We travelled south, through the Aravalli range, a landscape of rolling hills, passing through small villages and glimpsing the flashes of the brilliant pinks and reds of shepherds’ turbans. We stopped to visit the Jain temple Chaumukha Mandir dedicated to Adinath at Ranakpur – built in the 15th century in white marble – it is […]

Chanoud is a classic Rajasthani village surrounded by farmland (chickpeas, rape seed, wheat) with a nearby salt lake – which Mum & I visited by jeep to see many birds – flamingos, pelicans & cranes. The local horses had odd ears! Dad had a cooking lesson. We stayed in a beautifully renovated palace, which had […]

First stop Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph to Maharaja Sardar Singh, who died in 1899 which contains some portraits of Rathore rulers going back to the 13th century & above a lake with some interesting birds. Next on to the Mehrangarh Fort 120m above Jodhpur. Steep and winding roads climb to the front and […]

Jaipur (pink city) is the capital city of Rajasthan, founded in 1727 by Raja Jai Singh II, & replaced the hill fort of Amber, 11 kilometres away. The city was planned on a grid system by Jai Singh, who was also a highly skilled astronomer and mathematician. He also designed the observatories here and in […]

Agra is situated on a bend in the River Yamuna, and this defensive strength has proven definitive in its history. The city’s past goes back as far as 2,500 years, when the area was part of Ashoka’s Buddhist empire. It was a stronghold of the last Hindu kings of the Lodi Dynasty in the 16th […]

This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. It is famed for its ‘ghats’, or giant steps leading down to the river, where pilgrims come to cleanse their souls of sin in the waters of the River Ganges or to cremate their loved ones. It is […]

Delhi is situated roughly in the middle of North India, and has been the gateway for many invasions. As a result, the city is an amalgamation of seven previous cities, the first dating from around 1200 BC, and the most recent completed in 1931. Delhi has thousands of designated archaeological sites scattered over the city. […]

Day 1 (Monday 16th January) – Travelling After nearly a year of fundraising (during which I raised ¥4173, or about £485), it was finally time to leave! Arriving at school at 6:30 in the afternoon, we went to Pudong airport on the bus after saying goodbye. It was quite strange going through the airport without […]

January Robin Harris came to stay, so we took him to Harbin to see the ice festival – brrr! February Borobudur temple, Java a short stop in Bali March Thomas turned 13 years old & set Mum a cake challenge April Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) & surrounding villages May Thomas won first prize in a photography […]

We spent a day & night at a lovely working coconut farm on an island owned by the Kutty family for generations. We had a cooking demonstration from the owners – including dhal fry & a fish curry. From a canoe we watched the sun set behind the Chinese fishing nets. We then spent our […]