INDIA


Ask either of us about our favourite country, place or experience and India will be on the list. It’s a destination that we both know well, having notched up over fifty visits between us.

Despite this, India is the country we’ve written about in less detail in proportion to the amount of time we’ve spend there. We liken India to a drug addiction (not that either of us have experience of that!) – when were there, it can drive us crazy but as soon as we leave, we have a craving to go back for more!  We are long overdue a fix!

India is one of the most diverse countries on the planet and we’ve seen a lot of it – from Kashmir  in the Himalayan mountains to Kanyakumari, India’s most southerly point.

Travel Shot: Tea pickers near Darjeeling in India

Travel Shot: Tea pickers near Darjeeling in India

Indian tea (a.k.a chai) - you gotta love it! It seems to us that just about everyone in India is partial to a nice cup of tea and when we visit, we are no exception. We’ve tried many varieties during our time in India - black tea, masala tea, Darjeeling tea, Assam tea...

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The Indian moustache … still very much in fashion

The Indian moustache … still very much in fashion

It seems sometimes that every post-puberty male in India has a moustache of some kind. One of my regular rituals when we visit the Subcontinent is to go the barbers and have a shave. It costs next to nothing and I love having someone else shave me. Cutthroat in hand,...

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Somewhere different… Mathura, India

Somewhere different… Mathura, India

Happy teenagers in the city of Krishna This trio of Indian teenagers rode up behind the jumbo auto rickshaw we were travelling in near Mathura, a medium-sized town close to Agra that is renowned as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. We smiled at each other and gave the...

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In photographs … Magnificent Ladakh

In photographs … Magnificent Ladakh

Images of Ladakh, one of India's most photogenic regions Isolated from the rest of the country for much of the year, the northern mountainous region of Ladakh is one of India’s most visually stunning locations and the place to visit for awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery...

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Northern India Itinerary: Delhi to Kolkata by train

Northern India Itinerary: Delhi to Kolkata by train

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Delhi - Matura - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Lucknow - Varanasi - Bodh Gaya - Kolkata This itinerary is a great introduction to Northern India. Start with a few days exploring Delhi before taking the train to Agra. We would include an overnight or at...

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Faces of India – Allahabad

Faces of India – Allahabad

Portraits from our travels around India - Part I: Allahabad We’ve never been that great at taking portrait photos of people. I’m not talking about the technical skill of actually taking the photo, more the going up to someone and asking them if we can take their...

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Travel Shot | Expectant Faces at the Maha Kumbh Mela

Travel Shot | Expectant Faces at the Maha Kumbh Mela

This is one of my favourite shots of India. Even though it was taken at the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad in 2013 (which happened to be the largest gathering on earth and was attended by an estimated 80 and 100 million people over about a 5 week period), there...

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Travel Shot | High Court Street Typists in Kolkata

Travel Shot | High Court Street Typists in Kolkata

Despite its size, certain pockets of India’s second largest city are surprisingly easy to discover on foot. The district of BBD Bagh, for example, is awash with colonial-era buildings including the neo-Gothic High Court building. Outside, on the nearby streets, chai...

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Travel Shot | The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Travel Shot | The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Unless you are heading up to or coming down from Kashmir, or planning to cross the border into Pakistan (a big no, no at the moment), Amritsar doesn’t really sit naturally on a journey through northern India. Make the effort to get there, however, and you will be...

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Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels There are forts and castles of some description in many countries the world over. We are never going to see them all but when we know there is either a castle or fort nearby...

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