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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar November 14th 2013

Accommodation - The Royal Jodphur Camp Weather - Hot & sunny 28C. Cold clear nights 6C Pushkar surrounds a small lake, believed by Hindus to have been created by Lord Brahma, thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage centre. There are more than 400 temples and 52 ghats surrounding the lake. Pushkar, however, and the reason we were here, is best known for its Camel Fair. Rural tribal traders of camels, horses and other cattle converge from all over Rajasthan, many walking for days driving their camels across the desert mix with pilgrims arriving from all over India and of course a small number of lucky tourists, magazine photographers and TV camera crews. What an unbelievable spectacle this is - tribal locals in colourful robes and turbans, bartering with each other to obtain the best deal for ... read more
Colourful characters at the Pushkar Camel Fair
General view across the Pushkar Camel Fair
Chai Tea seller - Pushkar Camel Fair

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 13th 2013

Accommodation - Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel Weather - Warm, sunny, blue sky with haze 26C Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was built in 1727 by the Rajput ruler, Jal Singh, and is known as the Pink City due to the pink/terracota-coloured walls of buildings throughout the old city. In the morning we visited the magnificent Amber Fort, the site of the ancient Rajput capital which displays Mughal-style architecture with traditional Rajput influences. What a surprise, the best kept secret of the tour so far, our transportation along the path to the fort was on Shakima, an Indian elephant!! Feeling like (but not looking like) Maharaja & Maharani we entered the inner courtyard through the majestic Sun Gate atop our noble beast. The Amber Fort was the best fort so far, protected by massive ramparts following the ... read more
Amber Fort
Amber Fort with elephants walking up the path
Shakima our transport to Amber Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 12th 2013

On our journey today we crossed the border from Uttar Pradesh, the state with the highest population, into Rajasthan, the state with the largest land area. The trip was 240km in length and was approximately 7 hours in total with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri and also a short lunch stop. This blog consists mainly of photographs taken from the coach window showing typical life on the streets of both Agra and Jaipur and of the many different forms of transport seen on the roads of India and what a motley collection of vehicles that is!!! Our guide summed it up with the phrase - "If it moves, be it with wheels or legs, it will be used for transport in India". A collection of cars, decorated lorries, buses - old and new, auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws, ... read more
Horse and cart
Ready, steady .... waiting at the traffic lights
Hard working donkeys

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra November 9th 2013

A very early start today, 05.15, for a very special reason - our visit to the Taj Mahal. A short ride in the bus, a walk through almost deserted streets for 200m before arriving at the gated entrance. Our tour group were at the head of the queue, only 1 hour to wait for the gates to be opened. Strict security checks, before entering the complex, a short walk down an avenue before turning into the main entrance and there before our eyes was the amazing spectacle of the Taj Mahal! sparkling and glowing white in the early morning light. Wow and wow again - a privilege to be here and see with our own eyes this amazing Mausoleum dedicated to love. We were in the first group of six, unbelievelable, no crowds in front of ... read more
Wandering Peter & Alison in front of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal and Mosque through the archway
The Classic view of the Taj Mahal

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi November 7th 2013

Accommodation - Taj Mahal Hotel Weather - Warm, misty/hazy/smoggy - 24C After a short midday flight from Newcastle to London Heathrow we then spent the next six hours wandering around Terminal 5. Having never previously been to Terminal 5 we were impressed by the scale of the Terminal, lots of seating, numerous shops, restaurants and bars. We eventually boarded our BA flight to Delhi and left Heathrow, on time, for our overnight flight. Arriving in Delhi on time, tired and somewhat jet-lagged, we found the airport formalities to be relatively smooth and organised and we were soon stepping on Indian soil for the first time looking forward to a fantastic tour around Rajasthan. After arriving at our hotel and having a brief rest, we met up with the rest of our tour group to start our ... read more
Praying at Jama Masid Mosque
Chaotic street in Old Delhi
Chickens for sale in Old Delhi Bazaars

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria October 3rd 2013

We have wandered more widely during the past week. We caught a 'glass bottom ferry' from the harbour in Puerto de Mogan for a trip around three headlands to the tourist resort of Puerto Rico. It was a very pleasant trip the sea breeze cooling us down as we watched the changing landscape - from high sea cliffs with surf pounding at their bases to inlets and bays with the cliffs covered by mainly white apartment blocks and tourist hotels. In contrast nothing apart from blue sea could be seen through the small panel of glass comprising the 'glass bottom ferry'! We found Puerto Rico to be, almost totally, a 'tourist town' - not really our sort of place!! A wander around town, through the shopping complex, where even WanderingAlison was unable to find anything of ... read more
Puerto Rico
Casa de Colon
Courtyard at Casa de Colon

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria September 28th 2013

Having enjoyed the superb weather of the British summer we decided, at fairly short notice, to book a two week holiday to Gran Canaria staying in the picturesque resort of Puerto de Mogan. A restful and relaxing trip would allow us to continue our adjustment from hectic working lives to a more leisurely, at least in theory, retired life. It would also allow us to continue to enjoy hot and sunny weather while a distinctly autumnal change is happening at home. Puerto de Mogan is a small picturesque town in the south west of Gran Canaria, situated on the coast and nestled between imposing cliffs and mountains of mottled black, grey and brown volcanic rock. There are two contrasting areas of the town along the sea front. On the left side of the bay there is ... read more
White buildings, archways & bougainvillea in Puerto de Mogan
Small canals in 'Little Venice' area of Puerto de Mogan
Wall carvings depicting life in old times in Puerto de Mogan

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