Our India Itinerary

Our India Itinerary turned out as follows:

India Itinerary

Mumbai Jan 31 to Feb 4

via flight from Denpasar, Bali (9h)

Major activities:
  • Doctor visit for Dad
  • Bollywood movie
  • Watched cricket in the centre of town
  • Visited the Gateway of India
  • Boat ride through the harbour
  • Village tour
  • Playing cricket in a local village
  • Dharavi slum tour
  • Great architecture
  • Cow spotting begins
Roof top in Mumbai

Roof top in Mumbai

The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India

Me playing cricket

Me playing cricket

The Ox cart ride

The Ox cart ride

Indian classroom

Indian classroom

Me and the tribal village kids

Me and the tribal village kids

Family gathering on the street

Family gathering on the street

Downtown cricket

Downtown cricket

Bollywood movie we saw

Bollywood movie we saw

Udaipur Feb 5 to Feb 8

via overnight train from Mumbai (17h)

Major activities:
  • First train in India
  • Visiting palaces
  • Visiting city walls (via gondola)
  • Spotted our first camel
  • Visiting the lake
  • Shopping for antique wall hangings
  • Jacob’s first cooking class
  • Great view from hotel room… watching the sun set
  • Loud late night wedding parties from afar that never seemed to stop
Over night train ride to Udaipur

Over night train ride to Udaipur

Tuk tuk ride from the station

Tuk tuk ride from the station

Udaipur palace from the lake

Udaipur palace from the lake

Inside the Udaipur palace

Inside the Udaipur palace

Camels dressed for a night on the town

Camels dressed for a night on the town

Shopping in Udaipur

Shopping in Udaipur

Udaipur tapestry

Udaipur tapestry

Stunning sunsets from our rooftop suite

Stunning sunsets from our rooftop suite

Jodhpur Feb 8 to Feb 11

via taxi from Udaipur (9h)

Major activities:
  • Mountain top fort and Jain temple visit enroute to Jodhpur
  • Crazy tuk tuk trip through busy narrow streets
  • Meet new friends… Punit
  • Visiting the fort
  • Indian post office parcel sending experience
  • First roof top restaurant
  • Major itinerary change… added Jaisalmer for the Desert Festival
The mountain fort we visited before Jodhpur

The mountain fort we visited before Jodhpur

The Jain temple outside  Jodhpur

The Jain temple outside Jodhpur

The Blue City...

The Blue City…

A street cleaner at the for

A street cleaner at the for

The Jodhpur Fort

The Jodhpur Fort

View from the roof top restaurant

View from the roof top restaurant

Jodhpur post office

Jodhpur post office

Our new friend Punit

Our new friend Punit

The road to our Hotel

The road to our Hotel

Jaisalmer Feb 11 to Feb 15

via taxi from Jodhpur (5h)

Major activities:
  • Desert Festival
  • Mum got sick
  • Stayed inside the actual fort
  • Mustache festival
  • Indian county fair with archaic rides
  • Visited an abandoned town
  • First camel ride for kids
  • Running down sand dunes
  • Watched local dancing in the desert
  • Watched fireworks in the desert
The view from our hotel

The view from our hotel

Mr Desert moustache competition

Mr Desert moustache competition

Riding the ferris wheel with Punit

Riding the ferris wheel with Punit

Dressing up your camel

Dressing up your camel

Camel ride on the dunes

Camel ride on the dunes

Ladies dancing

Ladies dancing

Delhi Feb 15 to Feb 18

via taxi (5h) and flight (1h)

Major activities:
  • Stumbled down the crazy Paharganj with backpacks
  • Walked through old Delhi and rode on a rickshaw
  • Witnessed really gross public toilets
  • Visited the Red Fort
  • Went to our first muslim restaurant… first meat in days
  • Visited the science museum… with Indian perspective
  • Visited the India Gate and the walk to the parliament buildings
  • Swore we wouldn’t come back again… too filthy

Sorry… lots of missing photos due to a lost camera.

The notorious Paharganj in Delhi

The notorious Paharganj in Delhi

Inside the Red Fort

Inside the Red Fort

Amritsar Feb 18 to Feb 21

via day train from Delhi (6.5h)

Major activities:
  • Visited the Golden Temple
  • Emma’s foot run over by a rickshaw
  • Shared a single queen bed… all four of us

Sorry… no pictures for Amritsar… all lost.

Agra Feb 22 to Feb 24

via overnight train from Amritsar (16.5h)

Major activities:
  • Sonja’s day pack stolen on train
  • Experienced an Indian police station
  • Started planning on recovering lost passports
  • Visited the Taj Mahal
  • Watched the monkeys take over the roof tops… all listened to them run rampant at night

 

The police station in Agra

The police station in Agra

Police officer in Agra

Police officer in Agra

First view of the Taj Mahal

First view of the Taj Mahal

The Gate

The Gate

The Taj Mahal Garden

The Taj Mahal Garden

Jaipur Feb 24 to Feb 27

via taxi through Delhi (10+h)

Major activities:
  • Marathon taxi drive via Delhi to apply for new passports
  • Saw the Jaipur castle on the hill and castle on the water
  • Visited markets and bazaars
  • Witnesses hail stones the size of golf balls
  • Tried a vegetarian Mcdonald’s meal
  • Shopped for new camera
  • Saw a rat infested public park… no… we mean REALLY rat infested… they were everywhere
One well dressed pony

One well dressed pony

Mumbai Feb 27 to Mar 1

via direct flight (2h) or flight through Delhi – Sonja (3+h)

Major activities:
  • Marathon passport run for Sonja (first flight with no identification)
  • Tour of Indian bureaucracy for exit stamps (8h)
  • Vacation from budget accommodation… stayed at the Marriott Mumbai
  • Hung out at the Executive Lounge
  • Gorging ourselves at the breakfast buffet
  • Chasing pigeons from the pool
  • Shopping for new camera
  • Bomb checks for all cars and people entering hotel
  • Second computer died after a run in with a glass of wine

Sorry… no photos here.  Too busy.

Exit to South Africa Mar 1

via flight to Durban from Mumbai (13.5h)

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