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Memories of India by Spursfan on 31 October 2006 2:34pm
Where has Mystic Traveller's thread gone??!!

Well, for what it's worth here are MY memories of India (not in any order)

Fainting on the steps of the Ganges in Varanasi

Recovering in our hotel bedroom in Varanasi and watching two gardeners mowing a small patch of lawn in the incredible gardens. One held the lead. It took them ages!!

Seeing a wild tiger in Khajuraho

Having lunch in a restaurant (well there were two tables) in a tree in Khajuraho

Seeing a locamotive lovingly cared for in the grounds of a hotel in Jaipur (I think) which had been made in my home town of Stafford!

The porters who met us off our train journeys and carried our baggage up and down steps ON THEIR HEADS!!

The totally scary steps up and down the railway bridges to cross platforms -eek!!!!

Having temple overkill but being fascinated all the same

Almost swatting a fly in a Jain temple but remembering just in time that it would be a no no!

The luxourious hotels we stayed in including the Lake Palace which is situated in the middle of a lake.

My husband being surprised with a birthday cake and flowers at above hotel without us telling them it was his birthday

Having to take said cake and flowers on a flight to Bombay!!

Sharing some of the cake with staff at the hotel in Bombay where Michael stayed

The sitar player who, at one of the hotel restaurants, mischievously played a 'twiddly bit' every time we went up to replenish our plates! He was laughing and so were we!

An Indian lady who shared her grapes with me as I sat on the steps of one of the temples. We were both waiting for our husbands to finish exploring

The terribly moving sight in the Fort in Jodhpur of the handprints (sati) of the widows of the Maharaja made just before they threw themselves on his funeral pyre. It took ages for me to forget those girls - the handprints were so tiny.

The beggars - being told to ignore them - and stopping in traffic and having them clamour around the car

The cars!!

Saying something in one of the cars, having our driver say 'oh yes, Ma'am, that's right!' and thinking I had morphed into the Queen!!

The beautiful temples in Madurai.

The mad traffic and cows in the road!!!

Bright colours and exotic smells (no not the cows!!)

I could go on and on - if I remember anything else I will no doubt be here again!!


Re: Memories of India by Wild in Africa on 1 November 2006 11:06am
Hi Anne, you're back!!
I was in India last month and spent time in Kashmir living on a houseboat on the Dal Lake at Srinagar which is one of my great memories of India.
I was impressed by the history and culture of Delhi though as well and loved wandering in city parks like the Lodi Gardens and coming across these crumbling shrines and tombs with circling kites overhead and this overwhelming sense of history. The rest of Delhi though is a bit of a nightmare especially the traffic!
Re: Memories of India by Spursfan on 1 November 2006 11:07am
Still no sign of the original thread but I have more memories!!

Going for dinner in our Varanasi hotel after being ill, coming back and finding that the cleaners had left me a bouquet and a get well card - even though I hadn't even met them!!

Being spoilt and seeing 'how the other half live' - at least for 4 weeks!

Having the hotels' swimming pools to ourselves and having an attendant to cater for our every whim ("Another towel? Is your lounger ok there? etc")

Having someone come into our room about 7.30 p.m. to turn back the sheets and place the hotel slippers by the bed

The fact that our guide in Jodhpur (at each place we had a driver and guide) actually wore trousers like...jodhpurs (which is of course where they are from)!

Seeing the temple in Khajuraho with the karma sutra engraved on it - Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars) did a programme on it a while ago. And having the guide point out various bits ("oooh Matron!")

Lots of lovely memories.
Re: Memories of India by Spursfan on 1 November 2006 11:08am
Hi WIA! You know what they say about bad pennies....
Re: Memories of India by suzulu on 1 November 2006 11:57am
Lovely memories of India. I would like to go one day. Anne, there is a thread called India Tales (to share) in Travel bit - I don't know if this is the thread you mean.
Re: Memories of India by Spursfan on 1 November 2006 12:38pm
Actually, thanks suz - you're right!! I scrolled down to page 2 on the thread you mention to see that JF had put 'memories memories'!! Yes it was defo the thread, but where I had got Mystic Traveller involved I don't know!!!

He must think I'm nuts!!!

Hope you make it to India - there are lots of places still for us to see (Calcutta for example where my father was baptised during the Second World War) - but next time we are goig to try and stay in just one place! It was very tiring.

Thanks again


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