That little monkey just stole my breakfast!

I’d been watching out of the corner of my eye as the youngster slowly sidled up to me along the edge of the rooftop. I tried to shoo him away, but the hand waft isn’t much of a deterrent to a sugar-loving primate, and after a brief standoff across the table he  launched an attack…

An Indian Christmas

It’s been surreal to be away from home in the run up to christmas. No last minute shopping, no work drinks party, no wondering whether it’ll snow… Instead we swapped the festivities for riding camels through the desert and the mulled wine for ginger chai. Tomorrow we’ll briefly revert back to tradition when we try…

In the saddle with Rambo

I had visions of turning up on our camel safari and finding one was called Alice. But thankfully they don’t seem to have that children’s song in India… I was, in fact, riding Rambo, who unlike his namesake was a very affectionate six year old with a green stud through his nose. After launching myself…

Sure, why not

This statement, often accompanied with a head wobble, is the answer we get to most questions. Sometimes that additional statement of “It’s India anything’s possible” is tagged on. “Sure, why not” has become our mantra for travel in India, even in those circumstances when a  yes/no answer would be helpful e.g. “do you have hot water”…

Weekends are for lying low

We learnt a lesson today – one that we probably should have figured out in Delhi when we rocked up at the Red Fort on a Sunday afternoon: don’t try and sightsee on a weekend in India, and especially not after lunch! So naive. At 2pm along we went to Udaipur’s city palace. This is…

One day in Bundi

As part of our whistlestop tour of Rajasthan we decided to stop off in Bundi on our way up to Udaipur. It would have been simpler to go via Kota as only three trains stop at Bundi a day – two in the morning and one in the evening – but Bundi sounded more appealing…