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  • Day23

    Bhimbetka Rock Art & Sanchi Monuments

    February 6, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Another double-visit today. Hired a car from our hotel and headed out early, around 8am. First stop was the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, a rock art WHS in the middle of nowhere, south-west of Bhopal. The rock art here is a couple of thousand years old and very impressive: colourful and with good details. Lots of animals, but people and scenes too like hunting and battles. Cool to see elephants included in the paintings, as obviously they were important to the peoples of the time!

    Spent about an hour here where we were literally the only people except for a couple of security guys (and right at the end an upper-class older Indian couple arrived). Quite an interesting spot, and cool to see how it compares with the rock art we've seen in many other places (France, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia).

    Back in the car where we drove to the north-east of Bhopal and the small town of Sanchi. Here, on a hill outside of the town is a collection of Buddhist stupas which date back to as early as 300BC. It's actually quite unusual because although Buddha himself was Indian, Buddhism is quite uncommon in India - less than Hindus, Muslims and even Christians. But the earliest stupas were set down by King Ashoka when he converted to Buddhism. Ashoka is a very important figure in Indian history, sort of like Augustus and Rome. He and his descendants the Guptas ruled India for several hundred years and established important cities, laws and the like.

    Anyway the stupas were quite nice, and each had a group of monumental archways adjacent. These were extremely intricately carved with stories about the life of the Buddha, his teachings and so on. Fascinating to see, and in really good condition - we were both very impressed! All up, a good day - just a shame we had to go back to the busy marketplace and our hotel.
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  • Day206

    Bandavgarh National Park

    November 28, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The main reason for coming to this part of India and to this park was to try to see tigers in the wild. We went on 5 safaris and saw tigers on 4 of the visits to the park (we had 2 different sightings on one of the trips). This is unusual and we feel very lucky to have had such a range of tiger sightings – from very close crossing and sleeping in the road, to seeing silhouettes in the dense jungle and hearing a mom roaring at her cubs. Tigers are incredibly beautiful and can be highly ellusive given the density of the terrain. Guides rely on spotting tracks in the road and listening for warning calls from deer, monkeys or birds to pinpoint potential locations of the tigers. In addition to tigers, you can sometimes see leopard, wolves, bear, wild dogs and striped hyena. While we didn’t see any of these, we saw plenty of deer, monkeys and birds. The landscape is also incredibly beautiful and left us feeling like we would like to someday return for a visit. India’s wildlife and parks were not on our radar and seems to be under-sold to tourists.Read more

  • Day205


    November 27, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Our last India Railway experience (maybe forever?) was a good one, even though we had to get up at 4am to catch the train. We managed to end up in the same carriage and next to each other, which had not happened before (tickets are hard to come by). The train was clean, by IR standards (even the toilets), our cabin mates were quiet and we had a comfortable 11-hour ride to the town of Katni.
    We ended up staying the night at a pretty disappointingly grungy hotel that we’d booked online. It was next to a highway overpass and we even had to ask the management to give us clean sheets. Somehow we managed to sleep before being picked up for a 2-hour drive to Bandavgarh National Park.
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  • Day7

    Kamasutra in Stein

    December 30, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Die Kunst des Liebens ist in Khajuraho seit ca 1000 Jahren schon in den Stein gemeißelt. So begeistert, wie die indische Männergruppen die uralte Anleitung studiert und fotografiert haben, lernten wohl unzählige Generationen von Indern, in ihrem Sexleben den Ahnen zu vertrauen. In den Tempeln von Khajuraho beten die Gläubigen für alle Anlässe. Die einheimischen kommen z. B vor der Hochzeit hierher und beschwören die Götter für eine gute, kinderreiche Ehe. Die ca 30 Gebäude entstanden innerhalb von 2 Jahrhunderten, damals waren es noch viele mehr. Sie betören den Betrachter mit ihrer filigranen Ausarbeitung und Detailversessenheit, so wie mit anmutender Bauweise und erzählen neben der Geschichte alter Schlachten auch über das menschliche Leben und vor allen über die Liebe.(Agata)

    W Khajuraho sztuka miłości upamiętniona jest w kamieniu od ponad tysiąca lat. Z zapału, z jakim młodzi hindusi studiowali i fotografowali te prastare instrukcje, wnioskuję że do dzisiaj gotowi są uczyć się od przodków. Miejscowi modlą się ze wszystkich okazji w tych świątyniach, np. młode pary proszą przed ślubem o dobre małżeństwo i dużo dzieci. Te ok. 30 budynków zbudowano w przeciągu 2 stuleci ( wtedy było ich dużo wiecej). Filigranowo wyrzeźbione detale opowiadają o dawno wygranych bitwach, o życiu codziennym i miłości.
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  • Day168

    Kamasutra Temple and Chitrakoot

    January 15, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The from westerners called Kamasutra Temples of Khajuraho are an amazing group of Hindu temples with very detailed little statues. The most famous one shows sexual intercourse in a wide range of positions.

    Later on, in the small town of Chitrakoot we did like the locals and made a pilgrimage clockwise around a holy mountain. Arriving at this place we where received like superstars. This time we not only had to take lot of photos, even a TV channel wanted a short interview with us :)
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  • Day65


    November 23, 2016 in India ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Khajuraho staat gekend om zijn vele prachtige tempels met erotische afbeeldingen die verspreid liggen in de landelijke omgeving. Ideale moment voor een fietstochtje dus.

