Archive for the ‘India’ Category

The Earth on a Plate (Melkote)

Wednesday, 22 December 2004

Part two of my experiences at the Melkote schools. We had a project to fill a big ditch with earth without a wheelbarrow in sight; furthermore, I wasn’t very good at balancing large bowls of earth on my head! (more…)

Into the Country (Melkote)

Monday, 20 December 2004

Melkote is a village about two hours out of Mysore that my brother, Hugo, has visited twice to do some volunteering work in a school for disabled children. He keeps in touch with and is friends with the family that run the school, and so he arranged for me to visit them while I am in India. (more…)

Relaxing times in Goa (Palolem)

Friday, 17 December 2004

Although I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the commercialism of Goa, I’m ashamed to say that I really enjoyed myself. (more…)

A tale of two cities (Bombay/Mumbai)

Thursday, 9 December 2004

Being the most western city in India, it was easy to feel at home in Mumbai (more…)

Kharjuraho, Varanasi, Ajanta

Wednesday, 8 December 2004

The “erotic temples” of Kharjuraho
Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s most holy cities
The ancient buddist caves of Ajanta

A very cultural week in northern India

Taking in the Taj (Agra)

Monday, 6 December 2004

Agra is the home of India’s most famous landmark – the Taj Mahal.

Tigers Burning Bright (Rathambhore NP)

Tuesday, 30 November 2004

No visit to India would be complete without seeing a tiger – so with this in mind I headed off to the Ranthambhore National Park.

Tired of Tourism (Rajasthan)

Saturday, 20 November 2004

My second day in Pushkar was a little more relaxed, as my “Passport to Pushkar” (the little red wristband from the guy who hassled me yesterday) meant that most other touts stayed away from me as I was no longer a newbie, although I had not quite reached the level of seasoned Israeli hippie.

In the Land of Kings (Rajasthan)

Wednesday, 17 November 2004

My three week tour of Rajasthan started by being met at my hotel in Delhi, by my driver Jackie who reminds me a lot of an old boss I used to have, although a lot less serious.

Avoiding the Delhi Belly (Delhi)

Tuesday, 16 November 2004

The Rough Guide to India warns against taxi touts at Delhi airport, so not wanting to negotiate within minutes of arriving, I thought it might be more fun to take the bus.