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Frezzing cold and snow, what a shock!

4 °C

Well we are home. What a shock going from sun and 30+ temperature to close to 0 here and snow! Brrrrr!
It's nice to be back and we are looking forward to seeing family and friends after such a long time! The journey has been truely amazing. We have seen some fantastic sights but the one thing that made the trip was the assortment of great people we encountered along the way.

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Sitar shopping, getting chased by monkeys and a great meal.

sunny 30 °C

The train to Mumbai was really comfortable, but just a usual late! We headed to our slightly shabby hotel and had some sleep (well Mark struggled as it was really hot). Then the next morning we headed to try and buy a sitar. We
got send on a wild goose chase by our hotel, but some really nice men told us a good place go. Don't follow the Rough Guides advice, go to Vipi Road near the Opera House as there are several shops.


We bought from Haribhau Vishwanath where the service was great. The whole purchasing experience was an absolute pleasure. The owners were extremely nice who treated us to coconut juice straight from the nut while we waited for the Sitar to be correctly packaged. The price was really good too.


After buying the Sitar we headed to the Gateway to India and took a boat to Elephanta Island. We found it a bit of a let down, only one cave temple was impressive. I was also threatened by a monkey there an fell down a hole and hurt my knee. Not impressed. We spent more time travelling to and from the island than on it. It gave a nice view on our return.







After freshening up, we headed to Gaylord restaurant (one of the best in Mumbai) for a great meal, the last in India. The day after we were going home! The journey to the airport took about 1 hour, but there were some great last minute things to see on the way.







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sunshine, shopping and relaxation

sunny 32 °C

We headed into Goa at night and stayed one evening in Panjim, where we found a Dominos Pizza for a bit of Comfort food. Not that adventurous or gourmet, but much needed after recovering from Delhi belly.
The next day after the usual frustrating and long wait (2.5 Hours in intense heat with broken air conditioning) we managed to book the train ticket to Mumbai, before heading on the bus to Mapusa. There we took a Rickshaw to Anjuna (they are fancy models in Goa, they even have doors!).

The next few days we chilled, firstly at Anjuna beach resort, with a pool. This was a bit out of our budget so we headed to Marys Holiday home for the next couple of days. We didn't fall in love with Anjuna beach and actually preferred Baga beach a couple of Kilometres away. We also found a nice restaurant called Nishas, the Tandoori Snapper and Tikka Paneer here were divine. The rum soaked Banana Foaster was a nice end to the night for desert.


We headed to the Saturday Night Market for souvenir shopping. It was really good, with music and a bar, and loads of great products. Other than that we just did nothing bit sit in the sunshine and recharge.

After some much needed time to recoup we caught the train up the west coast of India eventually arriving at our last destination Mumbai.


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Taj Mahal, and not much else

rain 26 °C

Agra as a town is really not that nice. In fact if the Taj Mahal wasn't there it is definately a destination to avoid. There is the fort and the Taj Mahal, and nothing else worth seeing.

We just visited the Taj, as we were there for just a day.




It is really impressive and much more interesting when you see it close up, with the patterned detail on the side of the building. Unfortunately it rained a lot when we were there, so we didn't get a great photos. The sunset wasn't very that impressive due to the cloud. It was worth the trip though.




We had an early night that night and caught an early train to Delhi the next morning (which was two hours late arriving, I think we chose the wrong one) to catch our flight to Goa.

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Rajastan, Jodphur and Udaipur

Blue city and Floating palaces


We spent just one day in Jodphur, long enough to see the fort, which was really impressive, and the White house as the locals call it (a monument to a past Maharaja). The memorial was a great place to escape the constant hustle, bustle and relentless beeping of the auto rickshaws.










A number of the buildings are painted blue, a feature which goes back a good number of years. It was really different to Jaislamer and well worth exploring.




After our one day we caught a night sleeper bus to Udaipur. It was Ok, but the promised toilet stops take a bit of getting used to. There are no facilities, just a dirt track. All the people pile off and just go where ever they find a spot. Humm! You never know what you may be walking in.




We arrived in Udaipur early in the morning, by which time Mark was starting to feel ill! What a pair.
Udaipur was a good place to relax and recouperate. We didn't do much other than wander around the town and admire the view. The Panorama hotel is a great place to get comfortable and had a nice view over the lake.
There is a floating palace in the lake, which was used in the Octopussy James Bond film. It is now a luxury hotel.





One evening we saw a cultural performance at the museum, with dancing and a traditional puppet show. It was a really nice eveing, but a bit short.





Mark had a couple of Sitar lessons at Prem Musical Instruments with Bablu (not sure if the spelling is correct) which he enjoyed.

Then we caught another night bus to Agra. The journey from Udaipur to Agra alledgedly takes 14 very long, cramped hours. That time was interesting, with people sleeping in the corridor on thier luggage. It was very late arriving by which time we were a bit frustated, and thankful to get off. We eventually arrived in a dirty Agra after 16.5hours.

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