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Last Stop in India: Kerala

Posted on September 15, 2012

Heather here. After three weeks of travel throughout northern India and Mumbai, we were ready to take it down a notch in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is renowned for its laid back style, and for us, that sounded like a perfect way to spend our last week in this otherwise frenetic, energetic country. We took a quick flight to Kochi, a convenient starting point to reach some of the iconic areas of the smallish state of Kerala. Homestays are quite common in these parts, and ours, located in Fort Kochi, had an amazing local feast for us both for dinner and breakfast. We immediately noticed how different the food was here. It’s a very tropical area with lush greenery and coconut…

From Classics to Extremes in Mumbai

Posted on September 1, 2012

Heather here. Heading to Mumbai, India’s financial megacity, we had visions of classic British colonial India romance as well as modern-day extremes of poverty, wealth, and religious fervor. These varying identities of the metropolis formerly known as Bombay certainly presented themselves to us, like a pulsing being with multiple personality syndrome. Which version of Mumbai we’d encounter each day was a mystery until we went out to meet it head-on. And for added measure, she often surfaced a few faces at one time. Since we planted ourselves in the historic neighborhood of Colaba, we typically experienced the classic British-Victorian-colonial version of Mumbai upon first glance. Walking through Colaba and on to Fort, past the gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Victoria Train…

The Last Hurrah-jasthan

Posted on August 14, 2012

Heather here. We said farewell to Jaisalmer with a heavy heart, but also with a refreshed outlook on the remaining days in Rajasthan. Only three more cities were on the itinerary in this north Indian state: Jodhpur, Ranakpur, and Udaipur. As we climbed in the car with Jaisingh, the proverbial show got back on the road. We had read that while traveling about Rajasthan it is common to see the same travelers time and time again along the way. Sure enough, as we settled in to our Jodhpur haveli hotel, we recognized a few familiar faces from previous stops: the Dutch family with a few small, rowdy children, the two Italian girls, the middle-aged French couple. It seems the car hire companies contract some…

Rajasthan Rebirth

Posted on August 8, 2012

Heather here. Rajasthan, the land of Rajputs and royalty, here we come. This large, north Indian state is fabled for its forts, palaces, culture, food, and more. It is “classic India.” And we allotted about two weeks to see it. Ambitious? Yes. We’d be on the move quite a bit, which, for better or worse, would get us through a majority of the most popular spots. We were happy to leave Agra behind. It was just too chaotic and “touristy” in the sense of the mobbing touts and hawkers constantly at our heels, as we wrote in our last post. Glad to have seen the Taj Mahal, but as they say, see it and get the hell out. Next stop was Jaipur, “the pink…

Enter the Magic and Madness of India

Posted on August 3, 2012

Heather here. Having wrapped up our two weeks in the Nepalese Himalayas, it was time to come down from the mountain villages and start our month of exploration in India. India is one of those countries with a reputation that precedes it, with guide books and fellow travelers alike giving reviews of the highs and the lows, accounts of polar extremes. But nothing we read or heard could have prepared us for the actual experience. This is full-throttle culture shock in the flesh. We were speechless as we landed in New Delhi; simply the ride from the airport to our hotel gave us our first impression of the magic and madness this country would have in store for us. When a nation of 1.2…