India has always been somewhere I have wanted to go, my Dad is a photographer and goes every year. When I was younger he always used to bring me back a little souvenir, a keyring with a mini Taj mahal model inside, brightly coloured bangles and tubes of henna. So this year I booked to go with him, we went for 3 weeks and travelled around the North. Starting off in Delhi, then onto Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and then back to Delhi.
To get between places we did a lot of overnight train journeys, the longest being nearly nineteen hours! The trains have sleeper carriages with 4 bunk beds in each division, we were in AC two tier – which is the best you can get, but still a far cry from anything you would find in Europe. The toilets put festival portaloo’s to shame and I soon realised that trying to pee on a moving train whilst squatting over a small hole in the floor is actually very difficult!
After the overnight train journey to Udaipur we got there just in time to see the sunrise over Lake Pichola, it was one of my favourite parts of the whole trip even if we were both very tired after only a few hours of sleep.
Whilst in Jaisalmer we went out into the That Desert, after driving across sandy dunes for about an hour we came across a cluster of tiny villages. The families here lived in small huts made from dried cow dung with thatched roofs. All of the children loved having their photo taken.
This was a photo from my first ride in a Tuk Tuk, the Indian roads are crazy and rules don’t apply, I can confirm that after being driven up the motorway going against the oncoming traffic, a slightly terrifying experience!
These are just a collection of my favourite photos from the trip, but I going to write a post for each place that we visited, talking food, hotels and travel etc.