So how was India?
We Spent a month exploring the northern parts of India. We saw the diversities in this amazing country from slum’s to palaces, monsoons to deserts. We ate like the locals, with the locals and eventually learned to cook like the locals (yet to be tested). We were culture shocked at times and awe struck at others, all while feeling welcomed into a country with already over a billion people living in it.
Yes India is truely a unique country, intense at times and seemingly perfect at others.
Take a look for yourself…
Looking down over the Vagator beach
Rain cant ruin our fun!
Delicious Thali spread
Gates of India.
As seen in Slumdog Millionaire
Roof top stop on our Dharavi Slum tour. The heart of Mumbai
Bianca and Mohammud
Steel worker sharpening a plastic crushing blade.
This slum provides jobs for the uneducated. These young men are grinding plastic for recycling.
Sorting plastic into size to be recycled.
Our local guide Mohammad
Tika Paneer shish kabab
Brett loved these kababs curry wraps
Exploring the antique market.
Beautiful local girls enjoying their train ride.
Exploring our new spot.
Delicious curry dinner! On the left is the Jal Frezi, Brett’s favourite.
Best snack in town!
Hotel Thamla Haveli our accomodation had this beautiful lookout
Exploring the Udaipur City Palace, one of the best in all India.
Amazing colours and beautiful rooms around every corner.
Pretending we are King and Queen!
Cenotaphs are monuments built for those buried elsewhere.
The create a beautiful place to explore, all are slightly different in size and shape.
And best of all, we saw NO tourists!
Bianca getting a hena temporary tattoo done.
The Jaisalmer fort!
exploring we came across this great cannon looking out over the city.
Holy cows are everywhere in india!
42degrees! Jaisalmer was hotter than a vindaloo curry
Our spot for sunset at the Jaisalmer Ghat
Locals having a chat
Exploring an abandon building, home to LOTS of bats!
Jaisalmer fort behind us, day of the first All Blacks vs Lions test 2017.
Trudging into the desert camelback!
Off into the desert we go!
Our bed for a night on the dunes, see our little mate below us.
Watching the beautiful sunset from the highest dune.
After sunset our dinner and bed for the night where prepared
Getting ready for the camel ride home in the morning
We slept under nothing but stars!
The Jodhpur palace creativity and meeting room. WOW
Exploring Jodhpur’s blue city
The blue turban.
Exploring Pushkar Ghat
Beautiful temples line the sides of the Ghat.
Holy men are everywhere and the area feels very local.
Local Holy man.
Found a friend at the Monkey temple!
We feed our new friends with some peanuts which went down a treat!
On the way to the Amber fort we stopped off at the famous Jal Mahal.
Amazing view of Jaipur from the wall.
Exploring the walls of the fort above Jaipur
Jaipur palace, is a beautiful ‘Pink’ colour
Stunning doorways where the highlight of the Palace
Cooking Class, these are the main masala spices
All hands on deck!
The very special Taj Mahal, currently undergoing scaffold treatment for cleaning and restoration.
The wonderful Taj Mahal built for the Kings beloved wife… also where Brett proposed and I said YES!
Bianca looked beautiful in her Red Sari.
We took a little boat ride behind the Taj Mahal
It gave another beautiful perspective, one perfect for photos!
The reflection on the water of the river.