Mount Everest here we come. One more for the bucket list.
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    Home

    June 2 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We are now home. Unpacked, 1 load of washing on and waiting for the Woolworths online shopping to arrive. It certainly does not take long for the reality of Holiday Over to sink in.

    Until next time folks, Hope you enjoyed the adventure with us.

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    What a dreadful airport lounge

    June 1 in India ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Whoa this Delhi Airport lounge is dreadful. It has hardly any seats, the food is average except the chicken noodle soup which is quite nice. The noise from jackhammers working on airport shop upgrades is deafening, not what you need when sitting in an overcrowded lounge which has taken 2 hours to finally get Wi-Fi.Read more

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    Oh no time to check out

    June 1 in India ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    Goodbye vacation it is time to head home.

    Michael, Hilda and the A team arrive back from Hawaii on the same day we arrive home. Melissa and Charlie arrive in a few days. It will be lovely seeing them all.

    We are not actually home for that long we have a few mini breaks already planned. Touring Victoria and driving along the Great Ocean Road in July for about 3 weeks. In August we head over the ditch to visit Melissa ,Luke and Charlie for around 3 weeks.

    We love this retirement thing.

    Living the Dream.
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    Lessons

    June 1 in India ⋅ ⛅ 40 °C

    We did enjoy our holiday even with its up's and downs but we certainly learnt a few things this time around when it comes to pre-booking complete tours that we can adopt in future.

    1. Don’t trust tripadvisor reviews except for those from people with a large number of reviews (ie they are well travelled).

    2. Research tour company offers thoroughly, concentrating on:

    • Attractions and locations visited and purpose for visiting
    • Time taken to reach each new location and identification of wasted time waiting
    • Modes of transport used and the number of passengers
    • Proposed accommodation and confirm what happens if changed
    • Cost of complete tour vs making own bookings for accommodation and sourcing tour components separately or visiting attractions yourself and paying cost of entry.
    • Reputation/reviews of tour company.
    • Options they have should a component of the tour not proceed or be significantly delayed say due to bad weather or travel issues.
    • Level of proficiency of English of the tour guides.

    3. Ask tour company to clarify details of their offering arising from the points above to ensure that you have obtained value for money for a good quality tour.

    4. Obtain all responses by email.
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    Last Day

    June 1 in India ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Today is our last day, The Leela Palace has certainly completed our wonderful holiday.

    The last breakfast someone else prepared, the last time someone will make the bed, even the last time the pool boy will prepare our lemonade at the pool.

    Holiday is nearly over only a few more hours here.

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    Mexican for Dinner

    May 31 in India ⋅ 🌙 39 °C

    We relaxed poolside for a few hours today in the 45 degree heat (this is cooler than yesterday it was 47) before retiring to our room to get a few things ready for when we leave tomorrow.

    Tonight is our last night in Delhi so we walked to a nearby designer shopping centre and had dinner in the food court. There are so many restaurants to choose but we felt like Mexican.

    We started with a guacamole ,spicy sauce and salsa then quesadillas and burritos, finishing with raspberry sorbet and Valrhona Chocolate Tart.

    Now to watch a horror movie on Netflix.
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    India Gate then back to the Hotel

    May 30 in India ⋅ 🌙 39 °C

    We passed by India Gate and then we hit traffic caused by the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Modi who had just finished at the local race course and on his way to take his second oath. His car was mobbed by paparazzi.

    Our final stop before returning to the hotel was a very expensive shopping centre which is about 10 min walk from our hotel.

    Once back at our hotel there was even more security than when we had left. I asked the doorman why this was so and he said that a Prime Minister's delegation were staying at the hotel, it also looked like they were having a function here tonight.
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    Agrasen Ki Baoli

    May 30 in India ⋅ ⛅ 43 °C

    Agrasen Ki Baoli is a heritage stepwell 60m long and 15 m wide which was built in the 1400's. The structure is made of red stone and is partly immersed in water.

    This Baoli,(well) with 108 steps, is among a few of its kind in Delhi. The visible parts of this historical stepwell consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides.

    The well was quite interesting but obvoulsy the locals only use it to sit and stay out of the sun. Most people were on their phones playing games.
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