Archive for the ‘India’ Category

India Day 28 – Delhi – Singapore

Woke at 4:30am, and headed to the airport by pre-paid taxi.  My fantastic trip to India is over.  A week of wonderful sights, amazing people, delicious food, maddening traffic, clever rip-offs, temple and palace-hopping, food-poisoning, beach combing….what an amaxing, colourful, and worthwhile experience.  I want to go back.  Incredible India it certainly is.  Now it’s […]

India Day 26 – Delhi

India Day 26 – Delhi

Woke at 10am and had breakfast on the rooftop.  French breakfast washed down with a sugary coffee.  Met the Korean at 11:30, and we headed to Cannaught’s Place to do some shopping.  This circular area full of shops is actually quite pleasant, though the touts and the notorious ‘shoe shiners’ and ‘ear cleaners’ still exist.  […]

India Day 25 – Delhi

India Day 25 – Delhi

Woke at 4:45am to take the train to Delhi.  Delhi will be my last stop on this epic journey through some of the highlights of South and North India.  2 more nights, then it’s back to Singapore! The train journey was OK, sat in the first class seating – lots of space.  Bought some chai.  […]

India Day 24 – Agra and Taj Mahal

India Day 24 – Agra and Taj Mahal

Woke at 5:45am, and made my way to the East Gate.  I had a delicious roadside chai to warm me up, then proceeded inside for a whopping 750Rs entry fee.  I walked through the main archway and saw it before me, looming in the dusk.  The Taj Mahal.  A shiver ran down my spine.  A […]

India Day 23 – Agra

Woke at 8:30am, and checked out.  I went to the bus station and got a bus to Agra at 12:30.  Met 2 German guys, and we humoured each other through the 7 hour journey.  When we arrived in Agra, it was dark.  I hate arriving in places at night.  The bus tried stopping at designated […]

India Day 22 – Jaipur

India Day 22 – Jaipur

Met my rickshaw driver outside the gates of Pearl Palace and set off on my tour of Jaipur, or the ‘pink city’ as it’s known.  Not that any of it’s pink.  We took in the Hawa Mahal, where small windows at the top of the palace provided great people-watching opportunities onto the chaotic streets of […]

India Day 21 – Pushkar and Jaipur

India Day 21 – Pushkar and Jaipur

Woke early and strode to the Braham Temple, one of only a few in the whole world.  The usual misfits, scam artists, beggars, and hapless souls of society were there making a tidy profit.  The temple itself was nothing spectacular.  Now disillusioned with Pushkar and all its fake ‘priests’ and scam artists, I checked out of […]

India Day 20 – Pushkar

India Day 20 – Pushkar

Woke and still felt like I was dreaming, though the hallucinations weren’t as bizarre as the night before.  I wondered how I’d be able to ride a camel for a while day.  I ate breakfast and met my camel driver.  The camel, majestically adorned, knelt down gracefully, and I clambered on clumsily. We began walking […]

India Day 18+19 – Long train journey and Pushkar

India Day 18+19 – Long train journey and Pushkar

A 20-hour train journey to look forward to today.  Got a taxi to Bandras Terminus for a train to Aijmer.  Read the rest of ‘Platform.’  A good book, with a somewhat hurried ending.  Also began reading ‘Kite Runner’, set in Afghanistan.  So far, so very good.  Relaxed a lot, and ate dinner that the politician […]

India Day 17 (New Year Day) – Mumbai

India Day 17 (New Year Day) – Mumbai

Woke at 12 and went on a long walk around all the worthy sights in Colaba and the Fort area.  I took in the Gateway, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Oval Maiden (where many cricket games were taking place), the grand old colonial Bombay University, the High Court, St. Thomas Cathedral, Victoria Station, Marina […]

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