Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 09, 2008

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Varanasi

India..... WOW! Words alone cannot explain India - it was a sensory overload of terrible smells, beeping horns, knee high rubbish, lepracy, public urination, millions of sacred cows and stray dogs, beggers, touts and staring men! Thats what happens when you have a population of over 1 billion...

All that aside, India was amazing. Food was awesome!!! Curry and naan 3 times a day. So many great sights to see and not enough time.

A brief recount.....

DELHI. We arrived in Delhi and Jasmin and Lee met us at the airport. The best thing about Delhi was leaving the next day! It's rated the most polluted city in the world and we can see why.

AGRA was another big and dirty city, saved by the fact that its the home of the Taj Mahal. We saw the Taj Mahal at sunrise which was a surreal experience tainted by fog.

JAIPUR... Ahhhhh get us out of here! Crazy town but had an amazing fort & palace (Amber Palace) up in the mountains.

PUSHKAR was the next stop and it was the first place in India we enjoyed. Plenty of restaurants and markets along the small towns main road leading down to their holy ghats on the lake. We would of been happy to stay there longer.

UDAIPUR. After 6 hours on the road we arrived in Udaipur which was probably our favourite place on our Indian adventure. A casual laid back type town on a lake with rooftop restaurants & markets galore. The shops kept Lisa & Jasmin happy!

JODHPUR was the next visit on the list. Another fairly busy town packed with markets and wandering cows. The Mehrangarh Fort on the hill was well worth checking out. Very cool!

JAISALMER. We headed for the Thar Desert and stayed in Jaisalmer for night 1 and camped out in the desert for night 2. Jaisalmer was a small town with mud hut buildings. Was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of the big cities. The night in the desert was one of the best experiences of the trip so far. A cool guy named Karim took us to the desert. We rode camels and watched Indian gypsies dance around our campfire. Slept in tents and drank plenty of chai!

VARANASI. After 2 very long train rides, 34hrs in total (got to know Jas and Lee very well!) we arried in Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest sties in ythe world and the holiest city in India. The holy ghats are the main attraction that bring many tourists and pilgrims here...and we can see why! The ghats are located on the festy ganges/river and locals go there to wash, pray, swim and to do their laundry because of the 'holy water'. It's also where they pump their sewerage, dispose of rubish, urnate and traditionaly burn the deceased! We were lucky enough to see a dead body taking a stroll down the river! Must be a common event as no one seemed to care.

2 weeks in India was enough. We saw so many awesome sights and had the experince of a lifetime but were happy to leave.

Thanks Jas and Lee for joining us..wouldnt have been the same without you! Have you had a curry yet?!?
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