Beyond Pleased in Punjab

May 27th-31st, 2017 I had waited in Delhi's tourist train reservation office for over two hours in order to reserve foreign-quota tickets to Chandigarh, our next stop. Certain trains in India have these foreign quota tickets which enable foreigners to occupy seats on trains that are already fully booked. It is one of the few … Continue reading Beyond Pleased in Punjab

Delhi: Capital Conquered

May 23rd-26th, 2017 Our bus was scheduled to depart for Delhi at 11:00am. We knew something was amiss when we saw other passengers with tickets to Delhi leaving at 11:15am and 12:00pm. We asked the few other foreigners there and we were all on the same bus, so the company was just arbitrarily assigning times … Continue reading Delhi: Capital Conquered

Mughal Marvels

May 20th-23rd, 2017 We were advised to take the luxury train to Agra from Jaipur because it was the fastest and the most comfortable. We were used to being uncomfortable, but the speed was what interested me the most.  The fancy trains were really comfortable and, for the first time, we each had our own … Continue reading Mughal Marvels

Pink City, Golden Triangle

May 18th-19th, 2017 We arrived in Jaipur in the late afternoon and, for the first time in India, stayed in an actual hostel. It was called Moustache ( and is the quintessential backpackers' paradise. When we entered, there were Whities lounging on beanbags, all on their various electronic devices. It was kind of nice in … Continue reading Pink City, Golden Triangle

Pilgrims A’Pushin

May 15th-17th, 2017 After our safari, Tracy and I had another delicious meal at Trio and I wanted to take one last walk around Jaisalmer before our bus ride to Pushkar. Tracy wasn't feeling too great because of the heat, so she took a tuk tuk back to the hotel.  I sauntered back to Treebo … Continue reading Pilgrims A’Pushin

Blue City, Gold City

May 10th-14th, 2017 The beauty of Rajasthan is that most night buses are full-sleeper coaches and they provide you with a full-on bed allowing you to maximize your efficiency and comfort.  What they don't do, however, is leave at more convenient times, meaning that you arrive in the middle of the night rather than in … Continue reading Blue City, Gold City

Udaipur: Pollution in the Water, Romance in the Air

May 7th-9th, 2017 After being told to get on the wrong bus for 30 minutes, we finally boarded the correct bus and made the 5-hour journey from Ahmedabad to Udaipur in neighbouring Rajasthan. We arrived well after dark and were left at the side of the road on the outskirts of Udaipur. We managed to … Continue reading Udaipur: Pollution in the Water, Romance in the Air