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Mark's World Tour 2007-08

Day 46: A Goan feast

INDIA | Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [580]

Friday 21st December The hut in which I am staying is less shaded that the one in Agonda, so it hot up quicker in the mornings, making it less comfortable to lie on later than 10am. Which is a great pity, I do like a snooze. However, I don’t feel overly ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Day 45: Onwards to Patnem to meet Pete

INDIA | Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | Views [651]

Thursday 20th December I got up earlier than I had done during the rest of my stay in Agonda; 9am is a quite early for a beach bum, or at least the kind of beach bum I have become. I wanted to get to Patnem as soon as possible as I hate to hang around ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Day 44: An overcast day in Agonda

INDIA | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [544]

Wednesday 19th December I got up to find that there was quite a lot of cloud in the sky, making the day the coolest since I had got to Mumbai the week before. But, it was still very comfortable, and only about the second day since I had been in India ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Day 43: My first yoga class in India

INDIA | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Views [644]

Tuesday 18th December Having spent the morning struggling to send a few emails – due to power cuts and problems with the internet connection that are frustratingly regular occurrences in Goa – I set off for the beach to have a swim and try and work ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Day 42: A warm, sunny winters day at the beach

INDIA | Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | Views [709]

Monday 17th December After spending some time on the beach, I got out of the intense heat of the midday sun and had some lunch in the same place that I had been the night before to watch the football. It had a good, relaxing atmosphere, and I got ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Day 41: Beach life and football

INDIA | Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | Views [515]

Sunday 16th December Christmas is just over a week away and I have only seen glimpses of what might happen when the big day finally comes around next week. I passed a small carol service the previous night and heard the local kids sing ‘Silent Night’ ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Day 40: A move further down the coast

INDIA | Saturday, 15 Dec 2007 | Views [583]

Saturday 15 th December There are many beaches and villages along the coast of Goa, similar to what you would find along the Costas in Spain or the Riviera in France, and all of them catering to a growing number of foreign tourists. Some are ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Days 38 & 39: More relaxation

INDIA | Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | Views [524]

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th December There is little else to do in Benaulim – as I expect is the same for much of the coastal resorts in Goa – except to enjoy the sea, laze on the beach, eat some tasty food, and do a spot of reading. Not a bad ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Day 37: Life is good in Goa!

INDIA | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [697]

Wednesday 12 th December The guesthouse where I reserved a room was situated in a quiet area of the village, sitting amongst the palm trees and with a view of the sea in the distance. It’s also quite far from the shops and restaurants - the main ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Day 36: I thought I'd never get to Goa!

INDIA | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [738]

Tuesday 11 th December My train to Goa was due to leave Mumbai CST station at 06.55, and I got there around 06.20 to learn that the train was delayed and was re-scheduled to leave at 11.05. So, that wasn’t such a great start to this ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 35: A day in Mumbai

INDIA | Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Views [717]

Monday 10 th December I had originally little intention of spending any time in Mumbai, having had my fill of big, noisy, polluted cities. However, my first impressions of the place were surprisingly good. It looked similar to a European ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Day 34: A whole day spent on a train...agghhh!

INDIA | Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [562]

Sunday 9th December My day began as it had started. In fact, night had blended into day: I arrived in Ahmedabad at 04.00, waited for a few hours in a comfortable waiting room at the station, and then boarded the train to Mumbai at 07.00. The ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 33: Onwards to Ahmedabad

INDIA | Saturday, 8 Dec 2007 | Views [573] | Comments [2]

Saturday 8th December My plan was to move on to Ahmedabad from Udaipur, and from there to Mumbai before finally arriving in Goa where I would be based for the following few weeks over the Christmas period. I was about to leave the state of Rajasthan ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 32: A relaxing day in Udaipur

INDIA | Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | Views [548]

Friday 7th December I woke up feeling refreshed but with little compulsion to do a great deal having rushed about Rajasthan for the last two weeks, feeling well and truly 'forted-out'. I went for breakfast in the hotel restaurant and got speaking ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Day 31: Jodhpur to Udaipur

INDIA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [808]

Thursday 6th December Another day, another long bus journey. Having spoken to someone at a tourist information centre, I arrived at the bus stand in Jodhpur expecting a 'deluxe' bus - equivalent to a standard coach at home but usually in a more delapidated ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 30: Goodbye to the camels and back to Jodhpur

INDIA | Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | Views [525]

Wednesday 5th December Our trekking party gradually awoke to find the ten or so guides wide awake and preparing breakfast, as the sight of the rising sun and our camels enjoying an early morning poo met our blinking eyes. The orange glow of the ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Day 29: Camel safari!

INDIA | Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | Views [582]

Tuesday 4th December The hotel organised camel safaris into the Thar Desert, the stretch of land along the border with Pakistan. The group that went was made up of people from England, Scotland, China, the US and Canada. Jeeps took us out to meet ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Day 28: A quiet and queasy day in Jaisalmer

INDIA | Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | Views [588]

Monday 3rd December The night had been long and uncomfortable, but I was well enough to get up the next morning and see what Jaisalmer had to offer during the daytime. I had booked to go on a camel safari the next day, and would be moving on the ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Day 27: From Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

INDIA | Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | Views [996]

Sunday 2nd December The bus to Jaisalmer left from the typically hectic bus stand, the 'booking office' a shed around which everyone crowded, and in no discernible queue whatsoever. I did what most Indians do and pushed my way to the front, lodging ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 26: Riding high in Jodhpur

INDIA | Saturday, 1 Dec 2007 | Views [518]

Saturday 1st December After a good sleep and breakfast on the rooftop of the guesthouse - with the blue houses packed on top of one another all around forming the view - I took another trip to the Meherangarh Fort and bought a ticket for the audio ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Day 25: From Pushkar to Jodhpur

INDIA | Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | Views [552]

Friday 30th November I got to the bus stand before sunrise, leaving on a crappy old bus at 7am. The journey took a little over five hours, and I had been on worse trips in India. The sight that met us as we got off the bus was hilarious: about ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Day 24: At last, some peace and quiet!

INDIA | Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | Views [525]

Thursday 29th November Pushkar is a pretty small town, reminding me in some ways of Dharamsala, but with less to see and do. Both towns have a considerable amount of tourists, with Pushkar possibly more heavy on the number of hippies floating ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Day 23: From Jaipur to Pushkar

INDIA | Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | Views [469]

Wednesday 28 th November The journey towards Pushkar took me further west and first to the town of Ajmer, a trip on the train of about three hours across drier and sandier landscapes. The state of Rajasthan has had a drought for almost ten years ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

Day 22: The Pink City of Jaipur

INDIA | Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | Views [657]

Tuesday 27 th November Having spoken to an English guy at the hotel in Agra about Jaipur, it didn't seem like a place to stay for too long. I was keen to enjoy the hotel and make the most of what I had paid for, but it would have been a pity not ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Day 21: Fatehpur Sikri and on to Jaipur

INDIA | Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | Views [675]

Monday 26th November Another of the recommended highlights near Agra was a now deserted fort complex designed and built by a Mogul emperor in the 17 th century, and situated in the town of Fatehpur Sikri. On the bus there, I met a couple from ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

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