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Amer Fort – Jaipur, India

A short distance from Jaipur in Rajasthan, India is the Amber or Amer Fort.  This imposing fortress on the hill overlooking the lake is spectacular.  From the outside, at first glance it appears to blend into the landscape but as you enter into the inner parts of the fort the colours and decorations are subtle and beautiful. … Continue reading

Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds – Jaipur, India

In Jaipur is the spectacular Hawa Mahal, also know as Palace of Winds or Palace of the Breeze. It was built of pink and red sandstone in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.  The intricate lattice work provided a way for the women of the court to observe the outside world without being seen. We didn’t … Continue reading

Taj Mahal – Agra, India (photo heavy)

I doubt there is anyone in the world who hasn’t heard of the Taj Mahal, its one of those iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House or the Louvre. No visit to the north of India would be complete without a visit.  Visting the Taj Mahal left a huge impression on me.  Its … Continue reading

The Red Fort of Agra – Uttar Pradesh, India

The Red Fort of Agra is known by many names, the Red Fort, Agra Fort, Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra.  It’s only a short distance from the Taj Mahal so you can easily see both in the same day – its only about 3 kms away and on a clear day … Continue reading

Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi, India

Most people are familiar with the Taj Mahal being a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Not so well known, but very beautiful in its own right is Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi ,which was built around 100 years earlier and was the start of garden-tombs in … Continue reading

People of Rajasthan

Just a small selection of the photos I took featuring the people of Rajasthan, India.  The animals have their own posts here & here so its time for the people to shine.    

Monkeys, Rats and assorted beasties – Rajasthan, India

Click here for the previous blog post about Sacred Cows, Elephants and Camels. There were a lot of smaller but no less important creatures we saw in India.  This is their blog post. You may like to check out my post about the Karni Mata temple Click here for more of my blog posts about India

Sacred Cows, Elephants and Camels – Rajasthan, India

Throughout our trip through India, we saw many animals along the way.  From sacred cows in the street to beasts of burden and everything in between. Here are just a few of them…   Click here for more of my blog posts about India

Jantar Mantar, Delhi, India

India is a country of colour and contrast (and amazing food).   One of the cool sites we visted in Delhi was Jantar Mantar which was built in 1724 as an observatory used to predict time and the movement of the sun, moon and planets.   While this is all very interesting, it also struck me … Continue reading

Karni Mata (rat temple) – Rajasthan, India

Around 30km from the city of Bikaner in Rajasthan, India is the unusual rat temple of Karni Mata.  Around 20,000 extremely well fed black rats call this temple home.  There are apparently a small number of white rats which are considered to be especially holy. As with all temples, you need to remove your shoes … Continue reading

Don’t touch the animals (and would someone tell the animals please?)

Everytime I am about to go on holiday and visit the travel doctor for vaccines, malaria tablets and so on, they always drum into you, how you should never, never, ever, ever touch the animals in a foreign country due to the risk of rabies. Now I for one always avoid the captive animals such … Continue reading

Want to travel light to a developing country? Here’s a good reason not to…

The internet is full of great sites on how to pack light for your holiday to a developing country.  Especially when you have a backpack to carry on and off buses, into remote regions and need to travel with the bare minimum of stuff. However, for a lot of us, thats not how we travel. … Continue reading

Rajasthan … not more paintings of elephants!

I confess that I got rather obsessed in Rajasthan with photographing literally anything to do with elephants and the elephant headed god Ganesha.  The elephant is a huge part of Indian culture, important both in religion but also admired for their wisdom (memory) and strength. In a previous blog posting, I show some photos of … Continue reading

Rajasthan wall paintings – more elephants…

One of the things I loved while travelling through Rajasthan was the decorative walls outside of many homes.  On a much grander scale are the haveli (painted) mansions which is one of the main reasons to visit this region. More suprisingly, when walking around towns such as Udaipur, are the many homes which have the … Continue reading

Hong Kong Travel Planning – airport transfers & vegetarian dining

So this weekend I have been doing a little bit more trip planning for our upcoming trip in April to Hong Kong.  My first in this series of blog posts is here. Quick summary, thus far we have planned two days at Hong Kong Disneyland and two museums that sound interesting – the Hong Kong History Museum and Hong … Continue reading

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