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Priya's Eastern Odyssey Some travelling before real work starts!

Last leg of the tour- Varanasi/Kashi/Benares

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | Views [336]

So we were approaching the end of the tour and i was looking forward to getting back to my second home in Delhi. But last stop was the crumbling maze of a city that rises from the ghats (steps) on the Western banks of the Ganges, Varanasi. It is the ... Read more >

The Taj Mahal here we come!

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | Views [515]

Catch train from Jaipur to Agra on Saturday night. Arrive to Agra very very very late after a 3hr delay at Jaipur the night before. Check into a centrally located hotel with Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut right outside- great! And i'm being sarcastic let ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 21 Nov 2009 | Views [312]

Nov 20th-21st So we get to Jaipur in a piddly little bus which crammed around 100 people on it and the seat upon which i was sat had become unattached to the floor so as you can imagine, at every pothole and bump in the road- of which there were many-... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | Views [502]

Wed Nov 18-  early morn start yet again as we headed for Pushkar/ Took one of the worst local buses of my life. Pathetic horns yet again blowing every second and very windy roads- not good for my motion sickness. Pushkar is siutated on the eastern edge ... Read more >

Udaipur- The home of Lake Palace

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | Views [483]

Mon 16nov- took a bus to udaipur. this was the worst bus journey ive ever experiened in my whole life. the stupid horn that played a tune everytime it was honked (which was every second) deprived me of any potential sleep. i dont have any words to ... Read more >

Jodphurs and all

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [342]

Sat 14 Nov, Early morning we left for Jodhpur. Took a local bus- this was interesting to say the least! Luckily we had seats and so sat in relative comfort. whereas the hoards of locals that hopped on and off the bus and squeezed into the holes above ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | Views [519]

Wed 10th Nov arrived at 2pm (20hrs on board train) to Jaisalmer. First impressions were very good. it was a lovely train station, one could tell it was relatively new but its decor was still in keeping with its surroundings and it was very clean which ... Read more >

tour #2 begins!

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | Views [375]

9th Nov- wake up and begin the day with a 3course meal! i was stuffed to ensure i had enough energy for my onward journey. There's indian hospitality for you. They offered me all sorts of food to take with me also, to ensure i never went hungry. They ... Read more >

Fighting the Delhi Belly

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | Views [485]

Nov 6th So it turns out that NO-ONE on the train (my hosts) touched the paneer given to us on the train for dinner. EXCEPT ME! I ate the whole damn thing and deeply regretted it tht night. I wont go into the details but let me tell you it was HORRIFIC.... Read more >

Amazing Amazing AMRITSAR!

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | Views [335]

Nov 5th- one of the best days of my life! impromptu day trip to amritsar was planned a few days before! my hosts daughter, shivani, and i decided to tag along with her cousin who is a fashion designer and had a business trip planned. i was so so lucky ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | Views [500]

Nov 2nd- After noon flight to Delhi. Had booked an airport shuttle bus to collect me from my hotel at checkout 12noon. Packed tonnes of people and their luggage into a teeny tiny bus- felt like preparation for India had already begun at this point! ... Read more >

Last few days in Bangkok

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | Views [320]

Sop early morning of the 31st my rickety bus dropped a truckload of us foreigners off near the Khaosan road where i was stranded once again. As it was my last few nights in Bangkok (a city I now have begun to loath), i decided to push the boat out and ... Read more >

Heading back into Thailand

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | Views [480]

So our second day on the slow boat was when we headed back into Thailand. Firstly though, we ate a beautiful traditional Laos lunch that had been cooked on the bpoat by the family who ran it. One dish tasted very much like an Indian curry and was very ... Read more >

LAO in a hurry!

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | Views [340]

Guys, as you now know im sooo  far behind on this damn blog. it's all been hand written in my diary but it appears that Laos didnt get much a mention in that either. Absolutely shameful considring it was by far the best country i visited on my trip. ... Read more >

Lac Sao- not a lot to say really!

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | Views [601]

Day 20 Very early start- 5am wakeup for Laos. 12 hr drive up windy hills and mountains leading to Laos- did nothing for my motion sikcness. popped an anti-sickness pill and subseqwuently knocked out for rest of the journey only to be awoken at the Vietnamese ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | Views [382]

Full of history, tradition and  legend, the capital city has been continuously inhabited for almost a millenium. in 1831, emperor Tu Duc (remember i visited his tomb in Hue>?) renamed the city Ha Noi city on the Bend of the River. After Tu Duc acceded ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 18 Oct 2009 | Views [364]

DAY 17 Took an overnight train to Halong Bay and were upgraded along the way- NICE! Bought some bottles of red wine (local of course!) for the journey and got as close as any of us will ever probably get to wining and dining on the orient express (with ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 17 Oct 2009 | Views [711]

Day 15- took a 4hr ride via minibus to Hue- Not so bad! Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen emperors. It was the political center of Vietnam from 1802-1945. Emperor Gia consolidated the country after several 100yrs of civil war and constructed ... Read more >

Nha Trang & Hoi An

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | Views [298]

Took overnight train from Saigon to Nha Trang. We were upgraded to 1st class and yet still saw a cockroach on top of the nice sheets and plasma screens! Nha Trang- spent the first day on Diamond Beach where I ate the most amazing seafood. We ate freshly ... Read more >

Ho Chi Minh City AKA Saigon

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 10 Oct 2009 | Views [600] | Comments [3]

Oct 9-10th 2009 Saigon is Vietnam's largest city and the economic powerhouse of the nation. In the 18th Century the area was renamed Sai Gon, after the Kapok tree. French traders and missionaries settled here. Their inflruence on the architecture in ... Read more >

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