On Thursday we flew to Hong Kong and began our second trip to our favourite continent Asia. It is scenes like this one in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer, India that draw us back. We took an uncomfortable camel trip out into the desert, just us and our guide on trusty steeds. The highlight was watching the sun set on the sand dunes and then spending the night in the open air snuggling under piles of thick blankets. It became one of our favourite unique and cheap places to stay in India.
Jaisalmer Fort lived up to expectations in India. It’s one of the largest forts in the world but looks like a sand castle. We loved wandering through the maze-like streets and discovering hidden Jain temples.
We fell in love with India during our three months there. Between the food, the chaos, the colours, the welcoming people and the constant challenge, the stunning scenery, tranquil temples and unexpected events – cows stopping traffic and the serenade on a canoe – it’s impossible to pinpoint a single reason why.
One thing that does remain with us are the places we stayed, especially the homestays with Indian families. These weren’t just a place to sleep, they were a friendly welcome and an insight into the culture. Some of them offered us wonderful home-cooked food, others a peaceful retreat from the stresses of Indian travel.
All of them offered something unique, and for a very reasonable price.
The Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai, India is a huge washing area for laundrymen (dhobis) who make their living washing the city’s clothes.
Is there any image that suggests indulgent relaxation more powerful than that of an tropical island?
The idea of a calm, turquoise sea lapping gently at a white sandy beach edged by tall palm trees seems to stir something in most people’s souls – a life of carefree leisure spent enjoying the quiet serenity that only this kind of scene seems to offer.
It’s been almost 5 months since we were at our last beach, and Argentina’s chilly winter has us longing once again for the feeling of warm sand between our toes. We’d like to share with you our reminiscences about some of these little slices of paradise that we’ve discovered on our travels. In this post we have details of our favourite islands in Asia, while Parts 2 and 3 explore Fiji and the Cook Islands.