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Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit December 17th 2009

I don't think anything will prepare you for the magnificent Himalaya's. The trek started about 2 hours from Pokhara by minivan. Having spent the very early hours of the morning trying to book a flight in Thailand, which I have now found out that I have booked it from the wrong airport! We started our trek with our guide, Laxman and 2 porters of which I have to say we could never remember their names, which is awful of us. Laxman was to be our guide through most of Nepal and we couldn't have asked for a nicer man and Chloe was in love..... Our trek would take us up to Camp Australia, Thulakharkal; then on the Dandruk Trek to Landruk, on to Syauli Bazaar, Gjandruk. We went up and down through the mountains, along wonderful ... read more
On Our Way
Laxman -
James and Chloe on thier way

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara December 17th 2009

One of the countires on our list that was of highest priority and believe me it was worth it. Nepal has to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. I can highly (litterally) recommend it to everyone of all ages. The people are so friendly and will give you anything without question. The scenery is truely breathtaking. We left India and it's heat and dust to climb the Himalaya's, take in the fresh air, meet wonderful people, see the wildlife, and taste the Mo Mo's (steamed dumplings), all which we will try and share with you. Starting in Pokhara, after flying from Delhi to Kathmandu and then a small plane onto Pokhara. We arrived at this sleepy lakeside town, crammed with restaurants and "nepalese" North Face clothes for all of those ... read more
Main Street of Pokhara
A Typical House
The Boys and Girls on the Boat

Asia » India » Punjab » Amritsar November 13th 2009

We arrived in Amritsar from Delhi after an 8 hour train journey. An additional 2 hours were delays as there were protesters on the track. We were all exhausted and went to bed almost immediately. The next day we visited a fabric mill which imported wool from Australia. We watched the whole proceedure from spinning the wool all the way through to the finished product, including the weaving. All the fabrics are shipped to designer houses in London, NY, Milan, etc. We then went on to the border with Pakistan where we watched the closing of the border which is done every evening, it was quite a spectacle. From there we visited, at night, the Golden Temple. This is a truely magical place, very spiritual, probably the most spiritual place we have every been to in ... read more
Heading for the border
The empty Pakistan side
Indian Army

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 12th 2009

From Agra onto New Delhi to our new host family, the Babra's. We have been welcomed open armed as all our host families do. We loved Delhi, all it's madness and hussle and bussle. We visited the equivilant to the Houses of Parliament, India Gate, a Steam Railway museum, and Old Delhi. Our hosts were so lovely - I am sure you will love the photo's of us at their house!!!... read more
James's favourite toys
Chloe enjoying the museum
Trains and more trains

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra November 12th 2009

We left Udiapur for Agra. The actual city is very busy and very dirty. Not much to see other than the Taj Mahal and yet another palace. We didn't stay to long but were impressed, as I am sure everyone is, with the Taj.... read more
The Great Taj Mahal Itself
Through an archway
The Family

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Ajmer November 12th 2009

This has to be one of the hidden treasures of India. We took a car journey for a day out of Udaipur to Dungapur. It has a 12 Century Palace which from the outside looks like it is about to fall down, but inside it is the jewel in the crown. It has the original 12 Century wall paintings all over it, as well as mirrored inlay rooms and none of it is roped off to the tourists. Not that there were any tourists there we were the only ones. Dungapore itself is renowned for it's stonemasons and it is set on the most beautiful lake. We wished that we had booked into the luxury hotel - the only hotel there - for one night rather than having to go all the way back to Udaipur. ... read more
Elephants at the door
Streets of Dungapur
Another street scene

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur November 12th 2009

We arrived in Udaipur and stayed in an old hotel. It was quite wonderful with a four poster bed and marble everywhere, we even had our own dressing room as well as marble bathroom. We enjoyed the lake and seeing the Palace where Octopussy was filmed but found the city very touristy and very much built off the back of the film. The prices were inflated and there was not a lot to do there once you had taken a boat ride on the lake. The people were friendly like everywhere you go in India, it just was not our favourite place. We did however get our first taste of Western cooking by finding a wonderful restaurant in the backstreets, just nice to not have a curry for once!!!... read more
Traffic on the way to Udaipur
Our Luxury Bedroom
Waiting for our boat

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Ranakpur November 12th 2009

We left Jaipur by car for a six hour journey to Udaipur. We stopped half way at Ranakpur to see the amazing temple. It has 1444 carved columns of which no two are the same. They are all perfect bar one as they say that only God can be perfect therefore they deliberately made one column wonky. This has to be the most amazing carved temples we saw on our whole trip. James and I had to wear the given outfits, these are not part of our new wardrobe!!!... read more
James and Chloe

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur November 12th 2009

It was on a day trip in an amazing jeep that we visited a local house where we watched a Opium Ceremony. We went to a local rug weaver, a potter, and the village of the "untouchables" which are the lowest caste system in India. It was a fun day and full of interesting thought provoking places.... read more
Goat hearders
Another great headress for James

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur November 5th 2009

Apologies for not putting much text around my previous entries. We have made it around some of Rajasthan as many of you have now seen on our updates to this site. Goa was relaxing and quiet in comparison to Rajasthan. Jaipur was our introduction to the crazy Indian life. Rathambhore National Park was quiet and had amazing scenery. Ajmer was a view into everyday life with our wonderful host family. Pushkar was a crazy hippy market town with the annual Camel and Horse fair which made it even more mad than usual I imagine. Now here are some of our pictures of Jodpur, it was here that we once again had a lovely host family, set in a huge house with 10 rooms for guests. We visited the usual forts, temples and palaces of the area. ... read more
Not British Rail
Desert Scenery from the Train
Ploughing in the dust

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