GwaliorLet’s start with the good:
Jain statues on the way up to the Fort
The affable old man who I met in Ujjain and spoke excellent English, with an English accent mind you! He had learned it in the good old days of the British Raj... We had an interesting conversation on the importance of good education. His only flaw was a curious dislike of Sikhs to which he attributed dubious sexual morals and greediness...
The ghat's of Ujjain, the most relaxed I have seen in India, with the kids frolicking in the water, the saddhus preparing for the evening blessings and everybody else either bathing or just strolling along the ghats... This sounds of course like any ghat, but the relaxing part was that nobody seemed to notice me or at least took any notice of me and that is rare in this country.
All the nice families and people I keep running into on the local busses and trains, offering me a space to sit even when there is none...
Sunset point in Mandu, what a great spot and I had it all to myself... Also a good spot for drying anything, with a strong wind at all times which at this time of
Teli ka Mandir in Gwalior fort
year was like a big hair dryer only slightly warmer!
Mandu as a whole, which was a very quiet and sleepy village in the most spectacular setting surrounded by mighty and well preserved monuments and if you go exploring further a field you will find many a crumbling palace or tomb slowly being taken back by nature...
Orcha, watching the vultures sit on the spires of old palaces and temples...
Traveling out of season, which means no crowds, fewer hassles and cheaper rooms! Now to the bad:
Traveling during the hot season! There might be no crowds and hassles, but there is a lot more sweat!
Moving like a tornado through all the places because of lack of time, not being able to fully appreciate the places I go to... I would have loved to stay longer in Ujjain or Mandu, but alas, I want to see the South too!
Maharaja hotel in Mandu... It might be Mandu's only budget option, but boy is it crap! Probably the worst place I have stayed in in India. It looked like they hadn't spent any money since building it back in, well who knows when
Childeren on the steps of the Teli ka Mandir
and for that matter, I don't think they spent any money building it either...
Even off season places like Khajuraho are still teeming with those smooth looking young men, who come up to you for 'just a talk'... I had hoped they would be in some kind of hibernation mode till the crowds returned...
The price of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh! It seems the government of Madhya Pradesh didn't think the already high price was high enough and decided to quadruple it as of this year! Finally the just plain silly:
The price of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh!
Maharaja hotel in Mandu... The name doesn't reflect the state of the place... If I were a Maharaja I would sue them!
Bandhavgarh National Parks claim of 99,99 %!c(MISSING)hance of spotting a tiger! None of the 30 odd vehicles that went into the park the same time as I did saw a tiger, making this a very silly claim! There is however a 99,99 %!c(MISSING)hance you will leave with a lighter wallet!
Telling me that the patch of grass 50 meters away behind a bush is harbouring a slumbering
View of Gwalior fort and Gwalior city
tiger and that I have thus seen a glimps of a tiger!
Some of the porn in Khajuraho...
The Indian busses which are never full! I think this is something for Myth busters to explore... Is it true that Indian busses are never full? I think they will find out, that yes, somehow Indian busses always have room for one more!
Heading down south through Chhattisgarh to the dried up falls of Chitrakote outside Jagdalpur... So much for seeing India's Niagara falls!
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