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Archive for December, 2012

India Holiday – Day 16: Ranthambore and New Year

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

Our hotel is only 1km from the busy train station and intersection at Sawai Madhopur where we tomorrow will take the train towards Agra, and this is evident from the number of trains that stop or pass through there. In true India driving style, every train hoots when it approaches the station, and some of […]

India Holiday – Day 15: Ranthambore

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

There is so much poverty on display in India it is hard to fathom, while also considering that some are very wealthy. According to the OECD, income inequality has grown in the last 20 years: today, the top 10% make an average of 12 times as much as the bottom 10% do. Of India’s 1.2 […]

India Holiday – Day 14: Shapura Bagh

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

Breakfast in the Taj Lake Palace is a perfect conclusion to our stay.  We are given a table in an alcove that on 3 sides is surrounded by water, and the food and service are as always outstanding.  As I’m still recovering from Delhi syndrome, I have just a little toast and banana, but at […]

India Holiday – Day 13: Taj Lake Palace

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

Fortunately, the Taj Lake Palace is beautiful not only in the courtyards, restaurants, rooms and pool areas, but also the toilets. Fortunate as I spent much of the night there, and am still a bit queasy in the morning; I guess it’s time for me to get the obligatory Delhi Belly. Anyway, after a delicious […]

India Holiday – Day 12: Udaipur

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

With traffic being so chaotic, I made the mistake of looking up accident statistics for India this morning, and almost wish I hadn’t. India accounts for something like 16% of all road deaths in the world, yet accounts for just 1% of the world’s cars. As that number doubles every decade, it can only get […]

India Holiday – Day 11: Rohet Ghar

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

Is Boxing Day a good day for starting an Opium habit? The hotel serves a nice breakfast set in lovely surroundings, and we enjoy a slow start. The only downside is that the coffee is instant – not as bad as Nescafe, but still nowhere near a good espresso or drip filter coffee. Gives us […]

India Holiday – Day 10: Jodhpur

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

The Christmas Gala ended late, so the normal staff was not there for the morning shift – and that did not help improve our impression of the place.  Poor breakfast service and bad (instant!) coffee set the stage for our drive to Jodhpur. Iain is also really tired and we all need a day’s rest […]

India Holiday – Day 9: Christmas Eve

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:00 pm

Our hotel in Jaisalmer is definitely in a different class from where we have stayed until now and feels distinctly ordinary. Our small room with single narrow beds complemented by an average breakfast and mediocre coffee is nothing like the royal treatment we’ve had in earlier hotels – I guess it’s good to be reminded […]