Trip Start Feb 21, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2011

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Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Thursday, February 24, 2011

We were both very excited to visit India, George has always wanted to but we were both overwhelmed by what awaited us when we stepped off the plane!! No warning can prepare you for the state of India. India is incredible but I don't know whether I mean that in a good or bad way. its crazy and it shocks you every corner you turn, the streets are filthy with hundreds of stray dogs running around, cows are all over the show even on main roads and high ways. it looks like a huge township, even driving through the richer parts but there is a wonderful energy you cant describe and its fascinating to see how the people go about their daily lives. An experience i am very glad I have had. Our hotel in Delhi was amazing, the best hotel and service I have ever had, situated just one street away from the main bazaar in Delhi. Our first day our driver took us to Old Delhi and we visited one of the biggest mosk's in India, walking around Old Delhi was an amazing experience, although it was like I was a pair of boobs walking around, the Indian men have no shame in staring, which meant for the rest of our trip I wore a scarf and cardigan! Later that evening George and I walked through the bazaar and found a cute little roof top restaurant called Mount Everest, it looked down on to the heart of the bazaar, really great for George with his big camera to people watch. We both can say it was probably one of the best nights of our lives, sitting watching people trying to sell things, dogs and cows sleeping in the road, children playing games near fires, scooters crammed with 4 people on whizzing past honking like there is no tomorrow, it was priceless. To top the night off when we asked for some beers with our meal they asked if we would mind if they served it in a tea pot and tea cups as they didnt have a liquor licence!

We then left for Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal, the drive from Delhi to Agra is 150km but took 5 hours, what a stressful drive, dodging cows, camels, dogs and trucks driving down the wrong way of the street is enough to leave anyone a bit jittery. What I haven't mentioned already is that horns go constantly, thats all you hear, intense. We woke up early to see the Taj Mahal so we could avoid crowds and see it at sunrise. It is such a beautiful building and seeing it with sun coming up, shining off its white walls was something I dont think we will forget for the rest of our lives. 

Next was Ranthambore national Park, another 5 stressful hours on the roads. We went for a sunrise game drive in a jeep to try spot a tiger but unfortunately we did'nt see one but being out in the bush was amazing and a nice break from the constant hooting.That afternoon we went back into the park to see an old fort built about 1500 years ago for the maharajas. we walked around exploring seeing the most beautiful views, we think The Jungle book was inspired from this place. A few Indian teenagers ran up to us and asked for pictures with us, we thought maybe 1 or 2 pics but we were there posing for about 20min, so funny.

Next was Jaipur, the pink City, stayed in the most beautiful old palace hotel! Walked around the markets, got my hand done with heena and managed to get bucked by a cow, I was trying to pose with it, luckily George managed to get an action pic and you can see the terror on my face. George forgot our credit card in the one bank machine in the market and only realised back at the hotel, so the hotel staff took him on the back of a scooter back to the bank, the guy had to dodge past an elephant in the road, think that made Georges day.

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Kev on

Looks awesome guys! Very jealous!

Karen on

Miss you guys so much :( Your pics are amazing. Enjoy EVERY minute. Love you lots

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