I recently returned from a trip to India. The bright, vibrant, crazy & incredible India!
We flew with Emirates via Dubai – They were fantastic, but no surprises there.
On our first day before we meet our group, We booked ourselves on a 4 hour walking food tour of Old Delhi. I’m really glad we did this, Delhi really isn’t a place to go wondering around exploring on your own.
The food tours are run by a Husband & Wife team & they also offer walking photography tours. The old part of Delhi is a crazy maze of organised chaos & to have a local walk you around to try some of the best local eats you could never find yourself was fantastic. We sampled over a dozen local dishes & did not need dinner that night!
Day 2 we met our group who we would spend the next 10 days with exploring the “Golden Triangle”- small group of 14 incredible people. We started the day with a full day tour of New & Old Delhi’s must see’s including Red fort, Jama Masjid & a rickshaw ride.
Day 3 after a bumpy & long drive to Agra we had the afternoon taking in one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. The Taj Mahal. It was breathtaking. We were lucky enough to be there for a few hours & enjoyed watching the colours change during the sunset.
Day 4 we stayed in the small village of Karauli & stayed in Bhanwar Vilas Palace, its preserved as a museum style hotel, reminded me of Hotel Marigold. The next day we walked through the local village & had the privilege of giving the children in a local school some much needed school supplies. Their smiles went for days.
Day 5 & 6 we spend in Jaipur, We saw many forts & mosques on this trip but here is home to the standout Amber fort.
Day 7 & 8 are spent on open canters in search for Tigers in Ranthambore National Park. We were lucky enough for a female Tiger to walk straight past our Canter & this was truly incredible experience.
India is a place that I would highly recommend being part of an organised tour, it is a little overwhelming & very confronting – even for the experienced traveller. Having the expertise & endless knowledge of our leader gave us so many more memorable experiences.
Seeing the Taj & the Tigers were bucket list stuff for me & they did not disappoint. After having a brief 2 weeks to explore & learn about the history, food, culture & people – India was an explosion of all senses but one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been.