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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh May 9th 2024

Starting to wind down from another amazing trip!! After saying goodbye to Bhutan, it was a quick trip back to Delhi and then a short flight to Srinagar, for our 4 day visit. Srinagar is a city of 1.8million people in N. India in the Kashmir region, bordering Pakistan and China. It is known as the summer holiday capital due to the popularity of its houseboats on the Dal and Nigeen lakes. Unfortunately, the weather had changed before our arrival, bringing a record amount of rain. Also, the clouds obscured the surrounding snow-covered mountains, everything appearing quite wet and muddy. At home, we had considered going overland on the Srinagar to Leh mountain road, a solid 2-day drive. After watching a couple videos of it, and knowing we might be pushing the early spring, thankfully, we ... read more
Inside our houseboat Nigeen Lake Srinagar
The road up to Khardung La Pass
At the top!

Asia » India March 31st 2024

All good things must come to an end, and in lots of ways I’m happy to be on my way home. India is an amazing country. It’s colourful, noisy, ancient, confronting, full of contrasts, dry & dusty, and the Indian people are warm and friendly. And there’s no denying the amazing tourist ‘assets’ headlined by the Taj Mahal but plenty of other temples, forts, and ceremonies. Alongside those big ticket items there’s so much to see - random cows wandering wherever they may choose, the constant throng of the traffic and urban life with rickshaws, motorbikes, bicycles and cars all ‘honking’ their way along. There is also poverty with street beggars and many people living on the footpaths and even median strips. It’s a land of enormous contrast when you see the lives of the very ... read more
Sharing an offering in the Ganges in memory of my dad
Playing Holi
One of my favourite pics

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi March 30th 2024

The final destination for our holiday was an add-on trip to the holy city of Varanasi. And while it was a bit of a hassle catching a domestic flight for just a day and a half it was well worth the effort. Before the Varanasi flight we crammed in a few extra Delhi sites - the National Museum and the Lotus Temple. The Museum contains interesting articles found in India and throughout S E Asia. I particularly enjoyed the ancient Buddha collection and a display of musical instruments that was collected by one woman and donated to the museum. The Lotus Temple is a Bahai house of worship that is built to resemble a lotus flower. I expected to find a lotus garden with a small temple, instead it’s a large building that reminded me of ... read more
10th century BC Buddha
Lotus Temple
Ganges offerings

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra March 27th 2024

I’ve gone with the word awesome (one of my favourites) to describe Agra but it’s more my description of the Taj Mahal, than the town itself. The Taj did not disappoint. It is truly awe inspiring. It’s gorgeous from a distance and also up close. But first to our journey……. On the way from Jaipur to Agra we visited yet another fort called Fatehpur Sikri, but much like all the others it was impressive. It was built by a chap called Akbar and he had separate quarters for his three wives. For his Muslim wife he built a small room, for his Christian wife he built a wing of the palace, but for his Hindu wife who gave him an heir he built a whole entire palace! Onwards to Agra where we were greeted by a ... read more
Mum & the Taj
Colour time!
Agra Fort 1

Asia » India » Rajasthan March 24th 2024

So much to see in this amazing land of contrasts. I’m enjoying observing regular people going about their lives perched above them from our tour bus window, and I love interacting with locals when I get the chance. Indian people are warm and friendly. Several times we’ve been photographed by locals who are intrigued by our differences, and on a few occasions I’ve been asked to join a group shot, not dissimilar to travelling in Japan! This time I’m writing while travelling from Jaipur to Agra, the home of the uber famous Taj Mahal. I’m glad we’ve left the Taj well into the tour, otherwise I fear all other monuments will pale into insignificance! Back to Jaipur, and in fact Pushkar which we visited for one night en route from Jodhpur to Jaipur. Pushkar is a ... read more
Housework
Obligatory bicycle
Pushkar mosque

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur March 21st 2024

We’ve just enjoyed two great days in the fascinating city of Jodhpur and I’m writing this while travelling by bus to our next hotel in Pushkar. It’s been a whirlwind of sightseeing, shopping, chatting, eating and drinking - so much to take in. A ‘feast for the senses’ as many people warned me it would be! Jodhpur is well set up for tourism with an amazing and well preserved fort perched high the hill. It’s much drier than I expected and unsurprisingly, our guide Kamal says it’s surrounded by desert. The nearby countryside is flat and devoid of most vegetation except small scrubby looking plant life. It must be super tough for anyone trying to farm this land. The toughest life in Jodhpur is reserved for the people who live on the street. Right near our ... read more
Jain High Priest - great our guide
Jain Temple
Indian woman

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 19th 2024

We arrived in Udaipur airport and after successfully collecting our luggage set off to explore the ‘Venice of the East’. It didn’t disappoint. First up was a visit to the Monsoon Palace perched high on a hill overlooking picturesque Udaipur which is built on a series of lakes, the main one being Lake Pichola. Apparently it was featured in the James Bond classic ‘Octopussy’ although I don’t recall seeing it in the movie. The best part of the so-called Palace was the view which although the city was shrouded in fog was still a grand vista. The Palace on the other hand was more a slightly dilapidated white marble edifice complete with irritating monkeys that stole another tourists food right out of her hands. Then it was on to our very impressive hotel Ananta Udaipur which ... read more
Monsoon Palace
The view from high on the hill
Beautiful

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi March 17th 2024

I’m writing this post while flying from Delhi to Udaipur to enjoy the next city on our whistle stop tour. Most similar tours of Northern India either start or finish in Udaipur so we’re skipping a long drive and flying with a domestic airline called IndiGo. So far so good. Although I got in trouble going through security for not taking the right items out of my bag!! In typical Indian style, everything took an interminable amount of time. I can only assume their systems and processes are very complicated because everything seems to take at least three times longer than the equivalent activity at home, like checking in and out of a hotel, checking into a flight, etc. But it’s all part of the experience of travel so I’m unfussed and definitely not stressed about ... read more
Love a good silly sign!
Spice market
Beautiful child

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi March 15th 2024

Mum and I are on a 16-day guided tour of Northern India and are super excited about the first visit to India for both of us. As many of you would know, we lost my darling dad and mum’s husband of 63 years Dennis last year and I thought it would be a great way to help both of us heal to share an overseas trip. Dad was never that keen on visiting India but I knew Mum was interested so floated the idea with her in August last year. Fortuitously, one of our favourite travel company‘s Encounter Travel (founded and run by my sister’s life long bestie Justine Waddington) was running a tour and we jumped at the chance to sign up. I‘m writing this post on day zero of our tour which will take ... read more
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Asia » India March 7th 2024

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