India, March 2018
A trip to India to meet my friend, Laura, who had been travelling India and Nepal for a number of months.
I had quite the adventure getting to Jaipur. Back in the UK there was very heavy snow and I was lucky to actually make it to my Heathrow hotel the night before my flight. Everything was looking good when I got to Lincoln Central but then as each train was due to arrive it was cancelled, last second. After this happening quite a few times I jumped on the first train that was heading in the right direction. I made it the 20-ish miles to Sleaford and then got stranded there in my thin waterproof jacket in the minus temperatures. I had to be rescued by Scott's dad, who took me to Grantham where, thankfully, trains were running. After a couple more hiccups with tube services I finally made it to the Travelodge where I was thankful to get a few hours sleep (interrupted by the fire alarm going off, of course).
I met Laura in Jaipur on the 2nd of March, which was the day of the Holi Festival in India. Most of the celebrations were taking place in the morning but after travelling since two days previous and not having a proper night sleep for a while I definitely needed a nap before exploring.
We headed out into Jaipur in the afternoon, it looked very different on this day as when I’d been previously as Holi meant all of the shops and markets were closed. There were people wandering around throwing coloured powder at people in celebration but in general the city felt very quiet. It was a strange experience that we didn’t really enjoy that much.
We spent a few days in Jaipur, also visiting the Amber Fort, Monkey Temple, Chokhi Dhani before heading on to Udaipur and then Rishikesh. Our original plan was to visit Amritsar after Udaipur but we were finding it difficult to get there without having to spend a day in busy Delhi with our luggage in the heat.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of these images published, one on the Vogue Italia website and another in Dear Photographer magazine.
The Amer (or Amber) Fort
Henna at Chokhi Dhani.
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple (Monkey Temple)
The train to Udaipur
Lake Fateh Sagar
The Ganges looks very different up here to further downstream in Varanasi, as experienced in 2016.
This monkey had just stolen a bunch of bananas from a person, hehe.
That’s all for this time. I got the Delhi Belly right at the end of the trip this time, which didn’t make the overnight bus back to Delhi or the flight home much fun, however at least I only lost one day of the trip to it!
I can’t wait to return to India again, whenever that will be.
This little girl asked to take a photo of me, I think she needs to work on her composition a bit more but it was a good effort!
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