Raindrops keep falling on my head….

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I returned home to the lovely Emerald Isle two days ago and already India feels like a distant blur. Suddenly my home town seems very peaceful and quiet after the cacophony of sounds over in India, although we did get a little break from the beeping when we went down south to Goa, so back we go to this day last week.

img_2828-1We grabbed one last coffee in Glenz and did a quick stroll around the humid streets of Delhi before getting an Uber to the Delhi airport, cost INR300 between 3 of us. Once we got to the airport we saw that there were long queues at each entrance, it soon became apparent that we needed a print off of our ticket itinerary to get into the airport. We chatted to one of the security guards and she was very helpful, she told us that we had to go to the first entrance and print off the ticket from the airline desk. INR75 later we had our print outs and we had gotten into the airport, checked in and left our bags and we had some falafel wraps for breakfast. As we were boarding our Air Asia flight we could hear music blaring from the airplane, it was the song ‘On the Beach.’ It was like something out of a club on the plane, between the pumping tunes and the condensation that was so heavy I felt like I was at a concert. Throughout the flight it felt like everyone seemed to know each other on the place, there were big groups of friends and large families all chatting to each other. We landed a few hours later and grabbed a taxi to our hostel, Old Quarter by Hostelcrowd, in the Fontainhas area of Panjim. Continue reading “Raindrops keep falling on my head….”

Beep, beep, beepity, beep

I am back in Delhi, back to the starting point of the tour and it suddenly seems less chaotic now after the last few days in Agra and Varanasi. It even seems less humid too, maybe I’ve gotten used to the heat……doubtful though.

Anyways time to go back to last Saturday morning where we left beautiful Abhaneri by private bus and arrived in Agra. Our hotel, Karan Villas, was on the outskirts of the city but very close to the infamous Taj Mahal. We had the option of getting up to see the Taj at 4.30 for sunrise the next morning or doing it ourselves another time. Claire and I chose to go see it ourselves that afternoon. Continue reading “Beep, beep, beepity, beep”

The last few days in Rajasthan

Where I am sitting at the moment is so very different to the busy cities that we’ve experienced the last week or so. We are out the country, surrounded by nature with exotic birds tweeting and screeching in the trees and the odd peacock showing off it’s feathers. It’s such a peaceful location here in Abhaneri Niwas but let me go back a few days first……back to Pushkar….

The early morning train journey to Ajmer was pretty quick, it was a seater train for a change, plenty of air-com and we drank it plenty of chai to wake us up. We had a little peruse of the brides/grooms section of the Indian newspaper whilst on the train too. Continue reading “The last few days in Rajasthan”

Hustle and bustle vs peace and tranquility

I am currently sitting in my hotel room looking out a bay window to the serene Lake Pichola in Udaipur, it’s a lovely 28 degrees out and at times has even been a little cool. It’s such a beautiful, chilled town with plenty of rooftop cafes and restaurants. There are temptations around every corner, from leather bound notebooks to colourful shoes and scarves of course too. Before I start waxing lyrically about Udaipur I need to talk about our last stop, which was Jodhpur, aka the Blue City.

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We left Jaisalmer at the crack of dawn on the 25th and boarded our sleeper train where I chatted to Alan about different Indian foods and the love for the sweet and salty combination such as salty lemon juices. Continue reading “Hustle and bustle vs peace and tranquility”

The long journey to the Golden City

I’m writing this from the golden city of Jaisalmer, which feels worlds apart from hectic Delhi. It is such a beautiful city, with its windy little streets that are full of colourful clothes, bags and jewellery. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in India for nearly a week now. It feels much longer, especially as we’ve done a lot in just the last few days, since we started the tour.

First day

We spent most of Friday just relaxing at Hotel Perfect. We ventured out once to brave the metro and discovered the women’s only carriages on the metro, nice to have the choice, especially if you were travelling solo. We were heading to Tadka 4986, a recommendation from a friend who had been to India a few years ago. It was only a few stops away and thanks to google maps we found it within ten minutes or so. Continue reading “The long journey to the Golden City”

Feeling the heat in Delhi

Two plane journeys, some faaancy plane food and 14 hours later we have arrived in New Delhi. The heat and humidity knocked us back after we left the air-conned airport. It is HOT, HOT, HOT here.

We experienced our first car ride to the hotel, with plenty of beeping, twists and turns, no road markings and not an indicator in sight. We arrived at our hotel, Sunstar, in the Karol Bagh area. We were checked in straight away and given a bottle of water each, which I was tempted to throw over my face never mind actually drink it. The room was lovely and spacious and it had sweet, beautiful air-con in it too. We dumped our things and decided we’d brave the metro into town.

Paths are something of a mystery here in Delhi as people rarely use them, although they’re barely paths to begin with, we ended up taking the longer route to the metro and were asked several times whether we wanted a tuk-tuk but we got there. Once we figured out the map and what route we needed to take it was pretty straight forward, a ticket cost INR 20, so cheap. Continue reading “Feeling the heat in Delhi”

Packing for India

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Pretty much every summer I head away for a few weeks. A couple of years ago I went backpacking in South America and South East Asia for 8 months and by god was I bitten bad by the travel bug after that trip. I absolutely loved it, although I will be the first to put my hands up and say that it wasn’t easy but I certainly don’t regret doing it. After that trip I get the urge to travel for long periods of time over the summer.

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