  • Day9

    King's Palace

    January 26, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Woke up very early left to catch train at 06:45, was supposed leave at 08:00 but left on Indian time 09:45

    Had breakfast on the train, South Indian food, 3 hours later arrived in Jhasi and transferred to the little bus and went for a lovely lunch before heading to the Kings Palace in Alipura. Watched the sunset in tandem with a rum and coke followed by watching Ash cook Gunli Mas in the kitchen , a Mutton dish for those not in the know.

    We then learned how to make Marsala Chai ourselves and drank it, now its time for dinner
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  • Day11


    January 28, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Arrived in Orchha and had a snooze then lunch then another little snooze before heading out to see the old Kings Palace and then headed into town in a tuk tuk to watch an Indian Hindu ceremony in the temple, then had a wander round the market before finishing with dinner and some extremely animated Indian mtv.Read more

  • Day12

    Orchha 2

    January 29, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Had a nice lie in and went for a walk to find a working ATM, found one with an armed guard, money sorted back to hotel met up with the others and then went for a proper nose round, now having a light lunch before we decide what to do next. Free all day before we catch the overnight train to Varanasi. Just adding in a couple of pictures of us watching the sunset from a tiny balcony at the top of another Palace yesterdayRead more

  • Day20

    Khajuraho Sutra

    December 5, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Arrived at Khajuraho train station at 5 am. Tom booked in at Moustache Khajuraho, a guesthouse Z had shortlisted. Tuk tuk to Moustache w Tom, Sasha and Johnny 100INR. Sasha and Johnny decide they don’t want to stay at moustache..stay in tuk tuk to go to city centre. Staff member greets us and asks M&Z “what [we] want” and disregards Tom as he knew he had a booking. Told man to tend to Tom first and we’d have a chat w him afterwards. Had to insist on this a few times. Tom checked in and M&Z negotiate room that is available for 2 nights if needed as we are thinking of staying two nights but we are still not sure. 650 INR per night. Man tells us we can take brekky at their rooftop restaurant, has tours available etc. Told him we will take a rest and might see him for tea at the restaurant later. Settle in and told each other would nap for half hour... slept in until 9am. Resto for masala tea, no brekky - didn’t feel the vibe, not really a resto, man (staff) keeps trying to sell us on tours, says seeing one of the temples is “complimentary “ as if it came with the stay at their guesthouse. Gloated to other guest (Alex from Italy) that he read that we like hiking from our gear (boots, pants and fleeces) and explained that’s why he keeps trying to sell the tiger reserve tour and hiking tour to us. Not impressed with his manner of approaching us, no genuine interaction and all about non stop selling. Finished our tea and left. Saw free temples (2), had brekky at Guru Kripa Pure Veg Restaurant - Aloo Paratha x2 & masala tea. Then headed to UNESCO World Heritage Site (Western group of temples) - birthplace of karma sutra. Beautiful, ornate, detailed, well kept and well preserved archeological site. Z hungry and belly still sensitive so had western lunch - Margherita pizza. Tried to find a travel agent to enquire about trains to Orchha and booking train tix. Only one helpful agent, the rest kept dodging giving us train ticket pricing and instead tried to push for a private taxi hire to Orchha. Walked out on these shops, unhelpful and could not get anywhere with them. Went back to guesthouse for rest, Zinia’s belly still unwell. Touts are different in this town - very deceiving, disingenuous, annoyingly persistent (don’t respect you when you say no thank you like the touts in Varanasi) and more kids begging and ones that follow you a long way. Had to tell off one child that followed us almost all the way back to our guesthouse despite saying no and ignoring him for a long time. While resting, we decided we want to move on to Orchha tmrw so will stay only 1 night. Checked trains to Orchha and availability- train available midday tmrw. M chatted w man to help book train tix, tried to say this train wasn’t available when he realised we didn’t want to stay for 2 nights. Offered a private driver at an expensive rate. He did accidentally mention a tourist quota for train tix that get released at 6pm so M will check again later. Z feeling better, time for dinner. Will speak now with staff about tourist quota for train and confirm we are staying only one night. Man was very unclear about tourist quota and tried to say there was no tourist quota. Man was trying to say we had told him we would stay 2 nights and he agreed for us to stay in our room for 1300 for 2 nights. Argued this with him and he said “okay fine, I will give you 45 mins to decide if you want to stay 1 or 2 nights”. Z says “45 mins? How about we make it easier and decide now. We are staying one night only.” Heard Tom outside the room and chatted for a while - he too has had same experience with touts and locals and is planning on leaving to Orchha tmrw. Will leave with Tom tmrw and will discuss over dinner. Went to Guru Kripa again for dinner with Tom, met Naresh - lovely host keen to practice his English and to chat about cricket with Tom. Naresh asked if we could keep in contact with him to practice his English and so we can practice our Hindi. Added Tom and Z on WhatsApp. Headed back to guesthouse, got there and saw a group of guys with rifles out the front and started walking away as we walked closer. Went to rooftop and played cards with Tom’s Karma Sutra deck he bought today. President, then Tom taught us “Cambio” game. Talked about transport to Orchha tmrw, Tom mentioned bus to Chhatarpur then transfer bus to Orchha which leaves in the morning. Will do this tmrw instead of train. Meet at lobby tmrw for 8:30am.Read more

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