Amber Palace

Such a beautiful place and great to get to see the elephants.

  Snakes do not appeal to me but these poor little things were so starved they flopped over when the lids came off their home. They had no interest in music just popping up confused.

The coach was unable to get to the Amber city so we took jeep rides up and down.


local well
Roy Palace Hotel for lunch

City Palace
Wind palace

Painting from dyes of natural stones

The Jantar Mantar observatory was interesting and unbelievably accurate to time.


Ummm it’s not just Smudge who has a coat

The gem factory didn’t really appeal to me but the building it was in was beautiful especially the ceiling at the entrance.

quickest way back to the hotel

balcony next to mine


busy day

Getting to see the locals whilst travelling in India

typical street corner

On the way to Jaipur we stopped to buy some guava’s off some local ladies.


 There were some very interesting sites along the way.

local homes
local industry

one of the Hindu God’s

 Seeing such a large idol reminded me of the children of Israel and the idols they made to worship when they had wandered from God.
 I liked to take part in any of the crafts I saw.




Jaipur was beautiful and again another very luxurious hotel at the Trident.

my purchase-painting on silk

We also went shopping for silks and tea.


I enjoyed the demonstration of block printing.

On safari in India

Up before dawn and oh was it cold, hat, scarf and gloves and some even used blankets for their knees such an extreme to the middle of the day.

The trees were amazing I expected Tarzan to come zooming across any moment.

There were so many types of deer and of course a deer was the first animal I spotted. I don’t know why I got so excited as I have seen many deer at home and when at work in the evening even had one right up close to my car on Mountain Rd, as if it were looking in my wing mirror.

We also saw different types of crocodile but many were not clear on film as so disguised in their environment.

  I think it was the monkeys that I enjoyed most, they were everywhere and quite cheeky. It was possible to stay out of their reach though. Even though they are quite I was only too aware of the diseases they can carry and didn’t really fancy Rabies.

mothers and toddlers!!!

We went on three safaris in total, two before sunrise and one in the afternoon.

tiger print

 We were on the hunt for tigers and the first safari all we saw was a tiger print. We also were informed by the ranger the difference between mating calls of animals and alarm calls that a tiger or leopard was in the vicinity. When we heard a warning call our drive took off at speed in that direction. It was rather a bumpy ride very close to cliff edges at times. I didn’t dare ask if they had ever gone over as you could see the sides of the trails crumble at times. We had signed a disclaimer before each trip!!!

The hotel was a little more basic at Ranthambohr but more comfortable than I would have expected and the food was excellent.

The second day we saw our tiger, names T24, the largest in the area. he had killed a ranger the year before and was feasting on a deer he had stole from a leopard. He was very unconcerned about us being there, just paused and looked our direction occasionally.

We drove past him again before we left the reserve and he was resting after his meal, again not a bit concerned about us.


Fatehpur Sikri

We visited ghost city that was really quite isolated and I could see how it was deserted after 15yrs of use.

you can see a little of the decorative paintings- part of elephant

we stopped in a beautiful setting for lunch. We had just had a thunderstorm so it was still a bit damp.

lunch stop

Again throughout our travels and especially around the train station the poverty was obvious.

 After taking photos of this family they sent the kids over to beg so time for me to get the crisps, cereal bars and biscuits out again. One little child who was at least 1 1/2 years although small didn’t seem to know what to do with the biscuit, then it dawned on me it was still probably breast fed so food could be kept for the others as long as possible.

I love the train more so than the coach as I never have travel sickness and can read as I travel. however I didn’t do much reading as loved watching the sites as we travelled to ward Ranthambohr
 I hadn’t thought mouch about the safari on this trip but at this point I was quite excited. For some of the group it was one of the reasons they came along.

Taj Mahal

entranceway to Taj Mahal

I have seen many wondrous sites such as the great wall in China and the Grand Canyon in California and the Taj mahal was certainly on a par with the wow factor I felt when I saw each of these sites.

I still can barely believe I saw it. It was so unreal. The arched entrance way that led up to the Taj hid its majesty but when you came out the other side the site was overwhelming!!!

side of Taj Mahal

There were so many people but little noise as everyone else was as amazed as I was.

When you got up closer it gave a very different picture, it didnt appear as white but the intricate marble work was so beautiful. Everything was in symmetry the guide told us well almost!!! The guy who built it positioned the tomb for his beloved in the centre which means when he died he was to one side knocking off the symmetry. He just didnt think of the possibility of his death. Today so many people are still unprepared for their death and how sad that can be to be thrust into eternity without warning. For God so loved the world he gave his only son that whosoever believeth in him shall have eternal life. John 3v16 and what of those who dont there is only one other place to go and I know what I have chosen.
The people in India work many hours to produce very skilled work with very little pay and not always very good working conditions.

Inlaid marble work

The many Hindu’s and muslims I passed by on my trip where more than I could count. Many people deceived by idols and false teachings.In many places the animals are treated with more respect and care than the children and elderly.

 The many poor suffering in India with no hope. There is no stipulation in India that kids must go to school and as many families are poor they need every member to work to survive. This young child, probably no more than 8yrs old, was only one of many. I even saw toddlers out collecting firewood.

Agra Fort
part of palace at Agra Fort

this little lad took no time devouring a cereal bar I gave him

At all the tourist sites poverty was even more obvious as it was on the outskirts of the town. There is no form of social security so the young, widows,disabled and elderly suffer most who have no men to support them.

and I thought parking was poor in Ards!!

I saw a number of poilo suffers dragging themselves around to beg for money and food.