My Beloved Bombay Family

I do plan to post more about our trip when I return to the US, but on our last day in India I wanted to write about our wonderful hosts. This past month we have based ourselves in Mumbai where my brother-in-law, his wife, daughter and my mother-in-law now live. They have opened their home…

Jaipur Adventures: Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal (the Wind Palace), in the center of the pink city, was a palace we passed numerous times during our trip to Japiur. The beautiful exterior and height made it hard to miss. However for some reason, I had to seriously prod everyone to see this palace. The driver said it had no parking…

Karla and Bhaja Caves

I had been trying to post in order of our trip, but today was a nice surprising adventure, so I wanted to get it down while it was still a fresh memory (and I’m woefully behind on posts) We are currently in Pune for a quick trip and were researching what to do for a…

Jaipur Adventures: Nahargarh Fort

On our final morning in Jaipur we went up the 15 km drive of death again to see the final fort in the Jaipur area, Nahargarh Fort. While it was originally a fort, what’s of interest and on public display right now are the palace apartments. Built in a mix of British and traditional Rajasthani…

Jaipur Adventures: Jantar Mantar

Jai Singh II, a maharaja of Jaipur, loved astrology so much, he built one of the most amazing collections of sun dials and astrological instruments of his time. It’s well preserved and open to the public, so we went in to check it out on our fourth morning in Jaipur. Having seen pictures of the…

Jaipur Adventures: Jaigarh Fort

The next day in Jaipur, renewed after a good night sleep (thank you E) we headed off to Jaigarh Fort. 15 K outside the city up a windy hilly road, where at times you feel like your life may be in your driver’s hands, Jaigarh Fort is one of the less visited forts. Known primarily…

Jaipur Adventures: Amber Fort

Just a few kilometers outside Jaipur is the must-see (according to every guide book) Amber Fort. Being that we found an excellent driver to hire while in the city and my friend E had only a few days, we headed first thing in the morning to see the fort. The historic fort, with parts of…

Jaipur Adventures: City Palace

First on the agenda in Jaipur was City Palace. Jaipur was the first planned city in India. The old city, called the pink city, lays in a grid format with the City Palace right in the center. The palace was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and a large portion of the palace is…

Off to Jaipur We Go

As part of our plan to see more of the country, the family headed to Jaipur in Rajasthan, the land of palaces and forts. One of the highest visited places after the Taj Mahal, in my 6 trips to India, I’ve never been. Finally that we are in India for a length of time, we…

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Just north of Mumbai lays 104 sq km of lush greenery and wildlife in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. My niece had a vacation day after her exams and my son loves running and climbing, so it seemed the perfect destination to spend the day. * The expedition crew ready to explore Entering the park,…