Jodphur days 2 and 3

Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March 2011 Theres not much more to say about Jodhpur – its an incredibly busy place with motor bikes, rickshaws and horse carts everywhere, with the occasional camel thrown in.  Traffic at busy road junctions is a nightmare and pollution everywhere. The side streets are as dirty as I have…

Jodhpur

Tuesday 29th March 2011 The chaotic scenes of Jodhpur station were just a starter for this crazy city.  I had no idea how big the place was before arriving – but there’s over a million inhabitants and most of them are on the street at any given time. As per usual I pushed past the rickshaw…

Delhi for one day

Monday 28th March 2011 Continuing my journey from Manali to Rajasthan I have already mentioned arriving at some unearthly hour of the morning in the concrete jungle of Chandigarh on the bus from Manali. My neighbour from the bus had advised me that the railway station was 5km from the bus stand and that the…

Manali again

Saturday 26th March 2011 Its been a beautiful hot day again so made a slow start with a late breakfast at the guest house then about mid day set off for town. I tried again to find Vashisht this time by walking down to Manali and crossing the river on the rickety bridge, one of…

Leaving Manali

Sunday 27th March 2011 Well there’s not a lot to report about yesterday (Sunday) except to say how sorry I am that I left the peace and calm of Old Manali to be writing this in the Ajay Cafe – a little haven from the heat and chaos of Paharganj in New Delhi. I took…

Old and New Manali

Friday 25th March 2011 Today I decided to stay in one place – well almost.  Superb breakfast in the early morning sunshine set me up for some walking but first caught up with some photo uploading, which I have been unable to do all week.  The guys at the hotel are now getting a bit…

Naggar to Manali (Old Manali)

Thursday 24th March 2011 [singlepic id=9 w=320 h=240 float=left]Looking forward to breakfast this morning I was greeted by the host and shown to a table on the balcony where the menu was already in place.  He put on an apron and returned with the order book. Cheese omelette – no cheese.  OK plain omelette.  Sorry…

Mandi to Naggar

Wednesday 23rd March 2011 The men in the green turbans delivered tea, toast and omelettes for breakfast sitting in the garden, while the sun blazed down and it was only nine o clock. [singlepic id=14 w=320 h=240 float=left]I passed the rest of the morning wandering round Mandi. As well as the huge double-decker market arranged…

Dharamsala to Mandi

Tuesday 22nd March 2011 A day behind now I’m trying to recall the trip from Dharamsala. I decided to leave after waking up early to the sound of a broom sweeping the path outside. I haven’t mentioned the path yet as I was trying to make McLeod Ganj sound nice, at least while I was…

Bhagsu and Dharamkot

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st March Still here in McLeod Gang. Sorry if that a bit boring but its been really nice to chill out here without rushing off somewhere else all the time. Sunday was Holi, not quite as crazy as I thought it may be, but it was really good to see everyone…