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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur August 26th 2015

We were both woken out of our deep sleep by the young indian guy who changes the bed linen on the trains. "Jodhpur" he says. Looking around us, the cabin was almost empty, like the people who were laying in their beds a few hours ago had snuck off in the night. Looking at our watch, it was only 6am. Relieved, we said we are going to Jaipur. We had at least another 4 hours. "No, Jodhpur" he said again. Given that we'd just woken up we were slightly confused; we understood where we were (in Jodhpur) but were not sure if this particular train had terminated and we needed to board a 'connecting' train. Due to our non existent hindi we couldn't get much info from the linen guy other then "Jodhpur" and the occasional head ... read more
Holy man at peace during sunset
Village life on outskirts of town
Holy man happily smoking his Ganja

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer August 23rd 2015

No chapatti no Chai: No woman, no cry. Chicken curry don't worry. Life's long, you don't have to worry. These are the words spoken by our guide Papu who sat in front of a crackling fire, making chapati and had us all laughing by his funny rhymes and wise words. Deep in the majestic Thar Desert we all sat in near darkness apart from the light created from the flickering orange flames (from our camp fire) and the glow from the night stars. In the distance there was nothing but sand dunes, vegetation and the occasional wild animals. The location was very tranquil. When we took note of what we could hear there was nothing. Nothing but the crackling fire, the low hums and high whistles of the wind. No traffic noise or signs of life ... read more
Fireball in the sky
Morning time after a night under the stars

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur August 22nd 2015

Perched on top of a hill and seemingly growing out of the red rocky terrain it was hard to tell where the red fort started and when the red sandstone mountain ended. The fort here was really remarkable. It stood out as a sign and reminder of power, royalty and the kingdom of Jodhpur to the people below. Before the fort let’s take it back to our arrival. After booking and catching an overnight bus from Udaipur to Jodhpur (7hours) sleeping or trying to in some dark and not very comfortable cubicles we arrived in Jodhpur at 3:30am. Great. The negotiation with the rickshaw driver was luckily a quick one. It was night, we were tired and they must have been to. We happily paid a little more given the time of night, but did not ... read more
One of many kite flyers on the rooftops
Meeting locals on the way up to the fort
A muder of crows

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur August 17th 2015

Udaipur, its former nickname - the white city (although now more of a mix of yellow and blue homes), is only a couple hours away from Chittaugarh. A more laid back and maybe more touristy city than other places we've visited, but somehow still retaining its charm. Udaipur is probably one of the most beautiful places we've visited so far in India, with the huge lake Pichola complete with former palace (now a hotel) sat right in the middle of it. In the distance are copious amounts of rolling hills, it really makes for some stunning views from any of the many restaurant/hostel roof terraces. After confirming in the morning that we could catch a local bus from Chittorgarh to Udaipur, it was a no brainer. We were packed and out the door into the heavy ... read more
Window frame
Udaipur from above
Watching the world go by

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Chittorgarh August 16th 2015

With both legs dangling over the edge of this world heritage site, listening to a faint sound of Indian music in the distance, we sat watching the sun set over the immense city ahead. Looking below us the city was bustling and alive. We however were sat at a height amidst the calm majestic walls of the Chittorgarh fort. This area of the fort was in ruins and was barely standing but somehow it still stood tall and proud as a reflection of the power and glory that once was. Not managing to say much we sat in near silence trying to absorb what we had seen and learnt at this fort. We were reminded of the rich history that had moulded this fort and the many people who had gave their lives away in honour ... read more
Built on top of the mountain
Dressed for the occasion

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi August 14th 2015

After visiting Delhi and Agra, Bundi was a refreshing break away from the chaos, the annoying touts, rickshaw drivers and the mass levels of tourism. Instead we would describe Bundi as a smallish town (for India that is) with a lot of charm and a warm friendliness about it but still retaining that vibrant alive feel that we love about India. Arriving here after our overnight train we immediately liked the feel of this place. This may have been in part due to the early quieter morning feel as there was hardly anything on the streets. Apart from the odd swerve around the roaming cow, pig, goat or dog we actually relaxed into our rickshaw ride knowing that nothing was in danger of being ran over by our driver. Taking advantage of the atmospheric streets we ... read more
A stitch in time
A dogs life
Young fruit seller

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra August 13th 2015

Before we'd even decided to go to India we could never really figure out what the big deal was when it came to the Taj Mahal. Yes it looked grand and the story behind it (from what we knew at that time) was a heart-warming romantic gesture but what was so great about it?. We'd heard how some people even shed a tear when they'd seen it because of its sheer beauty, some saying it’s the most beautiful thing they'd ever laid eyes on. We were dubious, it can’t be THAT amazing of a building can it?? Of course, you cannot go to India and not visit one of the great wonders of the world. Is it as impressive as everyone says it is? Was it really beautiful? Did we shed a tear? At Delhi train ... read more
Eye spy
View from the outside

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi August 11th 2015

In Delhi most people choose a day tour via private car to view many of the nearby sights. We wanted to do something similar but take our time as we got to grips with this new country, India. Following a very hearty breakfast, we decided we would carry out a ‘do it yourself’ kind of day tour via the metro. This went against the hostel’s advice of hiring out a car but we wanted to see India for ourselves. Learn our own lessons, you know. Walking down the main bazaar in the day time was no less hectic and chaotic than the evening before. Stalls with men shouting out for you to have a look in their shop, far too many vehicles on the street with no sense of a coordinated system whatsoever. It was every ... read more
India on a hazy morning

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 10th 2015

Sitting on the plane we were both apprehensive about India. Sad to be leaving south east asia but aware that we were going to begin a whole new adventure in India. We spoke excitedly to each other about all the things we were looking forward to: the food, the intricate and beautifully designed forts and palaces. The vibrancy of streets, the colour, and the fact that it leaves its visitors with extreme opinions either completely loving it or vowing never to return. We questioned what sort of impression we would form. Were we going to love it or hate it? Were we going to be scammed or resist the scammers? Will we want to extend our stay or book the next flight out of there? Being all too well informed about the dodgy taxis in Delhi ... read more
How do we begin to describe this?
Street sellers
Move out the way

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane July 30th 2015

When you think of capital cities certain images come to mind; high rises, large roads with traffic, malls, cinemas. Vientiane: home of around 800,000 residents has none of the above. Even popular sites are very limited and can be done in a day. Of course, with it being a Buddhist country there are many temples to visit but people tend to only visit the main few. We were here as it is the gateway to getting into Thailand overland. You can actually see Thailand a short distance away across the Mekong from Vientiane. We're not in Thailand for long however, its just a stop off point for a couple days before our flight to New Delhi, India. Another reason that brought us here was to arrange our visa for India. We would like to say this ... read more
Many faces of Buddha
Women dressed up for the part
Old prosthetic legs at the COPE centre

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