Varanasi – on the banks of the holy Ganges

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Swotting up on all the travel books, we were expecting Varanasi to be pretty hard, so to make our lives a bit easier, we booked a nice hotel in Cantonment. My first booking muck-up; we arrived a day later than I had booked and they had re-allocated our rooms. A bit of tough talking, and we were thankfully back in our rooms – but it was yet another case of staff tips and more money frustration.

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The train to and from hell

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

As with all things India, the best it has to offer is soon followed by the worst. After a pretty spectacular few days in Jaisalmer, it was time for the 19 hour train ride to Delhi – pretty horrendous at the best of times, but with the extremely busy trains, it is important to have beds close together. For security if nothing else. To our horror, the beds were not together, but mixed up, in roughly the same area. 3 young kids, Indian train, no compartments, not together, 19 hours – parent’s nightmare.

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Camel Safari – treking through the Thar Desert

March 26, 2012 3 comments

4 camels booked – we are ready to go. I did some research and found Trotters, managed by Del Boy, and thought that it must be quality – and this time it was. After a pickup from the hotel and some bag shuffling, we were off in the jeep into the desert.

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Jaisalmer – the Golden City

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The first thing we noticed about Jaisalmer – it has great internet. Being near Pakistan and crawling with army bases and solders, communication is top priority and you can get high speed 3G even in the middle of the desert!

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Jodhpur – just a quick stop

March 23, 2012 1 comment

We spent most of our time in Jodhpur in our little village, but when we did visit the city the fort was typically brilliant. The combination of gargantuan scale and artistic delicacy make a wonderful awe inspiring combination. Just a few pics on this blog.

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Chhotaram Prajapa’s Homestay – the time machine

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

First impressions as we arrived: a bit scary but genuine with mud huts and rammed dung floors in a local families back yard, complete with cows, looms and a sense of peace and quiet. One of the huts even had a calf in it sheltering from the sun.

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Kumbalgarh – a step back in time

March 21, 2012 2 comments

The road to Kumbalgarh, is the road to medieval times. Off the beaten track, the villages in these mountains are isolated, even today, many without electricity, certainly without running water.

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