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17th February 2019

Chefchaouen
Thanks for your offer of possible recommendations. But, I should have mentioned we are actually on a tour so the itinerary is set. We will spend nights in Rabat, Fez, Erfoud, in the Sahara, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakesh, Essaouira and Casablanca, but will visit many places in between. We are very much looking forward to the trip, but until them I will continue to enjoy your posts on Morocco!
From Blog: Chefchaouen
11th February 2019

Enjoyed reading about your time in Chefchaouen as when we visit Morocco later this year it is not on the agenda and I would like to visit it. Loved your photos!
From Blog: Chefchaouen
12th February 2019

Chefchaouen
Thanks for commenting on our blog. Where will you go on your trip to Morocco? We might be able to make some recommendations. Sara
From Blog: Chefchaouen
2nd December 2018
Lake Palace Udaipur

Udaipur Palaces
Three palaces in one blog...man oh man...I can't wait to post them in 'Palaces & Castles' thread in the Photography Forum. Gotta say this is my favourite..but bit restrictive if it doesn't have a backyard!
1st December 2018

Udaipur is my favourite city...
...despite it touristy shortcomings. Once away from places where droves of visitors go, particularly on the sides of the lake far away from the palace area, it's interesting, attractive and relatively unspoilt. I've only ever eaten at the Shiv Niwas with friends, but it is certainly atmospheric. I tend to stay at an haveli near the lakeside at Lal Ghat - lovely view, a fraction of the price of course, convenient for the Jagdish Mandir (HaHa! :0)) and a short walk to the pedestrian bridge over to the opposite bank. I have friends in the city, which helps. Sad that your adventure is ending. Thanks for all your recommendations - I look forward to visiting some of the places in Gujarat for myself in 2020.
30th November 2018

You certainly find some interesting places
To be the only visitors to a palace is an achievement. The Juna Mahal is one to add to my list!
From Blog: Dungarpur
1st December 2018

Dungarpur
We really enjoyed our time in Dungarpur and would definitely recommend a visit. There isn't all tat much to see but the Juna Mahal is amazing and the Udai Bilas Palace is a great place to relax, despite its slightly random service. We fly home tomorrow so today's post is the last one.
From Blog: Dungarpur
30th November 2018
I wish I knew bird names

This is a Red-vented Bulbul
Now you know at least one bird's name! (Its common name is certainly easier to pronounce than its species name: Pycnonotus cafer)
From Blog: Dungarpur
1st December 2018
I wish I knew bird names

Red-vented bulbul
Thank you - knew you'd know!
From Blog: Dungarpur
28th November 2018
Jai Mandir, Dungarpur

Jai Mandir
Great pic. I have posted this and your next pic in 'Palaces & Castles' thread in the Photography Forum. Check 'em out & keep 'em coming.
27th November 2018

The real India...
...where boys vie to have their photos taken, girls run away and hide, and rubbish is consigned to the river. Thank you for taking me to Poshina - it's been added to my Gujarat itinerary.
27th November 2018

A well-deserved G&T...
After the crush at Ambaji and the outdated jeep, I'm surprised you didn't drink the entire bottle!
From Blog: Ambaji
24th November 2018

Temples and step-wells
Oh boy, there sure are a lot of them in Gujarat!
23rd November 2018

Wow!
Wow No. 1: I've seen pelicans and flamingoes in India but never in such huge numbers, nor so close. I usually travel Jan-Mar, but it looks like I'll need to reschedule to Oct-Dec if I want to see these at the Little Rann of Kutch. Wow No. 2: Film stars, eh? Pity you'll have to go to NZ to see it! P.S. You may want to revise the 'Flock of flamingoes' caption. :0)
22nd November 2018

Desert Coursers
This seems to be the place to stay. Thanks for the information. I'm wondering whether you're actually going into the sanctuary area proper or somehow through a back door! What I've read suggests that entry Monday to Friday is either around 2,600Rs per vehicle for foreigners (25% more at weekends) or 1200Rs per person (1500Rs at weekends) plus 1500Rs vehicle permit, plus guide (around 200 rupees), and a camera charge of anything from 100 to 1,200 Rs. Indians pay tuppence ha'penny for everything of course! What you're paying is a bargain, even if some of it may be going straight into the driver's pocket - and you're seeing so much too. Sounds wonderful. Pity about the beds, but that's common in quite a few hotels, isn't it? I even wrote a blog last year with the title: 'Spring is sprung. I wish the mattress was!'
21st November 2018

This sounds more like ti!
Plenty of wildlife, a good guide - and it's free! Maybe I'll give Gir a miss and add some time here.
22nd November 2018

Desert Coursers
They charge R2800 per person per night full board inc 1 safari a day. It's a shared safari but we actually had one tooursleves. Extra safaris are 3500 per trip. There is a 500 rupee park permit that you pay to your driver, but it's not clear how that ever gets paid across to the park! Either way it's not much. Yesterday morning the owner took us to the lake to see the cranes, flamingos nad pelicans. That's not in the park so no fee payable. Very reasonable andDhanraj is a great character. Only downside was the beds which are hard as hell - a wooden base with a one inch thick cotton ticking layer on top of it is not enough to protect the hip bones!
20th November 2018

Gir
Thanks for the info. Having read your comments about the fees (1400 Rs.per camera?) and now recent TripAdvisor reviews too, I'm having second thoughts about Gir. Do I really want to see lions that badly? Do I really want to be ripped off and possibly not even see a lion? If I don't go to Gir, do I even bother with Gujarat? Decisions, decisions...
From Blog: Diu to Gir
21st November 2018

Gir
It's a hard call, isn't it. We debated long and hard whether to visit Gir for the same reasons, and actually abandoned an earlier plan to visit Gujarat on that basis. The charges are a rip off and getting into the park a ridiculous hassle. But you never have to share a jeep. By putting you on a set route, you avoid seeing too many other jeeps, which is good, but of course you can't then deviate to see something that's off your track. All that said, seeing the male lion was incredible, and one of the 2 best game sightings we've ever had (the other was watching a tigress kill a wild dog in Tadoba). We wouldn't have missed it for the world.
From Blog: Diu to Gir
20th November 2018

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19th November 2018

Lions
Ah, yes. I'd forgotten I was told that 23 lions out of a pride of 26 died within a fortnight sometime in October. Apparently over 180 have died in the past two years. Canine distemper (spread by infected dogs sharing lion kills) is believed to be the cause. For many years, the Gujarati government has resisted advice to move some lions to other parks. Perhaps they'll now do it - before they lose all of them.
19th November 2018

Birding Lodge
Yes please - I think I have the Birding Lodge's website details but confirmation of the contact name and email address would be very helpful. Strange that other places weren't helpful with park entry bookings. My experience at Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh has been that they were only too happy to do it all for you (for a fee of course). Must be something to do with the bureaucracy!
From Blog: Diu to Gir
20th November 2018

Gir Birding Lodge contact.
His name is Iqbal Ahmed - email ia@asianadventures.in, website www.asianadventures.net. We had to send him scans of our passports, and pay half up front so he had the money to pay the permits. Even then, they'd put the price up by the time we arrived so we had to pay an extra 800 or 1000 rupees each drive on the spot. Plus 1400 rupees per camera per day!
From Blog: Diu to Gir

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