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India Holiday – Day 19: Back to Delhi

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Thursday. I am beginning to get used to the days having names again rather than just numbers; on Friday we fly back to London and Monday it’s back to work. How surreal does that seem here from the Oberoi in Agra? It’s also our last morning in Agra, and for a few minutes the view […]

India Holiday – Day 17: Tigers, Trains and Agra

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They say that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. It certainly feels insane to me that we – after 3 safaris with no tigers – choose to set the alarm clock for 05:30 on January 1st, in order to try it one last time. […]

India Holiday – Day 16: Ranthambore and New Year

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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 14: Shapura Bagh

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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 9: Christmas Eve

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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 […]

India Holiday – Day 8: Jaisalmer

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The hotel in Ranvas Fort in Nagaur really is spectacular; the surroundings and staff all give the impression of royalty; it is nice to be treated as such. Alas, we have to leave and do so after a delicious breakfast – where Mamta thankfully is well enough to have Paranthas. Paranthas or Parathas, or even […]

India Holiday – Day 7: Nagaur

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The first call to prayer is at 4:45am, and the sound carries extremely well into our suite. That ritual amplified sound of severely tortured dog is definitely one I can do without – might I suggest that muslims who wish to pray get an alarm clock and let the rest of us sleep? Sadly, Mamta […]

India Holiday – Day 6

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Our last day in Jaipur: rest day. We get up at 9 and have breakfast, after which I have a much-needed whole body massage and Mamta and Iain relax. Our driver (did I mention that he’s super friendly and helpful?) picks me up before lunch so I can go and try out the suit and […]