Galle Fort is a beautiful UNESCO heritage listed town on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka, built first by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch. (Those Dutch certainly knew how to build ramparts! These provide a spectacular passagiata as the sun sets, the lizards, crows, magpies and colourful tourists come out.) Galle features […]
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Even by the already interplanetary standards of India Madurai stands out as otherworldly, a bastion of spirituality reflected in buildings and people, the Meenskshi Temple, sacred to the Fish Eyed Goddess, seems to be a sacred portal into another world, pulsing with energy and spreading it’s love over this extraordinary place.
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When in Mysore we stay at the Green Palace Hotel. The GP is a stately pile, evidently built by the Maharaja for one of his sisters. We think it may have been a less-favoured sister as the place, glorious though it is, is, (in Mysore Maharaja terms) more of a hunting lodge, albeit a grand […]
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Palolem – still the bright colours of India but with a solid Portuguese-Catholic structure. Madgoan
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Magnificent, Magical Maheshwar. A tiny village with a big, impressive Fort/Palace and extraordinary, brightly-coloured retro-mod appartment blocks and houses.
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The Golden Fort – a fairytale sandcastle rising, mirage-like, in the vast Rajasthani desert. We are safe and secure, nestled in its bosom. Let the Barbarians try to scale the steep ramparts! This fort has never been taken…but we are.
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Mandawa – SO Many Havelis, so much to see. We’ll not bore you with too many words.
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Varanasi – a splendid, crumbling step-back-in-time. Your feet come out from under you and you tumble into an ancient landscape. You stumble and mumble a mantra and swerve and sway to keep out of the way of the cows, the shopkeepers and the saddhus. Round each corner the narrow lane opens onto a new delight.
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Lucknow deserves to be far more widely known. She is a magnificent Grande Dame of a City, beautiful and coquettish, enticing and seductive, smiling, gracious, charming and lovely, despite the slings and arrows that Fate has dealt her. In her Mughal prime Lucknow was the equal of Granada, Esfahan, Constantinople and Hyderabad. Her buildings and […]
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