. We also viewed a puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple - in which we were again the main attraction. It's funny to think that despite being in a place of worship (and in the middle of a service), people were running around wanting to chat, take photos or just stare at us! During our Orchha stay we again tested our ... read more
Orccha Palace
Orccha Palace
With Jess & Annelisa




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