We have revisited Varanasi and come to the beginning of the end for this trip. For our retirement it’s just the end of the beginning and there could be no more magical place to contemplate these conundrums of time and space than Varanasi. This Holy City is the Hindu’s Jerusalem, Rome or Mecca. To a […]Read More Varanasi Alleys & Ghats
Goa is beautiful. Rich, layered cultures overlapping, beaches lapping at palm fringed shores, we lazing on the beach, eating fresh fresh fish to our hearts’ content, gazing about sleepily at spectacular sunsets.Read More Goan…Goan…Gone !
When Brahma dropped a lotus from the sky it fell on Pushkar and created a sacred lake hemmed in by desert and mountains, a lake ringed by wonderfully scenic ghats now sadly over populated by predatory priests, persistently pugnacious and pointedly pertinaceous pundits who attempt with all their might to further confuse the already thin […]Read More Pushkar 1
Reg Mombassa and Timothy Leary decided to get together as interior decorators. Their masterpiece is our room at The Pearl Palace Jaipur – The (Under)Lake Palace. Those twinkling lights we missed in Mandawa are on our ceiling. Little round mirrors that sparkle and wink when you look up, surrounded by a border of algaed ferns. And […]Read More I’d like to be under the sea in an Octopus’s garden….
Gently the lush greenery of Delhi gives way to the sparse aridity of Rajasthan on the road to Mandawa. The frenetic energy is replaced by a slower speed – as though the gods themselves have switched everything to slow motion. The women’s saris reflect the surrounding landscape-all reds, yellows, umbers and brilliant oranges. As there […]Read More The Road to Mandawa
Mathura on the Yamuna is one of the seven most sacred cities in all of India. It was here that Lord Krishna was born, 3,500 years ago. We had a reverential look around the temple ( no photos unfortunately), travelled through a dark tunnel filled with dioramas and gazed upon the holy place upon which […]Read More The Modern Departmental Store (and other wonders): Mathura
We cannot imagine another city to compare with Varanasi. A riot of colour, an olfactory overload, an all-senses blow-out. Slightly jaded after our illness in Bodhgaya we arrived just as the sun had set and we were disappointed not to see magical fairy lights twinkling in the ghats. All was in relative darkness along the […]Read More Varanasi – a Dante-esque riot to blow your mind