Rajasthan 11

At five past six in the morning it was dark and cold on the terrace of The Tigress Hotel in Ranthambore but we were soon refreshed with hot coffee and toast while we waited for our Jeep to arrive and take us for our second safari drive. When the Jeep arrived we were delighted that…

Rajasthan 10 

“Tiger, Tiger burning bright…” On Wednesday at about 8 o’clock in the morning we sadly said goodbye to our friends at the Hotel Dera Mandawa for the drive to Ranthambore. We’ve been at the Dera Mandawa for a week and it’s been a wonderful oasis of calm in the midst of the mayhem that is…

Rajasthan 9

As promised, today we have been to the Albert Hall. Technically it is the Jaipur Central Museum and it is housed in the Albert Hall. No, not THAT Albert Hall,  the one here in Jaipur.  This Albert Hall is an outrageous architectural confection of mixed Indian and British architecture. It was designed by Sir Swinton…

Rajasthan 8

It’s Sunday, the sun is shining and we’ve booked a late breakfast; things are as they should be. Or are they? We’ve been on the go for two weeks now and it’s taking its toll. Travelling, packing, unpacking, trains, cars, Tuk-Tuks, on foot, navigating, strange food……I’ve hit the wall and need a break. I’ve also…

Rajasthan 7

Sorry to have been in quiet mode for a couple of days, it’s all been a bit full on here plus I’ve been having problems with pictures……again.  So, Jaipur. We arrived on Wednesday but laid low at our hotel for the rest of the Day,  so I’ll pick up the story from Thursday.  Our hotel…

Rajasthan 6

Apparently there are people who relish getting up in the morning, but after a working life doing it a lot I’m afraid I don’t.  It came as a shock therefore to be woken from my slumbers at something called “half past four” this morning. We’re on the move again and there’s a train to catch.…

Rajasthan 5

Over breakfast (very nice, and they have Marmite!) we decided what to do today…….and it’s the Blue City. Sorry to my friends Nadia and Maggie who had requested monkeys but whoever we asked where the park is that has them gave us a different answer. I’ll try and do monkeys before we come home. The…